Meet Dan Radcliffe - a young man with a lot of ambition who grew up on a farm by Mount Taranaki in the beautiful land of New Zealand.
In 2006, Dan returned home from a volunteer trip in Kenya feeling somewhat dissatisfied with the experience. He’d spent a decent chunk of his savings to go volunteering and felt there was a disparity between what he’d paid and the actual cost of hosting him. He also felt the whole thing was poorly organized and didn’t make as much of a genuine impact within the community as it could have. Thus, the seeds of IVHQ were planted.
When he returned to New Zealand, Dan took out a loan from the bank to register IVHQ and build a website. He then returned to Kenya to meet with local organisations and formalize a program that would deliver long term value to the community. He also headed to Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam to screen, select and train local teams.
On July 26, 2007, International Volunteer HQ was launched online from the Radcliffe family farm in New Zealand. Dan was determined to make volunteering abroad more responsible, affordable and accessible for all - as well as ensuring it addressed the most pressing issues of the local community.
While IVHQ is still based in New Zealand, we are now made up of a bunch of dedicated and passionate people from all over the world, including Argentina, Canada, the Czech Republic, South Africa, the UK ,the USA, Poland, Switzerland, Taiwan and more.Meet IVHQ’s local teams