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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

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

Best thing I've ever done

6 months on from my 6 week project in the gorgeous village of Huay Pakoot and still missing it as much as my last day. I had the best experience I've ever had. I knew when I booked the trip that I would get to spend time with elephants but did not expect to end up meeting friends I know I will keep in touch with. The staff, the village, the villagers, the children, the families, the dogs, pigs, chickens and buffalos!! It was all home to me for 6 weeks and very hard to get back to life once I'd left. I will definitely re visit this wonderful visit as I don't think I could accept never seeing it again! That just cannot happen! ;)

Program: Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Social Life

    9

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Internship Placement

    9

Marine conservation and PADI divemaster internship

I was lucky enough to spend six months on this program and it still didn't feel long enough. I learned so much marine conservation and coral reef diversity. The practical experience I gained from this program has helped me to further my career in marine science. The community work is fulfilling and important, the diving was beautiful, and the amazing people made every day feel special. I would definitely go back!

Program: Marine Conservation and PADI Divemaster Internship in Mexico

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

  • Health & Safety

    6

  • Community Engagement

    6

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

Costa Rica Jalova

I spent just two weeks in Costa Rica with GVI, but in that short time alone, I felt I had gained so much.
Upon arriving I was greeted by a group of people who welcomed me instantly. The level of knowledge and enthusiasm each and every staff member and volunteer has is huge, and really inspired me to learn and become part of the team. I received training regarding the huge biodiversity of the Tortuguero National Park, as well as in data collection methods and practices key to life in the jungle. Although there is a lot to learn quickly, being out everyday helping with various programs allows you to put it all into practice.
Although the experience brought with it some challenges, such as physical exertion and living conditions that take some getting used to, they are 100% worth it, not only to be able to witness the good that is being done, but also in the personal sense of achievement.
As someone who has struggled with Anxiety, there were some moments before and during the program where I felt I was struggling, but the support of the staff and attitude on base that means no one needs to do anything they aren't comfortable with, these moments passed quickly.
I am to be back in the Jalova base before the year is out!

Program: Jaguar Conservation Program in Costa Rica

Overall Rating

5 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    4

  • Program Administration

    5

  • Living Situation

    4

  • Community Engagement

    4

  • Health & Safety

    5

  • Day to Day Life

    4

Providing educational experiences for disadvantaged children South Africa June/July 2015

I travelled to South Africa after my original GVI trip to Nepal had to be cancelled due to the terrible earthquakes four weeks before I was due to leave. I am grateful for the opportunity to visit South Africa and I had some memorable experiences during my 4 week stint there. As an experienced early childhood teacher of over 40 years, I was sad that my knowledge and experience wasn't used to it's full advantage- I was very disappointed that I didn't get to work in the Kindergarten (as I had been led to believe,) and spent my whole time in Ikalythemba. I brought an entire month's of preparation and planning activities with me -including resources and craft materials for the Kindergarten. I did use them with the older children, but not to the extent to which they would have given the most impact for the younger children. The turn over of volunteers was an issue as the children were constantly adjusting to new faces ever week or so. I hope the resources and items I purchased with money I fundraised back at home, were used and benefitted the children and that a bit more organisation and thought to where volunteers are placed is now in place, as I felt I really didn't make a lot of difference in the four weeks there, despite doing my very best. I made some amazing friends in the house we all shared and it was a fun and interesting time. My reason for volunteering wasn't to see the sights but did have the most amazing experiences while I had free time on the weekends. I don't know whether I would volunteer again with GVI but I still would like to go to Nepal, and may give GVI another go as it could probably be the most amazing opportunity.

Program: Volunteer Teaching in Cape Town, South

  • GVI responded to this review May 21, 2018 at 8:27 AM

    Hi Jo,

    Thank you for your feedback on your experience in Gordon's Bay. As a feedback led organisation, we take all kinds of feedback very seriously and do our best to work on all elements of someone's experience, to improve it for future participants.

    We're sorry to hear that your experience in 2015 wasn't as expected. If you would be keen to discuss this with us in further detail, please email us at [email protected]

    All the best,

    The GVI Team

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

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