About Us

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  • 18 countries, 200 projects, & 17,000 happy volunteers
  • It will change you forever....

IFRE Volunteers, a 501 C 3, is one of the leading volunteer abroad programs based in Dallas Texas. Since 2005, IFRE volunteers' has been offering life changing volunteer abroad experience to thousands of volunteers. A volunteer trip with IFRE will change you forever. In our volunteer abroad program, you will discover your purpose while making a dramatic impact on the lives of incredible people who desperately need you!

Why IFRE Is unique compared to other volunteer abroad programs?

Most Affordable Fee

At IFRE, we aim to offer volunteer abroad experience to everyone. Our programs start from as little as $75 per week* (+ small registration fee).

Pay Directly to Host

To make sure that your hard earned money is going to people who deserve it and to maintain financial honesty and transparency, now you can pay your fee directly to the host family.

8 Years of Experience

IFRE is not a new company. Our 8 years of experience, over 17,000 volunteers and hundreds of online reviews has made us a leading volunteer organization in the USA.

Our staff and a Message from our team

Thank you for your interest in IFRE Volunteer and Internship Programs! We hope our website provides a deeper insight into our humanitarian values and why we work to offer volunteering opportunities in developing and Third World countries. We offer many years of experience. We strive to offer a meaningful, adventurous and inspiring volunteer abroad experience.

IFRE constructs every volunteer program with purpose and focus. Our philosophy is grounded in the underlying belief that the most meaningful hands-on experience is born out of an intimate connection to a grassroots project, local people and culture of another country. We offer a complete experience of cultural immersion, volunteer services and travel. IFRE volunteer programs will challenge you to integrate into the daily life of a new culture as a member of a diverse group, host family and an active project-based experience.

We work with devoted international partners and experienced in-country coordinators to create authentic and meaningful volunteer abroad programs. These caring local experts help design programs that maximize local resources and ensure the safety and welfare of our diverse participants, interns, students and volunteers. At our American headquarters in Dallas, our dedicated client-care IFRE team members support you from the beginning of the application process to the completion of your program. We answer your questions, prepare you for your journey with the Placement Details and are available throughout the program should you or your family have any questions or concerns.

IFRE Volunteers, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is proud to offer all of the services that our competitors offer at more economical price, most of the time half or two-thirds the price what other volunteer agencies charge. At IFRE Volunteers we work very hard and smart to keep costs down especially for you the volunteer, as we recognize the intangible value of your efforts. We are very dedicated and hold strong personal beliefs in what we do! Our staff members are committed humanitarians and salaries are not exorbitant. We remain devoted to maintaining both the quality of your altruistic programs and the safety of all volunteers involved.

We are honored that you are considering a volunteer abroad experience with us. As a humanitarian with desire to complete works of mercy and charity we applaud you! We recognize your courage to venture so far from home. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. We sincerely hope you will join The IFRE Volunteer Family in coming days.

Sincerely,
Murali Adhikari, PhD and Your Client-Care Team at IFRE Volunteers
Dallas, TX, USA

Why CHOOSE IFRE’S volunteer abroad Program?

IFRE is one of the recognized leaders in the volunteer abroad field. We collaborate with hundreds of local orphanages, schools, medical centers, women projects, NGOs and grassroots organizations. We are committed to offering the lowest cost and highest quality volunteer programs on the market, which enables more volunteers to serve humanity and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

There are many reasons to choose IFRE:

Best price and quality

IFRE is a nonprofit organization and our international staff is comprised of dedicated humanitarians with passion for making this world a better place. Money is not a motivating force for us to run the volunteer abroad program. IFRE does not make ANY profit from these programs. The fees are just enough to keep our programs sustained. By doing this, we hope to inspire many volunteers like you and your family and friends to venture into the world at large and make a real difference.

You may realize other non-profit volunteer organizations charge as much as $2500 for two weeks of volunteering abroad, but not with IFRE. Now, No other volunteer abroad organization can surpass the price and quality that IFRE offers. Even though our pricing is low, our quality does not suffer. We are also committed to offering safe and quality programs. We continually rethink our international operations and trim unnecessary expenses in order to offer affordable and high-quality programs.

AN American Non-Profit 501(c)3 Organization

IFRE is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to offering volunteer abroad opportunities to students and volunteers on a limited budget. Our 501(c)3 status allows your program fees to be tax deductible, as allowed by law.

