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Overview

IVHQ offers the world’s most trusted and affordable volunteer programs in more than 50 destinations. Programs are available in Africa, Asia, South America, Central America, North America, Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East and the Pacific where IVHQ has supported over 100,000 people to volunteer abroad since 2007.

Currently, IVHQ has programs in Bali, Costa Rica, South Africa, Greece, Fiji, Nepal, Peru, Jamaica, Madagascar, Spain, Cambodia, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Italy, Tanzania, Cambodia, Victoria Falls, India, Vietnam, Portugal, New Zealand, Laos, Belgium, Morocco, Romania, Brazil, China, Ghana, Colombia, Zambia, Uganda, Ecuador, Argentina, Jordan, USA, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Mexico and Thailand.

IVHQ has the largest range of affordable volunteer programs, ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks. Visit www.volunteerhq.org for more information.

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Editorial

Sarah
By Sarah Vandenberg

Director of Partnerships

Sarah has worked in the volunteer travel industry since 2004. She supports all of our partners, and shares stories, trends, and advice for travelers who want to volunteer, intern, or teach abroad.

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is a leader in volunteer travel, working in 50 countries worldwide, and placing travelers on projects that contribute meaningfully to the community they are visiting.

An awesome organization

Launched in 2007, IVHQ connects knowledgeable and skilled travelers with responsible, high-quality projects that heighten global awareness and cultural understanding.

IVHQ prides itself on being a values-led organization, and places four values above all others: Responsible, Innovative, Trusted, and Awesome.

IVHQ equates “awesome” with being ambitious, tenacious, and youthful – the goal is to use size and scale to have a significant global impact, and to be flexible to adapt and respond to volunteer and community needs.

marine conservation volunteering in Australia

Marine conservation with IVHQ

More than volunteering

IVHQ offers more than volunteer placements abroad! This organization also provides services like fundraising advice, scholarships, service activity ideas, online TEFL courses, customized flight itineraries, a carbon footprint calculator, volunteer travel insurance, and even an online store.

Some of IVHQ’s achievements include:

  • Helped volunteers to contribute more than 860,000 hours of support to community programs abroad
  • Enabled volunteers to spend more than 410,000 hours supporting education and literacy projects
  • Invested over $11 million in communities abroad through IVHQ program fees
  • Grew its overall volunteer numbers to more than 100,000 since 2007
  • Reduced its carbon emissions by 15%
Teaching abroad with IVHQ

Teaching abroad with IVHQ

A trusted provider

Volunteers rave about their experiences with IVHQ, leaving more than 3,500 verified reviews on IVHQ’s website, and hundreds of reviews on Volunteer Forever.

From solo volunteers to families to students, the consensus is that IVHQ is organized and makes travel fun. Read on to see what volunteers have to say about this amazing organization!

Volunteer opportunities in Spain with IVHQ

IVHQ volunteers in Spain

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Matthew Godlewski

24 May 2020

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Amazing experience! I went alone, and they made me feel very comfortable. They handled all of the logistics in an extremely clear fashion.Read more

Amazing experience! I went alone, and they made me feel very comfortable. They handled all of the logistics in an extremely clear fashion.

Graham Elliott

4 May 2020

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Volunteering at the Nakavango Conservation Programme in Victoria Falls was one of the best experiences of my life. The project leaders on the ground were great; supportive throughout and very...Read more

Volunteering at the Nakavango Conservation Programme in Victoria Falls was one of the best experiences of my life. The project leaders on the ground were great; supportive throughout and very open to discussing the issues they face and some unexpected solutions to environmental and conservation issues that are applicable across the world. I learnt a huge amount about reading the story that any environment presents and had a great time doing it. There is a good mix of activities and rest time and the accommodation was great. We had individual rooms and the staff couldn’t have been more friendly or helpful. I felt valued and looked after. IVHQ was great in the run-up, from the perspectives of both pre-planning generally to the specific needs of the programme (particularly having the correct paperwork for visas and travel). I recommend both the Nakavango Conservation Programme and IVHQ to anyone considering a volunteer program. You will be in very good hands.

Alicia Brodersen

17 Apr 2020

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This was the most incredible experience I have had in my life thus far. I completely fell in love with the culture and people of Cambodia! I have nothing but...Read more

This was the most incredible experience I have had in my life thus far. I completely fell in love with the culture and people of Cambodia! I have nothing but positive things to say about IVHQ and their staff. They are so ahead of the game and were always ready and willing to answer any questions and or concerns that I had before my program started and even whilst I was there. They also had a local staff member ready to pick me up at the airport upon arrival even though I arrived well past midnight and much later than expected! My advice, use IVHQ, go far, see the world, make a difference, and experience as much as you can!

Paxton Knight

6 Apr 2020

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This was my first time travelling internationally by myself. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I arrived. When I got to Bali I was welcomed and when I...Read more

This was my first time travelling internationally by myself. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I arrived. When I got to Bali I was welcomed and when I arrived at Green Lion I felt very included and everyone was so friendly towards me and I made friends right away. The first week was introduction week and we got to see so many amazing things and I met a lot of great people. The first week was an amazing experience unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. During the time I was travelling covid19 was going on and I unfortunately had to leave early before I was able to go to Nusa Penida for my turtle conservation program. But Green Lion and IVHQ were very helpful and offered me a credit so I could come back and complete my program. I will be going back after covid is over and I am very excited. If you have the opportunity it is more than worth it.