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Volunteer Abroad Reviews

Emily Beck
Nationality: British
Age: 18
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Childcare
Date: February 2015 - 2 weeks

I have loved every minute. Orientation week was amazing and we got to do so much sightseeing, shopping, Bollywood movie and learn basic Hindi. We were made to feel so welcome when we arrived at our Childcare project. The food was so delicious. It is so lovely to be a part of these girls life. They were so kind and gorgeous. I definitely want to come back. 

Kayla Northington
Nationality: American
Age: 23
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Childcare
Date: February 2015 - 4 weeks

India has been a wonderful place to visit for four weeks. Being my first abroad experience I didn’t know what to expect. The culture, lifestyle and food has exceeded my expectation. It has opened my eyes to a new way of living working with children eager and willing to learn a new thing such as English has been very rewarding. Orientation was easily the best week of my life. I was able to explore and meet great new friends! The hospitality shown t Sarita’s and both home stays were overwhelming. Overall this was great first experience abroad with IVHQ

Sinead Allen
Nationality: American
Age: 20
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Slum Teaching
Date: January 2015 - 5 weeks

Very rewarding. One of the most challenging things I have ever done, but also one of the most enjoyable. It helped me to better appreciate everything that I am lucky enough to have in Australia, and showed me how important a good education is. I loved working with the children and I loved having the opportunity to learn more about the Indian way of life. I loved the whole experience.

Sydney Noterman
Nationality: American
Age: 21
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Health
Date: January 2015 - 2 weeks

I loved this experience. India is so extremely different from where I am from and that is exactly what I wanted! I loved the people I met here and appreciate how helpful all of these people were during the adjustment process. The families I stayed with become truly my family even in such a short period of time. I learned so much in the short two weeks I stayed here - about culture, health and friendship. Traveling on the weekends is one thing I recommend strongly because you see so many sides of India even through being sick and adjusting to showers and different time zones and tuk tuk rides, the people IVHQ sets you up with makes the experience unbelievable!! 

Sophie Byron
Nationality: Australian
Age: 20
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Health
Date: December 2014 - 4 weeks

A very fulfilling experience. I learnt so much about the culture and myself. I really enjoyed learning about the Indian health system. I would recommend this trip to everyone and the people I have met have been wonderful. Thank you so much for the experience.

Tiah Brooks
Nationality: Australian
Age: 21
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Childcare
Date: December 2014 - 2 weeks

The experience was great! I wanted to learn about the real India and the lifestyle of the locals, IVHQ allowed me to do that. The orientation week was a solid introduction to India. It was also a great way to meet like minded people. The family I was fortunate enough to be placed with were fantastic, helpful, informative, welcoming and kind. I loved interacting with the children at the school. The whole experience was both great and what I was looking for.

Tracy Kuban
Nationality: Australian
Age: 25
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Slum Teaching
Date: December 2014 - 2 weeks

India is a country rich in culture, extremes, poverty, richness and hospitality. I have enjoyed this placement and experience wonderfully and wish I chose a longer placement as I feel it would have made more of a difference to the children as well as me. Volunteering in India has made me appreciate life so much more as it has shown me that even the poorest people with barely a roof over their head one some of the most joyful welcoming people I have ever met. I felt so welcomed as soon as I stepped in to this country by the home stay families, the teachers, children and nearly by the whole community. Overall I have had one of the most rewarding and greatest experiences here in India and I will be coming back there in no doubt.

Jessie Morgan
Nationality: Australian
Age: 22
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Childcare
Date: October 2014 - 3 weeks

First arriving in India I was overwhelmed but I grew more comfortable and have definitely now experienced and seen the beauty of India. I have made friends around the world I won't forget, and I visited some amazing places. My biggest highlight out of all this would have to be the kids though. Thank you so much for this amazing experience. 

Manreet Kaur
Nationality: Malaysian
Age: 26
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Health
Date: November 2014 - 3 weeks

I had an awesome time, volunteering in India really exceeded my expectations from the day I arrived till the end everyone involved was really helpful and friendly. I didn't feel out of place at all. Volunteering was a really good experience. I got to learn about the health care system in Indian and much more. Thank you IVHQ for this experience. You guys are doing a great job.

Samantha Murray
Nationality: New Zealand Maori
Age: 25
Program: Vietnam - Hanoi
Project: Special Needs/Childcare
Date: March 2011 - 8 weeks

This is most definitely a once in a lifetime experience. But don't go there with preset expectations of romanticism and heroism. Experience it in all its glory. The only advice I have for future volunteers is go with an open mind and take the initiative to make a difference. This isn't an ordinary job where your boss tells you what to do, it's up to you to make a difference.

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