IVHQ has an excellent program in Bali and Nusa Penida but you have to have an open mind in order to really give back and overcome the challenges of not having the regular things as at home.
Think twice if you just really want to have fun, please don’t bother to sign up for this. Thanks !!
Review by JAndrews1 month ago
This program was such an eye-opening experience that I highly recommend. I was in the Kindergarten program in Ecuador for 4 amazing weeks. Through this program, I was able to meet so many like-minded people and learn so many things by living in this community. I was able to volunteer during the week and go on weekend adventures with the friends I made there. I never felt alone and always had something to do. The kindergarteners were so cute and lively and I loved helping them out. It was only a short walk from the volunteer house. I hope that everyone gives IVHQ a chance and is able to have the same positive experience that I did.
Review by Wiesemedt1 month ago
Ever since I was really little, it has always been my dream to travel, and with IVHQ I was given the perfect opportunity. My parents got married in Jamaica, which is one of the main reasons why I chose to serve in this location, and I am so glad that I did. The volunteer placement is located in a beautiful, very safe area of the island and was walking distance from James Bond Beach which all us volunteers loved. I volunteered in the local kindergarten, and honestly, working with the kids there truly changed my life. Both them, and the head teacher were so welcoming to me and the other volunteers, and I genuinely looked forward to going to work each day. Overall, IVHQ is an incredible and affordable option for people like me who love adventure and have a calling to travel. Can't wait to go on more IVHQ trips!
Review by Fortnite1 month ago
I wanted to do something different this summer. So next thing I know I am booking a sustainable agriculture volunteer program in Romania for a week. Am I going to get along with the people there? is this program the right fit for me? will I make a difference in such a short period of time?. These were questions i was asking myself.
The moment I arrived I was welcomed by Inu our driver and joined by three other volunteers. We dropped our bags at the accommodation made quick introductions and joined some other volunteers in discovering the town. My concerns had already begun melting away.
The first day was orientation, it was time to properly introduce ourselves to one another and go over details of the town and work schedule. It was awkward the first fifteen minutes then someone cracks a joke.
I got to my placement and when i first laid eyes at the community garden I was daunted it was huge project there was so much to do. volunteer leaders Peter and Jackie were full of reassurance and help telling us that they were open to our ideas and that our input no matter how small was significant.So sleeves were rolled up and days were spent in the community garden getting everything back into shape, ploughing, digging and weeding under the sun, with a cup of tea here and there.
I managed to experience aerial yoga for the first time, chimney cake, family style dinner with my fellow volunteers and also my first tattoo.At the end of my stay I could already see a difference in the garden The last night was the icing on the cake. Everyone huddled up making smores underneath the stars, talking about our journeys, dreams and goals.
All of those fear and worries were uncalled for because at the end of the volunteer program I honestly came out of it getting more than I expected. I came out with friends and an appreciation towards finding a common goal even though we all came from different back grounds.The only regret I have is, I wish I had stayed a little longer…
Review by Avetigrija1 month ago
It was the best experience ever. I learned a lot about culture, met a lot of beautiful people. I felt like I could help and felt appreciated. The program was amazing, always felt safe and surrounded by other volunteers. Looking forward to come back!
Review by Aale1 month ago
I took part in the Construction and Renovation program in Nepal, Pokhara in March 2019. I expected this to be real construction work, especially given that for this project there was an extra charge of $50 per week in ‘construction supervision fees’. This is on top of an already expensive program that was planned to last six weeks. The location of my project was changed hours before leaving for our home stay without much information. The work was painting the outer walls of a bamboo school. This was done every single day for around 4/5 hours by two other volunteers and I. We all asked for different work and even tools to repair broken parts of the school only to be ignored. The work was monotonous and there was little or no supervision at all so that ‘supervision fee’ seemed completely pointless. Often we ran out of materials despite asking for more. I was extremely disappointed with IVHQ and their attitude and would not recommend. I even changed the length of my program due to this. After returning I made a formal complaint to the program manager and exchanged several emails with a handful of IVHQ employees only to then be ignored by the most recent one by the program manager herself. Huge lack of professionalism and the complaint was not properly dealt with. I feel I wasted my money. However, on a side note the family and homestay were without a doubt the best part of my trip and I couldn’t fault their welcoming nature.
