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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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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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Shuwen Liu

21 Feb 2020

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It is truly rewarding when you can actually get to see, help, and communicate with refugees is Brussels. Talking with them and knowing their stories are really eye-opening. When we...Read more

It is truly rewarding when you can actually get to see, help, and communicate with refugees is Brussels. Talking with them and knowing their stories are really eye-opening. When we finished serving coffee and tea for refugees on the first day, the local team leader using his body language and speaking some simple English words to ask us if we paid money to help them, and we nodded. He said that we are all angles. I literally cried a little bit at that time. Also, I remember help the clothes distribution program in local NGO, that is the most meaningful thing I’ve ever done. Besides, we can also explore the city when we were done the volunteer work. Most importantly, I knew some cool volunteers all over the world and we talked about our stories and did a lot of fun things. This is the experience that I could never had without doing volunteer work. They are the treasure of my life. I love this program and every single one I knew during this journey. I left a piece of my heart in Brussels.

Alexis Johnson

19 Feb 2020

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I loved this program. It made me wonder if my life would be different and I would have taken on conservation work for a career if I did something like...Read more

I loved this program. It made me wonder if my life would be different and I would have taken on conservation work for a career if I did something like this 20 years ago. There aren't words to describe the passion and dedication of the Nakavango staff not only to wildlife conservation and sustainability but the holistic method they employ of helping the surrounding community in order to change attitudes towards wildlife. It's hard to protect elephants and other wild game when they destroy important crops locals depend on, but helping install water pumps & planting orchards & gardens at the school helps start to sway the community and change perceptions, especially when having conservation parks increase tourism and jobs. Our work shifts were quite short since we couldn't be out in the heat of the day and the way things were broken up with game drives made it feel like we really weren't working all that much even if we had 2 shifts. And yet we had plenty of proof that not only our money but our physical efforts were 100% appreciated by everyone we came in contact with. If you need further proof your program fees are going to something worthy, the manager gives an orientation and provides a breakdown of where the money goes. I always felt supported while in Zimbabwe by the program manager as well as by my fellow volunteers. When I fell prey to fire ants (wear long pants for all work shifts!) I had nearly everyone offer me creams or soaps to help with the itch. Because programs attract certain types of people, nearly everyone was unbelievably helpful, kind, supportive, fun and fully committed to teamwork. We even had a wide age range from 18-65. They honestly blew me away. If you consider volunteering here, do note that the facility is a little rustic... I compare it to camping with a well-stocked trailer or a cabin & staff (cleaners & chefs). We had our own rooms, shared bathrooms, a few common areas (we spent more time outside there than anywhere else), a shared kitchen, and a pool. It was all comfortable and functional, just not fancy. Overall, this is a worthy and wonderful program!

Michelle LaQuay

16 Feb 2020

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I volunteered in a sixth grade classroom in a fairly low income area in Muizenberg. In so many ways the children there resemble poverty level children in most cities. There...Read more

I volunteered in a sixth grade classroom in a fairly low income area in Muizenberg. In so many ways the children there resemble poverty level children in most cities. There was gang activity, drug use and dealing, shootings, and child abuse. At this age some children are just beginning to play a role in this type of life, and, therefore, are in great need of help and guidance and role models who may be able to make a difference. I encourage anyone who has time and willingness to volunteer.

Nicola Partington

16 Feb 2020

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I spent two weeks volunteering in the kindergarten program with IVHQ in Ho Chi Minh and honestly had the time of my life!! The staff make you feel so at...Read more

I spent two weeks volunteering in the kindergarten program with IVHQ in Ho Chi Minh and honestly had the time of my life!! The staff make you feel so at home and the accommodation is clean and well maintained. There was a variety of food to choose from at meal times and the location is super close to cafes and restaurants. The other volunteers were all so welcoming and had a great attitude, wanting to make the most of their experience. The kindergarten program was really rewarding and even in two weeks I made so many connections with the children. Although some days are repetitive (singing, dancing, feeding, teaching), the kids really love when the volunteers are there and you can see the difference you're making in their lives. Without the volunteer program, the children wouldn't learn English, limiting there opportunities in the future. The city of Ho Chi Minh is busy and has so much to do, after volunteer hours everyone was super eager to explore and make the most of their time overseas. Travelling to other parts of Vietnam is also really easy and affordable from Ho Chi Minh and the staff at the accommodation were so helpful with planning weekend trips and providing recommendations. We could book tours or weekend trips the day before we left easily with the help of the staff which allowed flexibility and kept the experience exciting! Overall, in my two weeks in Ho Chi Minh, I made memories which will last forever, made lifetime friends from all over the world and learnt so much about the rich culture and beautiful landscape of Vietnam. For anyone thinking about volunteering overseas, I would highly recommend the IVHQ Vietnam experience and any of the programs they offer.