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...
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...
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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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
My time on Curieuse
Submitted by Sam - Bristol | November 30, 2016
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.
Curious about Curieuse
Submitted by Jon - - | November 21, 2016
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!
My Mexican adventure!
Submitted by Susie Walker - - | October 28, 2016
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?
I enjoyed them very much!
Submitted by Paul - United Kingdom | October 26, 2016
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
Expanding my horizon
Submitted by Tobias - - | October 26, 2016
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.