Review by Minisa Boyler1 month ago
This was my first time volunteering and to say I was a little nervous is an understatement. But IVHQ was there with me every step of the way. They answered all my questions and made me feel at ease.
I volunteered in Muizenberg, South Africa for a month. I was apart of the the teaching program. It is the most rewarding thing I have done to date. The kids were a little shy at first but after a few days they opened right up. My teacher was so kind and understanding too. If there was anything I wasn't fully conformable doing all I had to do was let her know.
The local team, Dreams to Reality, took very good care of all of the volunteers. They helped us and showed up everything we needed to know and do. I felt like I was treated like family when I was there. I couldn't';t have asked for a better experience.
If I could change anything it would be to volunteer for longer then 4 weeks. The time went by so fast. All I did was blink and I was going home. I would volunteer with IVHQ again in a heartbeat.
Review by Ramil Battis1 month ago
Hello ! My name is Michelle, I'm 18 years old from Lebanon 🇱🇧
This august I volunteered for 2 weeks in Bali on the construction and renovation program and I wish I could have stayed longer. The journey radiates a feeling you can't express or accurately explain until you actually live it. IVHQ has taught me more about myself than anyone has for the past 18 years. It is a self developing experience that drags you out of your comfort zone to show you that life is all about perspectives and you get to choose how happy you want to be. I got to meet Bali not only through her tropics and beautiful sceneries, I got to meet Bali through the locals themselves. They always managed to put a smile on their face and never failed to make me feel at home. I can't wait to discover new places with IVHQ, the team's availability and help surpassed my highest expectations 🤩
Review by JakeFromStateFarm1 month ago
It was a very good experience. Really recommend it. Its a life time oppportunity you will learn a lot about yourself, another culture and make lots of friends. The local team are very helpful and anything you need they will sort it out.
Review by Christyaan2 months ago
Volunteering with IVHQ is truly a mesmerising and unforgettable experience! From the first day until the last day of the trip, I felt part of one, big family. This experience was not only life-changing but well beyond. The program was extremely well organised and our program coordinator was always available to us and very helpful and knowledgeable about everything we needed and especially the work we were doing.
Obviously, the first time you travel to a developing country such as Indonesia, you hear about the poverty and issues that local people are experiencing. But the fact of being present there really put things into perspective.
I felt so different and especially humbled after spending two weeks there, teaching the children basic English and getting to learn more about the culture and the way of life of local inhabitants. I am just so glad I didn’t let fear stop me from coming here. Everyone has been so warm and welcoming and I am thankful to everyone during these two amazing weeks.
Finally, some people say that travelling to a different country can sometimes be difficult, but the support and help offered by IVHQ, throughout the whole process, make you feel at home! From the first day to the moment of departure, they were there for me and for anything I needed!
I hope to be able to volunteer again with IVHQ and make a change in the future!
Review by Kerling Koner2 months ago
It was one of the best experiences of my life. MRCI camp made me feel like I was truly living an adventure. Exploring the main island of Nosy Be was also a huge source of fun and entertainment. The staff were all amazing and incredibly nice and helpful. If there is anything that I would note is that you should choose your programs wisely because they are truly the deciding factor in everything. I would definitely go back for another round because life in Madagascar truly charmed me.
I am currently planning my next IVHQ volunteering trip to a new destination in the world. Then maybe I'll head back to visit Madagascar later.
I did both construction and Turtle conservation. They were both amazing programs. While doing those, I also joined the teaching english programs in my extra time, and I have to say, they all had me visiting different amazing places and meeting the new cultures.
Nosy be is an amazing place to hang out. Whether its renting scootors and cruising(funny story happened to me with that!) or simply taking boats and exploring other islands. And its extremely cheap considering the normal expenses you have in everyday life.
Review by Dappz2 months ago
The Animal Welfare program in Tanzania is amazing! The hands on work and experience with the local veterinarian was priceless! 12 Weeks was almost not long enough! IVHQ volunteers come from all over the world so I met so many people around the world which was such an added bonus! The hostel that I stayed at was amazing! the beds are so comfy and the showers are always hot! I will forever hold my experience with IVHQ close to my heart!
