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 developing countries all over the world. Each year they place over 5000 volunteers abroad and have a wide range of volunteering opportunities in Kenya, Kenya - Maasai, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, Nepal, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil, Peru - Lima, Peru - Cusco, Morocco, Ecuador, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Bali and Thailand.

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My experiences with IVHQ Ghana was the most remarkable experience I could have endured. I have volunteered before in Costa Rica and Europe before but this experience lifted my opinion on international volunteering. I was picked up at the airport by IVHQ staff and they immediately welcomed me, gave me food and housed me for the night before the orientation the next day which was more than enough to prepare for the adventures. I was there for one month working in a community outside Accra. The school, the Virgin Kids Academy was my post for my month stay. I was given plenty of food and lived in a room with three other volunteers. There was no running water but we did have electricity. We had a large tub of water which we would use to wash and bath. It was always plentiful and there was enough for us all.

Madam gave plenty of instruction and feedback for the work assignments which included teaching, cleaning, cooking and setting up educational programs. Her husband is a travel agent so he helped out with the travels. The work was hard more than rewarding. We worked down the street from another group of volunteers so there was enough socializing. The kids are go grateful and happy. This experience made me reevaluate my priorities and made me value my luxuries.

The children are the most energetic and happy people I have ever met. I have never felt so welcome.

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Posted: September 3, 2013
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Hi Jose, thanks for sharing a review of your experience on our Ghana program. We're so pleased you had such a fantastic experience and felt well prepared for your program with the support of our local team. It's great to hear you embraced the challenging elements of your work and enjoyed the rewarding experience in return for your efforts. Thanks for volunteering with IVHQ!

Our family volunteered with UBECI (IVHQ’s Ecuador program) in June 2012. Our daughter was 15 at the time, our son 11. What an amazing, enriching, and inspiring experience for all of us! Byron Salvatierra, the program founder, his wife Monica, and the entire staff were engaging and extremely supportive. Because of our own schedules we were only able to spend one week in Quito to volunteer, but even so we were able to jump right into the Working Children program and directly work with the children (mostly preschool age) at numerous markets in Quito. We travelled by bus to different parts of South Quito and got a much more intimate sense of the city’s neighborhoods. UBECI has worked for years to earn the trust of families that send their children to their programs, and as a result we were privileged to be able to play, read, sing, and do projects with these children. Both of our kids felt engaged and useful. We also loved the time we spent with the host family (in our case Byron and Monica) and we got to know other volunteers with whom we have stayed in touch. Our interactions with the parent organization, IVHQ, were also positive. All around, this was a perfect summer volunteer experience for our family. I just wish we could have stayed longer!

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Posted: August 24, 2013
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10
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51

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It's always nice to hear such positive feedback from our groups of family volunteers are we're pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience living in a home stay and traveling around the area together. Thanks for volunteering with IVHQ!

I volunteered with IVHQ in Ghana for two months from March 2013. This was a big step for me as I was going alone and quitting my job in England. It was by far the best decision I ever made.

I was met by IVHQ staff and other volunteers at the airport and the next morning we had orientation and then left to go to our programmes. I was on the Scarlett programme for Bright Future Orphanage. I was met by 70 children! It was very over whelming but they made me feel so welcome.

IVHQ checked up on us often with phone calls and popping to see us now and again. I felt very safe and that if I did need assistance they would be there for us.

I spent a lot of time with the children and it was so hard to leave them!
I definitely recommend volunteering abroad and IVHQ in my opinion is so much more affordable and they provide such a good service. Ghana was such an interesting place too and getting to travel on week ends lets you see what a beautiful country it is!

Special thanks to Edward, Francis and Benedict on the IVHQ Ghana team!

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Posted: August 16, 2013
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10
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10
By: AmyMck1
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23

I spent four weeks in Ghana volunteering at an orphanage this summer. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Volunteering in Ghana was a last minute decision for me but the IVHQ staff got everything together for me in a very short time. They were always pleasant and helpful. The people were friendly and the program I was in could not have been more perfect for me. I didn't know anyone going on the trip and was honestly terrified to be traveling so far from home for such a long period of time. However, the other volunteers were amazing and the staff was very welcoming. The children at the orphanage made me smile everyday and since I've been home, I think about them constantly. I never thought that I would feel so connected. They taught me more that I could have hoped to teach them. Aside from spending time with the children and other volunteers, I got to experience some of the rich culture that Ghana has to offer. Frequent trips to the market, the beach, National Forests, and through interactions with the townspeople allowed me to experience a truly different lifestyle. It was a humbling adventure that I hope many will experience. Four weeks wasn't long enough and I am already planning my next visit!

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Posted: August 7, 2013
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9
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8
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9
By: MNolan
Age:
21

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Thanks for sharing a review of your time in Ghana - it's fantastic to hear you had such a positive experience and enjoyed the company of our local staff and volunteers, while embracing the rich culture and many attractions that Ghana has to offer.

IVHQ / Emerging Voices (Colombia)

I just finished volunteering with IVHQ / Emerging Voices in Bogota, Colombia. This is my third experience volunteering with IVHQ (previously volunteered in Peru and Costa Rica). I love IVHQ as a parent organization. They partner with great local organizations and I feel safe and secure with choosing from any of their programs.

The Colombia program has been my favorite program from the ones that I have done. Colombia is an amazing country. Despite the stereotype, Colombia is safe. There are areas you cannot go into like any other place, and the local organization lets you know where you can't go and is very diligent to ensure the safety of its volunteers.

While volunteering there, I lived in a volunteer apartment in the El Polo Club area. It is a super cute area and the apartment was very comfortable. The local organization has a diverse selection of volunteering experiences, from construction to child care to eduction and other unique opportunities. They are regularly working to create new volunteer opportunities and branch out to various areas where there is need. Also, although you initially choose a program to participate in when you register, when you get in-country, they work with you to allow you to mix up the projects you want to do.

I absolutely loved me experience and would highly recommend this program.

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Posted: August 2, 2013
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10
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10
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10
By: ChiKarin
Age:
36

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Thanks for sharing a review of your volunteer program in Colombia. It's awesome to have you volunteering with us on your third IVHQ program and we're happy to hear you had such a positive experience with the support of local team in Colombia. We hope to have you join us again in the future!

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