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Volunteer Abroad Reviews


Pranav Dixit
Nationality: Indian
Age: 22
Program: South Africa
Project: Teaching
Date: April 2015 - 2 weeks

I was researching a lot from the past year to visit a place outside of my country which was not the usual choice among people. One fine day, I stumbled upon IVHQ and its volunteer programs. I was so excited ever since I saw the various programs on offer at such a reasonable price point. Volunteering at a place like Muizenberg in Cape Town really touched my soul. I loved watching the sunsets and sunrise every day. I think it's because it is a moment in which we can actually witness the transformation; the transition from day to night or from night to day. In ordinary waking state we cannot perceive the passing of the moment and so this perception, this increased juxtaposition of day and night forces us to be more present. Coming back to the volunteering program, I chose the teaching program at a local primary school. Other volunteers and I chose to private tutor a few selected kids which needed attention from each class, since it was a better way to ensure the quality of teaching going in was right. The kids accepted and loved us all the way through our program. Meeting the kids and trying to contribute in however little way I could, the kids were truly the highlight of my trip. The accommodation was fairly good than what I expected. I had a comfortable single bed and shared the room with 2 other awesome volunteers at the time. We had 2 well stocked fridges, a microwave and a pantry filled with everything you would need to make a delicious meal. For future volunteers, I would just say that dive in head first into the culture and accept everyone as is. Share your culture and embrace what others have to offer!


Darcy Harrison
Nationality: Australian
Age: 20
Program: Cambodia
Project: Childcare
Date: December 2014 - 2 weeks

I absolutely loved my placement in Siem Reap, and the entire province. I got used to the only hot water late in the afternoon, and the weird bugs flying around. It is a bit overwhelming first walking into an orphanage and seeing all of these children in need of love and care and the women running off their feet trying to keep up with it all. The fact that they do it 24/7 is utterly amazing, and they are super hero's in my eyes. In my particular orphanage a lot of the children got sick because it was the change in the seasons. A few had to stay over night in hospital just as a precaution. I would do it all again in an instant, We played and entertained the children from 8:30 until 12:30 and then 3 until 5. We helped out with bath time which was pretty much a production line, and breakfast, dinner and lunch was always are battle of are you going to swallow this or spit it back at me. The children were aged between 0 and 6, we had siblings, twins and some kids with disabilities that their parents couldn't afford to look after them. Watching these beautiful women do all of this everyday was something I wish I could aspire to. Volunteering in childcare is a fun and rewarding experience that I would recommend to anybody that wants to help not only the children but the people who are there everyday.

Dahien Kumaran Manoharan
Nationality: Malaysian
Age: 21
Program: Fiji
Project: Teaching
Date: January 2015 - 2 weeks

Thanks for an awesome time in Fiji. You guys have made the trip a memorable one. All the locals are super cool; they are the craziest and most happy bunch I’ve ever met.

Thomas Wicks
Nationality: Australian
Age: 18
Program: Fiji
Project: Teaching
Date: January 2015 - 2 weeks

Thank you for such an excellent time here in Fiji, I have met such an extraordinary group of people through this program, each of which has helped me to grow and develop as a person. So many new and different experiences that I will always remember, truly a life changing experience. Also a huge thank you to the Fijian staff who have made this journey even more memorable, creating laughs and good times every single day.

Kimberly Miller
Nationality: American
Age: 23
Program: Fiji
Project: Turtle Conservation
Date: February 2015 - 3 weeks

I will miss this place tremendously. The people are so amazing. I will miss mama’s cooking & Poni & Buna & Eta’s smiling faces. Fiji is unlike any place I’ve ever been & and I thank the IVHQ Fiji team for making it possible. To future volunteers, embrace the love & culture, lose your ego and have the time of your life!

George Wareing
Nationality: New Zealander
Age: 23
Program: Fiji
Project: Teaching
Date: April 2015 - 5 weeks

I have really enjoyed my time at IVHQ Fiji. Teaching the children at my placement was my best experience. Thank you all so much for having me stay in your country. Hopefully one day I will see you guys again (here in NZ). 

Kelsy Nelson
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 18
Program: Fiji
Project: Turtle Conservation
Date: February 2015 - 6 weeks

Fiji you are one amazing country! I will not be leaving here the same person who came. I will never forget my experiences and the people I have met who made it possible. I have only love for this country and the IVHQ program. This is not “goodbye” but instead it’s “see you later”.

Meng Qiu
Nationality: Australian
Age: 25
Program: Fiji
Project: Construction and Renovation
Date: March 2015 - 2 weeks

Thank you for a wonderful time and all your help. I had a wonderful time in Fiji. Construction and Renovation is really fun, the kids at the school are lovely. I will definitely miss Fiji.

Lenka Cermakova
Nationality: Czech
Age: 36
Program: Fiji
Project: Turtle Conservation
Date: February 2015 - 2 weeks

Many thanks for this wonderful experience. Thanks Mama for “maleka” cooking, thanks Eta for a great coordinator, thanks Junior and other people back in Levuka. Thanks Buna, Aunty, Tomu, Poni, Milika, Akisi. What I really love about Fiji, are the people. Learning about the turtles was a highlight for me.

Wendy Sheather
Nationality: Australian
Age: 23
Program: Fiji
Project: Kindergarten
Date: January 2015 - 2 weeks

Thanks for the memories you have given me. Coming to Fiji has been an amazing experience!!! Thank you Eta for helping us find the fun spots, thank you Milika for being a caring soul, thank you Mamma for amazing food!! thank you Auntie for keeping our home clean, thank you Poni for keeping us amused, thank you Akisi for teaching us Fijian, thank you Wyse for keeping us safe!! Thank you Fiji for having me in your country.

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