Review by Shayarie2 months ago
My program with IVHQ in Ubud, Bali was honestly the most amazing opportunity and experience I've ever had. Though only two weeks, I truly felt like a different person leaving the program; I gained humility, understanding and an invaluable appreciation for balinese culture, however different it may be from mine. The other volunteers as well as the amazing local staff made me feel so safe, cared for, and welcomed--I will never forget them, not to mention the kids I taught, who by the end of two weeks had a special place in my heart. I cried when we had to leave them, and again in the taxi to the airport, overwhelmed with the thought that the most amazing experience of my life was now over. Though I am back in my home country now, the things I have learned and gained from this program I will long carry with me.
Review by Storming Fowle2 months ago
Had the best trip to Thailand Hua Hin with ivhq. I had never travelled so far or by myself and at 30 years old was a little apprehensive. From the off ivhq were supportive and answered all my questions. When I went I was unsure how many people would be there or how the accommodation would be but how over the moon I was. I had the best week making life long friends from around the world and seeing lots of beautiful places. Accommodation and food was excellent the the green lion team couldn’t be more helpful. It was a laugh a minute! The school itself was fantastic, the pupils were so friendly wanting high fives And always smiling. It really puts life in to perspective! I would highly recommend doing a program if you get chance to, it will be the best thing you do! Thanks so much!
Review by Ayrtonh2 months ago
httpI was a medical volunteer in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (22.07.2019-30.08.2019). The volunteer project is well organized. Collection of documents and registration of participation in the project takes little time. The organizers of the project provide great assistance in preparing the trip. The project coordinator in Vietnam supported the volunteers all the time, starting with a meeting at the airport in Ho Chi Minh City. The accommodation and food are great. The food is varied and tasty. On weekends, the organizers and coordinator of the project organized a large number of cultural events and excursions. Some activities and excursions are free. The medical project was carried out in a hospital. Vietnamese doctors are fluent in English, French and Latin. Therefore, my communication with the medical staff of the hospital did not have language problems. I participated in medical operations (neurosurgery, traumatology) and rehabilitation procedures.
I worked full time. 5 working days. 2 days off.
Vietnamese doctors work perfectly and introduced me to the unique methods of treating patients. Extensive medical practice, various patients, various injuries. The gained experience will be useful to me in studies and medical work.
I am very pleased with the trip.
Review by Chaneira2 months ago
I volunteered with IVHQ's parter Emerging Voices in Cartagena, Colombia, for 8 weeks in February and March of 2019. I had a phenomenal experience - making new friends with volunteers from all over the world, meeting locals who I continue to talk with today, learning and practicing Spanish, and getting to try delicious food!
The volunteer project I chose was teaching English. We had 2 placements - one for 2 hours in the morning, in a neighborhood close to our volunteer house, and another for 2 hours in the afternoon, in a more impoverished neighborhood about 20 minutes drive. The morning class I taught was advanced, so my lack of Spanish was not a big deal. We worked on grammar rules and pronunciation for the majority of my 8 weeks. The afternoon class was very beginner, so it was difficult to communicate some of the topics to them, considering my own poor Spanish. The afternoon class was definitely more of a challenge for me, because due to their more impoverished neighborhood, it was clear their own education even in Spanish was lacking. So trying to explain the difference between adjectives and adverbs and nouns and verbs was relatively difficult, as they couldn't even identify the Spanish equivalents. Despite this, they were for the most part eager to learn, and had fantastic attitudes, and I made strong connections with many of the students. One thing I would recommend for the Teaching placement is to know some Spanish beforehand, and the more you know the better it will go. Also, since you are essentially planning the lessons yourself, make sure you know the topics and do some research beforehand. Just because you know English, doesn't mean you necessarily know every weird rule it has when it comes to grammar and spelling rules.
The volunteer house itself was spacious, air conditioned at night (thank God!), clean, and comfortable. We had an incredibly talented and creative cook, Sophie, who made us 3 meals a day from Monday to Friday. The house was a 5 minute walk from the airport, and a 5 minute walk from the beach, which was very convenient. The neighborhood was safe, with a reasonable selection of food and entertainment.
Evenings and weekends would often be spent in the Centro Historico, which was about a 10 minute taxi ride, usually costing 7,000 COP. The Centro had many more options for stores, restaurants, entertainment, partying, and sight-seeing. It was absolutely beautiful, from the colourful and brightly decorated buildings, to the old stone wall overlooking the ocean. Definitely busy and touristy though too.
