Volunteer and Intern Abroad: Free Info Sessions
Are you looking for something meaningful, productive and rewarding to do on your Gap Year or college break? Perhaps you want to explore an epic new country, while giving back to local communities and enhancing your career prospects?
International Volunteer HQ and Intern Abroad HQ are on tour in the USA! Come and see us at High School and University info sessions across the country to learn more about developing your skills and boosting your resumé while enjoying the adventure of a lifetime.
Every student that comes to see us on our booth will get a free $50 travel credit for their next internship or volunteer abroad trip!*
You can also enter our competition to win a free Volunteer or Intern Abroad HQ trip!**
Win a free internship or volunteer abroad trip
We’re giving one lucky student a free internship or volunteer trip of their choice! All you have to do is sign up here and come along to see us at one of our events!
Here's what's included:
2 week volunteer or internship program to a destination of your choice Flight voucher (up to the value of US$1000) from IVHQ Flights Travel insurance up to the value of US$150
Sign up here
Meet our Volunteer and Intern Experts
Ellen joined the IVHQ crew in 2012, coming from a background in community management and destination marketing. Ellen oversees the community activities of IVHQ, managing all aspects of growing the IVHQ community online, ensuring IVHQ places a sustainable number of volunteers on our programs year-round.
Dallas manages internship programs and provides pre-departure support and guidance for all students and young professionals planning and embarking on their internship abroad. As the first point of contact for all Intern Abroad HQ applicants, she’s here to answer questions from the very first step. Previously, Dallas worked as an IVHQ Program Manager for destinations in Latin America.
Who is eligible for the $50 travel grant?
Anyone who comes to see us at the participating University and Higher Education Institute events and registers with their name and email address is eligible. They will each receive a $50 discount from their registration fee when they book an International Volunteer HQ or Intern Abroad HQ trip. This can only be used once per person and cannot be refunded, transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash.
Which University and Institute events can I receive a $50 travel grant at?
You can receive a $50 travel grant if you come to the IVHQ/IAHQ booth at the below events:
- Tuesday February 4th - San Diego State University
- Wednesday February 5th - SDSU (International Student Center and Study Abroad office)
- Thursday February 6th - California Institute of the Arts
- Friday February 7th - University of California, Los Angeles
How do I redeem my $50 travel grant?
Once you have submitted an application for an IVHQ or IAHQ program, you will receive an email from your assigned Program Manager. Respond to this email with your travel grant code/voucher so that the discount can be applied to your registration fee.
How do I win a free internship or volunteer abroad trip?
It’s simple. Just enter your name and email address into the entry form to be in with the chance of winning a free 2-week volunteer abroad or internship experience.
Who’s eligible to win?
We encourage anyone who is motivated to volunteer abroad or take an international internship to enter. Keep in mind that you will need to ensure that you meet the requirements to support the project or internship that you want to take part in.
How long is the travel grant valid for?
The travel grant is valid up to and including February 10, 2020. Anyone wanting to redeem their travel grant must pay their Registration Fee by this deadline.
I’ve submitted my entry for the competition, do I still need to apply for an IVHQ/ IAHQ program as well?
Entering the competition is different to applying to volunteer abroad with IVHQ or intern with IAHQ. To enter the competition, you just need to submit your name and email address. If you win, we’ll then guide you through the application process.
I’ve already applied to volunteer with IVHQ/ intern with IAHQ, should I register now?
Yes. If you register within the competition period and win the prize, your Registration Fee will be refunded to you. However, if you choose to wait until the competition finishes and you’re not selected as the winner, you might miss the chance to secure your spot on your chosen program.
I’m already registered for an IVHQ/IAHQ program, am I eligible to enter?
Yes. In order to be eligible to win the prize, you simply need to enter your name and email address in the online form.
Will my Registration Fee be refunded to me if I win?
Yes. If you register within the competition period and win the prize, you will have your Registration Fee refunded to you.
When does the competition finish?
Entries for the competition run until 7pm PDT on March 31, 2020.
Can the travel grant be used in combination with another discount?
Is travel insurance included in the prize?
Yes. The competition winner will receive travel insurance up to the value of US$150.
I am registered to volunteer with IVHQ/ Intern with IAHQ, should I pay for my flights or wait for the competition to finish?
Yes, you should book your flights. As a general rule, the more organized you are, the cheaper your airfare will be so once you’ve registered for your IVHQ/IAHQ program, we recommend booking through IVHQ Flights as soon as you can. This means that if you’re not the winner of the competition, you’ll still have secured the best flight price possible. And, if you’re the lucky recipient of the prize and have booked through IVHQ Flights, we will refund the cost of your airfares up to the value of US$1,000.
How do I book my airfares with IVHQ Flights?
Once you have registered for an IVHQ or IAHQ program, simply request a flight quote using the booking tool in your MyIVHQ or MyInternHQ Profile. We work with a team of expert humanitarian flight agents to make the process of booking your volunteer trip easy and budget-friendly.
Does the prize have to be used for IVHQ Flights?
Yes. A Flight Credit valued at US$1,000 must be put towards flights booked via IVHQ Flights to participate on the IVHQ or IAHQ program of your choice.
Does the Flight Credit expire?
The prize winner must travel and begin their IVHQ or IAHQ program before December 31, 2020 and the flight booking must be confirmed with IVHQ Flights at least 3 months before their IVHQ or IAHQ program start date.
Do I have to travel directly to my IVHQ or IAHQ program?
Yes. Flights must be the most direct route to the IVHQ or IAHQ program destination. Additional layovers or transport costs are at the winner’s sole discretion and expense.
Do I lose my Flight Credit if I have to cancel my volunteer program?
The winner must travel and begin their IVHQ or IAHQ program before December 31, 2020, and the flight booking must be confirmed with IVHQ Flights at least 3 months before their program start date. If the winner is, for whatever reason, unable to travel before December 31, 2020, whether the failure was due to reasons beyond the winner’s control or otherwise, then the winner will forfeit the prize.
I’m traveling with a friend/family member, can we use half of the prize each? Or can I gift it to a friend?
No. The prize can only be used by the winner and cannot be transferred to, or used by, another person.
Can I redeem my voucher for cash?
No. The Flight Credit cannot be refunded, transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash.