International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

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9.3 / 10 after 298 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings

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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Deciding to volunteer in Vietnam last minute (while travelling in Vietnam) I cannot stress how efficient and clear the communication was with IVHQ. These guys know what they are doing. Green Lion - the local team - took over, and although not as quick to reply, they did confirm information sent. Picked up at airport and taken to the accomodation without worries. The building currently under construction, which had its drawbacks (but end stages) it has a lot of potential, but fulfilled all needs. Delicious food, nice atmosphere among the team and participants. An introduction week with cultural exchange and other experiences as well as useful information to help ease into the following weeks to come. Feedback submitted every week and taken seriously.
The 3 weeks (or remaining 2 and 2 days) of the medical placement went by quickly. I was glad to see that we could be involved by assisting the nurses, which in turn hopefully helped the patients. The conditions are different and a local guide from Green Lion was present at times to aid with language barriers. However, not a lot was medically explained as to why they did so, which could come as a bit of a shock, for me it was. Overall though, watching and experiencing families pull through the tough situations their members were in while at the hospital is inspiring. Have an open mind, follow the steps that IVHQ points out to you and you will surely have a good experience.

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Posted: December 12, 2017
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9
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9
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9
By: marihlyy
Age:
22

I spent a month teaching English in Ho Chi Minh City, and loved every moment of it. The Green Lion staff are some of the friendliest people I have met, and go out of hier way to ensure that your stay is enjoyable. The first week consists of 3 orientation days to show you around the city, which were great but for this reason I recommend you volunteer for more than 2 weeks, as not much of the first week is spent in your program. The people I met there were so enthusiastic about travel and helping those in less fortunate circumstances than their own, creating a great atmosphere at the accomodation. The lovely family that live across the road pretty much do everything, from the cooking, laundry and running the corner store. Food served 3 times a day is a great way to experience Vietnamese cuisine, and they make sure to accomodate for all. If you are thinking twice about volunteering abroad or traveling solo for the first time, don’t! I am so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone, not that I was out of it for long because the Green Lion staff that run the volunteering projects make you feel right at home,

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Posted: November 30, 2017
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10
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10
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10
Age:
20

Voluntering with IVHQ in Table View, South Africa was a life-changing experience. The organizing team is very helpful and friendly. Both volunteers and local children seemed very happy to be taking part of all the activities. Very recommendable!

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Posted: November 23, 2017
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8
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7
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I had a great experience with IVHQ in Zambia last month . Everything was great and well organized from the first second we reached Zambia till the moment we finished with our program . The experience was extra ordinary starting from the great support done by IVHQ team via internet before travel , giving the full detailed information , passing by the great local team in zambia from drivers , cookers , accomodation workers and teachers at school . The atmosphere inside the accomodation was so great , people are gathering from every part of the world , meeting for meals 3 times a day , hanging out together , sharing their experience . The best part of the experience was the time we spent with the children at the school . Was really great experience and would repeat it again when i have the chance . Thanks to IVHQ i finally had my greatest experience in my whole life .

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Posted: November 18, 2017
Overall:
10
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10
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10
Age:
32

I was in Arusha, Tanzania for two weeks with IVHQ and was one of the best trips of my life. At first, I was hesitant going to Africa by myself, but as soon as I left the Kilimanjaro Airport, I was greeted by an energetic IVHQ staff member, who carried my bags, had a large water bottle and gave me information to read about my specific placement. He and the driver pointed out places along the way from the airport and from then on, I knew this was going to be amazing. My accommodation was great; there was plenty of space to unpack into, a large porch, common area, kitchen, etc. It was so much fun to come back from placement and hear about everyone's days, play games, listen to music or just sit outside and read.I also loved the social aspects of the program -- every Thursday night, everyone in the program comes together for a "social night" so you get to meet people from other accommodations; everyone is so passonate about their placement and it was great to be included in such a warm, fun, happy, loving community. The school that I worked with was incredible, and even though I was only there for two weeks, I felt like I could make a strong relationship with the teachers as well as the students. During my time I was able to go on a weekend safari and the guide IVHQ uses could not have been more amazing, never met anyone so kind who knew more about animals, culture and African ecosystems. I also feel like I got to know Arusha as a city, and was immersed in the culture. I felt safe the whole time I was there and everyone from Tanzania was so welcoming. Time flew by too quickly, it was hard to say goodbye, and I could not recommend this program more! Thank you IVHQ!!

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Posted: November 16, 2017
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10
Support:
9
Value:
10
By: daviswc0
Age:
24

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