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South Africa

Teaching & Community Development Internship in South Africa

Join our international team in the spectacular city of Cape Town and work with children from the local townships while developing teaching experience and qualifications on...

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South Africa

Wildlife Research Expedition in South Africa

Play a hands-on role in the long-term conservation of African wildlife on this expedition. Enjoy first-class wildlife viewing and live on a game reserve in the heart of Southern...

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Laos

Volunteer with Buddhist Novice Monks in Laos

Renowned for friendly people and a relaxed pace, Laos is a perfect place to visit for volunteer travel, and teaching monks could be a great and rewarding way to spend your...

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Thailand

Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand

Thailand's Chiang Mai Province is home to the local Karen community and GVI volunteers get to work and live in this interesting village. The local community have worked with...

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Seychelles

Marine Conservation Expedition in the Seychelles

Join critical conservation efforts on this marine expedition and be an active member of Global Vision International's Marine Research team in the Indian Ocean, just off the...

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Costa Rica

Wildlife Expedition in Costa Rica

Take part in this wildlife conservation expedition and be an active member of GVI's research team in the Costa Rican rainforest. Work on a variety of long-term terrestrial,...

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South Africa

Volunteer Teaching in Cape Town, South

Get involved in a progressive educational program in a township primary school situated just outside Stellenbosch and 35 minutes from Cape Town. This exciting new volunteer...

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Fiji

Community Development Expedition in Fiji

Volunteers will live and work in a wonderful beach location and travel to indigenous communities to help improve the infrastructure that supports village life. Volunteers...

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Fiji

Volunteer with Children in Fiji

Volunteers joining this project will assist teachers in island communities in the Caqalai Island chain in Fiji. Volunteers will work alongside local teachers working with...

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Greece

Volunteer with Turtles in Greece

Volunteers will engage in daily morning surveys to record nesting activity and protect turtle nests against inundation by sea water and predation by mammals. Volunteers will...

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Mexico

Mexico Marine Awareness Service Learning for Groups

Discover the world of marine conservation in Mexico's crystal Caribbean waters of the Yucatan Peninsula. Group members will earn their PADI Open Water diving qualification...

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India

India Community Development Experience for Groups

Set foot in the culturally rich country of India and contribute to our sustainable community development projects. Volunteers will assist in the local community of Kerala...

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Nepal

Nepal Community Development Service Learning for Groups

Nepal is a fascinating country, rich in culture, tradition and offers a variety of adventure activities. GVI’s teams are working closely with our local partners to contribute...

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Mexico

Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico for Divers

Use and improve your scuba diving skills while learning marine survey techniques when you join GVI's marine conservation expedition located in the Yucatan Peninsula. You

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GVI Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

My time on Curieuse

I had such a great time on Curieuse! The staff were so friendly and welcoming and we had volunteers from all over the world. Base life is basic but it’s so worth it to share an island with more giant tortoises than people! In my short 2 week stay I managed to take part in 3 sharking surveys where the sickle fin lemon sharks are captured, scanned for any tags (tagged if none found), weighed, measured, photographed and released. You get to touch baby sharks! So awesome! But also awesome to know that many of these sharks are recaptures so data can be collected on growth over time. We also did at least one turtle survey per day as turtle activity is high at this time of year; measuring tracks, recording body pits/nests/egg chambers (if found) and if you’re lucky you’ll see a mum turtle come up and lay her eggs, measure and tag her! We also did beach profiling surveys to shed light on sediment loss and gain over time and any potential seasonal trends. The wildlife on base is awesome – I’ve already mentioned the tortoises, there are lots of geckos around base, Seychelles sunbirds fly about the common area and of course the marine life on the front door step! Snorkelling and even just swimming you will see plenty of marine life. My two favourite memories from this awesome project was releasing my first shark as the sun rose around 6am and going to sleep to the sound of the gentle waves on the shore. Loving the sea and the natural environment as much as I do made this the perfect 2 weeks on an island away from heavy tourism.

Program: Island Conservation Expedition to the Seychelles

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Curious about Curieuse

Having visited Curieuse through GVI, it completely changed my life. Waking up in our accommodation to the sound of sea birds and the waves crashing on the beach (approx 20 meters away!) was the most amazing wake up call. The surveys we carried out were always well organised by the staff and I really feel like I made a difference, along with the rest of the volunteer team I worked with.

I couldn't recommend GVI enough. All the hard work they carry out on Curieuse is really amazing and I'd love to go and visit another location they work at to see the other programs they offer!

Program: Lemon Shark and Turtle Conservation in the Seychelles

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

My Mexican adventure!

I had several different reasons for why I wanted to go to Playa del Carmen, Mexico to do GVI's Longterm Community Development Internship and I have to say I am so very glad I decided to go. I had initially chosen this program as I had wanted to start working in the area of community development, which I had no experience of so this seemed like a great opportunity to get the relevant work experience and also to get that little bit extra with all the additional aspects of the Internship Program. You start off as a volunteer for first 12 weeks which lets you get to know all 3 of the community programs in depth. This includes the childcare program, healthcare program and the vet care program. I also got a lot of training including first aid and leadership training, one on one mentorship from a member of staff and once I successfully completed the first 12 weeks I proceeded onto the 12 week placement. This is essentially being a member of staff for these community programs so I got the chance to get a lot more involved in all aspect of the community programs. I also got the chance to learn some Spanish, attempt some salsa dancing and I got to meet so many amazing people who I already know will be friends for a lifetime. The main question you have to ask yourself is why wouldn't you go?

Program: Community Development Internship in Mexico

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

I enjoyed them very much!

The Team's High Standard Delivery of Drives, sharing knowledge, communicating direction, how well the new volunteers have been embraced into the group. I enjoyed them very much!

Program: Volunteer with Lions in South Africa

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Expanding my horizon

Expanding my horizon. Gaining more knowledge in marine science stuff. Meeting lifelong friends. Living on Curieuse. Fall asleep to the sound of the waves. They were all enjoyable.

Program: Lemon Shark and Turtle Conservation in the Seychelles

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