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 & 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 experience with IVHQ has been an incredible one. The orientation week is a great way to immerse yourself into the culture slowly and on the days you go out to are able to visit quite a few places. The most amazing part of the trip was of course working with the children at the program, the kids are shining stars! Our homestay with Mohit and Chandi was awesome, we felt welcome the moment we walked in and they created such a family atmosphere.

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Posted: October 28, 2016
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By: Bec
Age:
23

I spent the last month in India volunteering with IVHQ teaching children that live in the slums. The whole experience was nothing short of incredible!

India in itself is a country so rich in culture, so there is constantly so much to do and see. The best part about the IVHQ Program is that they offer a 1 week orientation where you are introduced to the Indian culture, language and customs, as well as taken to many of the main sights around Delhi and the Taj Mahal. This week was definitely helpful for not only the program, but it was also a great way to see many parts of Delhi and meet a lot of new people who you'll be able to travel with on weekends.

After the orientation week, you are taken to stay with a family for the duration of your placement. The family that we stayed with, Mohit & Chandni, were the best! So welcoming and they make you feel like you're a part of the family. The food was amazing and they are also there for you if you need any advice on where to go, how to get there and the best way to go about anything and everything! They make the experience so much more fulfilling.

Teaching at the school can be overwhelming, but at the same time it is so fulfilling and rewarding especially when you see the smiles on the kids' faces! By the end of it you'll never want to leave.

Overall, I would definitely recommend IVHQ to anyone! The staff are there for you from the minute you arrive at the airport and the whole way through your project for absolutely anything!

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Posted: October 27, 2016
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By: louisa.m
Age:
22

I had a wonderful experience with my volunteering program in ivhq. I received all of the help and information I needed since the moment I applied online and throughout the whole process. Since the moment the staff picked me up from the airport I felt so safe and taken care of. I had a really nice welcome in the orientation house and I met a lot of other volunteers from all over the world who were so friendly and kind. All the staff from ivhq was always very nice and friendly and always willing to help me in any way they could. Once I got to my homestay the family I stayed at was really nice with me and they helped me to get familiar with my program and the activities I had to do as a volunteer. I did the slum teaching program in Faridabad and the school I taught at was the best! I met the most kind, smart and loving kids and all the teachers and the people at school were so kind and happy to see us every day, even if they barely spoke English they always greeted me with a smile and nice words. I loved my whole experience with IVQH, coming to India was one of the best decisions of my life and I'm so happy to have been able to do it through their program. I felt very welcome and happy all the time, I was also able to travel and I learned so much; it was overall a really awesome experience! I really hope I can be able to volunteer with IVHQ again!

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Posted: October 13, 2016
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By: vanessahg
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24

I volunteered teaching in the slums of India with IVHQ, it was an amazing experience. I highly recommend it. I was placed with a local family who treated like me like my own family. Always looking out for me and making sure I was conformable. One thing that really stood out for me was their willingness to support you in way they could. I brought money with me I raised back home. They helped me find ways to use the money to provide those in need. They made the arrangements necessary and provided amazing logistical support. These are things up and beyond their responsibility. They truly made my experience the best it could be. I will certainly will go back there next time I volunteer in India.

The IVHQ staff was also amazing. They visit me every week to make sure I was okay. They always made sure I was getting the most out my volunteering experience.

Without a doubt, I will continue volunteering and will use IVHQ again.

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Posted: October 9, 2016
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By: indy2000
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30

When choosing to volunteer in India I had two things in mind. The first one was the program that I would be participating in for an entire month. As a pre-Medicine student I wanted to do something that I will learn from, and the healthcare program has exceptionally exceeded my expectations. I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge from the doctors, patients, and my peer volunteers. The second thing I had in mind was my host family, the strangers that will become my family one long month. I was fortunate enough to be placed with the most welcoming, humble, funny, caring and kind family that I have ever met before. From the first day I arrived at Chandni and Mohit's house, I felt like I have knows them forever. Chandni and Mohit were exceptionally amazing, from making sure that I was adjusting to this new country, to providing me important informations, they were beyond helpful. My placement site was a little far from the house, but Mohit made sure that I had a ride to and from my placement site each and every single day. He would ask me how my placement was going, and if there were any problems. I have met a couple of the local IVHQ coordinators, but no one compares to the work and effort Mohit and Chandni put to make sure that the volunteers are satisfied with their stay. My Indian experience would have been extremely tough without the help of Mohit's and Chandni's extraordinary hospitality. My placement site and the amazing host family I had has exceeded my expectations about my Indian trip. I will forever remember you Mohit, Chandni, and the rest of your family. Thank you so much for being the best host family I could ever imagine to have. Mohit and Chandni are the best staff members IVHQ can ever have

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Posted: August 5, 2016
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Hi there, Thank you for choosing to volunteer on the Healthcare project in India. We are so thrilled to hear about the hospitality, care and support that Mohit and Chandni provided to you – we will be sure to pass your kind words on to them. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

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