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 & 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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I had the opportunity to volunteer with IVHQ in Ghana, Africa this summer. It was the best experience of my life. I decided on IVHQ by doing research on several programs and comparing them. I am a college student so I don't have a lot of money, and IVHQ was definitely the most affordable program I could find.

I felt like I was pretty well prepared for the trip because IVHQ provided an extensive handbook and a program coordinator was constantly in contact with me. She helped me with a background check, visa problems, and travel insurance. I also went with my boyfriend, and they were very good at helping us out to make sure we received the same placement and same details.

Airport pick up was a little bit of an annoyance, as I waited in the airport for several hours while they collected everyone, but not a huge problem. Once there, the placement I received was great. There were several different placements in Ghana, so I can't speak for every one, but mine was really an incredible experience. The woman who was in charge of the orphanage/school that I volunteered at, was very friendly and loving. There were times when I felt like I wasn't making a difference because I was just helping in the classroom most of the day, however, there were times when I knew I was. The children were joyed to just have a new friend and leader in their life. It was truly amazing to see their faces light up every time the volunteers came around. I was also able to work with a couple other volunteers to repaint the walls of the orphanage and clean up some things around the place.

Our volunteer house was more than I expected it to be. We were also provided with meals. Food allergies were a bit of an issue that never seemed to get fixed, so that was a bit of an annoyance, but you have to realize you are in another country where they don't deal with food intolerances.

We had an IVHQ representative assigned to our program that visited us once a week. He would check in on us and make sure things were going ok. All of the IVHQ representatives are fantastic and so friendly! They are really a great group of people. The head of the program, served all 30 or so of us dinner the night we arrived. Everyone I met was a very loving person.

Overall, it was a truly rewarding experience. I would definitely recommend IVHQ to anyone who is looking for a cheaper program with a great experience.

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Posted: October 6, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
10
Age:
20

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Hi Madison, Thank you both for volunteering in Ghana on our Childcare project. We really appreciate your feedback and will use it to improve the experience for future IVHQ volunteers. We are glad to have had you and your boyfriend volunteering with us in Ghana, and hope to welcome you both onto one of our other volunteer abroad programs again in the future.

I spent 10 weeks in Ghana this past summer and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. IVHQ offered awesome in-country support and provided regular visits to be sure that volunteers were settling in nicely. Both the orphanage and clinic I worked in were very welcoming. The entire staff of IVHQ Ghana was so helpful and friendly. I made great friends from all around the world this summer and I truly felt like we were able to make a difference in the community. I fell in love with Ghana all over again; It was the greatest experience in my life to date!

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Posted: October 1, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
21

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Hi Sarah, we are so glad to read that volunteering in Ghana on our Medical project was such a rewarding experience for you. We hope to welcome you onto another IVHQ program again in the future.

I am a nursing student and decided to volunteer in Ghana in order to gain a further understanding of the healthcare conditions around the world. Even before I got to Africa the IVHQ coordinators made their emails accessible to the volunteers for any last minute questions or comments that wanted to be expressed. From the start of the program to the end of the program the IVHQ staff set up in Ghana were helpful and resourceful. When asked questions about the setting and general FAQ's they were able to give us a very detailed answer and point us to the right direction if we needed something specific that they could not help us with. The living conditions were okay. I always felt safe during the trip, even if I was walking alone at night. In totality, I would definitely recommend using IVHQ to a friend when they want to do volunteer work, and give this program an 8/10.

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Posted: September 29, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8
Age:
20

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Thank you for volunteering with IVHQ in Ghana. It’s great to hear that IVHQ provided you with an experience where you felt well prepared prior to arriving in Africa, looked after and safe while in Ghana and one you are happy recommend. We hope to have you volunteer with us again in the future.

I just had a wonderful two months experience volunteering at an orphanage program in Ghana. The children were incredibly warm and affectionate. One can't help but fall in love with them. It was a privilege and a joy to work for them. They have become part of me. What I thought was going to be a two-month experience has turned into a life-long relationship.

What made the experience so productive was the great support I got from the amazing lady who runs the orphanage, Mrs. Sam, and the Evans Nkansah, our coordinator from IVHQ-Ghana. Mrs. Sam was warm, welcoming, and incredibly easy to work with. Evans gave the volunteers cohesion and direction for our work. I never felt lost or useless. He also provided a much needed liaison between the volunteers, IVHQ and the orphanage so we can all work in sync. I always felt I could turn to Evans for anything. I was very lucky to be part of this program. Without the support from IVHQ, I could not have had such a memorable experience and developed these precious relationships.

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Posted: September 22, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
37

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Hi Christine, We are so glad that your two months volunteering in Ghana were so memorable. Thank you for sharing your experience. We hope to have you volunteer with IVHQ again in the future.

I volunteered through IVHQ as part of my internship program through my university. IVHQ was super helpful and understanding of that and made it easy for em to complete my internship 'homework' through my trip. I had the most amazing time of my life in Ghana, Africa. Someone through IVHQ was always a phone call away and I always felt safe at my location. My experience was nothing more than perfect and I am so glad I chose to go through IVHQ. They were super helpful with ANY questions I had or any other volunteers and were extremely gracious to help us out with traveling on weekends. I was thankful for the program I got placed in with a host family and I thought it was nice that you could request which placement you wanted (I heard of some through friends) and you could request to change/switch programs at anytime. They made things so easy for us. I cannot wait to go back to Africa!!!

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Posted: September 22, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10
Age:
24

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Hi Jenny, We can’t wait to have you back!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your experience with IVHQ and volunteering abroad in Ghana. It is great to hear that you felt supported by IVHQ both before and during your volunteer experience in Ghana.

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