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IVHQ Volunteer Abroad Training

International Volunteer HQ Volunteer Abroad Training

Volunteering abroad is a great way to experience a new culture, to live like a local and to make a positive contribution to a community or to a conservation initiative. It’s also a great way to learn about yourself and to grow your understanding of the world.

It’s important to do the right preparation before volunteering abroad. While some people will be seasoned travellers, many IVHQ volunteers are travelling alone for the first time. Regardless of which group they fall into, we think is a whole range of issues that people need to consider before travelling abroad.

Volunteers should always do their own detailed research about the country that their chosen program is based in, but we’ve also developed a set of online training tools which help IVHQ volunteers to get prepared in the best way. These tools are free to all of our volunteers and are accessible as soon as you become fully registered with us, so there’s plenty of time to work through them before you leave home.

This training is available exclusively to IVHQ volunteers.

What Does the IVHQ Training Cover?

The IVHQ volunteer training is made up of three individual learning modules, which can be completed in any order. Each module provides a series of interactive scenarios designed to build an understanding of important aspects of volunteering that need to be considered before embarking on an IVHQ program.

Module 1 – Know before you go

This module covers the basics of getting prepared for volunteering abroad. It provides advice on important steps to take, such as booking flights, arranging visas, organizing the right insurance, completing a criminal background check and what to pack. Volunteers are shown how being organised and well researched is vital to making the most of their IVHQ experience.

IVHQ Volunteer Abroad Training so you know before you go!]

Module 2 – Keeping safe

Health and safety is a big focus for IVHQ and we want to do everything we can to keep our volunteers out of harm’s way. Module 2 focuses on the steps volunteers can take to keep themselves safe and the scenarios in this module cover things like: using local transport, beverages safety, enjoying local food, what to do in emergencies or when incidents occur, and how to be safety-conscious when enjoying free time activities.

Volunteer abroad training with IVHQ

Module 3 – Being a responsible and valuable volunteer

This module includes guidance on how to make a positive contribution to a community, in an ethical and responsible way. It includes advice on developing the right expectations, understanding and respecting different cultures, gaining the trust of local people, and protecting the rights and needs of children. The big emphasis in this module is on establishing the right mind-set before volunteering abroad.

Volunteer training abroad with International Volunteer HQ

Our training is free and available exclusively to all volunteers who have paid their registration fee. It can be accessed via My.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the Registration Fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!