Our Grassroots Approach: a Helping hand to local communities

In most of our program countries, IFRE works directly with local orphanages, schools, NGOs and youth groups. Our volunteer programs focus on supporting local community development programs in host communities abroad. Today, as a non-profit organization, IFRE is able to mobilize thousands of volunteers abroad to support community development, underprivileged children and grassroots organizations worldwide. IFRE does not believe in the traditional charitable development model in which donors provide money for development. Our grassroots approach empowers local organizations or communities to identify and engage in solving their problems. IFRE volunteers then support a project’s chosen focus. This people-to-people approach unites volunteers and local citizens to share ideas and work side-by-side on important issues.

Our Experience

IFRE has offered volunteer abroad programs since 2005. To date we have placed more than 17,000 international volunteers. We have a 99% success rate and gladly offer references of past volunteers. Our programs are well-planned and detail-oriented, meeting and regularly exceeding participants’ expectations.

A Complete Volunteer Experience

IFRE’s volunteer program is not a bare-bones volunteer placement service. IFRE aims to offer multifaceted and meaningful programs, which includes language courses, cultural immersion, volunteer opportunities and amazing travel experiences. This approach ensures that volunteers leave with a diverse and memorable experience that is second to none.

Experienced Coordinators

IFRE’s team is strong, comprised of experienced international coordinators who manage successful and effective volunteer abroad programs. Most of our in-country coordinators supervise local level organizations and focus on the local issues of their communities. In addition to our international coordinators, we also work directly with local schools, orphanages, development agencies and community organizations. We strive to ensure that each local program meets the high standards of quality expected and deserved by our volunteers.

Customized Project

Our volunteer assignments are not one-size-fits-all. No matter what country you choose, IFRE offers the most-unique and customized volunteer projects. Our project placement process considers the personal interests, skills and experience of each volunteer. Our local in-country coordinator explores the best local organizations and handpicks the perfect program for each volunteer. Volunteers receive detailed information of their project, including living arrangements and food, prior to arrival.

Volunteer Care and Other Services

IFRE Volunteers’ staffs in America and abroad strive to support volunteers by answering all questions and providing the best advice on issues from general fundraising to personal issues like health, culture, excursions, travel, passports and visas, safety and special events.

Emergency support: IFRE Volunteers can provide you with multiple telephone numbers of our American staff and in-country staff for emergency support on request. Our staff members are available for emergencies. Volunteers also receive personal placement contact details to share with family before departure. Please let us know if you require staff contact phone numbers.

IFRE History: Many successful years of experience

IFRE volunteers in field

IFRE is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization based in Dallas, Texas, USA. We founded IFRE’s volunteer abroad program in 2005 after realizing the need for safe and affordable volunteer abroad programs. So far, nearly 17,000 volunteers have participated in our meaningful volunteer programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America. IFRE is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and has multiple offices with 100+ experienced field employees throughout the 18 developing countries we support in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Today, IFRE Volunteers offers one of the most-affordable, safe, successful and fastest growing volunteer abroad programs program in the world. Our volunteer programs are highly regarded for safe projects based on attention to detail, affordability, professional field volunteer support and diverse opportunities for cultural immersion. We are committed to our quality and safe volunteer abroad programs. Since our inception, continuous improvement of our quality and safety has been an ongoing process. Each year, we review volunteer projects, host families, field support staff and other logistics to ensure our programs are the best they can be. Our satisfaction rate is near perfect and many IFRE volunteers are program alumni or friends/families of past IFRE volunteers.

Presently, IFRE facilitate volunteer programs in Asia: Cambodia, China, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand; Latin America: Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru; and Africa: Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. We are always looking to expand and diversify our programs to include other developing countries where volunteer assistance is greatly needed.

Our History and Commitment

IFRE was officially established in 2005, but it was not until 2006 that we began looking abroad – traveling to 12 different countries, researching potential service projects and screening potential and experienced coordinators. We initially selected Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania and Thailand as our volunteer abroad program destinations.

We found that one of the most frequent complaints voiced by potential volunteers what that of cost. While most individuals understand the need to “pay to volunteer” (accommodations, meals and administrative costs), there appeared to be a gap in the market with many exorbitant prices being charged by other volunteer abroad organizations. We committed to fill the gap.

We designed our volunteer abroad program to be affordable. Some organizations charge as much as $2500 just for a 2-week program. We made a commitment to be a non-profit company and ensure that extra funds are distributed to the international projects that truly need them, not to our profit margin. We make the effort to hire local coordinators in each developing country and allocate funds to local orphanages, schools and various grassroots organizations that are desperate for funding. Through this innovative method of organization, we are able to offer exceptionally affordable program fees to our volunteers as well as boost the local economy by creating jobs. We remain committed to maintaining its low fee structure – which provides more opportunities for budget conscious travelers to time abroad in a wonderful country, amid a wondrous cultures and making a significantly positive impact on our world.

In 2006-2014, IFRE hosted nearly 17,000 volunteers abroad. This was an outstanding achievement for such a small organization – especially with an overwhelmingly high satisfaction rate of nearly 99%.

