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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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)
International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is the trusted volunteer organization, providing safe, quality and extremely affordable volunteering placements developing 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, Kenya - Nairobi & Maasai, Laos, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Peru - Cusco & Lima, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Victoria Falls, Vietnam - Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City and Zambia.
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.
I recently volunteered with IVHQ in Cordoba Argentina this summer(2014). It was a brand new program thru IVHQ and could not have had a better experience down there. Its was my 3rd stint(Colombia and Brazil) with IVHQ and was without a doubt the best overall experience that i could have had. The house, the staff, and the projects all exceeded my expectations by far. I worked at the daycare center and while only about 3.5 hours/day (plus 1 hour in total travel time there and back) the kids and workers were extremely happy to have the extra help. The morning shifts also gave me time to attend other projects or take spanish lessons in the afternoon which were very helpful and extremely affordable. The cost was only $7.50US/hour and the teacher was dedicated and professional as i received homework after every class.
The 2 months that i spent in Cordoba were 2 of the best months of my life and i would highly recommend it to anyone looking to volunteer abroad.
When I think about my time spent in Ghana, I am immediately flooded with a series of emotions I continue to face everyday. First, love. I have always considered myself someone who surrounds themselves with love, but upon meeting the children at Blessed Bright Future Orphanage, I was quickly flooded with a "knock the wind out of you, gut wrenching, life changing" kind of love I have never experienced before. Their greeting was nothing short of spectacular as the kids jumped on my back, held onto my legs, immediately carried my bags to my room, and started asking me questions about myself. It was barely five hours into my stay before I felt an unbreakable connection connection with each child. I knew at this moment this place had changed my life for good. Next I felt peace. In a world where we have so much we barely know what to do with it all, I have often been subject to anxiety over what I now know to be nonsense. When I left America for Ghana, I planned on leaving behind every bit of worry I once had and allowing myself to embark on the journey Ghana had to show me. A couple nights into my stay, I noticed I had not once thought about what I had been facing at home. It was as if the children's tranquility and happiness permeated into my heart. For the first time in a long time I found myself at ease. Finally, I felt strength. I had lived in conditions I was not used to, comforted children as if they were my own, and proved to myself that I can do a lot more in the world than I could have ever imagined. Every child at Blessed Bright Future single handedly changed my life. Ghana is lucky to be home to such beautiful people. I hope to visit again soon & I will never forget all IVHQ introduced me to and I am forever grateful. IVHQ's comfort and availability made my first trip to Ghana one I will never forget.
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