How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint When Traveling

Think reducing your carbon footprint when traveling can't be fun? It could be more fun than you think!

To help our volunteers be more carbon conscious travelers, we've pulled together this list of simple tips for reducing your carbon footprint when traveling...

 

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Volunteering In Cambodia - Catching The Cambodia Bug

IVHQ staff regularly travel to visit our volunteer overseas programs to meet with local staff and volunteers, visit volunteer placements and ensure our programs are operating to a high standard. I recently visited our volunteer overseas program in Cambodia, and found I walked away having caught the Cambodia bug…

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Questions All Volunteers Want Answered When They Volunteer Abroad

The team at IVHQ literally answers thousands of questions every week around how to volunteer abroad - whether it be via email or telephone, we encourage IVHQ volunteers to throw all their questions our way, to ensure they're well prepared for the journey ahead!

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World Festivals Worth Traveling For

With volunteer abroad programs in over 25 countries around the world, IVHQ volunteers find themselves in the midst of many of the world's most loved festivals!

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Flying Tips - Your Guide To The Perfect Flight

As a volunteer abroad, you share at least one experience with every other volunteer… Air travel.

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10 Facepalm Moments To Avoid In Travel

We all learn from our mistakes, but sometimes it's easier to learn the mistakes of others, so you can spare yourself a facepalm!

To save you from slipping into the facepalm zone, I'm sharing some of the most facepalm-worthy moments I've experienced and witnessed in travel mode...

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Most Instagrammed Volunteer Overseas Destinations

Here at International Volunteer HQ, we love coming to work each day, knowing we're helping people of all ages and nationalities travel the world affordably, while making contributions to developing communities.

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Volunteer Abroad Reviews For Parents By Parents

Do you have (or are you) a parent looking for feedback from parents of past IVHQ volunteers...?

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5 Volunteers Who Will Inspire You To Volunteer Abroad

We love hearing and sharing stories of international volunteers achieving amazing things on IVHQ volunteer abroad programs, so much so that International Volunteer HQ is currently accepting nominations for the 2014 IVHQ

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Behind the Scenes with Volunteers in South America

Summing up her visits to our Ecuador and Colombia volunteer abroad programs, IVHQ’s Lydia takes us behind the scenes…

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10 Conservation Volunteer Opportunities

To celebrate June 5th AKA World Environment Day, we're sharing 10 Conservation Volunteer Opportunities offered through International Volunteer HQ!

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10 Reasons Volunteers Choose Cambodia

With IVHQ's growing list of volunteer program destinations, the decision of where to go can become difficult! To help, we've listed 10 reasons why IVHQers choose to volunteer in Cambodia!

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What Should iPack?

When you volunteer overseas, what technology should come with you?

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Tips For Being A Valuable Volunteer

Everyone who volunteers abroad with IVHQ wants to make a difference and do some good. That goal is equal parts admirable and inspiring, and I’m constantly amazed by the passion and authentic drive that our volunteers have to make a positive contribution to a community. But it’s not easy.

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10 Reasons Volunteers Love Tanzania

Tanzania is rich in culture and a favorite volunteer abroad destination for IVHQ Volunteers. While this list could've had 101 reasons, we've narrowed it down to the Top 10 thanks to suggestions from IVHQ volunteers in Tanzania.

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10 Signs You're The Perfect IVHQ Volunteer

Do you fit the bill?

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18 Places You Need To Visit While You're Young

The best part about this list is you can visit all of these places during your weekends while volunteering overseas with IVHQ!

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10 Photos That Will Make You Want To Volunteer In Asia

International Volunteer HQ encourages those who volunteer overseas to immerse themselves in the culture of their destination and spend their #IVHQweekends capturing stunning sights from around the world! Here's a collection of volunteer photos in Asia, which we guarantee will have you reaching for your passport!

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East Africa Volunteer Program Swap

With the establishment of our new partnership in Uganda, IVHQ sponsored a volunteer program swap in East Africa. The aim of the swap was to provide the opportunity for our TanzaniaKenya and Uganda teams to collaborate, share ideas and experiences, and discuss best practices around hosting IVHQ volunteers in East Africa.

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5 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With IVHQ

We're all about transparency here at IVHQ, whether we're talking volunteer program fees or new program opportunities... But here are 5 things many of you never knew you could do with IVHQ!

