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Volunteer Abroad Reviews

Eliza Lindsay
Nationality: British
Age: 19
Program: Madagascar
Project: Forest Conservation
Date: July 2016 - 2 weeks

I think that one of the best things about my IVHQ experience was the fact that I was able to get out of my comfort zone and meet so many people from around the world, whilst doing something I am passionate about. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to do something extraordinary!

Lorenza Sierra
Nationality: Mexican
Age: 20
Program: South Africa
Project: Childcare
Date: July 2016 - 3 weeks

Travel, discover, get out of your comfort zone. Sometimes happiness is away from home, for me South Africa was the perfect place to find it. I'm so happy for what I found, the people I met and the friends I made. Plan your trip for as long as you can cause it is never enough. I would love to come back anytime! I extremely recommend this program, it was a great experience I'll never forget.

Monica Privette
Nationality: American
Age: 18
Program: South Africa
Project: Teaching
Date: August 2016 - 2 weeks

I spent two weeks in South Africa and fell in love. Two weeks is not long enough! The program is organized to give you a place to stay and a way to serve, but you get to do the rest yourself, which is wonderful. I loved getting to know the kids in my program and how loving they were so immediately, the people were so welcoming and the culture was so rich. I hope I was able to better the country as much as it bettered me!

Megan Jenkinson
Nationality: British
Age: 20
Program: South Africa
Project: Surf Outreach
Date: July 2016 - 2 weeks

Meeting the children and establishing bonds with the children made it very difficult to leave as well as the beautiful views in Muizenberg. My trip to South Africa has made me realise what makes me happy in life! The friendships I have made in my time there feel genuinely more sincere and cherished than some of the friendships that I have had for years! Its broken my heart to see the parallel lifestyle that we all live here. People are so ignorant, and have no idea about the sort of lifestyle some of the young kids have to endure. It has certainly humbled me.

Jannie Ngo
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 23
Program: Morocco
Project: Childcare
Date: July 2016 - 2 weeks

I absolutely loved this experience and it is something that I will keep with me forever. It has made me want to travel again, with IVHQ as well, and I am so glad I chose to take part in this experience. I truly miss the memories.

Payton Middleton
Nationality: American
Age: 27
Program: Bali - Ubud
Project: Environmental Education
Date: July 2016 - 2 weeks

Choosing to be a part of this experience will change the way you look at the world. It was the most rewarding experience of my life and I hope to participate in many more experiences with IVHQ! Embrace the people within Bali. They are such good people. Don't be afraid to ask people questions, they love helping you learn about the culture that they are so proud to be a part of!

Natasha Gribbin
Nationality: Australian
Age: 19
Program: Romania
Project: Teaching
Date: July 2016 - 4 weeks

I had an incredible, life changing time volunteering in Romania. The local team is a great organization to work with, they were helpful and supportive the whole time I was there. I would definitely recommend the program to others!

Julia Ing
Nationality: American
Age: 20
Program: Fiji
Project: Teaching and Sports Education
Date: June 2016 - 6 weeks

If you are in a time of your life that you can do this, volunteering aboard, do it. If you have an inkling to travel, give back, meet new people, try new things, start by saying "Yes" to this. I volunteered in Fiji for 6 weeks through a teaching and sports program, that was incredibly life changing. I promise you will not regret it. There may be times of doubt, stress, sadness, but overall you will rise above. You can do this. Doing adventures like this is an amazing thing. You go into it knowing you will change. Knowing you will learn these certain things, but then surprisingly are taught with so much more than you could know.


Allison Weingarden
Nationality: American
Age: 24
Program: Bali - Ubud
Project: Environmental Education
Date: June 2016 - 6 weeks

My placement was perfect. I fell in love with my students immediately and am so glad to have been able to make a difference in their lives by teaching them for five weeks. One of my favorite moments was when I was playing mosquito tag with all the kids in the school. Usually, I would just supervise while the kids played, but this time, I decided to be a "nyamuk" (mosquito), and chased all the kids around. It was so fun to bond with them in that way, while they squealed and ran as I tried to tag them. They are such fun kids! Volunteering in Bali - Ubud was one of the best experiences of my life. I went into it not really knowing what to expect, thinking maybe I would learn something new and have a few fun adventures. I did so much more than that. I learned a new language, met some amazing people (both locals and other volunteers), taught a class full of energetic and smart kids, and fell in love with the people and culture of Bali. Bali has changed me in a way I had never imagined, and I can't wait to go back!

Anya Suruda
Nationality: American
Age: 21
Program: Bali - Ubud
Project: Turtle Conservation
Date: June 2016 - 6 weeks

My favorite moment was sitting around the bonfire and singing with the coordinators in Nusa Penida. Being a part of the Turtle Conservation project was one of the best experiences I've had. I honestly believed that working on Nusa Penida with such lovely people helped me grow as a person. I highly recommend this project and thank you very much IVHQ, I will never forget the time I spent in Bali.

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