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Volunteer Abroad Reviews

Yemeng Wang
Nationality: Chinese
Age: 21
Program: Bali
Project: Turtle Conservation
Date: June 2014 - 2 weeks

Bali is a fancinating and mysterious place. I fell in love with it. Be aware that you are supposed to work here instead of just play. Of course having fun is ok. enjoy it :)

Orestes Cendrero-Aso
Nationality: Spanish
Age: 45
Program: Madagascar
Project: Forest Conservation
Date: June 2015 - 2 weeks

It was a wonderful experience. The work in the forest was hard but it was amazingly beautiful. The volunteers were very nice people (young, enthusiastic, motivated) and they worked hard. The place is extremely beautiful. Thanks to all the local staff in Madagascar (especially the forest people Julia and Dan) and the Malagasy local staff (a mention to the cooks - Perly, Micheline and Raissa) I'll be back.

Ana María Galván
Nationality: Mexican
Age: 23
Program: Peru - Cusco
Project: Andean Immersion
Date: June 2015 - 2 weeks

The Andean Immersion project was everything I needed, it gave me the opportunity to be in contact with excellent human beings and to experiment a way of life that made me question important aspects of my life. I learned a lot of things and would definitely recommend it. I feel like a different person. This experience gave me life and energy as nothing I had ever experienced. The people I met showed me pure hearts and true happiness. I was able to find a very simple way of being happy in my daily life. My favorite moments were every single evening at dinner with the family. I could sense their true happiness, their joy of sharing what they owned and a very sincere laughter.

Mark Matley
Nationality: American
Age: 50
Program: Peru - Cusco
Project: Construction and Renovation
Date: June 2015 - 2 weeks

We weren't sure what to expect with this project but our entire family had an incredible experience working with the project leader, Marco, in helping to build a school house. It was hard work but all 3 of my daughters, ages 20, 17 and 14, dug in and could significantly contribute each day we were there. Whether it was tying rebar together or mixing and pouring cement, we really enjoyed learning how to build something of this magnitude and working with the other volunteers. Having the local kids show up each day and getting to know them was an added bonus. We really enjoyed our time on the construction project!

Adriana Juarez
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 20
Program: Mexico
Project: Maya Agriculture
Date: June 2015 - 1 week

The Maya Agriculture project was one of the best experiences of my life! The farm was absolutely breathtaking and Bernd was the perfect host. He taught us a lot of history about the area, and it was amazing to live organically. The workers were wonderful and it was amazing to be able to work alongside them. If you needed anything, there was always help for you. It was amazing to be away from cities and live in a simple way. I can't wait to go back again!

Wentao Shen
Nationality: Chinese
Age: 18
Program: China
Project: Special Needs/Childcare
Date: June 2015 - 1 week

I really like this volunteer works, and I can't wait to recommend it to my friends.

Joshua Bennignton
Nationality: American
Age: 20
Program: Costa Rica
Project: Construction and Renovation
Date: May 2015 - 3 weeks

My time in Costa Rica was some of the best times of my life! I met so many amazing people and did so many amazing things. I loved watching the progress we made as we renovated a kindergarten classroom and English school. My host family was fantastic and I wouldn't change a thing about my experience, besides staying longer next time!

Soraya Kebbouche
Nationality: Croatian
Age: 19
Program: Italy
Project: NGO Support
Date: May 2015 - 4 weeks

To anyone considering participating in IVHQs Italy program, just do it. It was amazing. I was there for 1 month and I can not express how good my time was from the beginning until the end. From the location of the accommodation (the rooftop is just incredible) as well as being in the heart of the historical centre, the food especially the Pizza, the views and of course the local people are the sweetest people on the Earth. The program staff are also the best. I already miss them so much! Great for conversation, laughs, if you need any assistance with anything they will help to the best of their ability, overall the amazing. Furthermore, the program I was on was NGO Support which I loved. I worked with two different NGOs (if you want to do more than one, just ask the project coordinator Sara who will be able to arrange extra work for you). I worked with a NGO that worked with the homeless/migrant community and an environmental NGO who worked with conservation and sustainability of the environment. Working with these NGOs was a very humbling and heart warming experience, just to see how a little bit of work can actually make a big difference to a community which I will always cherish from my volunteering experience. Also, not to forget the amazing family I have now got from all over the world (the volunteer group.) You will meet so many new people who you will end up living, working, eating with which may seem slightly daunting at first, but is honestly one of the best things everrrrr. All in all, it was one of the best experiences ever and can not wait to volunteer with IVHQ again some time. Enjoy!

Lynn Goh
Nationality: American
Age: 37
Program: Guatemala
Project: Eco-Agriculture Conservation
Date: May 2015 - 2 weeks

My best part was connecting and hearing the stories of each farmer and their families while working with them. Even with just a few words, a lot can be expressed through shared experiences. Thank you for everything. I hope to be able to incorporate volunteering into my future travel opportunities.

Ramya Ramachanderan
Nationality: Indian
Age: 22
Program: India - Dharamsala
Project: Teaching English
Date: May 2015 - 4 weeks

The project was a blessing in disguise to me. I have learned to appreciate the things I have more and to give back to the world community as much as I possibly can. The accommodation and meals were brilliant! The teaching experience and the feeling of being responsible for imparting some knowledge, is something I will cherish for a long time!