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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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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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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

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    10

2 Months to remember

This is an exceptional programme run by some of the most caring and determined people in the world. Everyone I met, everyone I had the pleasure of working with were exceptional and half a year later I still miss them.

A bit about the programme, you are located in a small town called Quespos in a building that while not very luxurious is now very safe. Monday is spent planning the weeks work, you are normally split into your groups and everyone is very helpful and supportive... even if your not very competent. From Tuesday to Friday your walk to project ( unless it is pouring with rain, in which case you'll get treated to a taxi ride). You spend about 3 hours a day on project, which doesn't sound much, but 20+ kids for 3 hours when it's 30+ degrees is not easy. It is however very rewarding. If you don't know Spanish you will have to take lessons which was also good fun. My teacher was a legend who didn't really speak any English... so we had a great time guessing what each other were saying! If you go as an intern you get weekly mentour meetings and my mentour quickly became my hero and best mate. The weekends are your own and almost every weekend me and other volunteers went exploring. You can get almost anywhere by bus or by hiring a car, either is relatively inexpensive but I would recommend saveing up before you go if you want to explore all the country has to offer.

Overall... this was a fantastic programme and if I could... I would travel half the way around the world and do it all again.

Program: Short Term Community Development Internship in Costa Rica

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

Immerse yourself in lively India

My experience with GVI Kerala has been one to remember. Volunteering abroad is something I think everyone should do to give yourself a perspective on life and experiencing totally different cultures. With GVI I was able to give back to local projects and make an impact on their communities. GVI are a great company to work volunteer with, as you are really supported and know that they are working hard to make a sustainable difference. I would recommend them wholeheartedly!

Program: Volunteer Healthcare Program in India

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Community Engagement

    6

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

A great time

I had a great time on my 12 week volunteer abroad program with GVI in the Seychelles. My days were filled with diving and helping out around base, getting to know the local areas, and meeting awesome new people along the way. I've built some lifelong friendships and treasured memories, as well as immeasurably valuable career advice. I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested.

Program: Marine Conservation Expedition in the Seychelles

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

I learnt a lot from the classes

When they women at the community centre came back with feedback that they had used the interview skills that we taught them and they got the job and that was amazing. Some texted that the group had made them regain their confidence and I also felt that I learnt a lot from the classes.

Program: Women's Empowerment Project in Cape Town

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

It's been an amazing experience overall

Learning about the village itself, the culture, the people; teaching the beautiful children, and walking with the magnificent Elephants were the highlights of my trip. I've made some great friends here too, the staff included, it's been an amazing experience overall, and the staff are actively trying to improve base and the program itself, and are doing an amazing job.

Program: Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand

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