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Volunteer Abroad Reviews

Adrian Lupo
Nationality: Australian
Age: 29
Program: Italy
Project: Teaching English
Date: February 2016 - 3 weeks

Naples is a lively city. There is a lot happening, quite a bit to take in and best of all, it is a historical beautiful city. When in need of advice or direction, it is worthwhile asking the friendly staff. They're very informative, trust me. Volunteering is an eye, mind and soul opener. It begins from home, and ends up God knows where.

Paulina Grzelak
Nationality: Polish
Age: 23
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Slum Teaching
Date: August 2016 - 2 weeks

IVHQ is absolutely amazing! I spent 3 weeks in Delhi, everything was organized in a very good way, it was safe, everyone was helpful, the host family was open-minded and trying to do their best to make you feel at home. The slum teaching program opened my eyes to a lot of things, gave me a fantastic experience and beautiful memories. I miss those kids and I'm looking forward to going next year and I strongly recommend IVHQ!

Zena-Marie Adams
Nationality: British
Age: 26
Program: Brazil
Project: Teaching English
Date: August 2016 - 4 weeks

I had the most amazing time volunteering with IVHQ teaching English in Rio. The community was so warm and welcoming and the kids were great fun. I would recommend this to anyone!


Yuk Ming Isaac Lee
Nationality: Hong Kongese
Age: 27
Program: Tanzania
Project: Teaching
Date: August 2016 - 4 weeks

An extremely rewarding experience not only in that you have helped your host country to become a better place, but also the personal development you have garnered when interacting with volunteers from all over the world. Appreciate the diversity of cultures and languages while embracing an inclusive approach in treating each other will bring you an unforgettable experience that you will treasure in years to come.

Shruthi Sivadasan
Nationality: Indian
Age: 23
Program: Tanzania
Project: Teaching
Date: August 2016 - 2 weeks

I would definitely recommend to everyone who is thinking to volunteer abroad to just do it. It is the best possible way to give back to community, do something meaningful and explore an unknown country. You are humbled by the experience  and have such a greater appreciation of your own life. My only regret is that I wished I had done this sooner. I was teaching in Tanzania for 2 weeks in Miale Pre and Primary School. I have fallen in love with the place and will definitely be coming back soon!


Robert Reiling
Nationality: American
Age: 45
Program: Mexico
Project: Teaching English
Date: August 2016 - 1 week

It sounds like a cliché, but this really does rank among one of the best experiences of my life. There is no other way to connect with people in country on such a deep level, than volunteer tourism. Everyone should do this once in their lives, and it doesn't matter how old you are.

Marissa Mason
Nationality: American
Age: 22
Program: Mexico
Project: Childcare
Date: July 2016 - 4 weeks

A huge part of volunteering is not knowing what to expect. Having gone on three IVHQ trips myself, I now know there are a few things that can almost be guaranteed. You will meet the most interesting, fun, laid-back people, and you'll end up leaving with best friends from half a dozen different countries around the world. One of those countries will be Australia. As corny as it is, your trip will be life changing, and the reality is, only those who were on the trip with you will truly understand the depth of its impact. If you're thinking about doing your first trip, (a) do it, and (b) be prepared to catch the travel bug. You will no longer be content staying in one place the rest of your life.

Ella Howes
Nationality: British
Age: 20
Program: Colombia - Bogota
Project: Childcare
Date: June 2016 - 3 weeks

My time in Colombia was incredible. I met the most amazing people and I cried all the way to the airport when I was leaving I was so sad leaving them! The projects are inspiring and the city has a lot to offer. I'm counting down the days until I can go back to Colombia and am also looking at the other destinations I can choose from with IVHQ. I can't recommend IVHQ enough!


Rebecca Sarin
Nationality: American
Age: 20
Program: Costa Rica
Project: Turtle Conservation
Date: July 2016 - 2 weeks

If you sign up to volunteer, be prepared to work and work to your fullest potential. Go above and beyond the expectations. If you want to help make a positive contribution in the world, you have to be willing to step outside your comfort zone, but I promise you that the feeling is incredibly rewarding.


Cassandra Balado
Nationality: American
Age: 20
Program: Colombia - Cartagena
Project: Community
Date: July 2016 - 2 weeks

My experience in Cartagena changed my life. The individuals I worked and lived with inspired me everyday, we all kept each other motivated to keep changing lives. I met so many selfless individuals who didn't think twice about giving to those around them. My perspective on life is completely altered for the better. I believe everyone should take the opportunity to force themselves into a strange place, it allows you to grow in ways you couldn't even imagine. Volunteering abroad has allowed me to shift into a new me.

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