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...
Best two weeks of my life!
Submitted by Camila Herrera - Universidad Latina de Panamá | September 27, 2016
Volunteering in Guatemala was definitely the most fulfilling experience I've had yet, I went for the medical program and since day one I fell in love with every single patient and every person I had the opportunity to work with. I'm only in my second year of med school and I got to vaccinate, triage, give pap smears, suture, heal wounds and also learn so much about pharmacology. I lived in a volunteer house with about 20 other volunteers from all around the world, the house was beautiful and we ate delicious food daily. I went by myself but definitely made friends for a life time in only 2 weeks, you always had someone to travel the city with after placement and every night we went out to bars and had fun. Not to mention the amazing weekend trip I took to Semuc Champey (google it, it's paradise) and how cheap everything was. Definitely recommend it to anyone who likes adventure and wants to get outside of their comfort zone.
Can't wait to go back!
Submitted by Alina - Ravensburg Germany | September 23, 2016
My time at UBECI changed me a lot. The kids at the markets showed me what is truly important in life. I am more thoughtful, and I have started to be conscious of my behaviors, consumption, and complaints. The kids opened my eyes and turned me into a better person.
If you want to do something different do not hesitate, there is no better time than now.
Teaching in Ghana
Submitted by Bella - Simon Fraser | September 19, 2016
The experience is incredible. The workers at my placement were very friendly and always made sure we were safe. There is no doubt that this opportunity will change your life and I still think about the children and the small town where my placement was everyday. The villagers were so welcoming and the children are lovely and always excited to learn! On the weekend a group of volunteers made the trip to Cape Coast with the help of a dedicated worker named Evan. I really wish I had gotten to stay longer and I am already looking forward to my next trip back.
Program: Volunteer and Teach in Ghana
Teaching English in Cusco, Peru
Submitted by Stephen Jagard - New York United States | September 15, 2016
Taught English at a military base for student around 17-23 in Cusco. The city is amazing, the program is very inspiring, and the homestay situation was wonderful. Maximo Nivel was the company that I was set up with by IVHQ and they have a lot to offer that helps you get acclimated to the city. Highly recommend trying a program in Cusco, there is too much to do between restaurants, museums, ruins, nightlife, etc.
Sports in Brazil
Submitted by Fahim - Charles Strut University | September 13, 2016
Hey potential IVHQers,
I'll cut straight to the chase, you've read all the reviews claiming how beautiful Rio is and how its made them a new person etc etc, It did the same for me and more believe that. I want to address the elephant in the room. The media has very much slandered Rio and Brazil as a whole for safety, Zika, Political instability, green swimming pools and etc.. Our friend Ryan Locthe definitely did not help.. It would be very easy and naive of me to sit here and claim all of it to be false. The media shows you 1 localized and independent event that has occurred. I can guarantee the city you live in would have similar incidents every friday or saturday night.. And as for the Zika virus, come on now I was there for two weeks- in peak "Zika scare period" and I saw and heard nothing.
Rio is no different to any other city, theres of course dangerous areas and shady people, thats where the incredible IVHQ team come in.. Zac, Vivi,Miguel and of course Venessa do an amazing job of teaching and guiding you through the city and telling you what is right or wrong. They give you a local insight into the city and volunteers who have stayed there for a while really become your best friend .. I am assuming you're volunteering to challenge yourself and for a new experience.. Rio will do that in the right way, IVHQ Rio will provide that..
I had the time of my life in that city for the two weeks I was there, and I did something new every day.