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Responsible Volunteering

Volunteer Abroad Responsibly with IVHQ

We know that IVHQ volunteers want to make a genuine difference when they are volunteering abroad. We also know that they expect IVHQ and our partners to operate responsibly and to make a lasting positive contribution to communities. We could not agree more and we have long had a commitment to these two principles as a core part of the IVHQ approach. 

As a global organization, IVHQ and its volunteers interact with a vast network of people, communities and ecosystems everyday. We plan to be around for a while so we are committed to making sure that these interactions are positive ones. In short, if we act responsibly and always consider the long-term impact of our programs and operations then we are not only supporting the communities we work with, but we are also ensuring that our organization can continue to thrive long into the future. That is what sustainability means to us.

The following policies outline our approach to addressing a number of issues that are important to our long-term sustainability. Of course, none of them mean that you can not have fun as well.

IVHQ Responsible Volunteer Travel Policy
IVHQ Volunteer Abroad Training
IVHQ Child Protection Policy
IVHQ Guidance for Selecting Childcare Volunteer Placements
IVHQ Animal Welfare Policy
IVHQ Responsible Volunteer Travel Policy

IVHQ Responsible Volunteer Travel Policy

The implementation of responsible volunteer travel practices is paramount to any high quality international volunteer program. Learn how IVHQ leads the way.

International Volunteer HQ Volunteer Abroad Training

IVHQ Volunteer Abroad Training

Sample the interactive volunteer training available exclusively to IVHQ volunteers to build an understanding of important aspects that need to be considered before embarking on an IVHQ program.

Read about the IVHQ Child Protection Policy

IVHQ Child Protection Policy

Ensuring children and other vulnerable people are protected from harm and exploitation at all times is critically important when it comes to volunteer travel. Learn how IVHQ ensures children and vulnerable adults are safeguarded.

How does IVHQ select childcare placements

IVHQ Guidance for Selecting Childcare Volunteer Placements

Working on the right projects with the right organizations is vital to ensuring we make a positive difference in communities. Sharing best practice advice across the volunteer travel sector helps us all to improve. Learn how IVHQ carefully selects the childcare organizations it works with. 

IVHQ Animal Welfare Policy

IVHQ Animal Welfare Policy

Learn how IVHQ ensures the rights and welfare of animals and wildlife are protected and improved in all programs that involved interaction with volunteers. 

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