See the world. Immerse yourself. Make a difference.
Volunteer abroad with the world’s largest volunteer travel organization. 50+ destinations worldwide. 300+ volunteer projects.
At International Volunteer HQ, we enable people from all walks of life to make a difference on the adventure of a lifetime. Volunteering with IVHQ is the most affordable and regenerative way to immerse yourself in new cultures and give back through travel.
With over 300 projects in 50+ destinations to choose from, we offer the world’s largest range of fully-hosted volunteering abroad programs. The majority of these are currently running and hosting volunteers.
If you ever want to make a real impact in a time of need, this is your time. Volunteer abroad from just $180 for 1 week, including accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support. Join 114,000+ volunteers and make your next vacation matter.
At International Volunteer HQ, we bring people from more than 150 countries together to create positive transformation through life-enriching travel experiences. This transformation takes place not just within the communities we support, but also within volunteers themselves.
As part of your fully-hosted experience, IVHQ organizes all the stressful stuff like airport pickup and accommodation, so you can be confident everything’s taken care of for you. We’ve been empowering volunteers to make a difference since 2007 – and we’ve always been committed to making volunteering abroad more affordable and accessible to everyone.
When you volunteer abroad with IVHQ, you’re more than just a tourist. You become part of the local community, experience new cultures in an authentic way and leave behind a visible, lasting impact. This is the kinder way to see the world. Serving people and the planet in this way allows you to connect with yourself, build lifelong friendships and unearth your inner potential.
Our volunteer programs exist to empower socially and environmentally-conscious travelers to make a meaningful impact, to foster cultural exchange and to expand their skills and horizons – this is our purpose.
We’re the facilitators, but it’s the incredible contributions from our volunteers that make it all possible. We’re here so that, as a collective, we can make a difference.
Our volunteer programs are set up to positively impact people, the planet and wildlife. We are committed to ensuring our programs meet strict social and environmental standards and are run in a responsible, efficient and sustainable way. We are committed to regularly reviewing our impact on volunteers, local communities, our employees and the environment. This gives us the opportunity to find new ways to learn and improve in line with our pledge as a B Corporation and as a member of the UN Volunteer Groups Alliance.
IVHQ was the first B Corporation certified volunteer travel organization and we remain committed to these principles through a regular recertification process. B Corps pledge to use business as a force for good by ensuring that sustainability, inclusivity and quality remain at the heart of what they do.
What makes a volunteer provider ethical?
The following framework outlines important selection criteria when assessing how ethical a volunteer provider is. We regularly refer to this when reviewing our processes to ensure we are meeting all guidelines and holding ourselves accountable.
Regularly audit programs to ensure they meet goals
Regularly review fees and ensure volunteering is accessible
Ensure all volunteers meet project requirements
Criminal background check required from volunteers
Cap volunteer numbers when programs reach capacity
Ensure volunteers do not replace paid employment
Implement a Child Protection Policy across all programs
Actively seek feedback to improve programs
Train local staff on best practices
Manage volunteer expectations
Offer pre-departure volunteer abroad training
Provide pre-departure and 24/7 in-country support
Deliver in-country orientation to all volunteers
Programs support local employment opportunities
Programs run by local registered organizations who understand the needs of the community
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