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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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Ioana Harabagiu

21 Jul 2021

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If I were to describe this experience in only one word I would say it was mind-opening. It has helped me evolve from so many points of view. Not only...Read more

If I were to describe this experience in only one word I would say it was mind-opening. It has helped me evolve from so many points of view. Not only did I learn to be more independent and choose for myself, but I also I got to know amazing hard-working people. I managed to do my project and build friendships with the other volunteers. I felt that I truly belonged to that world and I was devastated when I had to leave. The program was simply marvellous. I can say I got to live one of the best moments of my life when I encountered an octopus that gripped my hand. I have never felt something like that ever before. I think that this experience helped me grow a lot and made me understand how beautiful and unique the marine world really is. Furthermore, I managed to learn new things about a foreign culture and I loved exploring different parts of Lisbon on my own and with other volunteers. Even more, the staff was so kind and helpful that I almost felt part of their family. All in all, I find it incredible that even after a month I still think about those moments and me and the other volunteers are still keeping in touch. Now, all I want to do is embark in a similar adventure as soon as possible.

Jovan Mirkovic

22 Jun 2021

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As a current medical student, I always listened to doctors talk about going overseas to volunteer in understaffed clinics. It sounded interesting but I was not sure if it was...Read more

As a current medical student, I always listened to doctors talk about going overseas to volunteer in understaffed clinics. It sounded interesting but I was not sure if it was something I would be into or not. I figured I would volunteer in a clinic in Guatemala for a week and see what it was like. I wished I had booked longer. Much longer. In the beginning, the instructions are few but concise, so make sure to follow them closely. Once you get there, you have more support than you know what to do with. They answer all your questions, make sure you are set up with everything you need, and even offer activities to draw you closer with the culture. My experience in the clinic was amazing. We opened up a clinic that had closed due to covid. Many patients who we saw had chronic conditions that had gone untreated during covid. It was incredible to be able to help them, small or large in scale. None of the patients spoke english, so brush up on that espanol!!

Paulina Lozano

25 Feb 2021

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Me encanto mi experiencia! Es mi tercera vez viajando con IVHQ y siempre supera mis expectativas! Me encanta viajar con ellos y espero volver a hacerlo muy pronto otra vez!Read more

Me encanto mi experiencia! Es mi tercera vez viajando con IVHQ y siempre supera mis expectativas! Me encanta viajar con ellos y espero volver a hacerlo muy pronto otra vez!

Aoun Dabbas

25 Feb 2021

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IVHQ allowed me to have an amazing experience in Guatemala with no regrets. It enables me to arrive with comfort and organization.Read more

IVHQ allowed me to have an amazing experience in Guatemala with no regrets. It enables me to arrive with comfort and organization.