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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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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

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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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

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Just when you think you’ve seen it all.

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.

Program: Marine Conservation Expedition in the Seychelles

Overall Rating

5 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    5

  • Program Administration

    2

  • Living Situation

    4

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    4

  • Day to Day Life

    1

GVI scam

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

    Hi Yvonne,

    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 feedback@gviworld.com, as we're very happy to discuss this more with you at any point.

    Best

    The GVI Team

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Best life experience

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

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    7

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Glorious Gordon's bay

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.

Program: Volunteer Teaching in Cape Town, South

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Dream job on a tiny island

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.

Program: Marine Conservation and PADI Divemaster Internship in Fiji

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