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...
Just when you think you’ve seen it all.
Submitted by Melanie - Windsor | April 18, 2018
Swimming with sharks, turtles, octopus and all kinds of fish on a daily basis is amazing. Sometimes you see the same type of fish over and over again so you disregard it because you want to see something new, but then you see that same type of fish and it’s a baby, and you are in complete awe. I was so lucky to spend a month of my life in the Seychelles and dive 2 times a day 5 days a week. And just when I think life cannot get any better a Manta Ray swims towards me, directly in my direction to the point I could have touched it and just as it would swim right into me and pivots to my right and passes me by. Needless to say, there was a happy dance being had underwater.
Submitted by Yvonne - California United States | March 28, 2018
I returned home a couple of weeks ago from volunteering with GVI. I found out within a few days of me starting that they charge different amounts depending on where you live. For example I live in the USA and they charged me about $700/$800 more than somebody living in the UK. I confronted GVI with this unethical way of doing business during my exit interview and have had two more conversations about this appalling way of doing business upon my return. They are so concerned about the culture and habits in the countries they have their volunteer opportunities and educate and stress with the volunteers how important it is that we do not offend anybody because GVI wants to uphold their name to high standards. But than they turn around and treat their volunteers in a disrespectful way by charging them different prices for the same thing depending on where you live. Shame on you GVI....Your volunteers are the backbone of keeping your business going. If you do not treat them right than it is just a matter of time your business will fail. A very unacceptable way of doing business.
Program: Volunteer with Children in Laos
GVI responded to this review April 06, 2018 at 3:37 AM
We're really sorry to hear that you weren't fully satisfied with your GVI experience.
Unfortunately, the cost of marketing and recruitment is radically different in different markets. Currently, it costs us three to four times the amount to recruit participants via advertising from within the US as it does in the UK. This is something however that we are always looking to refine and improve upon.
I'm glad that you have already been in communication with our Alumni and Field teams. If you have any further questions, please do contact us at email@example.com, as we're very happy to discuss this more with you at any point.
The GVI Team
Best life experience
Submitted by LB - Geneva University of Law | March 26, 2018
I went there for 3 weeks during April. It was so great and i met so many wonderful people that I decided to go back.
It was a wonderful experience. I really enjoyed teaching to the Monks and Novices and the taught me so much about their culture. If I had visited Laos on my own i wouldn't have learned that much about buddhism.
GVI is a wonderful organization and I'm glad I had the chance to experience it !
Program: Laos Teaching Internship
Glorious Gordon's bay
Submitted by Teala - Worcester United Kingdom | March 22, 2018
My trip with GVI was one of the best things I have done during my summer holiday! The people on the project were amazing, the local people were amazing and the children we simply inspiring and wonderful!
We taught the children to count using songs and games, we provided them with art and drama lessons which they wouldn't have been exposed to otherwise and we read with children who had no parents to hear them read. It was such a rewarding and life changing trip.
I would recommend GVI to anyone; they look after you, provide a brilliant programme and engage all people in sustainable development.
Dream job on a tiny island
Submitted by Anna Sabrina Petry - Other | March 12, 2018
From my first day on I learned so much about the reef around Caqalai, the Fijians and their culture and how important education and community work is. That is what I love about the work GVI does, it is not just about marine conservation and diving, it connects everything therefore you can understand the whole context. This is the best way to do it because that is how everything on this beautiful planet works, everything is connected and depends on each other.
The project really opened my eyes how to be aware of our environment and improve my ecological footprint. I was so impressed by the way of living I experienced on Caqalai island. Everything was unpretentious but enough to be really happy and achieve something. For me, this time confirmed which work fulfills me the most. After one month I finished my Coral Reef Research Diver course, I am so thankful for this amazing experience, for all the lectures, the possibilities to go on dives and clean the ocean with my own hands on DAD dives, SAD snorkels and beach cleans and for all the beautiful, mindful people I met during my time in Fiji. I have so much respect for the whole staff team and the Fijians on Caqalai, Leleuvia and Mouturiki, you are doing an amazing job!
I left this island with the promise to do whatever I can, to save the ocean and share my new knowledge and experience with as many people as I can.