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 developing 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, Ghana, Guatemala, India - Delhi & Dharamsala, Kenya - Nairobi & Maasai, Laos, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Peru - Cusco & Lima, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Victoria Falls, Vietnam - Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City and Zambia.

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I truly enjoyed my experience in India volunteering for IVHQ.

The Orientation week was a great way to help me to settle gently into Indian life, with language lessons and tours in a group of wonderful people.

The Volunteer Coordinators were extremely helpful and always available to offer support, answer questions or book taxis for us. They visited the projects often to ensure everything was going smoothly and that there were no problems.

The family I stayed with during my homestay were very welcoming and made me feel comfortable and at home. When I became unwell, my "mum" was the one who took me to the hospital and helped me speak to the doctor. Her cooking was amazing as well :)

I made such amazing friends both on the orientation week and during my volunteering stint, whom I am still in contact with today and will be for a long time to come. It was a truly life-changing experience, and I would do it again in an instant.

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Posted: October 30, 2014
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10
By: laurenx
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IVHQ India is a fantastic program, I would recommend it to everyone. I have just completed my first week of slum teaching and am already starting to plan another volunteer trip with IVHQ! From the drivers, to the coordinators, to my host family, to the placement staff, everyone had been unbelievably welcoming and supportive
I am by no means an experienced traveller, so going to a 3rd world country by myself for 8 weeks was pretty daunting. However, from the time I arrived at the airport I have receive 24/7 support and have alway been kept very comfortable. I opted for the additional orientation week and the coordinators and local staff went above and beyond to help me adjust to any culture shock I was experiencing, as well as make sure I was having a great time. Once at my placement they have continued to make sure I remained just as happy comfortable, and safe.
Overall I have been having an amazing experience with IVHQ, I couldn't be happier! They provide a safe and comfortable way in which you can really make a difference in less fortunate people's lives. It is also the most affordable volunteer organization I've found, with the coordinators insisting on making sure I knew where my money was going. It's a very legitimate organization, free from any kind of exploitation.

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Posted: October 30, 2014
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10
Age:
22

I highly recommend IVHQ India. I have opted for four weeks of volunteering in Delhi, with an extra week at the beginning for induction.

The induction week is a great way to get introduced to India before the challanges of volunteering, and the local staff make it very clear that they are here to help and support us 24/7. Airport pickup is very convenient and stress free. Combined with extensive pre-departure information, we have been well prepared for our experience in India.

Having completed my first week of volunteer teaching in the slums, I am very pleased with my experience. It really feels like we are doing worthwhile work, and my host family makes me feel very well cared for. Combined with frequent visits from IVHQ staff, I feel supported while also making a difference.

Overall, the experience is a very safe way to come and make a difference for people who live hard lives. The programe is both affordable and legitimate. It can be daunting to travel around the world to a new country and volunteer in tough areas, and it's hard to know which companies you can trust, but IVHQ make it accessable and enjoyable without exploiting anyone.

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Posted: October 30, 2014
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28

In May of 2014, I volunteered with IVHQ's orphanage program in Ghana. I stayed for one month and it was a fabulous experience. I would highly recommend this program to others, especially to those who are traveling abroad for the first time.

It was my first time traveling abroad, and also my first time traveling alone. I completed the program independently, but I did make friends with the other volunteers whom I stayed with. I was 18 years old when I traveled to Ghana, and I had a mother who was very worried about safety. IVHQ has an amazing staff who is very professional and supportive. Before traveling, an IVHQ employee was in contact with me and gave me all the details of my program. I contacted this employee many times via email to ask questions, and she always responded quickly. Once I arrived in Ghana, the in-country staff were amazing. I had various phone numbers to reach them on 24/7 and they made me feel very safe.

I stayed in a volunteer house with the other volunteers on my program. One of the Mamas who worked at the orphanage would come make our meals for us and clean our house. She was so friendly and would always be there to offer advise about the program or travel plans. I spent most of every day at the orphanage because the primary reason for my trip was volunteering. IVHQ's program is dedicated to making a real change in the lives of the children. On weekends many volunteers travel to the main city or to other tourist attractions. Ghana is a VERY beautiful country!!

IVHQ is very organized and I had absolutely no trouble volunteering with them. If you are contemplating volunteering abroad with this organization, especially in Ghana, please just do it! I was very apprehensive at first, but it was a decision I will never regret.

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Posted: October 15, 2014
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8
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10
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8
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19

I was blessed with the opportunity to volunteer in Ghana over the summer through IVHQ. I was on this mission for a total of 4 months and simply put..this was the absolute BEST experience of my life! I had never before traveled on my own and was paranoid about what challenges I would have to face. Honestly, right from the airport pickup (from my amazing coordinator Evans Kojo Nkansah) I was comforted and all my needs/wants were met. My coordinator was so friendly with me that I never felt home sick even once throughout my trip. The staff members has a really good way to deal with problems and I could always trust me secrets would remain secrets. Not was Evans just such an amazing boss but he also became a very good friend of mine. There were times I faced challenges but IVHQ staff members were there 24/7 to support me and this allowed me to overcome any obstacle. The experience was actually a lot more rewarding than I thought it would be. It has changed my entire life, no exaggeration. I would recommend this program to anyone looking at doing a volunteer program! IF it still hasn't convinced you ... I'm going back in a few months again to this same program :)

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Posted: October 6, 2014
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7
Support:
10
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7
By: malikis
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21

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It’s great to read about your experience and we look forward to following your progress on your next volunteer trip in Ghana in a few months. Thank you for volunteering with IVHQ and for sharing your experience.

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