In a nutshell
We are an international volunteer organization that has the following types of programs;
- Teaching English and French.
- Working in an orphanage.
- Care for the mentally and / or physically disabled.
- Animal Welfare.
- Working for an NGO.
We have more than 30 programs in Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Philippines and Nepal) and South America (Ecuador and Peru).
All our volunteer programs are of high quality, affordable, tested and approved by INTVS. We provide our volunteers with detailed program information and support in English, French and Spanish.
Founder / General Manager
Xavier was born in Antwerp, Belgium, but had an international upbringing, moving to Hong Kong at age 7, making English his first language. He had his high school years in Holland and his Uni years in Guildford, UK. He fell in love with the Spanish culture in his early twenties and has lived in Barcelona ever since, successfully completing an M.B.A and bachelor in International Humanitarian law there.
Xavier feels like a fish in the ocean when surrounded by people from all types of backgrounds. He loves diversity and learning from different cultures. Volunteering opened his eyes to a new type of cultural exchange, whereby the volunteer helps the local community, but the local community at the same time can be of great value to the volunteer; helping to open one’s mind to what really matters. This is the message he wants to get across to his volunteers, and is why he started INTVS.
Anna Rius Filguieras
Digital Marketing Executive
Anna was born in Barcelona, Spain, and from an early age, she had passion for traveling, seeing new places and experiencing new cultures. After completing a Bachelor in Law and in Business Administration at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona), Anna moved to San Francisco (United States) with her husband. She lived there for 5 years.
In the United States she completed a certificate in integrated marketing and worked as a marketing manager for several non-profits. She also had the opportunity to work as a volunteer at a School for low-income families. That gave her an interesting and unique life experience and helped her to find friends, reach out to the community and learn new skills.
Deeply interested in digital marketing, startups and volunteering she currently works part time for INTVS as a marketing manager. She is a true believer in the concept of “share, learn and grow” and the idea that volunteering is a win-win experience, for both, volunteers and the people they help.
Pablo was born in Mendoza, Argentina and from an early age he had an interest for people and places. His passion for discovering new cultures was what made him travel 10,000 kilometers in search of new adventure, eager to learn from people with different backgrounds, be it cultural, linguistic or with regards to education.
He is an entrepreneur at heart, founding the popular Barcelona entrepreneur Facebook group, assisting hundreds of young entrepreneurs by means of networking events, presentations and more. He is, above all, passionate about creating positive change. He is a true believer in the concept of ´give, learn and grow´ and this is why he is part of a team that have the vision to make a long term, global, positive change. In 2013, he joined the team at INTVS.org and is now involved sporadically as he is now based in the U.K with his wife. He continues to do freelance work for INTVS and is a fundamental piece in its objective to change the way of volunteering.
He visited many of the South American programs and has also been key in the Cambodia program.
Itziar de Puerto
Designer & Web development
Itziar was born in San Sebastian, a small town in the Basque Country, and has travelled to many countries and cities over the years, but she decided upon Barcelona to start a new life. Her passion is to travel and learn about other cultures and ways of life. She loves learning from others and believes that each and every one of us can contribute something.
She works as a designer and web programmer and has done a fantastic job to make the INTVS website as user friendly as possible. While working on the website Itziar got increasingly more involved in INTVS’ daily operations, always providing valuable insight as to how the organization could provide the best possible volunteer experience before, during and after the volunteer’s trip. Thanks to her, we have a fantastic back office that allows us to keep track of the preparation and other needs of our volunteers. Although she is not a direct employee of INTVS (she works freelance), she is involved on a regular basis with much more than just web support and we could not leave her out of the “About us” section, as she is an extremely valuable member of the team!
After completing his MBA and a Master in International Humanitarian Law, and having saved enough money, Xavier established INTVS. His dream being to allow others to live the same experience that changed his perspective on life when, in 2008,he first worked as an international volunteer in Vietnam. As he explains, it was an experience that marked a ´before´ and ´after´ in his understanding of life and human relationships.
Today INTVS consists of a small, but tight-knit team with Pablo and Xavier at its governance; a team with an absolute commitment to international volunteering. This commitment has been extended to our partners, with whom we are in touch on a daily basis, aiming to provide the best possible volunteer experience. Our mission is to offer high quality international volunteer programs, designed to generate a positive impact on the local environment.
We don’t offer a luxury stay, but we do offer a real and highly rewarding experience from a personal and professional standpoint. We will only be content if each and every one of our volunteers is satisfied with the programs and information provided. Our commitment is based on full transparency and absolute clarity with regards to information about the region, culture, local partners and NGOs, work performed, schedules, accommodation and food, as well as providing ongoing assistance and support to our volunteers.
Our ambition is to constantly grow and improve all aspects of the volunteer experience for the volunteers themselves and the local community. To achieve this, we will continue to focus on just a few regions and closely monitor project developments, their impacts and results, supporting our partners in the evaluation of these results and regularly visiting the programs and volunteers, getting down and dirty, just as our volunteers do, on a regular basis.
We believe that, in order to provide a high quality volunteer experience, we must offer high quality social intervention projects. Therefore our work is not limited to sending volunteers; it also consists of a constant support of the projects, continually improving their quality and impact, working in a harmonious and balanced way with the true protagonists; the local officials, the local beneficiaries and the volunteers.