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  • Program Terms: Spring Break, Summer, Winter Break
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  • Restrictions: SDSU applicants only
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Co-Curricular Activities: Volunteer
Program Type: Independent Program SDSU Office: 1-Study Abroad (ISC)
Program Description:
Based in New Zealand, International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is a volunteer travel company focused on providing affordable volunteer travel experiences that are high quality, safe, and responsible. Established in July 2007, IVHQ has grown to become the world's leading volunteer travel company, working in 30+ countries around the world and placing thousands of volunteers abroad every year.
IVHQ aims to increase education and heighten global awareness and understanding through the skills and expertise taken by volunteers to their host communities, and through the experiences and lessons that volunteers take back to their own countries and cultures.

This program and academic credit process was organized in order to provide CHHS students with access to an affordable option to fulfill their international experience requirement. If you are not in a major under the CHHS, you may need to work with your department to see if they can arrange a credit option following the program completion. This would need to be arranged in advance, prior to participation in the program. The notes below are requirements and/or guidelines for students with a major under the CHHS umbrella. 

CHHS General Information
  • Winter 2018/2019 Program Opportunities For CHHS Students can be found here:  IVHQ Winter 2018-2019.pdf
  • All SDSU majors may earn credit through our College, if they follow the guidelines outlined below. If you are a major outside of the CHHS, please check with your international coordinator or academic advisor to ensure this credit will fulfill your international experience graduation requirement.
Here are the details required of CHHS students to participate in an IVHQ program and fulfill their CHHS International Experience Graduation Requirement:
  • Students are REQUIRED to participate in a program related to Health & Human Services. Wildlife and Animal Care projects are not approved. If you are unsure if a project is approved, email for confirmation. 
  • Students are REQUIRED to complete a program for a minimum of 2 weeks (longer projects are encouraged!!)  
  • Students MUST be in the host country for a minimum of 14 days (or longer, depending on program). Proof will be submitted to the CHHS Dean's office prior to departure.
  • CHHS students wishing to fulfill their International Experience Graduation Requirement MUST earn academic credit in conjunction with these programs. More details about earning academic credit can be found HERE. 
  • For-credit placements must be approved through the CHHS International Coordinator and may be limited to a fixed number for each term: Summer or Winter Break only. Email for more details. 
CHHS Steps to Participate 

Step 1: Complete the Independent Program Agreement in order to earn academic credit (3-units or 1-unit)
  • For Winter Break 2018/2019 Participants ONLY
  • Please note that students are GUARANTEED to get a spot in the HHS course they select, so it is not necessary to register exactly during your registration time.
Step 2: Apply through the independent program, such as International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ), AIESEC, or ISA, directly. 
  • Independent program deadlines vary by organization and destination. 
Step 3: Apply through Aztecs Abroad (this page) when application opens 
  • Summer Application deadline: March 15
  • Winter Application deadline: October 15
Failure to complete any of the three steps listed above, before the deadline, may result in your ineligibility to participate in the program and/or result in your ineligibility to earn credit for the program and fulfill the CHHS International Experience Graduation Requirement. 
All international destinations listed on the IVHQ website are approved. However, those with a current travel warning as listed on the U.S. Department of State website will need to be evaluated by the Study Abroad Office for clearance. Check for country-specific travel warnings.

Students MUST complete the preliminary application in Aztecs Abroad FIRST before submitting the IVHQ external online application.

  • Summer: March 15
  • Winter: October 15
 IVHQ application deadlines vary by destination.

IVHQ has great resources on fundraising ideas and a guide for volunteering abroad for college students that they've shared with those who expressed interest IVHQ scholarships to keep them connected and engaged with the concept of volunteering abroad. Search for IVHQ scholarships on their site. 


"As cheesy as it sounds, when you do a program like this, you think you're doing it to help others-which you are-but you really end up helping yourself and growing in ways you never even thought possible. I am forever in debt to IVHQ, my first experience with them was in 2014 in Peru, and it just opened so many doors that I didn't realize were closed. Hence the reason I did IVHQ again in Mexico! And it won't be the last either!" - SDSU IVHQ Participant

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.