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Why Choose IVI to Volunteer Abroad?

If you are looking for an authenic volunteer travel project and life changing experience, then look no further! At IVI, we are not motivated by profits, but by helping disadvantaged communites around the world to be the best they can be. We would love to have you join us making a positive impact to those in need, as well as to our wonderful planet. 

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Genuine Needs

Whether you opt for a short or long term experience, our programs allow you to actually make a real difference. We want every volunteer to leave with the satisfaction that their time and money spent was dearly needed and appreciated by the local people. That’s why we actively engage our partner organisations to ensure the projects are up to date and valid at all times.

Non-Profit Organisation & Charity

We’re a group of passionate volunteers who care about doing what’s right to help those in the world who are less fortunate. No multi-national parent corporations or million dollar marketing budgets, just a desire to give back.

Experts in Volunteer Experiences

We've organised overseas volunteering expeditions long before ‘voluntourism’ existed! We have intimate knowledge of the industry, the challenges associated, and are highly qualified to guide volunteers through the entire experience.

Supporting Local Communities

All projects support the local communities we work with. Booking with IVI helps boost the local economy of the local community by employing regional staff and encouraging local business and sustainability.

33+ Years of Proven Experience

Established in 1989, IVI has provided safe, high quality and responsible volunteer travel experiences and is one of the pioneers of 'volunteerism'. We have an extensive network of inspirational volunteer opportunities abroad.

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Amazing Support

We work with each volunteer to ensure the details of the placement are thoroughly understood prior to departure. We strive to provide in depth information about your placement pre-departure so there are no surprises! On placement you’ll always have 24/7 in country assistance from knowledgeable local staff.

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IVI recognise that our volunteers want to have fun and experience the local culture far away from the standard tourist beaches and resorts. Many of our programs are designed in 1 week allotments which allow volunteers to mix and match placements to supplement to a their standard travel packages. We also offer plenty of long term placements with reduced costs for the more hard-core volunteer types.

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Work Experience

Our specialty programs are designed for participants with specialised skills wishing to gain valuable experience in a particular field. Volunteering is an incredibly effective means of attracting future job opportunities!


Our prices are highly competitive and provide incredible value for the services offered. With quality accommodation, all meals, airport transfers, local transport and 24/7 in country volunteer support on most projects.

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Weekends are always free for you to do as you please. Our partner organisations will help you organise excursions and tours at local prices. You won’t get this type of option travelling as a tourist in the standard tourist hostels and hotels


IVI staff inspect and experience the programs first hand. We ensure every accomodation is always of a high quality, clean and safe for all our volunteers.


We have strict host family screening rules and in-country emergency risk management, and operational management policies/ procedures for every project.


Volunteering with IVI is a social experience. Many of our volunteers build life long friendships through like-minded fellow volunteers and local hosts.

Certificate of Completion

On successful completion of your placement you will receive an official completion certificate via email (normally received 1 month after completion).

Apply Online

Ready to start your once in a lifetime adventure? Head to our application page.