Some statistics to consider

  • 80% of our volunteers participated in one of our many orphanage projects.
  • Our volunteers average 6 hours/day.
  • The average volunteer project lasts 6 weeks.
  • Our first wave of volunteers contributed approximately 108,000 hours – all in an effort to make our world a better place.

Some exceptional contributions made by IFRE volunteers

  • In Nepal, IFRE volunteers supported a tourist sales project with a number of impoverished children. By selling postcards and other items to tourists this project raised $1800, which was paid directly to a local orphanage.
  • IFRE Tanzania volunteers constructed schools and orphanages – providing stability and hope to nearly 400 orphaned children in the form of a steadfast home and suitable educational facilities.
  • Our volunteers assisted in boosting Peru's growing international tourism industry – distributing informational materials explaining further the natural and historical beauty of this wondrous country.
  • IFRE volunteers lent their hands to support Costa Rica’s amazingly diverse wildlife population by assisting in a sea turtle conservation project – aiding in these creatures' repopulation by helping in breeding programs and hatcheries.
  • Our volunteers in India organized a moving children's rally in hopes of creating awareness and promoting children's rights for a proper education.

Our Mission

The mission of IFRE Volunteers is to offer the most affordable as well as the highest quality volunteer and humanitarian abroad experiences - enabling us to make a contribution for all of humanity in its quest to make the world a better place. Through our volunteer and humanitarian trips abroad, we aim to spread love and compassion worldwide while improving the lives of destitute children and less-fortunate communities. We at IFRE also seek sustainable solutions in the fields of education, healthcare, conservation efforts and development issues through international volunteering.

Our Vision

IFRE will create and offer volunteer abroad programs that include humanitarian contributions, cultural experiences and idea exchanges, which are catalysts for positive change in communities, people, children and our international volunteers.

IFRE Country Coordinators

IFRE's country coordinators are dynamic, responsible and emotionally mature adults who support the volunteer abroad experience on many levels. IFRE's country coordinators are chosen for their leadership skills, particularly in working with young people, as well as their cross-cultural experience and language competency. Most important, they were chosen for their experience with international volunteers. Our coordinators establish and maintain a safe and secure setting for our volunteers to have a meaningful and memorable volunteer abroad experience.

  • Local coordinator and/or staff welcome you upon arrival at the airport and transfers you to our office/homebase.
  • Coordinators conduct orientations, explaining local culture, ways of life, knowledge of the country and learning/travel opportunities while providing opportunities for questions.
  • Coordinators stay in close contact with volunteers, host families and project staff throughout the program. He/she is available for any type of help or support you may need
  • Country coordinators play a major role in participants' enjoyment, safety and welfare, offering program logistic support and facilitating the volunteer experience while encouraging the personal growth of the participants

IFRE is proud of all of the coordinators' achievements over the years. Nearly all IFRE volunteers praised our coordinators and appreciated the help and support they received to make their experience amazing and worthwhile.

Our Mission

The mission of IFRE Volunteers is to offer the most affordable as well as the highest quality volunteer and humanitarian abroad experiences - enabling us to make a contribution for all of humanity in its quest to make the world a better place. Through our volunteer and humanitarian trips abroad, we aim to spread love and compassion worldwide while improving the lives of destitute children and less-fortunate communities. We at IFRE also seek sustainable solutions in the fields of education, healthcare, conservation efforts and development issues through international volunteering.

IFRE Country Coordinators

IFRE country coordinator with volunteers

IFRE's country coordinators are dynamic, responsible, emotionally mature adults who support your volunteer abroad experience in many ways.   IFRE's country coordinators are chosen for their leadership skills, particularly in working with young people, as well as their cross-cultural experience and language competency. Most important, they were chosen for their experience with international volunteers. Our coordinators provide and maintain a safe and secure setting, wherein volunteers can have a meaningful and memorable volunteer abroad experience.

  • Upon arrival, our coordinator/local staff welcomes you in the airport and transfers you to our office/home base
  • Starting with the orientation, coordinators explain the local culture, ways of life, knowledge of the country, and learning/travel opportunities giving you ample opportunities to ask questions.
  • During the course of the volunteer program, he/she will stay in close contact with volunteers, host families and project people. He/she will also be available for any kind of help you need
  • Country coordinators play a major part in support for volunteers to ensure the participants' safety and welfare, offering program logistics and budget, and facilitating the volunteer experience while encouraging the personal growth of the participants
  • IFRE feels proud of our coordinator's achievements in the past year. Nearly 99% of IFRE volunteer praised our coordinators and appreciate all help and support that they have received to make their stay meaningful and memorable
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