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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I spent one week volunteering with children in Zambia through IVHQ. Zambia is amazing country. Very peaceful with lovely people. I was very surprised how safe it is there. Our accommodation was very nice, we had our room with my husband and big dining room where we met with other volunteers. There were volunteers from many different countries. All were very nice, we always had a chat about our day, children, plans for activities to do in the free time, etc. We had great orientation meeting where we learn more about the country and culture and we were showed the town and important places there. I really felt the organization took good care of us and I felt very comfortable and safe.
Me and my husband were placed in small school, which was actually private house where children were studying. The children were from age 3 to 9. They were divided for us in two groups. I had group 3 to 6 and my husband 7 to 9. The children were so happy to see us every day. They were running to us, jumping on us and they were so happy. I really miss these moments. We were giving the children some pens, notepads and toys and they were so happy for every little thing. To see the happiness in their eyes is unforgettable. We really enjoyed the time with them and wish we could stay longer. It was very sad to leave, but hopefully we can help them with some donation in the future.
After this project, we had 4 days for some activities in Zambia and Zimbabwe. There is so much to do. Walking with lions and cheetahs was the most amazing experience. Sitting in the devil’s pool in the Victoria Falls is must do and seeing the falls from Zimbabwe side is breath taking. Even I traveled to many countries, I can say this was the best experience in my life. I’m happy I fulfilled my dream. Thank IVHQ and Dream Livingstone.

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Posted: November 10, 2017
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Hi, I am a retired teacher from Australia and spent four weeks in Morrocco teaching English. I can highly recommend this experience staying with local families in the Medina and understanding more of their culture. They were extremely accommodating and interested in other cultures. And their quality of meals were superb. I found the students very enthusiastic and keen to learn and speak English like a Western country. The exposure to British, American and Australian volunteers gave them a good cross section and only wished I could have extended my stay.

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By: Ric
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Hi, I am a retired teacher from Australia and spent four weeks in Morrocco teaching English. I can highly recommend this experience staying with local families in the Medina and understanding more of their culture. They were extremely accommodating and interested in other cultures. And their quality of meals were superb. I found the students very enthusiastic and keen to learn and speak English like a Western country. The exposure to British, American and Australian volunteers gave them a good cross section and only wished I could have extended my stay.

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By: Ric
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From October 2nd to October 21st, 2018, I was a volunteer teacher in a farming village in Hargita County outside the city of Miercurea Ciuc, Romania. Through IVHQ, I was supported locally by Care2Travel with my volunteer experience from pick-up at the airport in Bucharest, to my exit three weeks later. Care2Travel provided my room and board in the city center with easy access to all my needs. On the first day of my experience, the Care2Travel staff took me to my placement, introduced me to my classroom teachers, and dialogued with the teachers and myself to establish my teaching schedule for my three weeks. I was able to work with all grade levels, grades 1 through 8 and thoroughly enjoyed coming to school each day and working with the students and teachers on their interactive English language skills. Care2Travel each week checked in to see if I needed anything and how my experience was going. The teachers, students, and Care2Travel made my volunteer experience extra special and I would recommend IVHQ & Care2Travel/Romania for a unique teaching travel volunteer experience.

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Posted: November 7, 2017
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From October 2nd to October 21st, 2018, I was a volunteer teacher in a farming village in Hargita County outside the city of Miercurea Ciuc, Romania. Through IVHQ, I was supported locally by Care2Travel with my volunteer experience from pick-up at the airport in Bucharest, to my exit three weeks later. Care2Travel provided my room and board in the city center with easy access to all my needs. On the first day of my experience, the Care2Travel staff took me to my placement, introduced me to my classroom teachers, and dialogued with the teachers and myself to establish my teaching schedule for my three weeks. I was able to work with all grade levels, grades 1 through 8 and thoroughly enjoyed coming to school each day and working with the students and teachers on their interactive English language skills. Care2Travel each week checked in to see if I needed anything and how my experience was going. The teachers, students, and Care2Travel made my volunteer experience extra special and I would recommend IVHQ & Care2Travel/Romania for a unique teaching travel volunteer experience.

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Posted: November 7, 2017
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