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Student Volunteer Abroad Projects 2016

IVHQ Student Volunteering Abroad 2016

Procrastiteering is a real thing. Especially during university… But it’s definitely not a bad thing. Volunteering while studying at university has its perks, you become more independent, you learn about other cultures while being fully immersed, potentially receiving course credit and of course, adding it to your already stellar resume!

Volunter with IVHQ - Procrastiteering

IVHQ has an extensive range of affordable volunteer abroad projects for students in over 30 destinations, offering the perfect way to give back to a community that values your support while extending your experiences during university. Ranging from interning at an NGO, to providing support at childcare centers, there is a project to suit all educational backgrounds.

NGO Support Projects

NGOs in developing countries are often strapped for cash, staff and resources. IVHQ volunteers can use the experience and knowledge gained from their studies to support and further establish an NGO's goals and community reach. Your tasks can vary and are dependent on the unique skills that you can bring to the table. These tasks can include administration, research, proposal writing, teaching English and IT. In reality, the opportunities to make your mark are endless if you are committed and willing to put in the hard work. NGO Support projects are perfect for students looking to combine volunteer travel with an internship, as working for an NGO will look great on your transcript and resume. Those potential employers will be more than impressed. You can head all over the world assisting NGOs in need with IVHQ - Cambodia, Italy and New Zealand just to name a few destinations.

Volunteer with IVHQ in Cambodia - NGO Support

  • How much? Participate on NGO Support in Cambodia for USD$640 for 5-weeks
  • What's included? Cambodia, for example, all meals are included in the program fee, as well as airport pick-up and 24/7 in-country support 
  • Must haves... Laptop, copies of your resume, an open mind and hard-working ethic

Volunteering abroad has been one of the most important choices I have ever made in my life. It changed my life forever; I want to work with NGO's more in the future. People often ask, "Why work for free? You don't get anything". I respond with, "Try it yourself and you will realize that you get a LOT. You get something that cannot be described by words". - Marton Mengerink - Working with NGOs in Vietnam - Hanoi

Teaching Projects

Education is universal and the scope for volunteers' influence goes beyond the classroom. Volunteering with IVHQ, you will have the opportunity to either teach independently or provide assistance and support to the local educator in traditional classrooms, community centers, orphanages, tutoring programs or special needs centers. Students from the communities in which you will work are eager to participate and learn, whether it's English, other curriculum, sports or arts/crafts. To a university student, teaching abroad can be a learning curve that generates greater confidence, independence and understanding. Supplement your university studies and get prepped for Teaching English abroad by signing up to our online TEFL Course.

Volunteer on a Teaching Project with IVHQ

  • How much? You can teach in Romania for as litte as USD$335 for 1 week
  • What's included? Romania, for example, airport pick-up, all meals and accommodation, not to mention the 24/7 in-country support!
  • Must haves... Good chat, ability to persevere and be patient
  • Not compulsory, but helpful... TEFL Certification, available at a discounted rate through IVHQ

My time was definitely appreciated and it made me feel happy to know my students learned something from me. This was my first time working as a teacher, it was amazing to see my students learn from me everyday, and it made me realize that I am needed and I can actually do something to make changes. This was a great experience, and I will definitely do it again. - Ruobing Pan - Teaching in Sri Lanka

Childcare Projects

Volunteers on Childcare projects provide assistance in a range of placements and environments, ranging from after school programs, orphanages, day care centers and community centers. As a university student, you have the opportunity to be involved with various duties to support the functioning of these centers, that will in turn assist in your personal and professional development. Duties can include, educational support, playing games, mentoring, providing attention, cooking, cleaning and assisting with general daily operations. Duties are dependent on the specific placement but the most important aspect is supplying the children with care, attention and love. So long as you come in with an open mind and heart, you will come out the other end with more than experience for your resume.

Volunteer in Childcare with IVHQ

  • How much? Get involved with Childcare in India - Delhi from just USD$250 for 1 week
  • What's included? In India - Delhi, for example, accomodation and all meals are included in the program fee, not to forget the airport pick up and 24/7 in-country support is included also!
  • Extra add-ons... Become fully immersed in the culture by participating in the one week language and culture orientation, finish the week with a magical visit to the Taj Mahal - amazing, and for just USD$320, which includes accommodation and meals
  • Must haves... A big heart, a brain full of songs to sing and everlasting kindness

I chose this particular project because the description mentioned something along the lines of, how these kids/people really just need some love and attention. And for sure, that's exactly what they needed. It was perfectly suited to what I was hoping to get out of it. It was genuinely worthwhile for the community, I can't encourage others to do this one project. Because I personally care about those residents now and want them to have more volunteers spending time with them! Though it sounds cliche, I was inspired by the kids themselves. They're so happy to see you and they genuinely appreciate you and your presence, even knowing you won't stay. Volunteers just need to go in there and open themselves up; they won't be disappointed. - Laura Cook - Childcare in China

Environment and Conservation Projects

IVHQ’s Environment and Conservation projects work with a range of different causes, ranging from Turtle Conservation in Bali, Marine Conservation in Madagascar to Environmental Research in Mexico. These projects will be right up your alley if you don’t mind mucking in, getting your hands dirty and being challenged. Duties and tasks vary majorly as it is dependent on seasons, the type of project you choose, as well as the needs of the placement at that time. For university students this is ideal if you are studying toward a scientific or environmental based degree, the hands-on experience is priceless and will look epic on your transcript! Available in destinations all over the world, you are seriously spoilt for choice.

