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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...
International Volunteer HQ Reviews
ENRICHING EXPERIENCE IN A MAGICAL COUNTRY
Submitted by Rodrigo Engell - UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA | November 18, 2017
Olá! Portugal, Portugal, Portugal! No words for this magical country...
One of the most beautiful countries in the world, especially it's vivid capital Lisbon. A small corner full of vibrant colors, energy and life that will make you want to stay there forever! (no joke) My experience with IVHQ was really enriching, not only the place was to dream for, but the people I met every step of the way! From the volunteers to the kids, to the lovely cook (Inés), from every Portuguese making me feel like I was one of them. I believe it has been one of the greatest experiences I have ever been a part of in my life. After traveling to 15 countries, Lisbon was my last destination and definitely my absolute favorite. I felt like at home somehow, from walking down to Praça do Comercio to visiting the mesmerizing roads of Sintra, eating pasteis de nata and speaking the beautiful language. I think I left a part of me there and for sure I will go back to retake that glimpse of fulfillment and happiness that Portugal treasured in my heart. My advice is to do it, don't hesitate or even think about it, IVHQ is a great company that will guide you along the way, introducing you to an experience that might guide your heart and inspire your soul to do more for others out there. Become Portuguese for 2,3,4 weeks, whatever is needed, you will be surprised at who you become once you get back home! I will forever be grateful for my time in Portugal, I have memories of pure pure joy! Quantas saudades de ti Lisboa, muito obrigado!
Great experience in Costa Rica
Submitted by Yiran - Pepperdine University | November 15, 2017
My volunteer experience in Costa Rica was amazing.IVHQ provide great service as they displayed on the website.My flight was 3 hours late, but the local pick up driver was still there waiting for me!The homestay mom is super nice and friendly, the food is good and healthy ,the family members of the homestay are nice and polite.I had great time with them.
Submitted by Rita Frenzel - Los Angeles United States | November 15, 2017
This program is a great way to get involved with helping the Balinese community along with exploring the beautiful island of Bali. I loved our orientation week at the beginning because we got to do many activities that allowed us to learn about Balinese culture. We explored the village, saw a Balinese dance show, participated in a Balinese cooking class, etc. The orientation was especially helpful because it allowed us to also learn about the dos and don’ts in Bali and how to stay safe.
I first started out doing the turtle conservation program on Nusa Penida. That was absolutely incredible; we got to do a lot of hands-on work with the turtles such as feeding and cleaning them. We also participated in other activities such as beach clean ups. Being on the island was so chill and relaxing.
This program is also very flexible. Many volunteers who wish to change their placement can do so easily. I wanted to experience a variety of projects, so I did construction and renovation for my third week and kindergarten for my fourth. Participating in many of the projects was such a rewarding experience for me. There is a lot of free time to do things during the day in Ubud. The city is filled with fun things to do. The weekends are free as well, which gives us time to go on little trips and explore other cities with each other.
The coordinators for this program were amazing. They went out of their way to make sure we were safe and having a good time. They gave us good tips on fun things to do in Bali and also how to stay safe. When volunteers were sick, they were extremely caring and made them feel at home. I never once felt uncomfortable or unsafe during this entire trip. Overall, this experience was amazing and I strongly recommend it.
Ghana 2017 Sept-Nov
Submitted by Amy Figgins - Bath Spa University | November 14, 2017
I visited Ghana with IVHQ September 2017 for 8 weeks. I can easily say it was the best experience of my life. The staff, community and other volunteers were all so welcoming, friendly and co-operative and truly made it my most enjoyable trip i've ever been on. I've made friends for life and will definitely be returning.
Program: Volunteer and Coach Sports in Ghana
Submitted by Kelly Papworth - Oxford Brookes | November 14, 2017
As a mature 3rd year nursing student having never travelled outside of Europe or alone, I was quite nervous about volunteering but there was no need. From booking, and arriving back home I felt at ease and supported.
I arrived to Ghana in the evening and was met at the airport by IVHQ. I was taken to Madina volunteer house with 5 other volunteers. We ate, then settled down for the night. The following morning we had induction that was extremely informative and we even had a language lesson. We then travelled to our placements on a tro, seeing and experiencing the culture of Ghana with Evans answering any questions we had. When I arrived at the ‘purple programme’ in Frankadua I met other volunteers who were likeminded and extremely welcoming.
I visited the local clinic to meet the staff and have a look around. Whilst I was there, there was an outreach programme taking place, so I decided to take part in this the whole placement. This included visiting schools to test and treat the children for malaria (there was a very high percentage with malaria). Another outreach involved wound care, this included wounds caused by falling over/playing, infected mosquito bites and poor foot care from poor footwear/no footwear. Another outreach involved going to the local market place, testing and treating locals for malaria, doing blood sugars and blood pressures and giving health advice where needed. There were also medical volunteers that went to schools with the teaching volunteers to teach CPR and hand washing. there was talk of teaching to prevent malaria too. One of the programme leads, Evans was extremely hardworking, informative and everything ran smoothly because of his organisational skills and commitment.
On the weekend, we travelled to Cape Coast, this too was a fantastic experience, learning about Ghanaian culture and having some free time.
Evans escorted us the whole weekend, keeping us safe. He is extremely friendly, professional and informative and answered any questions we had openly and of course educated us throughout the whole weekend.
Unfortunately I was only able to volunteer for a week because of home commitments, but felt I was able to input enough into the programme to help make a difference. Since I’ve been home, I’ve been in contact with Evans and he’s enabled me to purchase equipment and get it to Frankadua smoothly. I’ve also been asking my local community for children’s shoes which I will Be shipping to Ghana in the near future.
Overall, it’s been a life changing, eye opening experience which I would recommend to anyone and for them to definitely go through IVHQ.
Program: Volunteer in Medicine in Ghana