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Mission Trips

Mission Trips

Every year, International Volunteer HQ supports over 15,000 people to volunteer abroad on mission trips in 52 destinations around the world. Since 2007, IVHQ has helped more than 116,000 volunteers complete mission trips in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, Central America, North America, the Caribbean, Middle East and the Pacific.

IVHQ offers mission trips for teens, college students, families and individuals at any stage of life, as well as those seeking summer and medical mission trip opportunities. With long-term and short-term missions available year-round, IVHQ is the world’s leading non-religious mission trip organization.

Our diverse range of volunteer abroad projects include childcare, wildlife conservation, environmental, medical, teaching mission trips and much more. These impact-driven volunteer programs enable you to support locally-driven projects that uplift under-resourced communities around the world.

If you’re looking to join a mission trip in 2021 or 2022, we’ve outlined IVHQ’s most popular options and all the information you need to know to find your perfect program.

What is a mission trip?

Mission trips are international volunteering opportunities that focus on collaborating with local communities to provide support where it’s needed most. They can either be religious or non-religious mission trip experiences that uplift individuals, local economies and natural environments around the world.

IVHQ’s volunteer abroad programs are inclusive of all individuals, regardless of your age and stage of life. Our wide range of mission trips allow you to make a tangible impact around the world. In the process, you’ll build new friendships, discover new cultures and broaden your horizons - all while giving back to those who need it most.

Quote from IVHQ Volunteer Ruth Cartwright - Childcare in Sri Lanka

I recently returned from a mission trip to Sri Lanka and it was everything I dreamt it would be. I lived with a family in the jungle next to the longest river in the country, volunteering in a disabled childcare center. I was so happy with the project and had a wonderful - and sometimes challenging - experience. I would recommend this mission trip to anyone who wants to travel alone.

IVHQ Volunteer Ruth Cartwright - Childcare in Sri Lanka Quote from IVHQ Volunteer Ruth Cartwright - Childcare in Sri Lanka

How long can I go on a mission trip for?

IVHQ offers both short-term and long-term mission trips, ranging from 1 to 24 weeks. You can choose from a variety of volunteer projects, including Teaching, Childcare, Medical, Community Development, Construction and Renovation, Turtle Conservation, Wildlife Conservation and more. These projects are available year-round, so whether you want to take a mission trip in the summer or embark on an alternative winter break, IVHQ has an affordable mission trip to match the causes you care about.

Why do a Mission Trip with IVHQ?

If you’re looking to join a mission trip, you likely have a social or environmental cause in mind that you’d like to contribute to. Just as you place importance on the program you join, it’s equally as important to choose a responsible mission trip organization.

At IVHQ, we believe that mission trips should contribute positively towards society. Environmental and social impact has always been at the heart of what we do, which is why we’ve undergone rigorous assessment to become a Certified B Corporation, holding us to the highest ethical standards. We’ve also put together a Climate Emergency Plan with the target to become climate neutral by 2025. IVHQ is the first and only global volunteer travel provider to declare a climate emergency and become B Corp certified.

With a B Corp stamp of approval, highly affordable Program Fees and more than 14 years of experience, IVHQ is proud to be the mission trip organization of choice for thousands of individuals and groups looking to take a meaningful mission trip in 2021 and 2022.

Best mission trip opportunities across the globe

Mission trips for teens & high school students

Joining a mission trip is one of the best ways to step outside of your comfort zone, gain new perspective and give back to communities in need. IVHQ offers a range of mission trips for high school students and teens, meaning you don’t need to be 18 to go abroad and make a difference.

Since 2007, IVHQ has supported thousands of young people to volunteer around the world on our youth mission trips. More than 20% of our volunteers are under 20, so we know a thing or two about providing life-changing, reliable travel experiences for young explorers.

We offer safe and affordable volunteer opportunities for teens and high school students in 17 destinations around the globe. Learn more about how to join a mission trip if you’re under 18 here.

