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Since its formation in 1998, Global Vision International (GVI) has sent several hundred volunteers on overseas volunteer projects. Through its alliance with aid reliant environmental organisations throughout the world, GVI Volunteers fill a critical ... Read more
Since its formation in 1998, Global Vision International (GVI) has sent several hundred volunteers on overseas volunteer projects. Through its alliance with aid reliant environmental organisations throughout the world, GVI Volunteers fill a critical void in the fields of environmental research, conservation, education and community development. Dedicated GVI Volunteers acquire and then use their expertise and skills to reach mission goals, which ultimately contribute to GVI's aim at aiding and promoting global sustainable development.
Work on community or conservation projects from 1 week to 1 year in every continent. Work on research projects in the Amazon, Learn to Scuba Dive in Mexico and aid in marine research, Teach and Travel Southern Africa.....families, gap years, career breaks and retirees. With so many unique opportunities it's difficult not to help!
Global Vision International (GVI) offers volunteers, interns and expedition members the opportunity to make a genuine difference through its volunteer projects while having an amazing hands-on experience in over forty countries worldwide. Opportunities range from 1 week to 2 years.
Critical conservation and humanitarian projects in over forty countries rely on GVI for volunteers, promotion and direct funding. GVI works locally with its partners to promote sustainable development through environment research, conservation and education. GVI volunteers benefit from exceptional support, training and internship schemes.
GVI is guided by a unique commitment to its volunteers and to its partners. To the volunteer it offers safe, responsible travel experiences, exceptional training and career development opportunities, and facilitates the ability to make a real difference. To its partners it commits all research ownership rights and all work is undertaken fully under their direction, in conjunction with the local community. GVI is a non-political, non-religious organisation, which through its alliance with over 150 project partners in over 40 countries, provides opportunities for volunteers to fill a critical void in the fields of environmental research, conservation, education and community development. International partners include the South African National Parks Board, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, Jane Goodall Institute, Rainforest Concern and Kenyan Wildlife Service.
In January of 2014 I left for GVI's Nepal Volunteer and Adventure Experience. Words cannot describe how wonderful this trip was. I feel that through this trip I was able to experience Nepal on a more personal level. I had the opportunity to trek for two weeks to Everest Base Camp and then spent another four weeks volunteering with children in Pokhara, There is nothing like trekking in the Himalayas, you can't put the beauty into words. Volunteering with the children in Pokhara was also a life changing experience and has since made me realize the importance of volunteering (whether that be in your community or abroad). It was once in a lifetime opportunity and I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone that is considering it :) You won't regret it!
For someone who has never traveled by herself or volunteered anywhere but locally, GVI was a great company to choose. I felt that all of the 'big stuff' had been planned out and explained to me ahead of time which eased my mind greatly. Once arriving in country someone was at the airport waiting for me and from there everything went smoothly from settling in, adjusting to South Africa, learning about my project (Sports Program in Gordons Bay), having orientation, etc. Everyone was super helpful and friendly and really wanted to make a difference in the kids lives.
The kids we were able to work with were absolutely AMAZING and being able to be a part of their lives, even though for only 2 weeks, has changed my life for the better. They have inspired me to be a better person and just thinking about my experience during stressful times helps me stay calm with a smile on my face. I strongly urge anyone able to look into a GVI program and make a difference!
These guys are amazing, i volunteered for 8 weeks in South Africa and right from the beginning they looked after me so well. I choose them because I wanted to be looked after in the field, not because I was scared but because I wanted to really get immersed in the program. From week 2 i really felt comfortable in what I was meant to be doing and GVI's staff and longer term volunteers really helped me make sure I made an impact. The social life is really cool too, there were 9 volunteers there with me, 5 from the UK, 2 from the US and the rest from all over the place. The evening BBQ's are great fun.
and by the way if you have time you have just got to go on a safari. Cheers
what really made this experience so special to me was the time GVI's field staff spent preparing me for my work. Without this and their continued support I would not have been able to accomplish everything I did or to feel as much a part of the project.
Although the experience was enjoyable, I have to wonder how much of what I paid goes back into the field and the community. GVI are just like any other corporate organisation. The activies that the volunteers get involved in are conservation or community bases, but I have to wonder how much GVI actually cares about making a difference? My guess is not a lot.