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...
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...
GVI under 18s volunteer and adventure Costa Rica
Submitted by Ellie | October 19, 2017
Volunteering with GVI was an amazing experience which I would definitely love to do again! The community were very welcoming and we were able to feel like we made a really positive impact whilst also having great fun meeting lots of new people in such a beautiful setting. The GVI staff were incredible and it was great to volunteer with them.
My time there provided me with an education that no classroom could match
Submitted by Lars Nelson - University of Washington | October 17, 2017
I’ll start in saying I got MUCH more out of this program than was offered by the brochure. This was entirely in thanks to the passion and initiative of the GVI staff there. They are a singular group of people. The extra efforts made by staff provided so much more than the opportunity to observe and learn about spectacular wildlife. Their efforts greatly advanced our experience in the field of wildlife conservation and research.
In particular, Robbie, our internship coordinator, should be commended for his passion for his work and his diligence in offering a superior educational experience. Robbie was constantly going the extra mile in arranging educational opportunities outside our day to day research drives. He is driven to provide a rounded experience, offering perspectives from every possible angle and a deeper understanding of the complex subject of wildlife conservation in South Africa and neighboring countries. He invited guest speakers from the Endangered Wildlife Trust to come to base and talk to us about subjects like reintroducing carnivores to national parks in Malawi or cheetah conservation and meta-populations across Southern Africa. The latter especially drove home the purpose and importance of the research we conducted as it focussed on the cheetahs in Karongwe. Robbie’s initiatives took us outside the reserve as well, broadening our scope beyond Karongwe. During my time with GVI, we attended several lectures at Letaba in Kruger National Park on issues such as managing elephant populations, biodiversity within the Kruger, and rhino poaching; we, furthermore, were able to learn about the workings of both national parks and private reserves in South Africa. We also visited other reserves in order to learn about the parts trophy hunting and ecotourism have to play in wildlife conservation–both subjects I was entirely unenlightened on prior to these experiences. None of these learning opportunities would have been possible without Robbie’s orchestration or without his vision to offer more than was expected.
Easily one of my favorite parts of my time on Karongwe, apart from incredible wildlife sightings, was learning how to track animals. A skill that, again, was not in the brochure and would not have been honed without Robbie’s guidance. Through Robbie’s networking efforts, we were fortunate enough to have lunch with Lee Gutteridge. As it turns out Lee is well networked in my native New England and was able to put me in touch with some tracking experts here. I will be attending a week long tracking course this August as a result of this meeting. Lee also put me in touch with some trackers in Washington state where I will be moving this fall for grad school.
Furthermore, the experience I gained working with camera traps and taking data for cheetah kill sites was contributory to my landing a research assistantship with a PhD student at the University of Washington this fall.
My time with GVI Limpopo was so much more than voluntourism. I would not hesitate to urge anyone with the remotest interest in this program to take part in it and assure them they will gain from it much more than is offered. My time there provided me with an education that no classroom could match, experiences I could not possibly forget, and skills that have already begun to open new doors for me in the realm of wildlife research and conservation.
GVI Phang Nga
Submitted by Sam Jeffrey - Edinburgh | October 16, 2017
During my time in Thailand, I had many incredible ad eye-opening experiences with plenty of unique and amazing individuals. In the first week, I was involved and engaged in valuable work which both benefitted the local community and helped to conserve endangered wildlife. In the second week, the group embarked on an extraordinary adventure tour in which we discovered Thailand’s rich culture as well as exploring many stunning and beautiful landscapes.
This experience has certainly helped me to appreciate different cultures and ways of life as well as giving me the motivation to try and inspire change in the world to benefit the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. I would thoroughly recommend volunteering with GVI as they provided me with an experience I will never forget.
Women' empowerment Cape town
Submitted by Louisa Reddin - University of manchester | October 03, 2017
I have gained an immense amount from going on this program. The strength shown by the women of the township is so inspiring and I hope that I have been able to help them in some way by volunteering there.
4 weeks on Curieuse island
Submitted by Jamie clouston - Bangor | September 26, 2017
I spent 4 weeks on Curieuse island out in the Seychelles with GVI. Both the country and people are everything you'd expect and more, the beaches themselves are better than the postcards and the way of living is beautiful. With this said, the tourist industry and massive hotel complexes do dominate the bigger islands- with some cultural aspects being limited. On the programme and biodiversity itself you don't quite come to terms with how surreal everything is until you're home. Your body clock and routine quickly becomes accustomed to the way of living naturally which was unexpected but good. Overall it's a 4 weeks which will greatly benefit me in my last year of university and I'm excited to do pieces of work on this unreal Group of islands.