My journey commenced with a culturally rich and purposeful project (putting up a school fence/wall). This marked the start of a series of impactful experiences - from helping with the construction at Elementary and kindergarten schools, to conservation efforts on the Environmental project (picking seedling and planting mangroves). Over time, my volunteering focus shifted from construction to environmental, fueled by a self awareness.
Through IVHQ, I've witnessed both environmental degradation and hopeful initiatives, shaping my role as a Mother Nature advocate. As my volunteering horizon expanded, so did the meaningful connections. From like-minded volunteers turned dear friends, to the invaluable encounters with local communities, each experience enriched my life. IVHQ's safe and supportive platform enabled this transformative journey, urging me to encourage others, especially the students, and people from foreign countries to embark on this adventure of giving back while exploring the world.
IVHQ trips are a true adventure and an intimate experience. You live, you feel and you love the people and the country. The IVHQ staff become your family, the fellow volunteers become your friends. I have always been respected and treated well by all. The cook would prepare sumptuous and healthy meals in accordance with everyone's diet, and food preferences (vegan and vegetarian).
There is no age limit to volunteering, there is no limit to giving… I have found the road to a fulfilling retirement! Volunteering globally broadened my horizons and enhanced my experience. I chose IVHQ due to its stellar online reviews and easy application process. Being in the construction and environmental conservation program in the Philippines was amazing. This will surely not be the last. I have so many amazing memories of my volunteer experiences, way too many to list them all.
For anyone considering their first volunteer trip with IVHQ, Philippines I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to take the plunge! You’ll meet amazing people and create lifelong memories - you won't regret it!