International Volunteer HQ
International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is the world's leading volunteer travel organization, providing affordable, safe and responsible volunteer programs in over 30 different...
International Volunteer HQ has a wide range of volunteering opportunities available in working with children placements, sports programs, environmental placements, Carnaval...
Volunteers are needed NOW through International Volunteer HQ's partner organization in Ghana! A wide range of volunteering placements are available in order for participants...
Volunteers on the Marine Conservation project have the opportunity to join a variety of conservation efforts focused on the protection of the marine ecosystem in Madagascar...
Amazing volunteer trip in Auckland
Submitted by Tao Tan - University of Macau | October 27, 2016
I joined freshwater project and worked in Māori land and gardens. The work environment is impressive with beautiful scenery and friendly local staff. I made a lot of friends during this trip and experienced different culture. I will definitely recommend to other friends!
IVHQ Volunteer Teaching & Sports (6 Weeks) Great Experience
Submitted by Dan - Detroit | October 27, 2016
I've volunteered through IVHQ many times before, and each time has been a pleasurable experience. I recently volunteered again in Fiji and just like each time before, the experience was a memorable one in every good way.
I chose to volunteer for six weeks in the capital of Suva, teaching English in a local Primary School. I taught class six and by the end of the six weeks it was mighty hard to leave them. I assisted their main teacher most of the time, but occasionally she would be absent or she'd let me take the reigns. It was mighty challenging at times but highly rewarding at the end.
I was placed in one of a handful of volunteer houses just outside of Suva with about 20+ other volunteers. I had a room that I shared with three other guys for the whole of my stay. There was multiple bathrooms, a kitchen with basics, a living area where we could all watch a few movies, and an outdoor patio area where we spent most of the time to mingle. We would get served breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the house everyday (no lunch on weekends and holidays) which consisted of mostly Fijian style dishes. Most of it was great! My only gripe with the house was there was never hot water when we had to wash the dishes, so sometimes the dishware was still a little sticky at times.
The local staff on-hand were a team of locals who worked in partnership with IVHQ. They were always there if a problem arised and even though we had an 11:30pm curfew doing the week, our safety was their first priority. I never had an issue and if I did, they were always open to talk abou about it. The 11:30pm curfew was a. It ridiculous but it wasn't a huge issue after awhile.
The volunteers themselves, as usual, I couldn't have asked for a better group! I keep coming back to IVHQ because each time they surpass my expectations. You have to go in with an open mind and take advantage of the opportunities that arise. Remember, its not luxury. You're here to help the community first and foremost.
Btw, I used them in South Africa, Tanzania, Vietnam, Nepal, and Guatemala. And yes I do plan on using them again in the future :)
So glad I found out about this
Submitted by John R - Raleigh, NC United States | October 24, 2016
Every step of my volunteer process was well-designed and clearly explained. It lead to a safe, enjoyable, enlightening experience in Ecuador. As promised, volunteer tourism lets you move past simply visiting another country to really becoming acquainted with it. Count me in for more, IVHQ!
I fell in love with Rio!
Submitted by Giorgia Mullard - London United Kingdom | October 23, 2016
I spent 4 weeks in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. This was my first time Volunteering with IVHQ so I didn't know what to expect but as soon as I arrived all my nerves left me as I knew I had made the perfect choice! Getting everything sorted before leaving was really easy as the IVHQ staff were so helpful!
Greeted by our driver when I arrived, we drove to the volunteer house which was only about half an hour away and he pointed out spots and sights that would interest us.
The volunteer house was big and homely and the house manager made me feel at home straight away and was always there to help when you needed him. There was a lot to choose from at breakfast everyday including oatmeal, toast, fruit, eggs, ham and fresh homemade juice.
I chose to do childcare, my programme was located in Barreira Do Vasco which was about 40 minutes away on the bus. They matched me perfectly with my programme, I mentioned that I was a teaching assistant back home so I was able to teach English as part of this childcare programme in Brazil as well as having the option to join in with playing football everyday with the Sports programme (which i did, they are incredible at football!).
Carlao, the amazing man that runs the programme in Barreira Do Vasco, giving more opportunity to the young people in his community, made us feel welcome from the start and always made sure we were okay and having a good time!
As me and the other volunteers walked up to where the programme was located every day, people from the area started to recognise us and we would say hi to all the familiar faces, it really felt like we became part of the community.
We met all the kids there, they are so warm and so much fun and you get to know each of them really quickly. This was my favourite part of my whole experience, the bonds that I made with the children in such a short space of time is unforgettable, I already miss them! I barely knew any Portuguese but I tried really hard to make sure that didn't get in the way, plus you pick words and phrases up quicker than you can imagine. I have already planned to go back in the next couple of years and I cant wait to visit them!!!
(On my last day with the kids, as a thank you gesture, Carlao got tables from the cafes/restaurants surrounding the football cage and brought out loads of cakes, hot dogs and drinks and took pictures of all of us. I will never forget this! It just goes to show how much a volunteers time is appreciated.)
On the weekends, me and the other volunteers (from all over the world, I can now call FRIENDS) spent some time at the beach or at the Market and did some sightseeing (including hiking the Corcovado Mountain to see Christ the Redeemer!) And in the evenings, we would go to the bars and clubs in Rio or just relax in the house.
JIVE, the staff partnered with IVHQ are the ones that help you day in day out while you are living there. They were all so friendly and so helpful and made the experience that much better and they always made sure you were safe and felt comfortable.
I would recommend going to Rio to anyone thinking of volunteering with IVHQ. There is so much to see and it is a beautiful place.
I fell in love with the city and the people and I would not change a thing about my experience!
I went to change something on their lives and they changed me...
Submitted by Lau Souza - New York United States | October 20, 2016
The entire trip was an adventure! Traveling to a completely different country alone is always special. The group I met there was great, people from all over the world. The kids was just adorable. Happy with all they have. I learned that you don't need much to appreciate life. I hope that my presence there added something to their lives, but they need more! They need school, food, medicine, water, things that we don't even think about. Overall the program was great. The accommodation was simple, well... for luxury we have resorts! No snacks! Just three meals, but you get used to (the meals were great! - Tina was amazing cook!). The program can be improved. Volunteers can do more!
I want to send a special THANKS to Evans - he was amazing! I was sick during one of our trips and he saved me. He was there to answer all questions we had and to look for the best interest of the volunteers! Helping with hotel when needed, car transportation, and any other thing.
My group was also amazing! Funny how we all got so connected so quickly. Special!
It's crazy how we can really get to know people when we have no tvs around.
I miss all the games, talks, jokes, laughs...
If you want to do something special, be a volunteer abroad. Will change you for good!
Program: Volunteer in Childcare in Ghana