IVHQ Volunteer on Construction and Environment Project

  • How much? Get your hands dirty on Lake Conservation in Guatemala from USD$299 for 1 week, there is an extra cost of USD$65 per week for supervision, materials and logistics.
  • What's included? Guatemala, for example, breakfast and dinner, accommodation, orientation, airport pick-up and 24/7 support is included in the program fee
  • Must haves... Maybe some gardening gloves, keen attitude to hard work and a camera to capture the epic landscapes

I had the best six weeks of my life on this program. I made the most incredible friends from all over the World and had an amazing time. The program gave me more then I could have imagined in my wildest dreams. I learned so much about wildlife, conservation and ecology. The work is very enjoyable......just get completely stuck in!!! - Brendan Comerford - Wildlife Conservation in Victoria Falls

Spanish Service Learning Course

Volunteer abroad and gain course credits!? Where do I sign up?? Right here actually. IVHQ can offer students from around the globe the opportunity to gain course credit toward their education by participating in the Spanish Service Learning Course. Available in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru – Cusco, the purpose is to provide you with exposure to local language and culture, broaden your perspective globally and create a sense of community. You will volunteer during the day as per normal, but outside of your volunteer hours you will reflect on the experience of the culture and language, reflect on your culture at home and the role of service learning. University students who are looking to fulfill language course requirements can do so while volunteering abroad in an amazing destination, while learning a new language AND gaining uni credits. Score!

IVHQ Volunteer on Spanish Service Learning Course

  • How much? Add USD$880 to the Costa Rica, Guatemala or Peru - Cusco program fees - the Spanish Service Learning Course fees are paid direct to the IVHQ in-country staff
  • What's included? Costa Rica, for example, program fees cover your orientation, airport pick-up, breakfast and dinner, of course, your accomodation and 24/7 staff support. The Spanish Service Learning Cousre fees covers all aspects and accreditation of the course.
  • Must haves... Thinking cap, standard spanish phrases at the ready and readiness to participate in workshops

Costa Rica opened my eyes to so many new opportunities I could have if I wanted to and showed me how much love and desire I have to help the Latino culture. Also I fell in love with Spanish and after leaving being able to speak it, I know I will incorporate this into my schooling now! - Kelsey Hedberg - Spanish Service Learning Course in Costa Rica

Medical Campaigns

Ensuring communities receive healthcare is certainly an area where our medical groups can lend a hand! Volunteers taking part in Medical Campaigns aid in treating and educating patients, providing basic checkups and treatment to members of the community. The communities where our groups assist are appreciative of the expertise, positivity and kindhearted nature of our volunteers. For a medical group, volunteering abroad provides the ability to gain valuable experience and learning opportunities, and can even count towards course credit or service hour requirements!

IVHQ Volunteer on a Medical Projrect

  • Where? Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru (Cusco and Lima) and India (Delhi or Dharamsala)
  • How much? You can volunteer on a Medical Campaign in Cusco from US$350 per week, plus the cost of private transport for your group (which depends on your group size)
  • What's included? Cusco, for example, accommodation, breakfast and dinner, private transport, a dedicated local staff member for your group and the opportunity to work alongside a local medical specialist
  • Must haves... A group of 8 or more, be a pre-med student (or further along in your training), a genuine want to share your knowledge and a strong work ethic

As a group it was very easy to navigate IVHQ’s information to find the best fit for us. When we arrived in Guatemala, the on-site staff provided a unique volunteer experience for our group by setting up medical campaigns in different communities. Because of this, we were able to assist several community efforts while gaining multiple perspectives on Guatemalan healthcare system, which was one of the major goals of our trip as an engineering healthcare student organization. While volunteering, I reaffirmed my passion for working with communities on improving healthcare; it was really inspiring to see the work the in-country team was doing. - Erik Thomas - Leader of the University of Michigan - HEAL (Health Engineered for All Lives) Group in Guatemala

All in all, volunteering while at university is a win-win! All while giving back to a community in need, you become more worldly, learn from world's best, and tick adventure off your bucketlist. Let’s not forget curing a small portion of your procrastiteering nature.

Haven’t seen anything here that tickles your fancy, don’t worry… We have plenty more projects to choose from. Have a wee look at our available projects.

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