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10 Photos That Will Make You Want To Volunteer In Latin America

If you're having trouble trying to narrow down your list of continents to volunteer overseas in, these 10 photos should help convince you to become a volunteer in Latin America!

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Volunteer Stories: Mikael Aberra Gobeze

Mikael Aberra Gobeze, who volunteered with IVHQ in Brazil in 2012, directed the documentary IASESPE: Fight For A Favela, which raised $11,000 to support a community center within the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

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Top Fundraising Tips to Volunteer Overseas

International Volunteer HQ is known for offering the most affordable volunteer overseas programs around, but we all know that flights, visas, travel insurance, and vaccinations can be costly!

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Volunteer Inspiration of the Day

How does a mother-daughter volunteer trip to Kenya result in the establishment of a project to be served by future IVHQ volunteers, enabling developmentally disabled adults of the Kibera slum to enter the workforce?

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15 Things Every Volunteer In Bali Should Do

Arriving as a volunteer in Bali, your bucket list will be full of ‘must do’ activities for your volunteer abroad program and your #IVHQweekends!

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10 Photos That Will Make You Want To Volunteer In Africa

If you're feeling travel bugish after scrolling through these photos, please direct all complaints to the guilty Instagramers AKA our volunteers in Africa.

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The 7 Types Of IVHQer

Which type of IVHQer are you?

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Packing Tips From The IVHQ Team

When prepping to travel overseas, are you a forward-thinking "my 30 day countdown has begun, better start packing" packer, or a last minute "eeek, my flight leaves in 2 hours" packer?

Whichever category you fit into, a good packing tip doesn’t go astray to avoid an extra heavy, unorganised, and cluttered backpack (that’s filled with everything you don’t need, and nothing you do)!

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IVHQ's Most Loved Instagrams

With over 9,000 photos tagged with #IVHQ, Instagram continues to be a popular platform for IVHQ volunteers to connect, share and inspire each other while they volunteer overseas. It's also one of our favorite ways to keep you posted with news and insights from the IVHQ Crew... So here, we're sharing this month's most loved Instagrams from @IVHQ - as loved by you!

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How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint When Traveling

Think reducing your carbon footprint when traveling can't be fun? It could be more fun than you think!

To help our volunteers be more carbon conscious travelers, we've pulled together this list of simple tips for reducing your carbon footprint when traveling...

 

Take a shortcut 

Finding the shortest flight path to your volunteering destination is one of the most powerful ways you can reduce your carbon footprint when traveling. Pick a direct flight wherever possible, or a flight path with the least stop-overs. If you're tossing up between two different volunteering destinations, opt for the closest country to help reduce your carbon emissions!

^ What's closer? Volunteering in Bali or volunteering in Brazil?

 

Sharing is caring

When traveling, power in numbers always applies! If you're keen to make a trip from the volunteer house to visit the local markets or to go sightseeing, don't forget to ask your fellow volunteers if anyone else is planning a trip, so you can cut costs, as well as carbon emissions! 

^ Grab a crew of your peers volunteering in South Africa and catch the sunset from Peers Cave!

 

Weekend gathering

Plan your weekend getaways in collaboration with your fellow volunteers. By traveling together, sharing transport and accommodation, you're reducing your share of the carbon footprint.

^ When volunteering in Tanzania with IVHQ, you're never short of safari buddies!

 

Au naturale

The more natural the better! Take advantage of the natural attractions on offer to reduce the carbon emissions involved in machine-fuelled activities - snorkelling at a local beach, or hiking up a nearby mountain are nice AND natural!

^ Fancy being beach-bound this weekend? Join a crew of IVHQers in Cambodia

 

Buy local

Buy local produce and products wherever possible and avoid packaged food if you can! This gives you the perfect excuse to sample the local cuisine and absorb as much of the local culture as you can. As a volunteer traveler, rather than hauling a suitcase of donations over from home, wait till you arrive in country to assess the needs of your placement and tailor your local purchases accordingly. This ensures that you're not doubling up on supplies and avoids creating waste.

^ You're never short of local supplies when volunteering in South Africa

 

Hands > machines

To keep your carbon emissions to a minimum, pick up a bar of laundry soap and hand wash your clothes rather than resorting to a washing machine. Who knows, you may even receive some help...

^ Laundromat - IVHQ Nepal style!

 

Stay for longer

Our volunteers always tell us that they wish they had volunteered for longer, and some end up returning to their volunteer program just months after leaving! If there's a high chance you'll catch the IVHQ bug and think 2 weeks just won't be enough, why not apply to volunteer for longer so you can reduce the carbon emissions from flying back to your program multiple times?

^ Leaving home can be hard, but leaving your program can be harder! Just ask our volunteers in Sri Lanka!

 

Trade in four wheels for two

The less wheels the better! Whether you're trading in your taxi for a two-wheeler or a trip on foot, your carbon footprint will be thanking you for it!

^ There's no better way to explore Hells Gate as an IVHQer in Kenya!

 

Be water-wise

Don't buy bottled water if the tap water is safe to drink in your volunteering destination. Research the country before you travel and if it's safe to drink, bring a reusable bottle from home and don't forgot to bring it back with you. Local coconut water straight from the source is cabon footprint-friendly too!

^ Drink of choice for IVHQers around the world!

 

Go camping

While it's not always possible to set up camp for the night, if you have the option between a hotel room and a tent, your carbon footprint votes "tent"!

^ It's all part of the IVHQ Victoria Falls experience!

 

Sub a shower for a waterfall

While substituting running water for a running waterfall may not be a reality in many places, if it's a possibility - run with it!

^ A must-do for many a volunteer in Ghana!

 

Read rather than scroll

In your downtime, reserve your smartphone battery and chill out with a book, rather than scrolling through the latest from your Facebook feed!

^ Don't get distracted by the view in Morocco!

 

Offer to offset

When you return home (or even before you leave), there are a number of ways you can offset your carbon emissions from flying to your destination. Here at IVHQ, we provide a platform for you to offset your carbon emissions via the Carbon Footprint Calculator on our website. To mitigate the environmental impacts of the flights we take from our office in New Zealand to visit our volunteer programs abroad, we are taking both a proactive and reactive approach - through supporting a nation-wide education program focused on sustainability within New Zealand schools in partnership with Enviro Schools, as well as offsetting our measurable carbon footprint via tree planting initiatives. 

For more tips for your trips, check our our Volunteer Travel Tips From The Locals.

Header Photo Credit: Connor Parry, IVHQ Volunteer in Madagascar

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Volunteering In Cambodia - Catching The Cambodia Bug

As I write this blog post on a bumpy bus traveling from Siem Reap back to Phnom Penh (ensuring my computer spell-check gets a good work-out), I can finally admit that I have caught the Cambodia bug, and have fallen in love with this spectacular country and its people.

IVHQ staff regularly travel to visit our volunteer overseas programs to meet with local staff and volunteers, visit volunteer placements and ensure our programs are operating to a high standard. I recently visited our volunteer overseas program in Cambodia, and found I walked away having caught the Cambodia bug… Here’s why:

 

Reason One: The People

When volunteering in Cambodia, the moment you step off the plane, you’re greeted by the infectious Cambodian smile! The scrum at the airport arrivals gate can be overwhelming, but it’s simple to spot the bright green International Volunteer HQ sign through the masses. I found the local staff couldn’t do enough for you, from organizing tuk-tuks to recommending local delicacies (both wacky and delicious)! 

Try volunteering in Cambodia to find out for yourself!

 

Reason Two: Real Cambodian Hospitality

I was very fortunate to visit a number of the volunteer homestays and volunteer houses during my time in Cambodia. While volunteering in Cambodia, you'll have access to electricity, running water and great hosts! One thing was certain on a visit to the volunteer homestays and volunteer houses, and that's how you immediately feel at ease with the offer of fresh fruit, lots of smiles and great conversation! Sure, we call it a "Cambodian volunteer homestay" or "Cambodian volunteer house", but at the end of your trip, you'll simply call it home!

Experience the Cambodia hospitality for yourself, and become a volunteer overseas in Cambodia!

 

Reason Three: Cambodia Food

I've eaten well too much food during my visit. As a volunteer in Cambodia, you’re taught during volunteer orientation that it’s impolite to leave food on your plate. Instead of being overwhelmed by this, I took it as a challenge! What’s not to love about fresh vegetables, delicious meat, mouth watering spices, all presented on fresh rice? Sounds like a nice daily meal? While volunteering in Cambodia, you’ll get this type of meal TWICE a day (and if you’re out working at your placement, you’ll get to take a lunchbox along with you)! Plus if you're extra adventurous, try joining the locals in some of the street-side restaurants with delicious options, including Fish Amok, Bai Sach Chrouk (BBQ pork and rice) and Kuy Teav (noodle soup)!

What food should you expect as a volunteer overseas in Cambodia? Visit the IVHQ Volunteer in Cambodia page for details on volunteer meals.

 

Reason Four: Meaningful Volunteer Opportunities

There’s a genuine need for volunteers in Cambodia. In Siem Reap alone, I visited three orphanages and the sheer size of the facilities versus the small staff sizes was mind-blowing. The lack of resources and money means these orphanages are at their staffing limit, so volunteers are essential in assisting local staff with varied activities in running the centers. If you’ve got interests in childcare and teaching, along with music, dance and sport, you’ll fit in perfectly as a volunteer overseas in Cambodia, as these are the activities the children love!

Find a full list of IVHQ's volunteer overseas programs in Cambodia on our website.

 

Reason Five: Stunning Sightseeing!

From the stunning Temples of Angkor Wat in the North to the beaches of Sihanoukville in the South, there is an abundance of Cambodia travel and tour options! While volunteering in Cambodia, you'll have the opportunity to visit the Royal Palace and the National Museum in Phonm Penh, while also spending your IVHQ weekends traveling further afield. A minivan or bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (to go Temple hunting), or Sihanoukville (to relax on the beach), takes around 7 hours and can cost between $5USD and $15USD (depending on your preferred level of comfort)! When you're volunteering in Cambodia, you'll be in close proximity to Vietnam and Thailand, so asking your boss for that extra week off work is advised!

Visit the IVHQ website to discover more Cambodia Travel and Tour options.

I consider myself fortunate to have walked in the shoes of an IVHQ volunteer on our volunteer overseas program in Cambodia and as cliché as it sounds, I know I’ll return. The Cambodia bug has got the better of me!

 

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Questions All Volunteers Want Answered When They Volunteer Abroad

The team at IVHQ literally answers thousands of questions every week around how to volunteer abroad - whether it be via email or telephone, we encourage IVHQ volunteers to throw all their questions our way, to ensure they're well prepared for the journey ahead!

We decided to whip around the head office of International Volunteer HQ and discover what questions are asked the most often by IVHQers when preparing to volunteer abroad!

 

How long should I volunteer abroad for?

Volunteers participate on our volunteer abroad programs for any duration between 1 week and 24 weeks. Although many people can only volunteer abroad for shorter durations, due to work or study commitments back home, volunteers who are able or willing to commit to a longer duration find they can really connect to they community in which they are working. If you are able to volunteer for a longer duration, go for it! If you can only volunteer for 1 or 2 weeks, make the most of every day.

- Lydia van Den Assum (IVHQ Volunteer Coordinator)

 

Will someone be there to pick me up at the airport? How will they know when I arrive?

Yes! IVHQ local staff will pick you up from the airport and drive you to your volunteer accommodation. Once you've registered on an IVHQ volunteer abroad program, you'll also receive the contact details of the local staff and your IVHQ Program Coordinator, so you can pass on your flight details and we can coordinate your airport pickup.

- Kathryn Pilon (IVHQ Volunteer Coordinator)

 

How can I let my parents know that I've arrived safely and to stop freaking out?

Easy, you can either take your mobile phone and set it to global roaming (which can be quite pricey) or take your 'unlocked' mobile phone from home and buy a local SIM card and data pack - that way you can email your parents "good night" from the comfort of your bed. Alternatively, you could consider purchasing a cheap mobile phone and local SIM card in country when you volunteer abroad, and text them to say they can call you when they get anxious!

- Louise Frame (IVHQ Africa Volunteer Program Coordinator)

Can I bring donations to my volunteer abroad program?

Although not a requirement, it would be wonderful if you'd like to make a donation when you volunteer abroad! We recommend volunteers take any monetary donations to their volunteer program loaded on a credit or debit card. Once you are in country, ensure you work with the local staff in identifying what is needed at your placement before making any purchases or donating any money. If you wish to take items from home, then that's great too! Books, clothes, shoes, school supplies, toys, games, and stationary are all great ideas, but you are certainly not restricted to these.

- Brittany Ryan (IVHQ Volunteer Coordinator)

 

How do I get to my volunteer placement each day?

Volunteers are typically responsible for getting to and from their placements each day and usually make the trip in small groups, either on foot (or bike) or via public transportation - buses, taxis, tuk tuks, etc. The local staff will make the trip with you on your first day to ensure you are comfortable with the process. We recommend budgeting between US$3 to US$5 per day for bus transport (perhaps more if you would rather take a taxi).

- Chelsea Green (IVHQ Training Manager/Latin America Volunteer Program Coordinator)

 

Can I exercise while on my volunteer program?

Volunteer work abroad can be exhausting, but if you find that you have a bit of extra energy to burn, or if you have a regular exercise routine which you don't want to break, then you may be pleased to know that exercising is still an option for you on most IVHQ volunteer abroad programs! Many of the IVHQ program locations have fitness centers or gyms in the area which volunteers can attend on a casual basis. Some locations even offer activities like Salsa dancing classes, which are not only a ton of fun but also a great workout! If you're a runner then you can keep up the miles too, it is just important to ensure you let someone know your plan for your run and how long you plan to be out for.

- Jamie-lee Reynolds (IVHQ Programs Manager/Office Manager)

 

What type of clothing is suitable for my volunteer program?

Conservative clothing is required on all IVHQ volunteer abroad programs! Please ensure to cover shoulders, knees and chest while at your placement. Loose cotton clothing (pants, skirts, long shorts, t-shirts) is best for most program locations, however if you are heading to one of our programs with a colder climate, you may wish to stick with your favorite pair of jeans. To put it simply, conservative clothing means no short shorts, mini skirts, see-through or strappy tops - if you are asking yourself "are these shorts too short?" The answer is most likely "yes.

- Margarete Lua (IVHQ Asia Volunteer Program Coordinator)

 

What will the weather be like when I volunteer abroad?

It's difficult for us to answer weather questions as it's often subjective: whether someone will be comfortable or not. Our volunteers come from all over the world and everyone has a unique perspective on the climate in which they are comfortable - answers would likely be very different between a volunteer from Mexico and a volunteer from Scotland! We recommend doing independent research to determine how the climate will affect you at the time you volunteer abroad - taking note that the seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are the opposite of that in the Northern Hemisphere. A great website to check out comprehensive weather data is Weather Spark - it has all the weather information you would ever want and then some. You can look at averages over the time frame you wish to volunteer and then make decisions on whether that location/time frame is right for you, the implications the weather has for your volunteer travel plans, as well as how to pack and prepare.

- William Rowland (IVHQ Africa Volunteer Program Coordinator)

 

Am I too old to volunteer abroad?

You're never too old to give back to developing communities around the world! IVHQ's volunteer abroad programs do not have an age limit and we're seeing a growing number of older volunteers join us abroad. Sure, around 85% of volunteers are aged between 18 and 29, but the remaining 15% are aged between 30 and 80, and we're constantly hearing reports from older volunteers that when volunteering abroad, age simply doesn't matter! Visit the IVHQ website for more details on becoming a mature volunteer abroad.

- Jordan McFadyen (IVHQ Community Manager)

 

 

Do I really need to get a criminal background check to volunteer abroad?

Yes, you do! It's really important that all IVHQ volunteers are properly vetted, especially when they'll be working with children or vulnerable adults. Don't take it personally, this is a policy we apply to every new volunteer and it's just another way that we ensure that our programs are responsibly run, and that we have the right people working with our community partners. Volunteers are responsible for obtaining their own background check and providing it to our local teams when they arrive in country. We're a friendly bunch but we also enforce this policy strictly, so get onto it early and keep our local staff smiling by showing them that you've arrived ready to work.

- Ben Brown (IVHQ Risk and Responsibility Advisor)

 

How do I get a visa? Can you provide a visa for me?

Before you volunteer abroad you're responsible for obtaining your own tourist visas, unfortunately IVHQ are unable to provide this legal documentation. Your visa requirements are dependent on the country you are traveling to, the length you will be staying in country, and your country of origin. Therefore this information can vary greatly from volunteer to volunteer. After registering on an IVHQ volunteer abroad program, you will gain access to the IVHQ Information Booklet and be connected with a dedicated IVHQ Program Coordinator to provide you with guidance around obtaining a visa specific to your program. 

- Hannah Hill-Parker (IVHQ Volunteer Coordinator)

 

Can I volunteer abroad with IVHQ in more than one country?

Good question and the answer is of course you can, you little world traveler you! IVHQ would be more than happy to have you volunteer in multiple countries, and you will just need to submit an online application for each program after you have created your My IVHQ profile. If you're planning on exploring the world or a continent and want to volunteer along the way, this is a great option for you. It is important to note that volunteers must pay a registration fee and program fee for each program, and are responsible for getting themselves to their next program location and sorting out their visas, travel insurance and vaccinations.