Top mission trips for teens & high school students:
Volunteer in Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio San Jose & surrounding areas
Volunteer abroad in Costa Rica with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 24 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Program Fees from AU$532
Volunteer in Guatemala
Antigua and Sipacate
Volunteer abroad in Guatemala with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 24 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Program Fees from AU$462
Volunteer in Tanzania
Arusha and surrounding suburbs
Volunteer abroad in Tanzania with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 16 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Program Fees from AU$378

Mission trips for college students

Today’s student demographic is more progressive than ever before. That’s why student mission trips have become a popular alternative to studying abroad. Instead of doing a study exchange, many are opting for a more meaningful form of international travel - one that is regenerative and makes a positive impact on local communities.

IVHQ offers mission trips for college students in more than 50 destinations around the world. With fees starting at just US$180 per week, our mission trips are an affordable way for students and young professionals to discover a new country and gain a global perspective while making the world a better place.

Top mission trips for college students:
Volunteer in Peru
Cusco Lima
Volunteer abroad in Peru with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 24 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Program Fees from AU$252
Volunteer in Victoria Falls
Private game reserve in Victoria Falls
Volunteer abroad in Victoria Falls with International Volunteer HQ
2 - 12 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Program Fees from AU$1428
Volunteer in Zambia
Livingstone and surrounding suburbs
Volunteer abroad in Zambia with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 16 weeks
Ages 18+ and families
Program Fees from AU$378

Mission trips for families

Planning a family mission trip can be a challenge, especially if you’re trying to accommodate multiple age groups. IVHQ’s fully-hosted mission trips mean that you can get away and make a difference without having to coordinate and plan for the entire family. The best part? Lots of IVHQ programs offer private room and accommodation upgrades at a very affordable price!

If you have young children, IVHQ has great options that will give you quality time together while instilling the values of service. Family mission trip opportunities are available in Africa, Asia, Europe, Central America and South America.

Our team of Volunteer Travel Experts can provide you with personalized family mission trip recommendations to match your budget and the causes you care about. Learn more about how you can go on a mission trip as a family here.

Top mission trips for families:
Volunteer in Guatemala
Antigua and Sipacate
Volunteer abroad in Guatemala with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 24 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Program Fees from AU$462
Volunteer in Kenya
Nairobi, Nakuru, Maasai, and surrounding rural villages
Volunteer abroad in Kenya with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 12 weeks
Ages 18+ and families
Program Fees from AU$392
Volunteer in Portugal
Lisbon, Albufeira and Mafra
Volunteer abroad in Portugal with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 12 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Program Fees from AU$637

Best short-term mission trips

IVHQ offers short-term mission trips for 1 to 3 weeks in over 50 destinations, starting at just US$180 for one week. This means you can get away and experience a new culture without needing to take ample time away from your day-to-day priorities.

Our short-term mission trips are designed for those who want to maximize impact in a short period of time and are perfect for students and professionals who are looking to take an alternative break. With everything organized for you, including airport pickup and 24/7 in-country support, you can hit the ground running as soon as you arrive at your destination. Check out our top short-term mission trips for 2021 & 2022:

Top short-term mission trips:
Volunteer in Croatia
The coastal hub of Split, located on the Mediterranean Sea
Volunteer abroad in Croatia with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 12 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Program Fees from AU$768
Volunteer in Ghana
Greater Accra Region
Volunteer abroad in Ghana with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 24 weeks
Ages 18+
Program Fees from AU$378
Volunteer in Mexico
Mérida, Yucatán state on Mexico's Caribbean Coast
Volunteer abroad in Mexico with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 24 weeks
Ages 18+ and families
Program Fees from AU$448

Best summer mission trips

Summer is one of the most popular times of year to go on a mission trip, allowing you to immerse yourself in a new culture and interact with locals while soaking up the sunshine. With time off from work and school, it’s the perfect opportunity to see the world and make a difference alongside like-minded people.

Whether you’re an animal lover or an aspiring medic, check out these top summer mission trips for 2021 & 2022. For more information on IVHQ’s top summer volunteer abroad projects, click here.

Top summer mission trips:
Volunteer in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico's coastal capital of San Juan
Volunteer in Puerto Rico with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 12 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Program Fees from AU$805
Volunteer in South Africa
Kruger Table View Cape Town
Volunteer abroad in South Africa with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 24 weeks
Ages 18+ and families
Program Fees from AU$350
Volunteer in Zanzibar
Nungwi and Jozani
Volunteer Abroad in Zanzibar with IVHQ
1 - 12 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Program Fees from AU$756

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Pay the Registration Fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
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