International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

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9.3 / 10 after 307 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 & 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 volunteer time abroad proved to be a very valuable trip. I was in animal care in Merida, Mexico. It was so great for me to get out of my comfort zone, the team in Mexico taught us how to get downtown via public transit which really forced me to figure out how to get around on my own not knowing any of the language. This ended up being an empowering experience for me as I have realized that I am more capable than I let myself think. The actual shelter itself was humbling, I had never seen animals in that bad of condition but it felt good to be helping because I could visually see the difference we were making. My only thing was that IVHQ should of been more clear about wearing protective gear since all of the animals were sick in their tummy’s, but I have already informed them and i know that they will be taking care of it. The volunteer home itself was perfectly clean and the food provided was very clean and safe. Everyone on the team are total sweethearts and I’m so happy to have met them. Overall my volunteer experience was an amazing time well worth it and I can’t wait to come back to visit again.

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Posted: January 31, 2018
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Posted: January 31, 2018
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IVHQ was everything I imagined and more! It was affordable, organized, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The staff always answered any of my questions or concerns quickly, typically within the same day. They also made sure to provide volunteers with the adequate information needed to know before embarking on the trip. I highly recommend this experience for anyone who is interested in volunteering abroad. IVHQ allows volunteers to mix work and play. I am already planning my next trip with them!

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Posted: January 26, 2018
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By: ssmieja
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21

IVHQ was everything I imagined and more! It was affordable, organized, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The staff always answered any of my questions or concerns quickly, typically within the same day. They also made sure to provide volunteers with the adequate information needed to know before embarking on the trip. I highly recommend this experience for anyone who is interested in volunteering abroad. IVHQ allows volunteers to mix work and play. I am already planning my next trip with them!

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Posted: January 26, 2018
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10
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By: ssmieja
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21

My two weeks in Vietnam were absolutely phenomenal. Before I even embarked on my journey I felt like I was in good hands. The IVHQ company staff as well as the local staff in Vietnam were quick to respond to my emails and were extremely helpful and gave detailed useful responses to my questions. The accommodation that I stayed in was fantastic! There was always a security guard present (even thought the area itself was very safe) and at night a curfew was strictly enforced for everybody’s safety. We were all very fortunate to be staying there as we had both hot water and air conditioning, which are really quite a luxury in Vietnam! Breakfast and dinner at the accommodation were delicious and plentiful. Lunch was provided, however, it was typically served at the volunteer site.

The volunteer experience itself was very eye opening! The first week I did the medical project and the second week I taught English. I was able to help and contribute to these projects but in return I learned a lot myself and took away more from the projects than I could have even imagined. For anyone interested in volunteering with IVHQ, I recommend any of the projects. All of them are unique, yet so powerful/meaningful in their own way.

Lastly, I really enjoyed the first three days that were refereed to as “culture week.” The local team brought us to a few of the top tourist destinations in Ho Chi Minh City including the Cu Chi Tunnels, War Remnant Museum and Ben Thahn Market. One of the days we got to experience a Vietnamese language class, cooking class, and we got to meet and interact with Vietnamese students. Having these few days in the beginning of the program provided me a great culture basis for the rest of my stay!

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Posted: January 25, 2018
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By: doboshk
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