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...
Wildlife conservation internship in South Africa- an experience of a lifetime
Submitted by Patrick Falk - Chicago United States | June 20, 2018
I had an incredible experience as a wildlife conservation intern in South Africa. We were based in Karongwe Private Game Reserve, which was about 45 min outside of Kruger Park. Each day we spent around 8-10 hours in the field, tracking the local wildlife (mainly the large predators and herbivores) and taking valuable data. Our focus animal was the cheetah, and it was amazing to up close to these creatures and see them every day. I learned so much about how these animals behave, and how our data helps larger organizations understand how to best conserve these animals. The scenery was incredible, and we were often treated to amazing sunrises and sunsets on our drives! It was also wonderful to live in community with other volunteers. GVI does a great job of building community and encouraging the volunteers to get to know each other. I really enjoyed that aspect, and there were certainly many fun memories from our time on the base camp! Overall, this experience made a profound impact on my life moving forward. I had always thought of wildlife conservation as just a secondary interest, but after going on this trip I've realized that I want to integrate wildlife conservation into my career moving forward, and I'm very excited about it.
Best thing I've ever done
Submitted by Fauve Chapman - Dublin Ireland | June 05, 2018
6 months on from my 6 week project in the gorgeous village of Huay Pakoot and still missing it as much as my last day. I had the best experience I've ever had. I knew when I booked the trip that I would get to spend time with elephants but did not expect to end up meeting friends I know I will keep in touch with. The staff, the village, the villagers, the children, the families, the dogs, pigs, chickens and buffalos!! It was all home to me for 6 weeks and very hard to get back to life once I'd left. I will definitely re visit this wonderful visit as I don't think I could accept never seeing it again! That just cannot happen! ;)
Program: Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand
Marine conservation and PADI divemaster internship
Submitted by Kayla Moore - - | May 30, 2018
I was lucky enough to spend six months on this program and it still didn't feel long enough. I learned so much about marine conservation and coral reef diversity. The practical experience I gained from this program has helped me to further my career in marine science. The community work is fulfilling and important, the diving was beautiful, and the amazing people made every day feel special. I would definitely go back!
Costa Rica Jalova
Submitted by Becca | May 28, 2018
I spent just two weeks in Costa Rica with GVI, but in that short time alone, I felt I had gained so much.
Upon arriving I was greeted by a group of people who welcomed me instantly. The level of knowledge and enthusiasm each and every staff member and volunteer has is huge, and really inspired me to learn and become part of the team. I received training regarding the huge biodiversity of the Tortuguero National Park, as well as in data collection methods and practices key to life in the jungle. Although there is a lot to learn quickly, being out everyday helping with various programs allows you to put it all into practice.
Although the experience brought with it some challenges, such as physical exertion and living conditions that take some getting used to, they are 100% worth it, not only to be able to witness the good that is being done, but also in the personal sense of achievement.
As someone who has struggled with Anxiety, there were some moments before and during the program where I felt I was struggling, but the support of the staff and attitude on base that means no one needs to do anything they aren't comfortable with, these moments passed quickly.
I am to be back in the Jalova base before the year is out!
Providing educational experiences for disadvantaged children South Africa June/July 2015
Submitted by Jo - Perth Australia | May 13, 2018
I travelled to South Africa after my original GVI trip to Nepal had to be cancelled due to the terrible earthquakes four weeks before I was due to leave. I am grateful for the opportunity to visit South Africa and I had some memorable experiences during my 4 week stint there. As an experienced early childhood teacher of over 40 years, I was sad that my knowledge and experience wasn't used to it's full advantage- I was very disappointed that I didn't get to work in the Kindergarten (as I had been led to believe,) and spent my whole time in Ikalythemba. I brought an entire month's of preparation and planning activities with me -including resources and craft materials for the Kindergarten. I did use them with the older children, but not to the extent to which they would have given the most impact for the younger children. The turn over of volunteers was an issue as the children were constantly adjusting to new faces ever week or so. I hope the resources and items I purchased with money I fundraised back at home, were used and benefitted the children and that a bit more organisation and thought to where volunteers are placed is now in place, as I felt I really didn't make a lot of difference in the four weeks there, despite doing my very best. I made some amazing friends in the house we all shared and it was a fun and interesting time. My reason for volunteering wasn't to see the sights but did have the most amazing experiences while I had free time on the weekends. I don't know whether I would volunteer again with GVI but I still would like to go to Nepal, and may give GVI another go as it could probably be the most amazing opportunity.
GVI responded to this review May 21, 2018 at 8:27 AM
Thank you for your feedback on your experience in Gordon's Bay. As a feedback led organisation, we take all kinds of feedback very seriously and do our best to work on all elements of someone's experience, to improve it for future participants.
We're sorry to hear that your experience in 2015 wasn't as expected. If you would be keen to discuss this with us in further detail, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the best,
The GVI Team