Weekends were also very popular for excursions and tourism. Over the 8 weeks I was there, I went to Parque Tayrona, Isla Grande (a part of the Islas del Rosario), Playa Blanca, Barranquilla for the Carnaval, and El Totumo - a mud volcano to bathe in that makes your skin feel fantastic.
All around, I had a great experience. The staff at the volunteer house were all amazing and easy to talk to, the students had wonderful attitudes and were just as excited to teach me Spanish as they were to learn English, the other volunteers were fun and friendly, and the food was to die for.
Review by Sjaiful2 months ago
IVHQ offers outstanding and affordable programs, with excellent support. Being a young adult on the other side of the world from everyone I know and in a brand new place, I still never felt like I was alone. It was an amazing opportunity to help the local people and explore Thailand. When we weren't teaching English, we had the opportunity to explore temples, markets, beaches, and other local attractions. I will definitely consider volunteering with IVHQ again, as they have an incredible variety of programs all over the world for an affordable price.
Review by AppWork2 months ago
Cambodia has everything you could ask for in a volunteer destination – great people, unique culture and awesome adventures! There is also a strong demand for people to help address the deep-rooted socio-economic issues facing Cambodia today. That is exactly where volunteers step in!
Volunteer programs are numerous and diverse, satisfying any skill set you have to offer or are looking to develop. I volunteered on a 6-month placement, volunteering with a development NGO in Phnom Penh. And guess what? They offered me a job and now I live here!
Whilst I loved (and still love) my placement, I greatly value the camaraderie within the volunteer house, offering support after a challenging day and encouragement exploring the street food scene! Grilled frog skewers anyone? If you plan to stay longer than a few weeks there is also a small but strong expat community. And plenty of delightful coffee shops when you’re looking for some quiet time (and air-conditioning!).
Opportunities for weekend trips are abundant, satisfying any and all travel experiences you could ask for! Whilst the tourism industry throughout the country is still largely in its infancy (outside of Siem Reap), locals are always very generous with their efforts to help – and knowing a little Khmer goes a long way! As does taking the time to learn and practice the social and cultural customs. Quick trips to neighboring Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos are also very do-able. Some journeys can take longer than expected but I have never felt unsafe, despite what I may have heard and read prior to departure.
I appreciate the opportunity of living abroad, even with all its ups and downs. Cambodia forces you to reevaluate your priorities and experience gratitude in profound ways. Especially when the power goes out!
I recommend volunteering in Cambodia and the team at IVHQ :)
Review by Lyuana2 months ago
“Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee”
Jon Donne once wrote.
In the world of today it’s not enough to just acknowledge the bells, you have to put yourself out there, and IVHQ provided me with such an opportunity and so much more.
You get a real chance to affect the community, and in helping them, help yourself become a better person, a better you.
Review by Ravindhar Walth2 months ago
One of the best experiences I have ever lived, and I have to say that my experience did not begin the day I arrived to Tanzania, but much earlier when I created my IVHQ account and began to investigate what I could do and where. From that day on, the desire to give myself to other began to grow, and with them, the thrill of going to the continent I had always dreamed of: Africa. I have to say that this dream probably wouldn't have been fulfilled if it hadn't been for the excellent service and help of IVHQ, how complete its website is, the reasonable prices, the help of the staff, it all added to make it easy and exciting to prepare this trip, instead of encountering obstacles at every step that would have resulted in the decrease of my motivation that would have ended up in leaving this crazy idea aside. Once in Arusha everything was amazing, the support of the coordinators for every new thing you faced, the placements´ organization, the school I was helping at, everything was taken care of to make it the best of the best. The house where you live is super well placed, the “mamas” cook delicious and varied, everything is clean and the environment of volunteers…wow! Now I have friends all over the world: Greece, Scotland, England, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Peru, Colombia...I can say that I built a family, my “Simba Family”, that I will never forget for the fun, the support and lessons they gave me. My students, so much to learn from them: the simplicity to play with anything, the joy to laugh at anything, the commitment to learn; It was a challenge to teach English to children who barely know their language because of their age, but I am sure the little help I could give will make a big change in their lives. Thank you IVHQ, thank you TVE.
