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Volunteer Abroad Reviews

Claire Ryan
Nationality: American
Age: 18
Program: Peru - Lima
Project: Teaching English
Date: September 2014 - 11 weeks

I was overwhelmed with how appreciative my students were when I left. They threw me a small party, and my younger classes all responded with a "nooo" when I said it was my last day. This community really wants to learn English and they have no other way of doing so, so your time is beyond appreciated to them. I loved the volunteer house. The food was always amazing and the cook was very nice and always let me come help if I wanted to. Lidia was always worried if you were enjoying yourself and always tried to make sure you had a good time. I was happily surprised at the living standards. We had hot water, a comfortable, clean living space, and an ideal "hangout" area where we could watch tv or visit with the other volunteers. As bittersweet as my last day was, I think it was one of my favorites. I always knew that my students wanted to learn english and appreciated me for helping me reach this goal, but I never realized how much they appreciated it.

Emma Matton-Johnson
Nationality: Australian
Age: 24
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Childcare
Date: October 2014 - 4 weeks

Overall I had an amazing volunteering experience with IVHQ in India. It has been challenged but spending time with the children was a lot of fun. I had a great time, I have learnt lots, made new friends and memories. Thanks for everything!


Claudia Rojas
Nationality: Colombian
Age: 24
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Slum Teaching
Date: October 2014 - 8 weeks

It has been an amazing experience I must say the first day was a bit overwhelming but I could understand the culture very easy. It was my dream to come here and being able to help others was so good. The food, the people, the weather, everything was different for me. The school, the kids and everything was new but I learned a lot. I loved the experience of having a homestay with an Indian family where I could watch and learn more from the Indian culture and food! I loved travelling on weekends with other volunteers. India is so big and so beautiful.


Susana Mejia
Nationality: Colombian
Age: 24
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Slum Teaching
Date: October 2014 - 8 weeks

The first day was so hard because I am not a teacher and I didn’t know what to do with chalk in my hand. I was almost crying but after this day with the help of the local team things quickly got better. I started looking for the different ways to transmit the knowledge that I wanted to teach the kids. I started composing songs for 2nd grade kids and they loved the songs. I am so happy because these 5 weeks have been full of new knowledge for me and I hope for the children too.

Rosie Walters
Nationality: New Zealander
Age: 22
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Childcare
Date: October 2014 - 2 weeks

Food was amazing there and I am happy with it. The language barrier made it a bit difficult at times but the girls were lovely and helped me a lot. I can tell how much they enjoy foreigners coming and helping them. I have learnt a lot about the Indian culture and the way of life. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them and living the way they do.

Karen Harvey
Nationality: British
Age: 50
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Slum Teaching
Date: October 2014 - 6 weeks

The orientation week was informative and fun. A great way to start my volunteering experience in India. I have felt useful on my project and have gained a real insight into life of slum dwellers. It has been wonderful to feel so much warmth and happiness in all otherwise dusty, smelly and cramped environments. The children brought me great joy with their huge hearts and big smiles. My home stay made me feel grateful for all the creature comforts at home, although I enjoyed the simplicity of hand washing my clothes and bucket washing. Being fed three times a day with delicious food was a treat. I felt welcome with my host family and had some wonderful chats.


Crystal Hellwig
Nationality: American
Age: 18
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Childcare
Date: August 2014 - 12 weeks

Orientation was very informative and fun. I really got a feel for the people and culture. My volunteer experience in India was one of the greatest experience of my life. I had so much fun and met amazing people. My host family feels like real family and they have been amazingly kind to me over these past 12 weeks. I feel my volunteering really did help make a difference in the kids lives. I am so glad that I decided to do it and will come back soon.


Tim Linde
Nationality: Swedish
Age: 23
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Slum Teaching
Date: October 2014 - 4 weeks

We loved, really loved our project slum-teaching. It gave us a lot of experience. We found it very interesting to be in the slum and meet these wonderful children. We have learnt a lot.


Brodie O'Hanlon
Nationality: Australian
Age: 18
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Childcare
Date: August 2014 - 12 weeks

I had so much fun during orientation and I have definitely made some lifelong friends. All the IVHQ staff were very helpful and I could not fault them. I can’t wait to come back again.

Annie Jo
Nationality: Korean
Age: 20
Program: Bali
Project: Turtle Conservation
Date: August 2014 - 10 weeks

I had the most extraordinary time here on Nusa Penida. I had the honor of staying here for 10 weeks and with the help of the friendly staff I was able to settle in easily. We had first hand experience with the turtles where we had the chance to interact with the hatchlings and had the opportunity to release some of the older turtles which was the most touching experience. We were also fortunate enough to teach at the local school on Nusa Penida every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday which was an unforgettable experience. Overall, it was a life changing experience and I hope to return in the future!

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