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Volunteer Abroad Reviews

Ashlea Low
Nationality: Australian
Age: 22
Program: Cambodia
Project: Childcare
Date: January 2013 - 2 weeks

The accommodation was excellent, I had a big spacious and clean room. The meals were really good as well! My favourite part of my volunteer experience was teaching and playing with the children.

Georgeann Booth
Nationality: American
Age: 19
Program: Argentina
Project: Healthcare
Date: July 2014 - 4 weeks

I think that my experience in Argentina was extremely valuable and that it helped me to grow as a person.The accommodation was what I expected. I felt well taken care of and the food was good. Both of the hosts were very nice and concerned with making sure I was comfortable.

Thank you so much for a great experience. I did a lot of research when I was trying to find a program to go abroad with and I am so glad that I chose IVHQ.


Judith Schatz
Nationality: German
Age: 23
Program: Bali
Project: Kindergarten
Date: August 2014 - 4 weeks

My favourite moments were when the kids came to play and were laughing. Also the moment when the kids would scream a new word because they had remembered it. I had a great time. 

Katherine Krouse
Nationality: United States
Age: 21
Program: Madagascar
Project: Marine Conservation
Date: July 2014 - 4 weeks

My volunteer experience in Madagascar was absolutely incredible. I spent my trip working in the Marine conservation program and it was such an experience. The staff is so helpful and work so hard to make sure every volunteer has the best experience in Madagascar. One of my favorite things was falling asleep listening to the ocean. So peaceful and calming. I learned so much on this trip that will stay with me forever. My only regret for this trip is that I didn't stay longer. Four weeks seemed like a long time before I left but now I wish I had stayed longer. If you can dedicate more time to volunteering I would highly recommend more than four weeks. Sure going to miss this place

Amy Coar
Nationality: United Kingdom
Age: 22
Program: Ghana
Project: Teaching
Date: August 2014 - 2 weeks

This was the most amazing and rewarding experience of my time so far. The culture shock hit me the most when I arrived and seeing how happy those children are to see you. It was all so overwhelming. Teaching children who want to learn and who were excited to learn was fantastic. The moment when you saw they had understood something new was so rewarding and the smiles on their faces were beaming. I have been able to share my experiences with my children in my class back home as well. I hope to come back and volunteer again through IVHQ. Do something amazing. Everything you do and every bit of time you give up to them means the world to them. Make a difference, its an amazing feeling when you do!


Laurence Bourque
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 19
Program: Argentina
Project: Childcare
Date: August 2014 - 2 weeks

I just wanted to say thank you for all you have done! I had an amazing time in Argentina and part of the reason why was you! Thank you for answering all my questions. You really made me feel ready to handle this amazing opportunity.

 

Bryony Armstrong
Nationality: United Kingdom
Age: 18
Program: Morocco
Project: Teaching English
Date: August 2014 - 3 weeks

Teaching English in Casablanca, Morocco, was one of the best experiences that I have ever had. I was placed at Sidi Moumen Community Centre, and I really cannot sufficiently describe how welcoming everybody there was. The children always wanted to shake hands and say hello, even if the last time you saw them was five minutes ago, and I gained the confidence to use my (poor but improving) French skills to teach classes alone. Staying with a host family definitely made the trip even better; they treated me like a long lost relative. I had to experience the dreaded A Level Results Day (Brits will understand) abroad, but it all went great and my host mother made me the food that I loved best when she found out I had gotten into university, and again on my last night. I hadn't been planning to do any travelling, but ended up actually taking weekend trips to Marrakesh and Fes with some of the other volunteers which was amazing. I feel as though I truly immersed myself and experienced the culture (the crowning glory moment was when a waiter at Rick's Cafe asked us who we were, because we didn't look Moroccan but we didn't act like tourists). My advice to anyone considering this would be: GO!

Jingwen Hou
Nationality: China
Age: 18
Program: Nepal
Project: Orphanage Work
Date: March 2014 - 2 weeks

It's really worth going! The kids are so mature and cute. They did a really cool hair do for me. Which made me feels like a Nepali. Before I went there, I thought there would be a lot of insects, it turns out NEPAL is a really clean place, especially POKHARA.

Ruth Cartwright
Nationality: British
Age: 62
Program: Sri Lanka
Project: Childcare
Date: July 2014 - 4 weeks

I recently returned from a great trip to Sri Lanka. It was everything I dreamed it would be. I was extremely lucky with my home stay and lived in the jungle  next to the longest river in Sri Lanka. The family were extremely welcoming and took good care of me. 

I ate meals at a  different house to the one I lived so I also met daily with another family. The food was fantastic and they did everything possible to keep us well fed.

I chose to help in a disabled orphanage and because I am a therapist I was able to do physiotherapy with the babies and small children. I was so happy with the project I stayed the entire 3 weeks. I did try temple renovation on my day off and enjoyed that too. I met wonderful people. 

So all in all I had a wonderful, and sometimes challenging experience. As a mature volunteer I felt prepared for whatever experiences life brought up and I was well prepared and well travelled.

I would recommend this type of trip to anyone who wants to travel alone but not to be on their own.

Marlie Dwyer
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 19
Program: Ghana
Project: Childcare
Date: July 2014 - 3 weeks

3 Weeks in Ghana at the pink program was amazing, i've been home for one month now and i still can't stop talking about my time there. My only regret was not going for a longer period of time, you get so attached to the kids and the down to earth environment that you never want to leave. Every weekend was a new adventure and a chance to experience a new side of Ghana. The other volunteers were fantastic, and they made my trip even more enjoyable. This trip changed my life as i truly believe that i made a difference, not matter how small it might be. The kids really make the experience as you get to form relationships with them and realize that they are the happiest kids you know. my whole life view has changed for the better and i cant wait to go back someday!

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