International Volunteer HQ Participant Reviews

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Fab!

I have previously volunteered with ivhq before so was excited to experience it again. I Had a great time volunteering with ivhq in Mexico and really loved my placement! Both the kids and the ladies were really welcoming and I still felt comfortable even though I don't speak Spanish. Would be great to come back and see the kids one day!

Program: Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs: from USD 10 per day

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Community Engagement

    7

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Day to Day Life

    7

Volunteer Childcare Placement in Cambodia

The overall experience was amazing. I felt like I was really immersed in the culture and I managed to make close friends with some locals there. The accommodation was great but the food was a bit bland. It was a family home so I respect that they have opened up their home to us. Maybe just a variety of food choices and have the ability to help cook our meals would be great.

Program: Affordable Childcare Volunteering in Cambodia

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Turtle Paradise

This trip was definitely one for the books! I was initially pretty nervous since this was my first time out of country and I was alone, but this trip turned out to be everything I could ask for and more! Not only did we get to work directly with sea turtles every night but I met tons of amazing people and made some incredible memories at Playa Ostional, Costa Rica!

Program: Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs: from USD 10 per day

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Loved it!

I loved the program and all volunteers! Very easy to form a community while traveling alone. I stayed with a host family and enjoyed it! At first I was nervous, I would be disconnected from the group not living at the Volunteer Inn, but that was not the case at all! I volunteered with the Teaching English and teaching abroad was such a cool experience- I LOVED it. The kids were amazing! If you come, just remember to drink lots and lots of water!

Program: Volunteer and Teach in Mexico

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Community Engagement

    N/A

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

My Time In Costa Rica

In Costa Rica we were placed in Junquillal. We were right next to the beach at Verdi Azul with some very healthy food. Even when the showers were cold we still had fun. In morning work we go and clean up around Verdi Azul. Afternoon we help clean up the beach and other stuff to help baby see turtles and sometimes even dig them up and release them. Night patrol is late (and can be very hard). It lasts for three hours of walking with one break. In Costa Rica there will be a lot of rice with vegetables in them and beans. The most common sea turtle you will see during summer is the Olive Ridley. If a turtle laid it's eggs and you're not staying for 55 days or more you probably won't see them hatch. The IVHQ members and Verdi Azul members will be happy to answer all of your questions! I hope this tells you everything you want to know and have a great time!

Program: Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs: from USD 10 per day

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    6

  • Day to Day Life

    10

How South Africa impacted my life in such a positive and encouraging way

The 2 months I experienced in South Africa volunteering in the Sports Development Program impacted my life in such a positive way. It made me realize and open my eyes to learning and experiencing new things whether the things I found out were heart breaking or where filled with joy. The children I got to meet and got to know still stay in my heart to this day and will forever be remembered. Going to volunteer every day filled me with happiness and excitement, by playing games with the kids and teaching them to properly be apart of society was a rewarding feeling. I personally believe that I made an impact in these children's lives and I will continue from now on to give my time to people in need. I didn't know what to expect when first applying for this program, but all I can say is that it is life changing. I've grown as a person and I strongly believe that everyone should give it a chance to help someone in need. Also, when meeting the new volunteers I've made friendships that words cannot explain. I can truthfully say that I've made long life friends even though most of them live in all areas of the world. People who are thinking of volunteering abroad, don't think; do. It's a life changing experience and it's one thing you won't forget.

Program: Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs: from USD 10 per day

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    7

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Memorable exprience!!

Three weeks in Mexico was an unforgettable experience. Overall when I look back at my time here in Mexico, I am very thankful to have had this opportunity. The kids that I met at my job placement were some of the funniest and humble kids Id ever met. I really enjoyed being someone these kids could talk to and be themselves with. It was super hard saying goodbye and they truly helped me grow as a person! However, I wish the program would have been more clear since the begining on what age groups we would be working with. It would have been very helpful when choosing which materials to bring. My stay at the volunteer house was a good choice because it was really nice being able to meet other likeminded people. The people are what made this whole experience worthwhile! The stay at the house was good, but some nights felt extremely hot and uncomfortable. Despite the sleep situation, I never felt uncomfortable or unsafe walking around the streets. Mexico is a wonderful country and I really enjoyed being apart of something bigger than myself. I'm glad I choose this program because it introduced me to so many great people and left me with an overall amazing experience.

