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IVHQ Scholarships

Place a nomination for the IVHQ Volunteer of the Year Scholarship

At International Volunteer HQ, we believe that travelers should be empowered to make meaningful contributions to the communities that they are visiting, wherever in the world they choose to travel, and we're proud to make this happen in over 40 destinations around the world.

The IVHQ Volunteer of the Year Scholarship celebrates the inspiring efforts of volunteers who have made important contributions to support the social and environmental development of communities around the world. It doesn't matter whether they volunteered locally or internationally, we want to acknowledge the incredible people who have demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting community projects on any continent.

Nominations are now open for the IVHQ Volunteer of the Year Scholarship. You can nominate yourself or someone else and the scholarship is open to anyone of any nationality, who is over the age of 18 and has demonstrated a commitment to volunteering in 2018.

What does the Volunteer of the Year receive?

  • 2-week volunteer abroad program with IVHQ in the destination of the recipients choice
  • Flight voucher (to the value of US$1000) from IVHQ Flights
  • Travel insurance up to the value of US$250 for the 2-week duration of the IVHQ Program
  • The 'Certificate in International Volunteering' online course from Global Travel Academy

Our all-inclusive volunteer abroad programs provide volunteers with comprehensive pre-departure support services and training, as well as in-country program orientations, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support. IVHQ's Volunteer of the Year will also be blogging (or vlogging) for IVHQ and sharing their volunteering experience.

Nominations close at 7:00pm on 25 November 2018 (PST). A group of finalists will then be shortlisted and voting will be open to the public to select the scholarship recipient.

Scholarship FAQ

Where are IVHQ volunteer projects available?
The scholarship recipient will be able to volunteer in any one of the 40+ destinations in which IVHQ offers volunteer abroad projects.

What if I don't know where I want to volunteer?
You're not alone! If you know you want to take your volunteer efforts global but aren't sure where you'd like to volunteer yet, you can certainly still nominate for the VOTY. If you are selected as a finalist, the IVHQ team will be happy to assist you in selecting a destination that's the best fit for you and your past volunteer experience.

When can I travel to my project?
If you are the IVHQ Volunteer of the Year Scholarship recipient, you can travel to the destination of choice on any date between January 2019 and December 2019.

I've already registered to volunteer with IVHQ, can I still apply for this scholarship?
Yes! We recommend securing your place on your chosen program by registering and if you are the scholarship winner, your registration and program fees will be refunded to you.

Please read the Volunteer of the Year Terms and Conditions and IVHQ Privacy Policy

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!