IVHQ - Certificate in International Volunteering

Everything you need to know to volunteer abroad with International Volunteer HQ

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Global Travel Academy and International Volunteer HQ have partnered together to offer the Certificate in International Volunteering to IVHQ Volunteers. This 3-hour online training will educate you on the best practices for volunteering responsibly and effectively internationally.

Our global volunteers, Reuben and Chloe, will take you on a journey through 12 countries, 9 of which are IVHQ program destinations, demonstrating international volunteering best practice and interviewing volunteer travel experts.

The Certificate in International Volunteering was written and curated by industry professionals to promote responsible and effective volunteering abroad, including Ben Brown, International Volunteer HQ's Head of Impact, Risk and People.

Throughout the course we will cover:

  • Deciding to volunteer abroad and selecting a volunteer organization
  • Managing expectations
  • Preparing for departure
  • Responsible volunteering
  • Understanding and respecting cultures
  • Building and managing relationships
  • Health and safety while volunteering
  • The role of an international volunteer
  • Cross cultural communication
  • Reverse culture shock

"Wonderful course! You truly are setting travelers and volunteers up for success, and I am more appreciative than I can express!"

- Chandler, IVHQ Volunteer

"The course was very well structured and very informative. Overall it gave me great insight towards volunteering and what I can expect from these experiences. Apart from the volunteering aspect, the course taught me relevant information for ensuring I can make the most of backpacking and travelling anywhere in the world. Thank you!"

- Matt, IVHQ Volunteer

"It was a great course and extremely helpful in preparation for my volunteer experience! I had no idea reverse culture shock existed and I am grateful for the help in learning and preparing for my trip. Thank you for the time and effort it took to create this!"

- Siera, IVHQ Volunteer

"The course was simple and easy to follow. It highlighted many important issues about my trip volunteering abroad, some of which I had not even thought of. I found it extremely informative and useful. The mental health section raised important possibilities I had not considered and means I can now ensure I will be fully prepared for the challenges I will face. I now feel more prepared for my trip following completing this course."

- Stephanie, IVHQ Volunteer


Your Instructors



Having traveled to over 50 countries, Reuben lives and breathes travel and takes great pleasure in immersing himself in the local communities and testing out the culinary delights. Travel is not his only passion, with 8 years volunteer experience working with deaf and blind students who are intellectually or physically disabled – the skills, relationships and attitudes developed while volunteering has given him a wealth of knowledge in this field. Let Reuben’s volunteer and travel experiences transform you into a great international volunteer!



Whether dancing the night away in the streets of Rio or eating delicious local foods in Siem Reap, Chloe’s travels have been extensive and incredible. Chloe set off on her first humanitarian trip at age 11 and has since been inspired to pursue a career in International Sustainable Development, currently studying Non-profit Leadership and Management at Arizona State University. Through her international and local volunteer work, as well as her travels, Chloe has developed the expertise to make her a great international volunteer.

Course Curriculum

  Certificate in International Volunteering - An introduction
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  Congratulations On Completing The Certificate In International Volunteering
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The Certificate in International Volunteering is a completely self-paced online course. You have 12 months (from your enrolment date) of unlimited access to complete the course and can decide when you start and finish.
Is this course available on various devices?
This course can be accessed across all devices and is mobile/tablet friendly. While you can login on multiple devices, you can only access the course from one device at a time.
Will I receive a certificate?
Yes! Once you have completed 100% of the course, your certificate will be available for download as a PDF.
What is EU Digital Goods VAT Tax and will it impact my purchase?
EU VAT is a tax charged only on purchases made by customers located in the European Union. This will be automatically calculated depending on your country of residence and added to the purchase amount at the checkout. Please contact us for a list of the VAT taxable countries and current tax rates.

Kickstart your journey today!