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Volunteer in North America

Volunteering in North America with IVHQ

Volunteer in North America with International Volunteer HQ, the world’s most affordable and trusted organisation for volunteering in North America. With over 10 years experience in placing volunteers on impactful volunteer programs, IVHQ is the #1 provider of volunteer abroad programs in Mexico, and offers the best volunteer programs in the USA.

As a volunteer in North America, you’ll be contributing to a range of meaningful volunteer projects which support the long-term goals of the community you’re volunteering in. From short-term volunteer opportunities in the USA which support the homeless and assist in sustainability and community service projects, to volunteering with animals, teaching English, or providing care to children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Mexico, there are volunteer programs in North America to suit volunteers with a broad range of skills and experience.

Whether you want to volunteer in the USA, take an alternative summer break or spend a meaningful spring break in Mexico, or if you’re looking for volunteer opportunities in the USA for college students, IVHQ offers a variety of affordable volunteer abroad programs to suit all types of volunteer travellers.

Best Volunteer Programs in North America

Every year, thousands of international volunteers and local volunteers choose to take volunteer vacations to the United States and Mexico with IVHQ, and we’re proud to offer the most affordable range of volunteer opportunities in North America.

Our volunteers trust us to ensure they can volunteer in North America with confidence, knowing they’ll be supported at every step of the journey. With online training, airport pick-ups, program orientations, safe accommodations and meaningful volunteer work, IVHQ offers the best volunteer programs in the USA and Mexico.

Applying to volunteer in North America is simple, once you have decided which volunteer project suits your skills best, you can apply online.

Learn more about how to volunteer in North America and explore our volunteer opportunities available in the destinations below.

If you want to organise a volunteer trip in the USA or Mexico for a volunteer group, we have a dedicated IVHQ Volunteer Groups team who can customize an affordable trip to meet the goals and budget of your group. Please get in touch with our Volunteer Groups team and they’ll be happy to assist you.

Volunteer in Mexico
Mérida, Yucatán state on Mexico's Caribbean Coast
Volunteer in Mexico with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 5 and 20 volunteers start each month
Animal Care/Animal Rights Childcare Special Needs Care Sustainable Agriculture Teaching English
Program fees
From AU$473 (1 week) to AU$6,288 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
Volunteer in United States
Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia and San Diego
Become a volunteer in the USA with International Volunteer HQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every Monday
Between 1 and 10 volunteers start each month
Community Development Construction and Renovation Environmental Sustainability Youth Support
Program fees
USA - Chicago from AU$932 (1 week) to AU$6,021 (12 weeks)
USA - New Orleans from AU$739 (1 week) to AU$5,851 (12 weeks)
USA - Philadelphia from AU$924 (1 week) to AU$6,147 (12 weeks)
USA - San Diego from AU$895 (1 week) to AU$5,851 (12 weeks)
Language requirements

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!