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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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)
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, Fiji, Ghana, Guatemala, India - Delhi & Dharamsala, Italy, Kenya - Nairobi & Maasai, Laos, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Peru - Cusco & Lima, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Romania, Uganda, Victoria Falls, Vietnam - Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City and Zambia.
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.
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!!!
I am very grateful for such an awesome experience. I am back home after 2 months in Ghana but it seems i left my heart there! The IVHQ staff was helpful from the start by picking us for the airport and making us feel less lost during orientation. they check on us every forth night and ask how we're doing and to see whether they can to anything to make our stay there more comfortable.
I was volunteering in the Construction Program (Gold) where we made mortar, bricks, walls and were slowly building rooms for a women's empowerment centre. The staff and workers on the site are very friendly and caring and made sure they would know any time we were leaving the location and asked us when we would be returning.
The community aspect in the village was something which made the experience count even more. the fact that people and the kids come up to you and want to get to know you, makes it feel like home.
If i ever get the opportunity, i am sure i would volunteer again with IVHQ! :)
I volunteered going through IVHQ and could not be happier with my decision. I have always loved to travel, wanting to get out of my comfort zone I decided that I would volunteer in Ghana. Looking at different organizations to choose from I decided to go with IVHQ. It was an amazing experience from the moment I landed in Ghana. IVHQ was very helpful through the entire process answering any questions that we had and also making sure we were happy. Everyone in Ghana was so incredibly nice, and right away it felt like home to me. I would recommend going through IVHQ for any volunteering abroad trips and also would highly recommend volunteering in Ghana. I left my heart there with the kids and am counting down the days until I go back.
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