International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

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9.3 / 10 after 251 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is the trusted volunteer organization, providing safe, quality and extremely affordable volunteering placements in countries all over the world. Each year they place over 5000 volunteers abroad and have a wide range of volunteering opportunities in Argentina, Bali, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Colombia - Bogota and Cartagena, Costa Rica, Ecuador, FijiGhana, Guatemala, India - Delhi & DharamsalaItaly, Kenya - Nairobi & Maasai, Laos, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Peru - Cusco & Lima, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, ThailandRomania, Uganda, Victoria Falls, Vietnam - Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City and Zambia.

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This program was everything I could've hoped for and more. My only regret is that I could not stay longer. The home was in an authentic area south of Delhi, within a short walk to our placement and the metro station. Everything was so smooth and convenient, I really think it was worth every penny. While it always seems counter intuitive to pay to volunteer, the service and convenience you get with this program, combined with the awesome experience, make this so worth it. The school was awesome. The kids were so sweet, they got us all gifts on our last day. Very touching and a truly memorable experience. So glad I got to take part in this. Great host family, I always felt welcome and it felt like my home. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

Aloha

-Phil

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Posted: June 19, 2015
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10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
24

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Hi Phil, my daughter is going to Delhi in December, and I was wondering what can you tell me about the safety of the places you go or stay in? all i hear about International HQ is great, but as a mom is always great to get some reassurance!! thanks!!

IVHQ is a great program, especially the New Delhi program. The program was highly recommended by a friend of mine who did their placement in Peru. I lived with an awesome families while i was volunteering, like many of my other fellow friends who volunteered in the Delhi program. The food was amazing (Chandni is an amazing cook), they took in consideration what people liked and disliked, as well as, switching up the menu items quite frequently. My family did everything they could to make me feel comfortable from tinkering with the air conditions to even trying to fix my laptop! They would even go out of there way to pick us up late at night when we couldn't get a taxi. I honestly felt a part of the family. The actually program itself is well structured and when problems do arise the program director and staff are very willing to help you have the best time volunteering as possible! I have only positives to say about the program.

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Posted: June 19, 2015
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10
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10
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10
By: helen954
Age:
18

My volunteer experience was better than I could have ever anticipated. IVHQ works with you from beginning to end to ensure that you are not only prepared but happy, comfortable, and adapting well in country. Before my departure, the main staff were always eager to answer my questions to their fullest capability and ease my nerves. Once I landed in India, the staff was waiting for me at the airport to take me to the volunteer house for orientation. Every person and host i encountered was friendly and welcoming. It made the culture shock bearable and the new experiences exciting!

You are constantly in touch with IVHQ staff. By the time I went to my home stay I was already well connected with the staff and they continued to stop by every project twice a week. You always have someone to ask questions to, to help with any problems, or simply to feel connected and not alone in a new place.

Besides their mentoring, everything about my placement and experience was just simply fantastic. I taught a school where I fell in love with the kids, was constantly welcomed with open arms by the other teachers, and met so many different people from different places.

If anybody wants to volunteer overseas IVHQ is the absolute best option and best deal for your money! It's the cheapest and most amazing program out there. :)

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Posted: April 14, 2015
Overall:
10
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10
Value:
10
By: ckellogg
Age:
22

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Hi Catherine. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your recommendation of our program in India - Delhi. Your 8 weeks on our Slum Teaching project sounds like it was truly memorable and we are glad that we were able to facilitate this for you. We hope to see you on another of our volunteer programs again in the future.

For the past 4 weeks I have been volunteering in the Slum teaching program in Faridabad. Overall the program was very well organized from the beginning right to the end with airport pick up, my host family and teaching at the school.
I recommend doing the orientation week because you meet the other volunteers and get to learn about the Indian culture, language, general street tips (catching transport, bargaining, food) and see the main tourist attractions in Delhi. My host family Chandni and Mohit were very supportive and caring, they always made sure I felt right at home throughout my stay.

The school was very good with making sure we were included with the teaching of the classes, we helped mark the homework, teach English and Math and we would sometimes have to plan whole lessons. The staff were also very helpful and supportive throughout my stay.

The projects at IVHQ are very organised and safe and I recommend it to anyone wanting to volunteering abroad. I would like to thank everyone involved in the Indian IVHQ program for making my trip everything I expected and more. :)

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Posted: April 11, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
19

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Hi Grace, Thanks for sharing your thoughts about our program in India. It sounds like your 4 weeks volunteering on our Slum Teaching project was truly memorable. It’s great to hear that you felt safe with IVHQ. Thanks for the recommendation.

Slum teaching with IVHQ has been amazing! I volunteered in the little angels school right in the middle of Faridabad, Delhi for 3 weeks and it has been such a rewarding experience.
It has been a real hands on project and we helped the children with English and maths in the mornings the had freedom in the afternoon to decide yourself what activities that you would like to do with the children, which was so much fun! It is emotionally challenging and working with these children who have so little yet are so happy and eager to learn really pulls on the heartstrings, but i felt so privileged to be there and to actually have the opportunity to work with those who appreciate and need our help.

The IVHQ staff have been brilliant and are contactable 24/7 for anything you need help with or any questions you have no matter how small. One member of staff even personally took me to the doctors when I wasn't feeling too good. They really feel like an extended family rather than staff! So warm and friendly! Orientation week was so much fun and I would definitely recommend it to other volunteers who are thinking of doing the project. Its a great way to meet other volunteers from around the world and we spent the next three weekends together going on trips to Pushkar, Varanasi and Dharamsala.

Living with a host family was one of the best parts of the project, they were so welcoming and we really felt at home living with them. The accommodation was perfect and our host mum is a seriously good cook! We enjoyed so many delicious traditional indian meals. She even let us help prepare them with her to learn how to make them when we wanted.

All in all this project has been everything I had hoped for and more, I am happy I chose IVHQ to do it with. Other volunteer projects are so expensive in comparison which is one of the main reasons I chose IVHQ and there was definitely no compromising! They even explained to us exactly where all of the money goes and what percentages are spent on what.
10/10 for this project! would definitely recommend and I'll be looking into what other projects I can do next! Thank you IVHQ!

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Posted: March 30, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: becki042
Age:
24

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Thanks for the 10/10 score! That is great to hear. It sounds like you had an unforgettable experience and we are glad that we could be part of facilitating this. Thanks for the volunteering with IVHQ and we look forward to seeing you on another of our programs at some point in the future.

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