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...
An amazing experience
Submitted by Rose - University of Reading | February 08, 2018
I volunteered with GVI for 3 months in 2016. It was the first time I was travelling outside of the EU and the first time I was going alone. Being 19 and just out of school I was undoubtedly nervous but the staff at the GVI office patiently listened to all my questions and supported me throughout my pre-departure preparation.
I took off from Heathrow airport feeling anxious but excited to arrive in Thailand (my anxiety was not helped by my father's hilarious 'April Fools' joke telling me that GVI wasn't real just as my flight was about to take off!) When I arrived safely in Chiang Mai airport the smiling face of the GVI staff put me at ease.
Arriving in the stunning, rural village of Huay Pakoot took my breath away as it would each time we pulled onto the dirt road that lead through the village. I was lead to my homestay and knew I would be happy there. My family were welcoming and loving from day one.
After a day of getting my bearing of the village, I woke up early eager to go on my first hike. It was about an hour of walking in the scorching 40 degree heat before we stopped. I had to ask the question "where are the elephants?" The answer blew me away. Standing about 100m away from me the magnificent jumbo was hiding behind a dense patch of leaves. I cannot begin to describe my admiration for these gentle giants who move so easily through the forest. Hikes to return to the elephant left every morning, each hike was different. The elephants choosing where to go, the mahoots joking around and the variety of volunteers. One of my favourite things about GVI is that it is open to everyone so we had people from all walks of life at all ages (we had volunteers from the age of 18 to 66!).
Not only was there the opportunity to work with the beautiful elephants but there was an option to teach English at the local school twice a week. I loved seeing the children develop over the course of time I was there.
The only advice I can give about going to a GVI project is go for as long as you are available. For me 3 months was a lot when I booked on but when I arrived the time went too quickly and before I was ready it was time to leave and continue my adventures elsewhere.
Program: Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand
Kerala construction program
Submitted by Marnie Stollznow - University of Queensland, Saint Lucia | February 08, 2018
I was only a participant for 2 weeks but in those 2 weeks I was able to experience and accomplish so much. I was a part of the construction of a new garden bed in a Girls home. Participating in the construction program really allowed me to feel fulfilled and ready to do more, even though it was hard work, seeing the finished project and knowing that it would be sustained by the local community, made all the pain, exhaustion and sweat worth it. I instantly fell in love with the culture of India and felt so at home on the GVI base. The worst part of this experience is actually when it comes time to leave, I definitely did not want to and I miss all the volunteers I was able to meet and share life with for 2 weeks. The upside is now I have even more opportunities to continue volunteering with GVI and know that I will always be welcomed back to Kerala.
Marine conservation - volunteer overseas
Submitted by Anthony Brady - Cairns Australia | February 07, 2018
Volunteering abroad is an awesome way to explore a new country, meet new people and have the time of your life! GVI’s Marine Conversation program on Caqalai Island, Fiji is incredible. Living on a tiny remote island in the South Pacific with a bunch of strangers sounds a little daunting at first. However, what starts of as strangers sharing a tiny island, quickly becomes its own little family. In fact, some of those strangers even become international friends for life. Thank you GVI for the opportunity to make some many amazing memories with people I now call family.
Volunteering in Peru with GVI
Submitted by Mac_Daddy - - | February 03, 2018
As with all GVI programs, this was of an exceptionally high standard. From the comprehensive pre-departure support, to the amazing staff on project, to the great program making a tangible difference, there is no other volunteering organsiation I would recommend.
Can't wait to go back!
Submitted by L Gordon - University of Leeds | January 12, 2018
My interactions with GVI have been nothing short of phenomenal since I sent an inquiry email regarding the Nepal program; I had a phone call back from them within 5 minutes, which thoroughly dismissed any doubts I had and I signed up immediately. Once I landed, I was given an amazing tour of the area and had a lot of opportunities to get to know the area and other volunteers. The work itself was surprisingly fun; it was rewarding, no doubt about it, but most of the time I was enjoying myself and my surroundings so much the work never seemed like too much and I was more than happy to dive in. Seeing the smiles on the faces of the kids during the lessons I taught is a memory I'll never forget. The staff were incredible too, always happy to do what they can to make you feel more comfortable and they created such a friendly atmosphere, they genuinely become more like friends than support staff. I'm already planning to go back, so if you're unsure, send an inquiry right now - it's so quick and simple, and I guarantee after the phone call you'll be ready to book. Happy travels!