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Overview

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

1020 Participant reviews

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Hoa Phan

17 May 2022

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I had an incredible and awesome medical experience at the 1A hospital in Saigon. The faculty and staff at the hospital were very friendly and approachable! The Green Lion team...Read more

I had an incredible and awesome medical experience at the 1A hospital in Saigon. The faculty and staff at the hospital were very friendly and approachable! The Green Lion team was always with me to answer any question arise and very supportive throughout my entire time in Vietnam.

Neve Boundy

12 May 2022

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This trip was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Going in to the program, I was worried that I would have trouble making friends or meeting anyone...Read more

This trip was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Going in to the program, I was worried that I would have trouble making friends or meeting anyone that I could get along with during my time in a foreign country. In the end, I had no reason to worry, everyone I met during this trip was so kind and friendly and like minded. I will never forget everyone I met thanks to this experience, they will be friends for life. The volunteering itself was amazing too, Croatia is such a beautiful country and a great location for the program. I went during early spring and it was a great time, it wasn’t too hot and it wasn’t tourist season which was perfect. Everyone that was a part of the program was so helpful and accommodating and the hours I spent at the shelter were so worthwhile. The shelter was a great environment and I had lots of opportunities to try and improve the lives of the animals there. Overall this was such an amazing experience and I will never forget it, I only wish I had stayed longer!

Bailee Warber

12 May 2022

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Traveling with IVHQ was the best thing I have ever done. I was welcomed by a very tight knit and loving community in Livingstone, where my project coordinator was always...Read more

Traveling with IVHQ was the best thing I have ever done. I was welcomed by a very tight knit and loving community in Livingstone, where my project coordinator was always very helpful and caring. The staff where I stayed made me feel like I was at home and would always go above and beyond to make sure I was okay and happy. I highly recommend volunteering through IVHQ and I plan on doing another trip.

Hector Kuri

12 May 2022

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There is no doubt in my mind that this experience has been the best thing that I have done in my life. Everyday either on placement or even just the...Read more

There is no doubt in my mind that this experience has been the best thing that I have done in my life. Everyday either on placement or even just the volunteer house was amazing! The lifelong friendships and the sense of family you make with other volunteers is like nothing I had ever experienced. Going with the kids everyday was always one of the best parts of the day, just seeing how happy they were to get new pencils or books is something truly moving. It really showed me a new perspective on life and helped me grow as a person. I would recommend this project to anyone and everyone and I will never stop recommending it. I enjoyed every single day and I am sure you will too.