International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] Participant Reviews
Special Needs in Kenya!
Submitted by Betina - Portland | April 24, 2018
I just finished my time in Kenya volunteering with Special Needs! The time spent was not long enough! I was so pleased with the communication of the team for local placement, local transportation, and even back at the office with IVHQ. You have to be open minded and ready for anything, and you will have a GREAT experience. The orientation really helped prep me for what to expect as far as making Kenya home for my time here, and my home stays were welcoming and treated me like family. Plus I have made friends for life with the other volunteers! I fell in love with all the children at my placement, and I was so sad to leave! I am already planning my return back to stay longer. I also got the opportunity to go on a safari and see an amazing city tour, thanks to the companies IVHQ partnered with. I always felt taken care of, which is important! Highly recommend and to come ready for anything!!
Life Changing Rewarding
Submitted by judy Weller - Taiping | April 23, 2018
When I first applied I was very apprehensive . As first time plus I was 65years old. My emails and preparation put me at ease. on arrival at no time did I feel lost. was greeted by Green Lion and found I was welcomed with open arms and so helpful. My 2 weeks went so fast I wished had stayed longer. The other volunteers where all amazing the staff everywhere was so amazing. Words can not describe my experience.
Submitted by st - MGHIHP | April 23, 2018
I went to Ghana for 2 weeks on a medical volunteer program and it was a very eye opening experience. The people here have so much enthusiasm about meeting new people. The food was amazing and the culture is beautiful. Would recommend the experience to any medical person wishing to volunteer abroad. The only thing I wish there was more of was medical supplies.
Program: Volunteer in Medicine in Ghana
A beautiful experience
Submitted by Janos | April 22, 2018
You simply MUST go to Zambia. The country, the landscape, the people here are something one has to see, has to experience. IVHQ volunteer program was the ideal set-up for me to be there at an acceptable cost, to meet local (and other volunteers) people, to be able to join a project helping children. While the primary goal was to help them, I could also do some touristic activities in the free-time. ANY help is more than welcome, sometimes simply your presence is important for them. Children are incredibly friendly and they really want to learn from you.
Wild Elephant Program
Submitted by Ryan Leys - West Lorne | April 20, 2018
My time in Sri Lanka was second to none! Getting to help conserve wild elephants while seeing many other species of mammals, birds, and reptiles was incredible! The staff become good friends if you stay long enough and the food alone is worth staying for! Some of the best I’ve ever eaten! I highly recommend this program to anyone who loves conservation or nature!
Amazing experience in Livingstone.
Submitted by Stefan Neville - Coquitlam | April 18, 2018
Amazing experience in Livingstone. IVHQ provided the assurance and support that made it easy to jump in a plane and go across the world to a a place I've never been. I'm looking forward to going back to Livingstone and to make volunteering more of a regular occurrence. I would strongly recommend using IVHQ to any new or seasoned volunteers looking for experience outside the norm and or their country.
IVHQ: Trip of a Lifetime
Submitted by Elizabeth - Temple University | April 18, 2018
I volunteered with IVHQ in Belgium working on the "Mobile Library" project to assist with the immense refugee population in Brussels. This project provided a recreational outlet for the homeless. From start to finish I had constant support from the IVHQ team. I have volunteered through other programs and have found program fees to be overly expensive, but IVHQ offered a reasonable price and a quality program. The team I worked with during my program was "Serve the City". I have never found a group of more like-minded people and this made my placement the perfect fit for me. I stayed at the Norton House where the hosts provided us with a full breakfast and lunch each day. I have dietary requirements which I am normally able to deal with on my own, but they went out of the way to make sure that I was properly accommodated. Overall, I would highly recommend IVHQ! I am looking forward to my next trip with them.
Submitted by alice lee - San Jose | April 16, 2018
From beginning to end, this trip exceeded all my expectations. I went in with an open mind, compassionate heart, and wanting to see - everything. From the introduction to the coordinator (who, by the way, will become your best friend in Jamaica) to meeting the staff/children at the school - I couldn't have asked for a warmer reception. Mon-Fri, we volunteered and had the evening to ourselves. Often I would play with the neighborhood soccer team or the local kids on our street. Weekends were filled with Jamaican adventures and depending on your mood, you could end up at a beach party/party bus or just lounging poolside to recover ;). It was an unforgettable experience and the way the program is set up, I was able to really bond with the children and I think they bonded with me - we still FaceTime regularly... :)
IVHQ Bali will change you.
Submitted by Sanyu - London Metropolitan | April 16, 2018
I went into IVHQ looking for an organization that is reasonably costly for the volunteer to be able to actually give quality assistance to whatever is they want to support. It was my first time volunteering abroad and it had exceeded my expectations above and beyond. IVHQ is a very well organized volunteering website that gives accurate information, I had called in and spoken to the office on the phone many of times and the staff are professional and absolutely lovely. Volunteering at Green Lion Bali was life altering and the love of the staff there and many life lessons I learned there have all been thanks to IVHQ.
Thank you guys!
Jamaica one love
Submitted by Sofie Neri - San Diego State University | April 15, 2018
Hey Everyone. I’m relatively new to the IVHQ community. As a matter of fact, this is my first experience being abroad by myself. I’ve been in Jamaica for 4 weeks and have another 4 weeks left to go. Im working with the students at Boscobel Primary as part of the Sports Development Program. This experience has beyond exceeded any expectation I could have possibly hoped for. Going somewhere by myself with a program I came across on a google search was a significant stressor on the family, to say the very least. I was honestly pretty nervous to finally see what kind of situation I had gotten myself into, however, any shred of concern vanished after one conversation with the program director Jade Whyne. She was incredibly warm, welcoming and she cares about all the volunteer members like family. I know with absolute confidence that I can always count on the team here, Jade and Mark, for anything I need. There is always room for improvement in any project and it takes quite a bit of effort, resources, and experience to wrinkle out all the “kinks” in any developing organization. The team here is more than receptive to new ideas and any suggestions we have on how to help the program better thrive. Furthermore, despite tireless efforts, there are sometimes factors beyond anyone’s control. Anyways as I did recognize, it may not always be perfect, but in all honesty I would say that it would be a disservice to deprive yourself of the opportunity to experience Jamaica firsthand for yourself. I understand with this being my first time volunteering with IVHQ, I may not know the comparative value of programs in different countries. However, what I absolutely do know is that I am grateful I never switched the location of my program. I love the primary school kids with all my heart and it is an honor to help make a difference in their lives. Jades determination to better the community is absolutely commendable. The children’s hearts are filled with love and the school needs more volunteers who are persistent on making a difference. Overall, this project needs more help not less. The foundation is strong and change will be positively correlated to the number of volunteers who choose Jamaica. If you are still hesitant then in the very least give Jade a call. Because of this experience, I look forward to volunteering with IVHQ in the future. I really hope you consider coming to Jamaica because I standby it as being one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The other volunteers I’ve met are more of a family to me than a coworker or friend. If you have any other questions or concerns feel feel free to ask. I’m grateful to Mark and Jade for everything they’ve done and continue to do. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to possibly volunteering with some of you in the future.