Join IVHQ for an LDS Missionary Program Alternative or Post-LDS Mission Service Opportunity
Every year, International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) supports more than 15,000 teens and adults to serve abroad in more than 50 destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, Central America, North America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and the Pacific.
IVHQ’s organized mission trips are available year-round and you can choose to serve for durations ranging from 1 to 24 weeks across a wide range of community-led projects. They provide the perfect mormon mission alternative for members of the LDS community who want to get a taste of serving abroad before volunteering for a longer duration LDS missionary program. They are also ideal for those seeking another service-led trip to the country of their choice after having already completed an LDS mission.
You can count on IVHQ’s locally-run service projects to address the most pressing issues of your host community and enable you to make a genuine impact. Our projects help you to nurture the essential skills and experience needed to become a long-term LDS missionary, as well as providing fulfilling service trips for those seeking a post-LDS mission opportunity.
With affordable fees starting at just $180 for 1 week and all your project arrangements taken care of, there has never been a more accessible way to serve abroad on a mormon mission alternative.
Get in touch with one of our Mission Trip Specialists to start planning your customized trip.
What is a Mormon Mission Alternative?
IVHQ’s affordable mission trips offer a fully-organized LDS mission alternative and an opportunity to serve people and places around the world with a strong focus on supporting vulnerable communities and wildlife.
On your service trip with IVHQ, you will make a tangible impact by contributing your time and expertise, while also benefiting from a two-way cultural exchange with your host community. From increasing access to education to improving the quality of healthcare in underdeveloped regions, a mormon mission alternative is an excellent opportunity to serve alongside like-minded people and local community members.
Why Serve on a Mission Alternative with IVHQ?
- Experience an organized mission-style trip before joining your missionary program with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Choose from over 300 impact-orientated projects in 50+ countries around the world
- Meet new people and build meaningful friendships easily
- Serve a purpose larger than yourself while developing your own skills and talents
- Build positive relationships with people of varied backgrounds and gain a new sense of responsibility for yourself and others
- Grow confidence, patience and cross-cultural understanding
- Carry home a wealth of knowledge and new experiences to set the course of your life
Book with Confidence: Flexible Booking for your Alternative LDS Mission
We have a range of flexible booking options to choose from and it’s free to change your start date, destination or program for all IVHQ trips this year. Once you’ve paid your registration fee, your money is protected so you can book with complete confidence.
What’s Included in a Service Trip with IVHQ?
- Pre-departure preparation support from your IVHQ Program Manager
- Airport pick-up and orientation
- All accommodation and most meals
- Around 4 hours of organized service work per day, Monday to Friday
- 24/7 in-country support from a dedicated local team
- Socialization with other IVHQ volunteers
Best Mission Trips for 2020 & 2021
“I felt very suited to the work I was doing, and left feeling very fulfilled. 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, 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
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“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
Start Planning Your Mormon Mission Alternative
Connect with one of our Mission Trip Specialists to help you plan your trip based on your skills, experience and goals. It only takes a couple minutes!