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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I spent 6 weeks volunteering with the Slum Teaching program in India and it was an amazing experience that I will never forget. From the beginning to the very end you are supported and looked after. I was so nervous arriving in India alone but once I was met by the IVHQ staff at the airport all my worries disappeared. Definitely do the week long orientation, you get to see so much of India plus you will establish life long friendships with the other volunteers during this week. It also helps you to immerse yourself in the Indian culture so you won't be faced with culture shock once you start volunteering! The Hindi language lessons are fun and you'll learn the basics to make communication a little easier with the kids.
The kids at the school are so amazing! They are kind, caring, funny and sweet and despite not having much they always have a smile on their faces. They are eager to learn and it is so rewarding working with them. They will probably teach you as much as you will teach them!
A great feature of this program is having your afternoons and weekends to explore India. I did trips away every weekend and managed to see so much of this beautiful country in my spare time.
The host family you stay with are so welcoming and will help you with anything you need- directions, advice, translating, booking weekends away, nothing is too much for them. You really feel like part of the family and now I have a second home in India.
This really is a once in a lifetime experience and I would recommend this program to anyone wanting to make a difference while being fully immersed in the Indian culture. Come with an open mind and treasure every moment!

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Posted: November 11, 2016
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By: Charmaine
Age:
28

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
Age:
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
Age:
30

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