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Volunteer Abroad Reviews

Cassidy Norris
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 20
Program: Peru - Cusco
Project: Childcare
Date: July 2015 - 4 weeks

My experience in Cusco is one that I will cherish. I made so many friends from all around the world! I travelled to Peru by myself, but during the entire five weeks I never felt like I was alone. My housing was amazing, the food was great and the staff were so kind. My favourite part, of course, was my placement. Taking care of kids all day was so much fun, and I miss them so much already! I just got back from my trip yesterday and I'm already looking where to go next. :)


Elizabeth Pennington
Nationality: British
Age: 18
Program: Uganda
Project: HIV/AIDS Support
Date: July 2015 - 4 weeks

I never knew that I could love a country more than Uganda. I never expected that a country could change me in ways I never imagined after only 4 weeks. As soon as I saw Uganda from the plane flying into Entebbe airport, I knew that I'd found a second home! The staff members, sensational volunteers and everyone at the HIV/AIDS project changed my life. The culture, hospitality and sheer love from the Ugandan people will stay with me forever more. If you are considering volunteering in Africa, Uganda is the place to be. You will not regret it for a second!

Stuart Ross
Nationality: British
Age: 18
Program: Sri Lanka
Project: Wild Elephant Conservation
Date: July 2015 - 7 weeks

The people I’ve met in Sri Lanka is what has made this trip something genuinely special for me. They taught me about elephants, their culture, language, and country. They’re also some of the most upbeat, happy go lucky inspiring people I have ever met. The location of the field house is fantastic in my eyes. Relative to the country it is as about as centrally located as you could get. It’s also right next to the border of Wasgamuwa national park, and excellent place for spotting elephants migrate. The field house is a very simple home by western standards, but its simplicity, openness, and beautiful views is one of the things I enjoyed most about the project. Whenever I went away for a weekend of travel I was always eager to return and just relax a thing I seldom do in my regular day to day life. The work wasn’t what I expected, searching through dung all morning and sitting in a tree in the afternoon. But I can tell you I enjoyed it and doing these activities helped me gain a greater appreciation for elephants. Thank you so much for this life changing experience.


Mónica Godoy
Nationality: Mexican
Age: 23
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Slum Teaching
Date: July 2015 - 4 weeks

My volunteering experience was fantastic. I got to live with a local family and eat what they usually do, which was delicious. I got to live in a local neighbourhood in which I was pretty much the only foreigner. The cultural immersion program was delightful. In terms of my project, it was exactly what I wanted and expected. I was able to teach English to kids that need it so much in order to become professionals or seek a better life than the one they have as of today. The teachers at the school were very welcoming, always helping us when we needed them in the class. The kids were all amazing; they really wanted to learn and willing to participate and they are so smart.

Emma Graham
Nationality: Scottish
Age: 27
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Slum Teaching
Date: July 2015 - 3 weeks

India has been an amazing experience, from being able to experience the different culture, different food, as well as the music and clothing. The host family made us feel very welcome. They were helping us from buying clothes to organise trips at the weekend. The school I volunteered at made me feel welcomed and part of the team, the children were teaching me as much as I taught them.

Orla McCabe
Nationality: Irish
Age: 24
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Slum Teaching
Date: July 2015 - 3 weeks

From start to finish, my volunteering experience was brilliant. Made me feel welcome everywhere we went. Everyone involved in the project was very helpful. I enjoyed my every minute.

Deborah Brydie
Nationality: British
Age: 20
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Slum Teaching
Date: July 2015 - 2 weeks

My experience has been unforgettable, India is a completely different beautiful world. You cannot prepare yourself for what it will be like completely, you just have to embrace it and you will fall in love. There is so much to do here and you know you are supporting so many people. Who are all lovely, welcoming, beautiful souls, just seeing children smile when they have learnt something from you is such an incredible feeling. I sincerely hope I can return to IVHQ India in the future.

Kaylee Bressler
Nationality: American
Age: 19
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Health
Date: July 2015 - 4 weeks

I got to experience a new and different culture and it has been a unique experience. Doing health camp was good to see the most common problems that locals face. I got to travel a lot to other parts of India and see different places. Overall it was good and I am glad I came; I was able to make many new friends.

Claudia Ezcurra
Nationality: Spanish
Age: 19
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Childcare
Date: July 2015 - 3 weeks

My volunteering experience in India has been very nice. We have taught a lot and learnt a lot of things from the girls at the orphanage. It has been very easy to work and to help them because all of them are so lovely and they always help if you needed. I really enjoyed the weekends exploring this country that is so different to mine. I have learnt a new culture and religion that before I had never asked about. The coordinators were always there when we needed and helped us a lot to plan our weekends. It was one of the best experiences in my life.

Claudia Nicolas
Nationality: Spanish
Age: 20
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Childcare
Date: July 2015 - 3 weeks

Going to India was one of my dream as was volunteering. Doing both things at the same time has been awesome. We were able to experience how Indians live, help the girls and travel on the weekends. Choosing an organization to travel to with, IVHQ was the best choice. Staff members are very helpful and nice. They care about their volunteers and this makes everything easier. I have had one of the best experiences in India.

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