Program: Volunteer and Work with Children in Mexico

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Everyone should volunteer abroad at least once

I just came back from a week long volunteer adventure with the medical program at IVHQ. I was in the village of Senya, about 3 hours outside Accra. I cannot say enough good things about this program. I had never traveled overseas before, and this was also my first time volunteering. I was alone and a little nervous about it, but IVHQ was so wonderful. The entire staff was so helpful and guided me along the way in preparing me before I left. Once I was in Ghana the local team took over and made sure I was well taken care of. I was always very safe and provided for. The staff checked in on the volunteers everyday, many times more than once a day, to make sure we were ok and to help us with whatever we needed. The volunteer house was clean and the meals were good. The clinic that I volunteered with was very welcoming with the volunteers and were very patient with us. They seemed to be happy that we were there and I felt like I was really helping them. Everything about my trip ran so smoothly and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I would recommend the IVHQ program to anyone who was thinking about taking this kind of adventure!

Program: Incredible Volunteering in Ghana: Costs from USD 270

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    8

Construction in Bali - GREAT!

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Ubud, Bali, with IVHQ. Although only taking part in a 2 week stay, this experience exposed me to an entirely different culture and way of life, and enabled me to visit fantastic places and meet some great people. The orientation week prior to beginning the volunteering scheme was fascinating, I was able to go to some main attractions in the local area, as well as learn about the local culture, language, and food. This week was very well organised by the coordinators who all ensured each volunteer experienced as much as they could. My week of volunteering was doing construction and renovation for the community centre in Pejeng Kaja, the village in which we were based. The program was well organised, and the volunteers worked with a coordinator for the project as well as one local construction worker. Hard work was encouraged, and despite only being on site for one week, some fantastic progress was made. This volunteering opened by eyes to the tangible difference that can be made, and by doing construction in particular it was brilliant to know I could make a physical difference to the community, and give back to the people of the village. This whole experience, made possible by the brilliant organisation of IVHQ, has made me not only want to volunteer again, but to travel further afield post-university - it has given me an opportunity to experience and do something different from the monotonous activities back home - and made me more open-minded and aware of the different cultures and customs that exist around the world. If you are looking for a beautiful place to go, with genuinely humble and friendly locals, exotic attractions and a safe and warming environment whilst making a difference for the community, Ubud is fantastic, and with IVHQ you are in safe hands in terms of accommodation and organisation.

Program: Construction Volunteering in Bali - Lovina with IVHQ

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Yes, It's Great for Kids!

My son is nine years old this year. He has lived in the same house in the same neighborhood for all of those nine years. He has attended the same school, the same guitar lessons, played at the same park, and swam at the same pool his entire life. He didn't mind this one bit and I am so happy that he is a homebody who loves his little world and his place in it. But I want more for him. I want him to know that there is so much to see in our world, that there are wonderful people doing incredible things to make it better, that there are experiences and adventures beyond his imagining, and I wanted him to see how satisfying it can be to break out of your comfort zone once in awhile. IVHQ made it possible for me to show him these things when we went to Costa Rica this summer and volunteered on a sea turtle conservation project.
For two weeks we lived with five others in a cabin at the beach, ate new food, picked up bags of trash on the beach, and got used to being dirty most of the time and 'cleaning off' with cold showers. This was all out of my son's comfort zone and not something he would've considered doing before our trip.
However, these sorts of things become bearable when you have the opportunity to watch a mama sea turtle lay her eggs, when you get to dig baby sea turtles out of their nest, release them and watch them make their way to the sea, when you meet lots of fun people who are passionate about making the world a better place, when you play with rescue dogs who appreciate beyond measure every little pet and walk you take them on, and when you know at the end of every day that your work has made the world a little better.
When we first arrived in Costa Rica my son burst into tears, afraid of the new place and already missing his familiar lifestyle. By the end of the trip, after breathing a contented sigh, he sat back on the plane and said "it feels really good to do nice things for other people". He is also planning to start an ecology club at school next year (whereas his previous plan was to start a video game club!) Thanks to IVHQ, I felt confident taking my son to a foreign country, showing him a completely different part of the world, and providing experiences that made memories for a lifetime and empowered him to do his own part to make the world better. We are already planning our next adventure!

Program: Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs: from USD 10 per day