International Volunteer HQ Participant Reviews
My HealthCare Project!
Submitted by Lucy Amber - James Cook University | May 26, 2017
I really enjoyed my time working in the healthcare project. The paediatrican and the nutritionist I worked with were really friendly and got me very involved in the project.
The schedule suited me perfectly, the walk to the clinic was lovely, and the hospitality provided by staff will never be forgotten.
Program: Healthcare Volunteering in Argentina
Child care Argentina
Submitted by Jennifer Cedeño - Universidad Rafael Landivar | May 26, 2017
Estuve 2 semanas en un jardín de niños en la sala de 4 años, todos los niños muy cariñosos, amables, querían jugar todo el tiempo y el personal trabajando en el jardín, fueron excelentes, muy amables, lo mas difícil fue despedirme de todos, los llevare siempre conmigo, sin duda una de las mejores experiencias de mi vida.
Program: Childcare Volunteering in Argentina
Amazing Time In Argentina
Submitted by Jessie - Toronto | May 26, 2017
Had an amazing time in Argentina. Was able to interact with the elders from the elderly care program. The locals are super nice and helpful. The other volunteers are wonderful, made many new friends here.
Submitted by Lívia Beatrice - Auckland | May 24, 2017
The volunteer in New Zealand was the first time a way from home by myself to work and have a schedule with people I have never seen before. And it was a life changing opportunity. This was the beginning of a new life for me, and that was exactly what I wanted. The best thing is when you come home from work and you know you spent your day helping a Cause.
Submitted by Alexandria Dornbier - University of Utah | May 24, 2017
I loved my homestay and peru in general. I loved the people I got the opportunity to connect with and the child that I got to meet and give attention to. It was an incredibly experience and I can't wait to do something like this again.
International Volunteer HQ responded to this review May 25, 2017 at 10:03 PM
Hi Alexandria, We are so happy to hear that you loved Peru! Thanks for your great review and for being an awesome volunteer.
Andrea – IVHQ Peru Cusco Program Manager
2 amazing months in Tanzania
Submitted by Emma - Christchurch | May 24, 2017
I had the most incredible time in Tanzania with the IVHQ team. The volunteer house, staff and placements were above my expectations. I met some amazing people, local and from all over the world. I never felt unsafe and I believe their programmes really benefit the community, are sustainable and well supported. I would definitely return to do another programme and would recommend IVHQ to any family or friends who are considering volunteering. Tanzania is a beautiful place with so much to do and see, you are sure to fall in love with it and it's people!
International Volunteer HQ responded to this review May 25, 2017 at 9:48 PM
Thanks for your great review. We are so glad to hear that you had an incredible time on the program in Tanzania and found the placements to be sustainable and well supported. Thanks for being an awesome volunteer and we would love to have you join us again in the future.
Will – IVHQ Tanzania Program Manager
My time in Bali
Submitted by Jackline Dominic - Calgary Canada | May 18, 2017
Volunteering in Bali has been one of the best and most rewarding things I've ever experienced. I believe that getting to see Bali for the first time through IVHQ was the best way to really experience the Balinese culture. For me it went beyond just being a tourist, but orientation week and volunteering helped me really appreciate the Balinese lifestyle, in a way that I wouldn't have been able to without it. I got to know the locals and the other volunteers in my house to the point that they became more than friends, they became family. I absolutely fell in love with all the kids in my class, which was why the last day was so hard for me. On our daily walks to the canteen and the rice fields house, we interacted so much with the locals that I began to look forward to our daily banter more and more. I know without a doubt that I would do this program again in a heartbeat, and I am so glad to have had the opportunity to do this, even if it is just once in my life. It is time that I will never forget, and I hope to have the chance to experience it again.
International Volunteer HQ responded to this review May 25, 2017 at 9:44 PM
Thanks for sharing your beautiful review. It sounds like you had an incredible and rewarding time on the program in Bali – and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Thanks for being a lovely volunteer and we hope you will be able to join us again in the future.
Brigitte – IVHQ Bali Program Manager
Two weeks not enough!
Submitted by Tyler - Milwaukee United States | May 16, 2017
I volunteered through IVHQ in a medical program for Volunteer Corps Purple Program. I absolutely loved it. The work was a little less intense than I had hoped but still a very good experience overall. I would say this is an awesome program for any nursing student. My only advice would be to stay at least one month and be ready to rough it a little. Overall great experience and I can't wait to return!
Program: Volunteer in Medicine in Ghana
International Volunteer HQ responded to this review May 25, 2017 at 9:34 PM
Hi Tyler, We are stoked to hear that you loved your time in Ghana! Thanks for your advice and for recommending this program to nursing students. We can’t wait to have you back!
Kaila – IVHQ Ghana Program Manager
"you can change the world with love"
Submitted by Erica Newbigging - Listowel | May 15, 2017
I travelled to Cartagena, Colombia for two weeks in April 2017, and I volunteered at a rehab facility for youth, focusing on sports development. My time in Colombia was short but so rewarding! I volunteered at two different rehab facilities and the age ranges of the youth were 13-18 years old. The majority of the time I spend playing fútbol, as this is a favorite past time in Colombia. I knew I had to be a role model for the youth as many of them are underprivileged and need to love and support that they may not receive at home. Playing sports was a huge impact on the youth as it’s an amazing way to focus on a healthy lifestyle. My top tips for future volunteers are to go into with an open mind and open heart! I suggest learning Spanish when travelling to Cartagena because many of the youth just want someone to talk to and look up to. As I only volunteered for two weeks, I knew I had to make the most of my time volunteering and encourage the youth. My experience volunteering abroad made me so grateful for each and everything in my life, and to never take anything for granted! My time I spent in Cartagena was eye-opening and when I arrived home it was a culture shock, knowing I have everything I have ever wanted or needed right at my finger tips. Working with children is very difficult as you can become attached to them, therefore, making the goodbye even harder. Although, I find volunteering with children is so rewarding and you can really change the world with love! #justgo
International Volunteer HQ responded to this review May 25, 2017 at 9:28 PM
Hi Erica, Thanks for sharing a little about your rewarding and eye-opening time in Cartagena! We are so glad that you saw the value in the projects and the impact they have on the youth at these placements. Thanks for making the most of your time volunteering and for encouraging others to do the same.
Clover – IVHQ Colombia Program Manager
Medical volunteer in Santa Catarina Barahona, Guatemala
Submitted by Elizabeth Handley-Samick | May 14, 2017
All of my life I have always wanted to travel abroad and provide medical care in areas where medicine is not readily available or accessible. After obtaining my Bachelor's degree in Biology, I decided to take a year off to work as an EMT and obtain a wide variety of medical experience before furthering my education. Being a medical volunteer in Guatemala was the perfect experience during my gap year because it not only reassured me that I wanted to pursue medicine further, but it also exposed me to how medical care may differ in other countries. In the clinic I volunteered, I was not only responsible for obtaining vital signs in the triage area, but I was also able to vaccinate the people who came to the clinic as well as shadow a local physician. I learned so much at the clinic and am incredibly grateful for all of the opportunities that presented to me! I am already planning my next volunteer abroad trip for hopefully three weeks or more!
International Volunteer HQ responded to this review May 25, 2017 at 9:08 PM
Hi Elizabeth, Thanks for sharing. We are glad to hear that the Medical program in Guatemala was the perfect program for you, it sounds like your were an absolute asset to the local team. Thanks for being an awesome volunteer and we can’t wait to have you join us again!
Charlotte – IVHQ Guatemala Program Manager