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Malini Rethnam
Nationality: Singaporean
Age: 26
Program: Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh
Project: Medical
Date: June 2016 - 2 weeks

I went for this solo trip feeling scared & nervous. But thoroughly enjoyed myself & met incredibly nice people. Loved every moment in Ho Chi Minh city. Would do it all again in a heartbeat!

Linda Cain
Nationality: New Zealander
Age: 55
Program: Zambia
Project: Childcare
Date: June 2016 - 2 weeks

A lot of favorite moments. I loved the children and teachers I worked with and bonded very quickly with and our hosts and the workers in the house who were just awesome. If any of us had any questions they were answered easily, tours / excursions were booked straight away. I also enjoyed the other volunteers in the house. No one was left out of any activities and there was always a group doing something that people could join. This was one of the best experiences of my life and would recommend this to anyone.


Tom Anastasio
Nationality: American
Age: 57
Program: Madagascar
Project: Marine Conservation
Date: June 2016 - 4 weeks

Well, on this trip I was bonding with my daughter, because I came mainly to be with her. But I also established friendships with lots of other great people. Your program attracts great people and you are doing this right! I love your program and my daughter and I have benefited immensely from it.

Madison Currier
Nationality: American
Age: 19
Program: South Africa
Project: Childcare
Date: May 2016 - 6 weeks

My 6 weeks in South Africa is something I will never forget. The only thing I wish I could change is that I wanted to stay longer. The classroom I worked in was full of love and smiles and I developed connections with the kids and teachers that I never imagined possible. South Africa is BEAUTIFUL and there is so much to do. No two days will ever be the same and it was a trip of a lifetime. I can't wait to go back! If you are considering volunteering in Muizenberg, DO IT! You will not regret it. Going to SA was the best decision I ever made. I now have friends from all over the world and still stay in contact with my roommates and teachers!


Sheena Barnes
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 22
Program: Brazil
Project: Childcare
Date: June 2016 - 2 weeks

It is way too hard to choose just one favorite moment. I enjoyed every day of work when I got to see the kids who I love and miss more and more each day. I feel like they taught me more about things and life more than I ever taught them. I loved all the excursions that we did including going to Sugarloaf, doing the 2 brothers hike, THE BEACH !! Ipanema will always have my heart, going to Christ. Last but not least, this experience wouldn't have been as great as it was if I didn't have my roommates by my side. I'm so grateful to have met all of them and to have shared my Rio experience with them and will definitely be seeing some of them again in the future. This is my second time volunteering with IVHQ and this time around's trip clarifies to me why I chose to do it again. Definitely the best trip of my life so far with experiences and people that have changed my life forever. I will definitely be back again soon.

Chantal Lindholm
Nationality: American
Age: 21
Program: Fiji
Project: Construction and Renovation
Date: January 2016 - 8 weeks

The experience I had in Fiji was definitely one of a lifetime. The staff are so sweet and make you feel like family from the moment you arrive. I've made friends from all over the world and learned so much about a different culture and how giving they are, even though most of them don't have much to give. It's moving to see how selfless and family centered they are. I'm so glad I took the scary step to go halfway across the world and spend 2 months in another country where I knew no one, yet came out with so many new friendships and cherished memories. All I can say is, if you get the chance, go to Fiji! You won't regret it! I know I'll be back.

Isaac Veysey-White
Nationality: American
Age: 26
Program: Ecuador
Project: NGO Support
Date: June 2016 - 4 weeks

My favorite moment is rather abstract, but it was about halfway through my time there when I realized that I had really become a part of the local team. I believed in the cause I was working for, I believed in the staff with whom I was working, and I realized in that moment, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that I had made the right choice. I can hardly wait until I can return. IVHQ exceeded my expectations in every aspect. I will be a returning volunteer with you. Having been a volunteer in the NGO Support project, responsible in large part for the seeking of grant opportunities and financial support, I’ve seen and experienced the difficulty in finding the resources needed to keep running. I’ve been to the markets, helped implement the organization’s projects, and I’ve seen the need these children have, as well as the good the local organization can do. I came to Ecuador seeking to improve my fluency in Spanish and to pad my resume for PhD program admissions, but I instead discovered an organization that I believe in, and a cause that serves an incredible need in the community and makes a huge difference. Whether you want to do NGO Support yourself or do Street Children/Summer Project work, I highly recommend this destination. You won't regret it.


Nitasha Salam
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 21
Program: Peru - Cusco
Project: Teaching English
Date: June 2016 - 3 weeks

IVHQ provides a very affordable and extremely safe program. I am very happy I chose IVHQ, and I would recommend it to all of my friends and family, and I will definitely be back with IVHQ for another program! Everything is set up very well, and the partner organization in Peru was amazing, very helpful, and I never felt unsafe!

Sandra Blasiusson
Nationality: Swedish
Age: 22
Program: Victoria Falls
Project: Wildlife Conservation
Date: June 2016 - 3 weeks

I had the opportunity to be involved in catching a black rhino for relocation, tracked lions on foot and found them twice, relocated a python and just generally the entire experience and the silence and beauty of the reserve was amazing!


Amira Hodzic
Nationality: American
Age: 20
Program: Ecuador
Project: Street Children Work
Date: June 2016 - 2 weeks

The staff members are amazing individuals. My volunteer placement would not have been the same without them. Very knowledgeable and caring individuals who want to help you in anyway that they can. I have learned so much about myself and my capabilities. My favorite moment from my volunteering experience was my last day on my program. This may sound weird but I chose this day because I felt so much love on that day. I had to say goodbye to the kids, the volunteer staff, and my fellow volunteers. So much compassion and love was given out on that day that I can never forget it.

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