INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER HQ
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.
CSU-MANDATED FOREIGN TRAVEL INSURANCE PROGRAM
All students registered in the Aztecs Abroad Database who are finalized as approved, committed status participants will be automatically enrolled in the CSU-mandated Foreign Travel Insurance Program (FTIP)
, typically about 30 days prior to departure. Enrollment in this plan is mandated to address emergency travel assistance and health matters while abroad. Students do not need to take any additional steps to receive this insurance. You will not need to fill out any special forms for enrollment. As you complete all of the required steps in Aztecs Abroad to confirm your participation, you will receive an email from the ISC's Study Abroad Office confirming your FTIP enrollment and expected billing date. Some countries noted on the CSU High Hazardous Country List
may have additional premiums. All confirmed participants will also receive an FTIP Travel Assistance ID card PDF document. Details about coverage, including the policy number, can be found via the SDSU Risk Management website
. This information will also be included in an enrollment confirmation email. The CSU approves travel for students going to destinations with travel advisories set to level 1 or 2. If you are requesting to travel to a country with a travel advisory set to level 3, as as listed on the U.S. Department of State website, your travel plans will need to be evaluated by the Risk Management Office and signed by the SDSU President for final clearance. In certain cases, participants may need to be reassigned to alternate locations.
PROGRAM & ACADEMIC NOTES
The IVHQ program was approved in order to provide students with access to an affordable option to fulfill their international experience requirement. You must have a record both in the SDSU Aztecs Abroad Database and the IVHQ application portal to be confirmed as an approved IVHQ participant. You may need to work with your department to see if an international coordinator or academic advisor can arrange a credit option connected to the program completion; however, this would need to be arranged in advance, prior to participation in the program. The notes below are requirements and/or guidelines for students.
College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) Students
Please visit the CHHS International Experience website
for details and steps to participate and fulfill your international experience requirement.
Liberal Studies Majors
Begin the process by reaching out to your Liberal Studies department advisors
for important advice and instructions regarding course enrollment and requirements.
Child & Family Development Majors
Begin the process by reaching out to your CFD department advisors
for important advice and instructions regarding course enrollment and requirements for this option.
Students from other majors (or minors)
This program is open to students from all majors, but has no credit assigned unless arranged by the student and department. Many students with a international experience requirement must receive credit to fulfill the requirement or want to receive credit to full fill a scholarship requirement. We recommend that you begin by initiating an advising application on the Aztecs Abroad portal to help you prepare to get assistance from a study abroad advisor and then work with your study abroad advisor and academic advisor to devise a plan. Students are also welcome to work with the College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) to assign credit via the CHHS 1-unit or 3-unit options
open to students from any major.
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. In certain cases, participants may need to be reassigned to alternate locations. Check https://travel.state.gov
for country-specific travel warnings. Plan early and enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
to receive notifications about travel to your destination.
For students from the College of Health or Human Services (CHHS) or Liberal studies programs, see the notes above. All students MUST
complete the full application process and confirmation steps in Aztecs Abroad AND
complete the IVHQ external online application to be eligible to have this experience fulfill an international requirement.
SDSU AZTECS ABROAD APPLICATION DEADLINES:
- Summer: April 1 (recommend to completing by March 15th)
- Winter: Nov 1 (recommend completing by October 15th)
Be sure to submit your SDSU Aztecs Abroad application by no later than the final deadline dates above.
Final IVHQ application deadlines (external site) may vary by destination.
FINANCES & FUNDRAISING:
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.
"...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