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IVHQ Volunteer of the Year

Learn about the IVHQ Volunteer of the Year Awards

Vote Now and Help an inspiring volunteer to make a difference abroad!

IVHQ’s Volunteer of the Year is all about celebrating the amazing impact and commitment of volunteers in 2019.
Regardless of whether they travel abroad or contribute to their own community, the best volunteers don’t expect anything in return - which is exactly why they deserve recognition!
We are looking for someone who’s gone the extra mile to really make a difference, and they could win a free volunteer trip abroad!
They don’t have to be an IVHQ volunteer and they don’t even have to have traveled abroad.
We want to hear your stories about how a volunteer made a difference in 2019.

Voting is now open! Scroll down to meet our finalists!

How it works

1. Submit your nomination
1. Submit your nomination

Nominations have now closed

2. See the finalists
2. See the finalists

Voting is open until 7pm PST on January 31, 2020.

3. Have your say
3. Have your say

Vote for the finalist you think made the biggest difference.

4. Celebrate the winner!
4. Celebrate the winner!

The volunteer with the most votes will win a free 2 week volunteer abroad experience.

Want to know more? Check out our FAQs.

What does the Volunteer of the Year receive?

2-week volunteer program in the destination of the their choice
Flight voucher (to the value of US$1000) from IVHQ Flights
Travel insurance up to the value of US$150

Meet the Volunteer of the Year Finalists

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How does it work?
It’s simple. Just nominate a volunteer who has demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting community projects, either at home or abroad. We’re looking to send one worthy person to support a community abroad, with a free 2-week volunteer abroad experience. Nominations close January 10, 2020. Voting ends on January 31, 2020.

Who’s eligible to win?
We encourage you to nominate anyone who has made an impact within a community thtough the sprit of volunteering. You are also more than welcome to nominate yourself!

I’ve submitted my nomination for IVHQ's Volunteer of the Year, but do I still need to apply for an IVHQ volunteer program as well?
Nominating someone for ‘IVHQ Volunteer of the Year’ is different to applying to volunteer abroad with IVHQ. If you win, we’ll then guide you through the application process.

I’ve already applied to volunteer with IVHQ, should I register now?
Yes. If you register within the competition period and win the ‘IVHQ Volunteer of the Year’ prize, your Registration Fee will be refunded to you. However, if you choose to wait until the campaign finishes and you’re not selected as the winner, you might miss the chance to secure your spot on your chosen program.

I’m already registered for an IVHQ program, am I eligible to enter?
Yes. In order to be eligible to win the ‘IVHQ Volunteer of the Year’ title, you simply need to send us a nomination!

Will my Registration Fee be refunded to me if I win?
Yes. If you register within the scholarship period and win the ‘IVHQ Volunteer of the Year' prize, you will have your Registration Fee refunded to you.

When does the campaign finish?
Nominations for the IVHQ Volunteer of the Year run from December 16, 2019 until 7pm PDT on January 10, 2020.

Is travel insurance included in the prize?
Yes. The ‘IVHQ Volunteer of the Year’ winner will receive travel insurance up to the value of US$150.

I am registered to volunteer with IVHQ, should I pay for my flights or wait for the 'IVHQ Volunteer of the Year' awards to finish?
Yes, you should book your flights. As a general rule, the more organized you are, the cheaper your airfare will be so once you’ve registered for your IVHQ program, we recommend booking through IVHQ Flights as soon as you can. This means that if you’re not the winner of the ‘IVHQ Volunteer of the Year’ prize, you’ll still have secured the best flight price possible. And, if you’re the lucky recipient of the ‘IVHQ Volunteer of the Year' prize and have booked through IVHQ Flights, we will refund the cost of your airfares up to the value of US$1,000.

How do I book my airfares with IVHQ Flights?
Once you have registered for an IVHQ program, simply request a flight quote using the booking tool in your MyIVHQ Profile. We work with a team of expert humanitarian flight agents to make the process of booking your volunteer trip easy and budget-friendly.

Does the ‘IVHQ Volunteer of the Year' prize have to be used for IVHQ Flights?
Yes. A Flight Credit valued at US$1,000 must be put towards flights booked via IVHQ Flights to participate on the IVHQ program of your choice.

Does the Flight Credit expire?
The prize winner must travel and begin their IVHQ program before December 1, 2020 and the flight booking must be confirmed with IVHQ Flights at least 3 months before their IVHQ program start date.

Do I have to travel directly to my IVHQ program?
Yes. Flights must be the most direct route to the IVHQ program destination. Additional layovers or transport costs are at the winner’s sole discretion and expense.

Do I lose my Flight Credit if I have to cancel my volunteer program?
The winner must travel and begin their IVHQ program before December 1, 2020, and the flight booking must be confirmed with IVHQ Flights at least 3 months before their program start date. If the winner is, for whatever reason, unable to travel before December 1, 2020, whether the failure was due to reasons beyond the winner’s control or otherwise, then the winner will forfeit the prize.

I’m traveling with a friend/family member, can we use half of the prize each? Or can I gift it to a friend?
No. The ‘IVHQ Volunteer of the Year’ prize can only be used by the winner and cannot be transferred to, or used by, another person.

Can I redeem my voucher for cash?
No. The prize cannot be refunded, transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash.