Hey everyone! I thought I'd talk about IVHQ – which stands for International Volunteer Headquarters. I heard about this program while I was studying for my TEFL certificate (which means I can teach English in pretty much any country in the world).
I plan on doing this once I graduate and have more time to spend years abroad, but until then I will volunteer and be one of the many international student volunteers! Haha.Related links:
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If any of you are interested in volunteering abroad, IVHQ is definitely the program to go through. They are definitely one of the cheapest volunteer programs in the world. Some of you are thinking, why would you pay to volunteer? First off, they pay for pretty much everything. You can stay in a country for 1 month and be paying about $800 for accommodations/food/etc. All you need to pay for is your plane ticket/insurance fees/passport/etc.
You also get to travel during your volunteer trip. The program is pretty lenient on the volunteers taking a couple of days off to go travel. Imagine if you were traveling to this country for a month, you'd be paying a lot more than $800 during your stay.
The best part of this experience is getting to fully immerse yourself in the culture. You can practice the language, live with a host family and experience the food daily. You get to experience how these people live and how different their culture is from your own, and how it is alike as well. Living with a family and living in the country gives you a much different experience than simply visiting the country in a hotel.
For extra costs, you can pay for language classes depending on what country you are going to. For most, if not all of the Spanish-speaking countries, you'll have the option to take group or one-on-one lessons in Spanish. These classes are significantly cheaper than what you would be paying in the states.
IVHQ is constantly adding different countries to their list of volunteer programs. They recently added Laos, Fiji, and the Philippines. A summer in Fiji. How awesome would that be?!
Depending on what country you choose, there are different programs to choose from. You can teach English to children, work with children with special needs, help build villages/homes and help with the environment and conservation. In some countries, you can work in the jungles and also with sea turtles. How amazing would it be to spend a summer on a beach in Fiji with sea turtles and other wildlife?
Would you ever use IVHQ for your volunteer trip abroad?
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