International Volunteer HQ Participant Reviews
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 | 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
Nice will refer my friend.
Submitted by John Cooper - New York | November 10, 2017
Great Program, i will share this program with my collage friends. Studying in the abroad was my passion from the childhood and my dream come true. Thank you for the so much help, very dedicated team and efforts.
Fiji kindergarten volunteering experience
Submitted by Chandi Weber - colorado state university | November 07, 2017
I was placed into a local kindergarten school in Suva close to our accommodation. This was an amazing experience because I got to work in a Hindi kindergarten. I would highly recommend this it was one of the best experiences I have had. I got to sit along side the kids and help them learn letters, words, and draw pictures one on one. I got the opportunity to learn our the Fijian culture and met many wonderful friends along the way. I met people from all over the world and I would say my 2 weeks here changed my life. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to travel and try something new while trying to help someone else!
Construction in Cusco
Submitted by Matt Edwards - University of Saskatchewan | November 06, 2017
Overall, my time volunteering in the construction of a new children's hospital clinic in Cusco has been incredibly rewarding and memorable. Process can be slow at times, but it is a fulfilling experience to see every step taken towards the construction of a new building. The people I worked with were always enthusiastic, and the people at IVHQ were always helpful, especially Derek. Even coming here with an open mind, it's hard to imagine what day to day life would be like in Cusco. My advice to other volunteering is to be helpful, proactive, and cooperative on the worksite, as it's not going to be what it is like at home. The one thing I wish IVHQ did more of is be more open with their budgeting and what money is directly going towards. We pay an extra $65 USD per week exclusively for the construction and renovation project, yet we frequently could not afford materials such as windows and floor tiles. Consequently, this makes volunteering go even slower when you don't have the materials on hand. Regardless, I loved my time volunteering in Cusco and I recommend it to everybody.
Truly life changing
Submitted by Talia Asouline - University of Sydney | November 04, 2017
My experience volunteering with children in Cambodia was truly one of the most heartwarming, eye opening and memorable experiences of my life. Going into it, I really did not have any expectations of how the situation would be. The organisation made it so easy to feel immediately at ease, assured and comfortable. The organisation that I worked for, LRDE, was an incredible organisation that worked tirelessly in improving the childhood of hundreds of severely disadvantaged kids. Being with the children each day and putting a smile on their faces was ever so rewarding and also a lot of fun. My month spent in Cambodia was not without some tricky hurdles, but, IVHQ were there with full support as well as the amazing support from the life long friends made there. Thank you IVHQ and wonderful Cambodia for one of the most incredible experiences of my life. It was a wild ride, and one I will never forget.
An experience that taught me more than I could ever imagine!
Submitted by Coralie Gauvin-Bélair - Laurentian University | November 02, 2017
Volunteering with IVHQ was an amazing experience. From getting picked up from the airport, which is very reassuring, to being supported by the organization all along the way and meeting other great volunteers, the experience was indescribable. Teaching women with very different levels of English and French was quite a challenge, however it taught me a lot as well. Also, having the choice to join different programmes along the way (the programme I did was very similar to others) was great as you could decide if you prefer volunteering a lot (ie. 5 to 6 hours a day) or only the mornings/afternoons, for example. That allowed me to balance my time well. Living in a host family was the best way to be really integrated into the culture. Overall the contacts I have made and the new friends I have met, as well as the impact the work had on the women (some learned the alphabet and numbers in only 2 weeks!) made this trip unforgettable.
Brilliant three weeks!!
Submitted by Nathan Chatterton-Sherburn - Newcastle University | November 01, 2017
The whole program was excellent. All the IVHQ staff were friendly and happy to help. The living facilities were homely and sociable allowing you to make a great group of friends. We were served traditional Cambodian food which never disappointed and the placement was great. It was clear how grateful they were for our help and it was great to both teach and play with the children. the placement lasted in mornings only and we had weekends free allowing us to see Phnom Penh as well as visit other provinces in our free time.