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.
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
IVHQ offers a range of meaningful volunteer programs in Tanzania, Zambia, Victoria Falls, Madagascar, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Morocco and Zanzibar. Explore Africa’s beauty while conserving endangered wildlife or giving back to local communities in need.
Available in 10 countries
IVHQ offers volunteer programs in 15 incredible destinations across Asia, including Bali, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. Discover new cultures and play a hands-on role in supporting local social and environmental projects.
Available in 10 countries
Join a volunteer program in Mexico or the USA and choose from a range of meaningful projects, from Childcare and Teaching to Animal Care and Environmental Sustainability. IVHQ’s North American volunteer opportunities are based in San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans, or in Merida, Mexico.
Available in 2 countries
Based in the popular destinations of Costa Rica and Guatemala, IVHQ offers a range of impactful volunteer programs in Central America. Support community initiatives, work alongside locals and embrace unique cultural traditions for up to 24 weeks.
Available in 2 countries
IVHQ’s volunteer trips to South America are based in iconic Latin American locations across Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. With unique opportunities in Teaching, Construction, Wildlife Conservation, Medical, Jungle Conservation, and more, there’s something to suit every volunteer!
Available in 5 countries
IVHQ’s Caribbean volunteer opportunities are based in and around the stunning islands of Jamaica, Belize and Puerto Rico. Give back to the local community through Teaching, Marine Conservation, Childcare, Animal Care and other impact led volunteer projects.
Available in 3 countries
Discover Europe’s rich culture and history on a volunteer program in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Romania or Croatia. Choose from a range of meaningful projects including Wolf Conservation, Youth Support, Teaching, Kindergarten, Special Needs Support, Environmental Scuba Diving and more.
Available in 7 countries
Explore the Middle East on a volunteer trip to Jordan. Choose from a range of community projects such as Youth Support, Women’s Education, Teaching and more. When you’re not giving back, you can explore the Middle East’s unique culture through our exhilarating tours and add-ons.
Available in 1 country
Experience the vibrant culture and welcoming communities of the Pacific on a volunteer trip with IVHQ. Choose from a range of life-enriching programs, from preserving the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and coastal waterways in New Zealand to teaching on the beautiful island of Fiji.
Available in 3 countries
Find the best mission trip for you
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.
Top mission trips for teens & high school students:
Volunteer in Costa Rica
Volunteer in Tanzania
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 Victoria Falls
Volunteer in Zambia
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 Kenya
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
Volunteer in Mexico
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.