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IVHQ

Posted on: June 7, 2011

Since I posted about Arusha, I should probably write about the organization I will be going with, and why I chose them.

IVHQ, or International Volunteer HQ, is an organization based out of New Zealand (quite the distance from Winnipeg) created in 2007 by Daniel Radcliffe (not Harry Potter). Their statement of intent is

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) aims to provide volunteer travellers with quality, flexible, safe and highly affordable volunteering placements in developing countries. In addition to providing aid and assistance to these countries, IVHQ endeavors to increase education and heighten awareness through not only the skills and expertise taken by volunteers to their host communities and institutions, but also through the experiences and lessons volunteers will in turn take back to their own countries and cultures.

The reason I chose to volunteer with IVHQ, or more importantly, inquire more about the program, was because how affordable it was. I understand that it costs money to volunteer overseas, but the prices I found through other companies were just ridiculous. IVHQ had a per-week scale, and a deposit amount to reserve a spot. Another reason that solidified my interest with them was because they responded almost immediately to my email, and it was not a standardized email that one usually receives from an organization. The fees that a volunteer does pay, is strictly for boarding/food and money for where each volunteer, volunteers. IVHQ primary interest is not in making a profit, which was intriguing!

For more information

http://www.volunteerhq.org/about.html

Alana

36 days 🙂

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