To volunteer abroad is to travel overseas with the purpose of donating your time, skills and energy to support a community that values your contribution. When volunteering abroad with IVHQ, you can expect to volunteer alongside local people and other international volunteers who are working towards a common goal, supporting the long-term social or environmental objectives of your host community.
How We Work
- We make safe, quality and responsible international volunteer travel genuinely affordable
- Our volunteers provide assistance to the achievement of long term community goals in countries all over the world
- Our programs grow cross-cultural awareness and understanding, and foster global citizenship
- We provide cultural immersion experiences, achieved by living and working with local people, communities, organizations and families
International Volunteer HQ provides affordable volunteer programs by partnering with organizations based in each of our program countries. We believe this is the best approach to international volunteering because:
- Local organizations are in the best position to see where volunteers are genuinely needed. The staff in these organizations are locals, they have been raised in the area and know it inside and out. They can speak the local language, they know the local people and are in the best position to provide guidance, advice, supervision and support to volunteers.
- Partnering with local organizations reduces the costs associated with hosting volunteers, making programs more affordable. This means more people are enabled to volunteer and that enables greater social outcomes to be achieved.
One of the major strengths of IVHQ is our careful selection process in choosing our partner organizations and the high quality volunteer programs that we offer through these partners. Every program that IVHQ offers has been personally inspected by IVHQ. We have experienced the programs first-hand, we have assessed the local teams and we have provided comprehensive IVHQ training to all of our local teams.
IVHQ has developed a reputation as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, with thousands of volunteers traveling with us every year. By working directly with local organizations in the countries where our programs are based, we are able to keep our fees low and ensure these go towards meaningful community projects and local employment.
So whether you have 1 week to 24 weeks, your dreams of meaningful travel can become a reality in 50+ destinations around the world.
Consider volunteering in… Central America: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico Volunteer in the Caribbean: Puerto Rico, Belize, Jamaica Volunteer in South America: Argentina – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Cordoba, Brazil, Colombia – Bogota, Colombia – Cartagena, Ecuador – Quito, Ecuador – Santa Elena, Peru – Cusco, Peru – Lima Volunteer in Europe: Belgium, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Croatia Volunteer in Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Morocco – Marrakech, South Africa, South Africa – Table View, Tanzania, Uganda, Victoria Falls, Zambia Volunteer in Asia: Bali – Ubud, Bali – Lovina, Cambodia, China, India – Delhi, India – Kerala, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam – Hua Hin Volunteer in the Pacific: Fiji, New Zealand, Australia Volunteer in the Middle East: Jordan