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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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South Africa

Safari Field Guide Course in South Africa

Travel to South Africa’s Lowveld region in Mahlahla in the Limpopo province and join us on a Safari Field Guide Course. Where better to train to become a qualified field...

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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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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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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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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 Service Learning 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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Thailand

Volunteer with Children in Thailand

For those with little time to spare, but who still want to volunteer, this is a great opportunity to make a real difference while traveling in Thailand. You can volunteer...

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GVI Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

GVI under 18s volunteer and adventure Costa Rica

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.

Program: High School Volunteer and Adventure Experience in Costa Rica

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

My time there provided me with an education that no classroom could match

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.

Program: Wildlife Conservation Internship in South Africa

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Personal Development

    10

GVI Phang Nga

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.

Program: High School Volunteer and Adventure Experience in Thailand

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Women' empowerment Cape town

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.

Program: Women's Empowerment Project in Cape Town

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Community Engagement

    5

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Day to Day Life

    7

4 weeks on Curieuse island

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.

Program: Island Conservation Expedition to the Seychelles

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