Review by Jodil Eghehan2 months ago
Its a bit cliche, I know, but going overseas to be a service to the outside world set me on a new path in life. One that has let me see the positive and optimistic side of life. Going to volunteer in Costa Rica instilled a confidence in me of people's true proclivity for good and helping the world around them. It was through IVHQ that I was able to fulfill this life-long desire of mine to be a positive influence beyond my local sphere. I will, for the rest of my life, look back on my experience as a such a positive influence on a better life!
Review by Amalium2 months ago
How can I just write a review on IVHQ when this program gave me the best experience of my life? I went to Uganda for medical program for a week. The week is all I could take from work. But during this week I got so many emotions, that one can live a whole life and never get so many. Everything from the application process through the last day was very easy and smooth. Throughout the program we had people available to help us at all times. The house that we lived at was so clean. Juli who cooked and cleaned for us did such an amazing job. I am privileged to meet the people of Uganda and work at the clinic besides some of them. I would definitely recommend this program to everyone who wants to make their time on earth count...
Review by Hilip2 months ago
Firstly, i was greeted at the airport by a member of the team who was very easy to identify and extremely friendly and welcoming. We were then transported to the accommodation by transport covered in the cost of the programme fees which made things run so smoothly. Once arriving at the accommodation, again greeted by warm, welcoming people who made everyone feel at ease. I started off my volunteering experience with the introduction week which I would highly recommend everyone to take part in. This involved different experiences in allowing volunteers to really get to know the culture of the country/area you are volunteering in. The next week, I was involved in volunteering in a specific class in a school which meant I could develop an amazing bond with the pupils in my class. Pupils were so loving and appreciated every little thing you did for them. The little added touches that the team arranged for volunteers to make everyone feel extra special included a leaving ceremony every week for volunteers who were leaving which included a traditional farewell song conducted by the coordinators, ensuring you are set for the weekend in helping to arrange transport, hostels etc. and always being so friendly every time they see you, knowing everyones name and treating everyone as individuals. I had the absolute time of my life and met great volunteers, coordinators and locals. I would definitely recommend this programme to anyone who is debating doing something amazing for people who deserve it.
Review by DianeSaia2 months ago
I had a wonderfully meaningful experience volunteering at a day care center in Dueñas, Guatemala. I stayed with a local family in Antigua, one of the most beautiful and safest towns in Guate.
IVHQ was very thorough in preparing us for the trip and Maximo Nivel, the onsite contact, was excellent at making sure we were taken care of during the duration of our stay. They were organized, professional and very hospitable.
I enjoyed taking the famous chicken bus to Dueñas then working and playing with the children at the day care center for four hours each day. I assisted them in their daily assignments and meals and even played songs for them with a ukulele I brought. I also learned a lot from my Spanish instructor who was patient, funny and very organized.
I’m glad I decided to stay and extra few days to unwind after the volunteering portion of the trip, as Lake Atitlan was the perfect destination to end the trip on.
I left Guatemala feeling changed for the better and felt I made a difference to the children I met, as they certainly made an impression on me. I look forward to working through IVHQ again in the future and highly recommend them for anyone interested in volunteering.
Review by Lockerby Gindac2 months ago
What an incredible journey! I recently got back from my week in Antigua, Guatemala with IVHQ and I had an unforgettable experience. As a premed student on the medical project, I had the opportunity to volunteer at Mis Anos Dorados, which is a free local day center in Jocotenango for elders 60 and older. I worked in the facility’s clinic helping perform physical exams and taking vitals. I fell in love with the Guatemalan culture and the friendly and kind people I met there. I noticed how incredibly hard working they all were. It was so hard to leave! During my free time, I was able to take Spanish classes through IVHQ and explore Antigua and the surrounding areas. One of my favorites was trekking up Cerro de la Cruz which was such a beautiful view! And visiting the coffee plantation.
IVHQ and the local staff at my volunteer placement were extremely supportive and always there with advice when I needed it. They helped me to feel comfortable and safe in a new environment. Thanks to this experience I have learned so much and met many wonderful people on the medical project! I am now more certain that I want to spend my life helping people. I highly recommend IVHQ Guatemala to anyone who wants to volunteer abroad!