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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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GVI Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Be an english teacher in Laos

I taught buddhist novices and monks for a month in Laos. It was an amazing experience!
The students want to learn and are really active during the lesson. The local are kind and Luang Prabang is a beautiful city. GVI is really organized and the staff member are welcoming, fun and always here to help.
I couldn't expected more and I'm definitely going back next summer.

Program: Volunteer with Buddhist Novice Monks in Laos

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

GVI Thailand Under 18s July 2017

I was recently involved with GVI on their under 18s program in Thailand. One of my favourite experiences took place when a group of the volunteers, including me, were walking down a street in a town called Khao Lak. It was then that we happened upon a very basic music shop with a drum kit and bass guitar set up outside. I am a very keen musician and I love playing at any available opportunity. Hence, a few minutes later, after much sign language and gesturing, I found myself plugging in and playing an old battered bass guitar and jamming with the owner of the music shop who was smashing it on the drum kit. We attracted a small crowd of locals and had a great time. This experience was incredibly enjoyable, and I believe it taught me a greater lesson, that even though I was not able to say much more than ‘hello’ in this man’s language, I did not even know his name, we were able to have a ten minute conversation with each other through music. Our language was not words but rather, notes and rhythm. I would thoroughly recommend GVI thoroughly if you are interested in going abroad as they provided me with an experience that I will never forget.

Program: High School Volunteer Abroad Programs

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

A lifetime experience

I had no expectations! The only thing I did know, was that I would be living under very primitive conditions in a jungle and doing research diving. What’s not to like? 
Basically, I came for the diving, but I left with so much more! I was really inspired by living and working closely with people from so many different cultures and backgrounds who all shared the same passion for protecting the environment.
We were diving twice a day, studying fish and corals, learning about aquatic life, spotting birds, collecting trash on the beach and working hard in order to make the base run smoothly.
The GVI staff taught me so much, they’re working so hard with such great passion. 
Everybody on base was family, we shared everything, especially many great experiences.
I would like to encourage everybody to go help out, to save the coral reefs before it's too late and we loose them forever! 
Have you ever dived with a whale shark? Have you ever helped a baby turtle to safely reach the ocean? Have you ever tried to make a difference for the natural world surrounding us?
- It’s never too late and I’m sure GVI will gladly help you!

Program: Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico for Divers

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Engagement

    5

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Incredibly inspiring environment

My time at Jalova was incredible. I found an place with a perfect mix of wildlife, education and science for myself here. The staff members are extremely passionate and it reflects to all other volunteers in base which makes the experience in Jalova unique. I met a lot of like-minded people and made friends for life. Living conditions in base can be hard and connections with the outside world are limited. This was part of its charm however. You will experience so many extra-ordinary things here.

Program: Wildlife Expedition in Costa Rica

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

My awesome Mexican adventure!

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?

Program: Community Development Internship in Mexico

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