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Volunteer Abroad Reviews

Nour Safieddine
Nationality: Lebanese
Age: 21
Program: Bali
Project: Teaching
Date: January 2016 - 1 week

I got to spend time with some amazing children that put a smile on my face. I also spent some memorable moments with my housemates and I hope to always stay in contact with them. The local staff were more than kind and I am going to miss them so much. I also enjoyed the cultural orientation and it satisfied my craving of meeting other cultures and getting to know people who have a very different lifestyle and values than mine. In my opinion, every person should experience volunteering with IVHQ at least once in their lives. It was something like no other. It was sad to leave given that I was only able to volunteer for one week since I had to go back to school however I will most definitely volunteer again.

Alison Rasmussen
Nationality: American
Age: 21
Program: Bali
Project: Teaching
Date: January 2016 - 1 week

IVHQ was super helpful prior to departure. I am thrilled to have made so many memories with the many volunteers I met during my experience. I look forward to staying in contact with my new found friends. I cannot thank your staff enough!

Prudence Graves
Nationality: American
Age: 20
Program: Bali
Project: Kindergarten
Date: December 2015 - 2 weeks

The coordinators were absolutely amazing! They made everyone feel like a big family and went way out of their way to make the stay absolutely amazing

Alex Hildebrand
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 19
Program: Bali
Project: Turtle Conservation
Date: May 2015 - 8 weeks

My favorite moments were getting to know my program coordinators and host family while living on Nusa Penida, as well as getting to know the other volunteers. I made many friends that I will never forget. I think volunteers should know that their experience is not going to be what they expect, but in many ways it will be better than anything they could imagine, so they should just keep an open mind and go into it with no expectations!

Nicholas Hutton Moliter
Nationality: German
Age: 23
Program: Victoria Falls
Project: Wildlife Conservation
Date: January 2016 - 2 weeks

The physical work brought me great satisfaction. Knowing that this was a small contribution to conservation made me proud.


Joanna Rifai
Nationality: Lebanese
Age: 20
Program: South Africa
Project: Childcare
Date: January 2016 - 3 weeks

This was truly one the best experience of my life. I would definitely go back.

Brina Patel
Nationality: American
Age: 22
Program: Ecuador
Project: Street Children Work
Date: December 2015 - 2 weeks

I really liked the thorough descriptions of the placement options, as well as explanations of which steps to carry out before departure. The communication was excellent and all of my questions were very thoroughly answered! I really enjoyed the end of each day at the placement because I truly felt happy knowing that the children enjoyed spending time with us and receiving the attention they got. I also really loved getting to know my fellow volunteers. I think it is good to come in with a good attitude and willingness to learn. Brushing up on basic Spanish wouldn't hurt! My first international volunteering experience was amazing and I can not wait to do it again

 

Haley Silverstein
Nationality: American
Age: 22
Program: Ecuador
Project: Teaching English
Date: January 2016 - 3 weeks

Starting my day with a huge hug and smile from the children was heartwarming. Seeing the children grasp new concepts, in English, was inspiring. The children were excited to learn English and I was very fortunate to be a part of that experience.

Talya Stern
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 25
Program: Argentina
Project: Elderly Care
Date: September 2015 - 4 weeks

I was painting with one of the "abuelas" at the community placement, when she asked me to sign my painting and give it to her as a gift, in exchange for a painting of hers. The next day she showed up with one of her paintings, and wrote me a personal note on the back of it, telling me how much she appreciates me coming to talk to them and keeping them company. It meant so much!

Kelli Green
Nationality: American
Age: 21
Program: Argentina
Project: Healthcare
Date: January 2016 - 2 weeks

Saying good bye to one of the nurses really stands out to me. She gave us a long speech after helping an elderly homeless woman. It was so heart felt and just really reminded me of exactly why I want to become a nurse, and I aspire to be the kind of nurse she is. Compassionate, loving, kind, dedicated, non-judgmental.... She is truly a wonderful woman and I'll remember her forever. I think it's important to be aware that you are going to a country that is very different than your own and to not expect to be very comfortable at first, and that there is an adjustment you will have to make. This was the most amazing trip and I am SO happy everything worked out and I was able to go. I will be talking about this experience for the rest of my life and have nothing but great things to say about it. Thank you for being so helpful in planning this trip and making it possible!!

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