Most affordable & trusted volunteer abroad programs
International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is the world's leading volunteer travel organization, providing affordable, safe and responsible volunteer programs. Established in 2007, IVHQ has supported over 78,000 people to volunteer abroad affordably in a variety of projects. With program fees starting from just USD 10 per day, IVHQ is the organization of choice for thousands of volunteers every year.
You can choose to volunteer with IVHQ for periods ranging from 1 week to 6 months in over 35 destinations around the globe on over 150 volunteer projects
About International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)
IVHQ has grown to become the world’s leading volunteer travel company, working in over 35 destinations around the world and placing thousands of volunteers abroad every year.
We believe in a future where any traveler, anywhere in the world is empowered to make a meaningful difference in the community they are visiting, and we take pride in making this happen.
We’re focused on providing affordable volunteer travel experiences that are responsible, safe and high quality. Our programs heighten global awareness and cultural understanding through the skills and expertise taken by volunteers to their host communities, and through the experiences and lessons that volunteers take back to their own countries and cultures.
International Volunteer HQ volunteer program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support. Volunteers also receive dedicated support from a volunteer expert, access to online volunteer training and a comprehensive volunteer program guide.
The Employee Experience
Every year, thousands of travelers choose to volunteer abroad with International Volunteer HQ. Why? Because they've worked out that volunteer travel is the best way to travel! Volunteering abroad lets you add meaning to your travel like contributing to sustainable coffee farms, turtle conservation efforts or contributing to local community initiatives.
As a volunteer traveler, you'll also demonstrate to future employers that you're actively engaged in broadening your cultural awareness, you're passionate about sustainability and community development, and you're a true team player. Plus, on many of IVHQ's volunteer programs, we have language lessons set up to work around your volunteering schedule, giving you the confidence to communicate effectively at your placement and homestay while enhancing your learning possibilities.
IVHQ volunteers also have the opportunity to combine rewarding volunteer work with awesome weekend adventures. With a wide range of work available in 35 different countries, we have volunteer opportunities to match all skill sets, and destinations to treat all traveler types.
Everyone who volunteers abroad with IVHQ wants to make a difference and do some good. The age of IVHQ volunteers ranges from 18 to 80 and include solo travelers, families, friends and groups. We have IVHQ Alumni from thousands of universities, campuses, and companies throughout the world.
At IVHQ, we believe in the “work hard, play hard” philosophy. While it is important for our volunteers to spend their weekdays working hard and making valuable contributions to their placements, we also believe it is important to get away on weekends to experience more of their host country and refresh for the upcoming week.
Room and Board
With volunteer programs in over 35 destinations around the world, the accommodation and food on IVHQ programs will vary depending on your chosen destination. Full details are provided on the destinations page on our website.
Volunteers are typically accommodated in volunteer houses, apartments or homestays and you should expect to share a room with fellow volunteers on the majority of IVHQ's programs. Private upgrades are available in select destinations for volunteers seeking a little more comfort.
Most meals are provided on the majority of IVHQ volunteer programs.
Getting Here and Getting Around
On all IVHQ volunteer programs, an airport pick-up is provided by the IVHQ local team. IVHQ volunteer programs also all begin with a program orientation, where volunteers learn more about the volunteer programs along with information on how to travel to and from their placement on a daily basis.
Whether you want to volunteer and teach abroad, support wildlife conservation or marine conservation, participate in construction volunteer work, or provide support to staff within childcare centers, IVHQ has volunteer opportunities to suit all motivations and skill sets. Volunteer projects include:
- Medical and Health
- Wildlife and Animal Care
- Environment and Conservation
- Construction and Renovation
- Arts and Music
- NGO Support
- Community Development
- Elderly Care
- Special Needs Care
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