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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: 2.50 Program Type: Independent Program
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.

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) SDSU Scholarship: Each scholarship will cover the IVHQ Registration Fee and a 2-week IVHQ Program Fee (up to the value of US$650). If a student wishes to volunteer for a longer duration, they are still eligible to apply for the scholarship and can just pay the difference in Program Fee.
  • Deadline to apply: March 31, 2018

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 Students
Winter 2018/2019 Program Opportunities For CHHS Students can be found here:  IVHQ Winter 2018-2019.pdf
Here are the steps required of CHHS students to participate in an IVHQ program and fulfill their international experience 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. 
  • Apply through Aztecs Abroad FIRST. March 15 is the deadline to apply for summer break,October 15 is the deadline for winter break. Space is limited, so apply early!
  • AFTER students have applied through Aztecs Abroad, they are welcome to apply to IVHQ directly to secure project and destination placement. 
  • Students are REQUIRED to complete a program for a minimum of 2 weeks (longer projects are encouraged!!) and be in the host country for a minimum of 14 days. **NOTE: This CANNOT include extended in-country orientations. Bali - Ubud, Fiji, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos and Sri Lanka require a 3 week commitment and certain countries have an optional orientation that will not be considered in the minimum 2 week volunteer requirement (including, but not limited to, India - Delhi, Romania). **Beginning May 2018: all approved IVHQ programs will have a program requirement of 2 weeks for CHHS students, with a minimum of 14 days in the host country. 3 week programs will not be required for any of the approved destinations/projects.
  • 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.
  • Students MUST work with CHHS International Coordinator to earn academic credit. More details about earning academic credit can be found HERE.?
    • For Summer 2018 Participants ONLY:
      -Fill out the Summer 2018 CHHS Independent Program Agreement by 10 a.m., March 26, 2018
      -CHHS International Coordinator will be in touch in the beginning of April with registration details for the 1 or 3 unit course for Summer 2018 and Fall 2018
Note: CHHS students wishing to fulfill their International Experience Graduation Requirement MUST earn academic credit in conjunction with these programs. 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. 

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.