International Volunteer HQ
International Volunteer HQ Programs
International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is the world's leading volunteer travel organization, providing affordable, safe and responsible volunteer programs in over 30 different...
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...
International Volunteer HQ has a wide range of volunteering opportunities available in working with children placements, sports programs, environmental placements, Carnaval...
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...
International Volunteer HQ Reviews
Submitted by Kaisha Wilson - De Montfort University | April 22, 2017
I am a full time student in university so only was able to volunteer for a week due to exams, but it was the most eye opening week of my life. Not only did I get to do what I signed up for (construction and renovation) I was able to meet new people from all around the world, be truly engaged and emerged in the lifestyle of locals and learn more about myself during it all. One thing I took back with me is that life is what you make it. Observing the locals I lived with that don't have much be so happy really stuck out to me. I realized a positive mentality can go a long way and produce a happy life. This experience also help to realize my purpose which is to help people. I study Law in university, but after this experience i really wan't to use this law degree to really make a difference. So instead of leaning towards being a commercial lawyer I want to be a Human rights Lawyer, or an Immigration Lawyer. Before going to Ghana I was very weary on how I would adapt, whether I would feel lonely or not or if I would just enjoy the experiencing. Upon arrival and being picked up those worries went away. All the staff members are so nice and make you feel so welcomes which makes such a difference. So much more I can say, but I'll just finished with this. By watching the news you may think you understand how the world is or what people are going through, but actually being there, living it is an experience that could change your life and is like no other.
Submitted by Evan - Cornell University | April 21, 2017
My placement in Frankadua Ghana was wonderful! The other volunteers were friendly, the people of the town were welcoming and kind, and the IVHQ staff was super supportive. Evans, one of the IVHQ staff members, was always a phone call away if you needed him. He also took a group of us on a trip to Cape Coast our first weekend, which was a lot of fun. Having him there was a huge help in terms of getting around and communicating with locals. He also was well organized and kept us on track to see as many cool sites as possible.
Program: Volunteer and Coach Sports in Ghana
Volunteering in Antingua Guatemala
Submitted by Allie - University of Denver | April 21, 2017
My experience volunteering in Guatemala was amazing. I loved teaching English to elementary school children and interacting with my homestay family. I felt everyone I met was extremely friendly and caring. The food was excellent and I felt safe the whole time I was there. I also loved meeting other volunteers who were either staying in my homestay or teaching English with me. This was my first experience volunteering and I didn't know what to expect. At 18, I was the youngest volunteer and at first I was a little nervous because I was traveling alone. Everything worked out better than I ever imagined. I did my volunteer work in the morning and enjoyed the sites in the afternoon and evenings. It was a great experience that helped me brush up on my Spanish, learn about the culture, and meet other volunteers. I had a lot of fun and am ready to volunteer again.
Best valuable time of my life - short yet sweet!
Submitted by Josephene Amirthanayagam - Kent | April 21, 2017
My time spent volunteering at Cape Town was truly awesome and rewarding. Even though I was there for just one week and I was on the holiday program, it felt like I was there for a long period of time. The volunteers who I stayed and worked with were a lovely bunch and I had a great time hanging out with them. The holiday program was useful as we got to help and advise students on how to write CVs, engage in workshops, attend talks about bullying and also, got to attend a field trip to Cape Point! I had a fantastic time in Cape Town and would definitely go there again in a heartbeat!
Culture diving :)
Submitted by Luisa - Universität Bayreuth | April 20, 2017
I spent 2 months at the Gold Program and I couldn't have asked for a better placement! Everything is very basic, no running water, bucket showers, hardly any reception but I truly loved it! And the work was fun too, exhausting sometimes but always rewarding. I feel like I learned for a lifetime in Ghana, not only how to use a shovel or carry water on my head but also to be patient (public transport!:D) and to appreciate all the little things. It was the perfect combination of working and traveling and the local IVHQ staff was always happy to help with organizing accommodation, transport etc. when we went on weekend trips. Apart from that I met the most amazing people from all over the world, some of them definitely friends for life!
To everybody who reads this and is thinking about volunteering: DO IT and think outside the box, you'll never regret! :)