- Ashlee Bishop (IVHQ Asia Volunteer Program Coordinator)

 

Can I start my volunteer program on a different start date to what's advertised online?

We can understand that our fixed program start dates do not work around some of dates you have available, however our start dates coincide with when our local staff hold the volunteer program orientation. Orientation is important as this is when the local staff will explain the rules and health and safety of the program, so volunteers are well prepared for their volunteer abroad experience.

- Reeve Barnett (IVHQ Volunteer Coordinator)

 

Can I volunteer abroad with my friend?

Of course! What better way to share in the experience as a volunteer abroad, than by doing it with a friend (that way there will be more than one smiling face in your selfies!) Just bear in mind that you must both be volunteering on a project that is based in the same location. For example, if you are a volunteer in Costa Rica on our Eco-Agriculture or Turtle Conservation project, you will be working outside of San Jose (where the rest of our volunteer projects in Costa Rica are located). When you apply to volunteer, simply select "Yes" when asked "Are you volunteering with a friend, family member or group?" and clearly reference your friend's full name in the box below. Local staff will then take this into consideration when making arrangements for you (that's if you haven't driven each other nuts by the time you get off your long haul flight!)

- Kirsty Jamieson (IVHQ Volunteer Coordinator)

 

Can I split my time on the program so I can take part on more than one volunteer project?

Yes! Volunteers on most volunteer abroad programs are able to split their program duration between multiple projects. Based on previous volunteers' experiences and feedback, we recommend volunteers spend at least 2 weeks on each project, before moving on to the next. It is important to note that volunteers on our Bali, Thailand and Tanzania volunteer abroad programs are unfortunately unable to split their time on the program between multiple volunteer projects.

- Claire Chambers (IVHQ Volunteer Coordinator)

 

Can I volunteer abroad with IVHQ and gain course credit, service hours or recognition at my university or school?

Absolutely, provided that your university or school are open to the idea! Many volunteers participate in our volunteer abroad programs to fulfil part of their studies, such as an internship, a basis for their thesis, or for course credit or elective/independent study. It is important to note that volunteers who do this are responsible for ensuring IVHQ programs meet the requirements laid out by their educational institution prior to participating on the program. Before you commit to the program, we recommend you speak with your department and/or advisor to determine their specific requirements. We can then work with you to determine whether your chosen project can meet those requirements.

- Katie Brayne (IVHQ Volunteer Groups and Universities Coordinator)

 

Do I have to pay a registration fee for each volunteer program I wish to join?

Yes, the registration fee helps pay for ongoing support from IVHQ staff, along with program marketing costs, an information pack, administration costs, a donation to the IVHQ Fund, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers. This fee ensures IVHQ can continue to provide affordable volunteer opportunities, servicing communities in need, which is a win-win for everyone. We do reward those completing more than one program with a US$30 reward which is sent after we have received the registration fee for your second (and onward) program.

- Daniel Sharp (IVHQ Volunteer Coordinator)

 

Can I extend my IVHQ volunteer program while in country?

It will be great if you decide to extend your volunteer program while you are in country! All extensions are arranged and paid for directly with the local staff, subject to availability. You will simply need to pay the local staff the difference between the program fee you initially paid to IVHQ and the program fee for the total duration you stay at the program. 

- Catherine Heads (IVHQ Administrative Assistant)

 

How can I connect with other IVHQ volunteers on the same volunteer program as me?

While we are unable to give out the contact details of our volunteers, you can connect with thousands of past, current and future IVHQers via the International Volunteer HQ Facebook group! Post a question and ask who's registered for the same volunteer program as you, browse previous convos, and pick up travel tips from our IVHQ Alumni! 

- Ellen Varoy (IVHQ Communications Manager)

 

Is your Executive Director really Harry Potter?

While identical in name, Daniel Radcliffe of IVHQ is not in fact the British actor who plays the character of Harry Potter. (Believe it or not, this question does come up often). To learn more about our Daniel Radcliffe and how he came to establish IVHQ after his own volunteer abroad experience in Kenya, visit the IVHQ History page.

- Sue Radcliffe (IVHQ Finance Manager) (no relation to Harry Potter)

 

If your burning question wasn't answered above, visit the International Volunteer HQ FAQ page or contact International Volunteer HQ today! 

 

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