International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

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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 & DharamsalaItalyPortugal, Spain, New ZealandKenya , Laos, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Peru - Cusco & Lima, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, ThailandRomaniaUganda, Victoria Falls, Vietnam - Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City and Zambia.

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My experience with IVHQ New Delhi, India has been a very memorable and incredible experience thanks to the hospitality of my host family Mohit and Chandni who provide a very clean, comfortable and welcoming home. I stayed with them for 3 weeks out of my 4 weeks in India. They are helpful with anything from weekend travel tips to where to do some shopping locally or in other cities,etc. I felt very at home and I am so grateful that i was placed in the best house in IVHQ India! They were there for me 24/7 with support and they interact with all the volunteers who come through the house.

My experience at the projects was very interesting everyday. We planned lessons to teach the children and we got the freedom of creativity to teach them different insightful lessons. I am so happy I had chosen the Slum Teaching program. It has been such a fun and rewarding last 3 weeks. I felt very comfortable with the children and the staff at school. It was within walking distance from my homestay and I loved being able to walk there and be able to walk the streets which are safe.

I came across many IVHQ staff members during my month here. They all were friendly and hospitable. I did orientation week and I am so glad that I did! It made it easy for me to get around and see the sights of Delhi without having to navigate myself, so I would highly recommend that.
I had done research with other volunteer companies and I'm sure every one would agree with me that, IVHQ provides the most affordable fees. Once i got into the country on day one they explain where the fees go and how they benefit the people within the company, locally and abroad. I feel that my time here was well spent and its definitely something that i will always recommend other people to do.

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Posted: December 30, 2016
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By: lebante09
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So the first I can say is that always apply for more weeks than the ones you real want to do. I will explain now what I am saying.
If you want meet a new culture, new realities and find out more of what our world has to give us you can definitely found that in India with IVHQ.
I applied for 2 months, I am leaving tomorrow and it looks like I was here 2 weeks. It was the best experience I have had in my life so far.
If you apply for India be ready, it will be an adventure. Nobody is prepared to come to India until you come but believe me, after this you are ready for everything (and you will never want to leave)!
So the program starts always on a Monday but I would advise you to arrive Saturday night or Sunday morning, don't worry that will always be someone to pick you up at the airport.
I stayed in a girls orphanage and it's incredible to live in the orphanage and learn girls habits and listen to their stories. It's a safe place with girls from 4 to 20-24 years and it's a unique experience.
My other month was about teaching in a slum school.You go to the school and you can choose the class you want to teach and what you want to teach, the students are incredible and will invite you for cricket! I stayed with THE BEST indian family you can have (so ask to stay at Mohit's and Chandni's house)!!
Apply to IVHQ India Delhi program, it will change your life forever!

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Posted: November 26, 2016
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I spent 6 weeks volunteering with the Slum Teaching program in India and it was an amazing experience that I will never forget. From the beginning to the very end you are supported and looked after. I was so nervous arriving in India alone but once I was met by the IVHQ staff at the airport all my worries disappeared. Definitely do the week long orientation, you get to see so much of India plus you will establish life long friendships with the other volunteers during this week. It also helps you to immerse yourself in the Indian culture so you won't be faced with culture shock once you start volunteering! The Hindi language lessons are fun and you'll learn the basics to make communication a little easier with the kids.
The kids at the school are so amazing! They are kind, caring, funny and sweet and despite not having much they always have a smile on their faces. They are eager to learn and it is so rewarding working with them. They will probably teach you as much as you will teach them!
A great feature of this program is having your afternoons and weekends to explore India. I did trips away every weekend and managed to see so much of this beautiful country in my spare time.
The host family you stay with are so welcoming and will help you with anything you need- directions, advice, translating, booking weekends away, nothing is too much for them. You really feel like part of the family and now I have a second home in India.
This really is a once in a lifetime experience and I would recommend this program to anyone wanting to make a difference while being fully immersed in the Indian culture. Come with an open mind and treasure every moment!

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Posted: November 11, 2016
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By: Charmaine
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My experience with IVHQ has been an incredible one. The orientation week is a great way to immerse yourself into the culture slowly and on the days you go out to are able to visit quite a few places. The most amazing part of the trip was of course working with the children at the program, the kids are shining stars! Our homestay with Mohit and Chandi was awesome, we felt welcome the moment we walked in and they created such a family atmosphere.

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Posted: October 28, 2016
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By: Bec
Age:
23

I spent the last month in India volunteering with IVHQ teaching children that live in the slums. The whole experience was nothing short of incredible!

India in itself is a country so rich in culture, so there is constantly so much to do and see. The best part about the IVHQ Program is that they offer a 1 week orientation where you are introduced to the Indian culture, language and customs, as well as taken to many of the main sights around Delhi and the Taj Mahal. This week was definitely helpful for not only the program, but it was also a great way to see many parts of Delhi and meet a lot of new people who you'll be able to travel with on weekends.

After the orientation week, you are taken to stay with a family for the duration of your placement. The family that we stayed with, Mohit & Chandni, were the best! So welcoming and they make you feel like you're a part of the family. The food was amazing and they are also there for you if you need any advice on where to go, how to get there and the best way to go about anything and everything! They make the experience so much more fulfilling.

Teaching at the school can be overwhelming, but at the same time it is so fulfilling and rewarding especially when you see the smiles on the kids' faces! By the end of it you'll never want to leave.

Overall, I would definitely recommend IVHQ to anyone! The staff are there for you from the minute you arrive at the airport and the whole way through your project for absolutely anything!

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Posted: October 27, 2016
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By: louisa.m
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