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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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Yafreisy Reyes

15 Oct 2021

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If I've would've known that I was going to love it so much I would've signed up to stay longer. This was the best experience of my life. I can't...Read more

If I've would've known that I was going to love it so much I would've signed up to stay longer. This was the best experience of my life. I can't wait to go on my second IVHQ trip.

Amritpal Bains

13 Oct 2021

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I absolutely loved my childcare program even though it was ridiculously short. I wish I signed up for at least 2 weeks. However, that’s a lesson for next time. The...Read more

I absolutely loved my childcare program even though it was ridiculously short. I wish I signed up for at least 2 weeks. However, that’s a lesson for next time. The kids were such sweethearts; they welcomed me with open arms. I cannot appreciate them enough. Also, Senora Lesby and her husband embraced me like I was one of their own. At the host family’s house, Julio and his girlfriend provided all of the volunteers with amazing food. We all experienced different food every single day. Our hosts also gave great recommendations of what to visit and try in La Antigua Guatemala. Overall, my first solo trip was an amazing one thanks to all the people involved with IVHQ and Maximo Nivel.

Lilla Hegedus

1 Sep 2021

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IVHQ helped to make one of my biggest dreams became true. I always felt the need and desire to be able to help people, who were not born to a...Read more

IVHQ helped to make one of my biggest dreams became true. I always felt the need and desire to be able to help people, who were not born to a place, like I was. IVHQ gave me the trust and the possibility to be able to go to Lima and spend there two weeks, supporting a local community and gain meaningful experience there, which I believe changed my entire mindset about how I live and what I really want to do in my future. IVHQ is the most reliable organization to do a volunteer job, every member of this organization helped me with kindness and patience to get through the program. The quality of the program for me is significantly high, I would do it all over again and I am sure I will go as soon as I can. I am grateful for what I experienced in Lima, and I will take it as a responsibility not to forget any of those children we took care of, not to forget the love and selflessness I got from the local community there, and not forget that I have two hands- one for helping myself and one for helping others.

Eden Schober

25 Aug 2021

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Jambo, I'm Eden! In July 2021, I volunteered through IVHQ for 5 weeks in Arusha, Tanzania and it was the experience of a lifetime! From the moment I landed in...Read more

Jambo, I'm Eden! In July 2021, I volunteered through IVHQ for 5 weeks in Arusha, Tanzania and it was the experience of a lifetime! From the moment I landed in Tanzania, I had amazing support from the local staff and the flexibility to make my experience the best that it could possibly be. Hope, the in-country volunteer coordinator was very attentive to my and all the other volunteers' needs, and offered all the support that we could ever need. IVHQ has so much to offer in Tanzania. I was housed with incredible people from all over the world, each who were put at a volunteer placement that was just right for them. On the weekends, there were numerous activities and excursions that I could sign up for, which allowed me to be even more immersed in the culture of Tanzania. From going on safari, to playing with the kids at my school, to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, everything about this program and this country is amazing! If you are considering volunteering in Tanzania, I would 100% recommended IVHQ!!