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Mission Trips

Mission Trips with IVHQ

Every year International Volunteer HQ helps over 15,000 people volunteer abroad on mission trips in over 50 destinations. IVHQ is proud to have helped over 112,000 volunteers complete mission trips since 2007.

What is a mission trip?

Mission trips are an international volunteering opportunity focused around helping deserving people and communities abroad. Volunteers are able to make a tangible impact in their host communities by providing their time and expertise, working closely with like-minded volunteers, leaving finally with meaningful experiences and a new cultural perspective.

IVHQ’s short-term mission trips are ideal for teens, college students, adults and families in a wide range of destinations across Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, Europe and the Pacific.

Mission Trips to Africa
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IVHQ offers mission trips to over 10 African destinations, including Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Morroco and Victoria Falls. Get involved in a range of volunteer programs such as teaching, childcare, community development, medical mission volunteering & more.

Mission Trips to Asia
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IVHQ’s Volunteer Programs in Asia include 15 different destinations, featuring six Southeast Asia volunteer programs. The programs are based in Bali, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

South America Mission Trips
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South America has many different mission trip opportunities, including teaching english, supporting construction projects, wildlife volunteering, or medical mission work. Projects are based in Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia and Ecuador.

North America Mission Trips
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From volunteer opportunities in New Orleans 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.

Central America Mission Trips
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On a mission trip to Central America, you can play a hands-on role in supporting important community projects while being immersed in a new culture, working alongside local people and learning from unique local traditions. Projects are based in Guatemala and Costa Rica.

Mission Trips to the Pacific
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On a mission trip to the Pacific you will experience the vibrant culture and passionate communities of Fiji. Or you can support marine conservation efforts in the Great Barrier Reef as a volunteer in Australia. We also offer opportunities to discover the untouched beauty of New Zealand,

I recently returned from a great trip to Sri Lanka. It was everything I dreamed it would be. I was extremely lucky with my home stay and lived in the jungle next to the longest river in Sri Lanka. The family were extremely welcoming and took good care of me. The food was fantastic and the family did everything possible to keep us well fed. I chose to help in a disabled childcare centre and because I am a therapist I was able to do physiotherapy with the babies and small children. I was so happy with the project I stayed the entire 3 weeks. All in all I had a wonderful, and sometimes challenging experience. As a mature volunteer I felt prepared for whatever experiences life brought up and I was well prepared and well travelled. I would recommend this type of trip to anyone who wants to travel alone. Ruth Cartwright, 62 (Mission Trip in Asia)

How long can I go on a mission trip for?

Mission trips with IVHQ range in durations from 1 weeks to 24 weeks and a variety of volunteer projects are available including Teaching, Childcare, Medical, Community Development, Construction and Renovation, Turtle Conservation and Wildlife Conservation. These projects are available all year-round, so whether or not you want to take a mission trip in summer, winter, or over spring, IVHQ has an affordable mission trip that is right for you.

Why volunteer abroad on a 2020 mission trip with IVHQ?

With highly affordable program fees and over 12 years of experience in facilitating international mission trips, IVHQ is proud to be the organization of choice for thousands of individuals and groups looking to take short-term mission trips. International Volunteer HQ offers the world’s most affordable, safe and impactful short-term mission trips in over 50 different destinations, including Bali, Costa Rica, South Africa, Peru, Guatemala, Vietnam, and Greece.

I felt very suited to the work I was doing, and left feeling very fulfiled. I felt that the locals who I was working with were appreciative of my time and effort. I could see how my physical presence and assistance was helping the community. I have learned so much about the world, people, different cultures and lifestyles and my horizons have definitely expanded. I returned home with a newly found sense of confidence in myself and a stronger sense of direction for my life. My trip with IVHQ transformed me and absolutely changed me for the better, I feel like I’ve become the person I want to be. Ella Capek, 21 (Mission Trip in Africa)

My experience in Ecuador was great and it exceeded all my expectations. Volunteering opened my mind to several things and changed my perspective about many subjects. The help we gave to the children was very valuable, and I feel the connections we made with them really made a difference. Juan Hurtado, 19 (Mission Trip in South America)


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!