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LDS Mission Trips

LDS Mission Trips with International Volunteer HQ

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 40 countries 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 40+ 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
IVHQ has successfully achieved over 113,000 missions since 2007.

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.

Free changes for 2020.
Guaranteed flexibility.
Protected registration fees.
Protected program fees.


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

Missions in Africa.

Volunteer in Tanzania
Volunteer Abroad in Tanzania with IVHQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start on the 1st and 15th of every month
Between 30 and 60 volunteers start each month
Projects
Animal Welfare Childcare Medical Teaching Women's Education
Program fees
From $270 (1 week) to $2,035 (16 weeks)
Volunteer in Kenya
Volunteer Abroad in Kenya with IVHQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start on the 1st and 15th of every month
Between 30 and 80 volunteers start each month
Projects
Kindergarten Special Needs Care Sports Education Teaching Women's Education
Program fees
From $280 (1 week) to $1,600 (12 weeks)

“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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Missions in North America & Caribbean.

Volunteer in United States
Become a volunteer in the USA with International Volunteer HQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every Monday
Between 1 and 10 volunteers start each month
Projects
Community Development Construction and Renovation Environmental Sustainability Youth Support
Program fees
USA - Chicago from $630 (1 week) to $4,070 (12 weeks)
USA - New Orleans from $500 (1 week) to $3,955 (12 weeks)
USA - Philadelphia from $625 (1 week) to $4,155 (12 weeks)
USA - San Diego from $605 (1 week) to $3,955 (12 weeks)
Volunteer in Puerto Rico
Volunteer in Puerto Rico with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every Monday
Between 1 and 15 volunteers start each month
Projects
Community Development Environmental Sustainability NGO Support Youth Support
Program fees
From $575 (1 week) to $3,770 (12 weeks)
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Missions in Central & South.

Volunteer in Costa Rica
Volunteer Abroad in Costa Rica with IVHQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every Monday
Between 40 and 80 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Construction and Renovation Eco-Agriculture Healthcare Holiday Experience Medical Campaign Spanish Service Learning Course Special Needs Care Teaching English Turtle Conservation
Program fees
From $380 (1 week) to $5,305 (24 weeks)
Volunteer in Ecuador
Volunteer in Ecuador with International Volunteer HQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every Monday
Between 10 and 20 volunteers start each month
Projects
Animal Care Community Development Environmental Education Kindergarten Music NGO Support Physical Education School Break School Support Shelter Support Sports Education Sports Healthcare Street Children Work Teaching English
Program fees
Quito from $270 (1 week) to $1,775 (12 weeks)
Santa Elena from $365 (1 week) to $1,905 (12 weeks)

“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

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Missions in Europe.

Volunteer in Croatia
Become a volunteer in Croatia with International Volunteer HQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 5 and 15 volunteers start each month
Projects
Animal Care Creative Technologies Marine Conservation Special Needs Support Teaching Youth Support
Program fees
From $549 (1 week) to $3,519 (12 weeks)
Volunteer in Portugal
Become a volunteer in Portugal with International Volunteer HQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 5 and 10 volunteers start each month
Projects
Environmental Scuba Diving Food Rescue Forest Conservation Homeless Support Inclusive Agriculture Wolf Conservation Youth Support
Program fees
From $549 (1 week) to $3,569 (12 weeks)
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Missions in Asia & Pacific.

Volunteer in Vietnam
Volunteer Abroad in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam with IVHQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every Monday
Between 15 and 30 volunteers start each month
Projects
Food Outreach Kindergarten Medical Special Needs Care Teaching English
Program fees
From $275 (1 week) to $2,985 (24 weeks)
Volunteer in Fiji
Volunteer in Fiji with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every Monday
Between 10 and 60 volunteers start each month
Projects
Construction and Renovation Kindergarten Sports Education Teaching
Program fees
From $370 (1 week) to $2,115 (12 weeks)
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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!

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!