Volunteer Work Abroad Since 1997

GVI awarded top volunteering organisation for 2011 by Virgin Holidays' Responsible Travel Awards

Journey to amazing places to help protect diverse and unique communities and ecosystems

Contribute on long term, sustainable projects that are designed and run to create lasting solutions

  • We teach over 1,000 pre-school children each year
  • We provide primary school lessons to 8,000 children every day
  • Over 400 people trained as TEFL teachers to date
  • 855 energy efficient stoves built in Latin America to date, including an entire community in Ecuador
  • 10 schools built and 20 schools entirely funded
  • We work with Jane Goodall Institute, Dian Fossey Gorilla Foundation, Kenya Wildlife Service and Rainforest Concern
  • GVI was awarded the 2011 Best Volunteering Organisation at the Responsible Travel Awards sponsored by Virgin Holidays
  • We won the 2011 award for the provision of education at the Ao Luk Centre in Thailand
  • Our community partners in Mexico and Ecuador won the Whitley Award for Conservation
  • We conduct the only dolphin research program in Kenya
  • We recorded the first confirmed sighting of Dugong on Kenya's south coast in over 10 years
  • We have published work on the use of volunteers to collect viable scientific data to support environmental conservation
  • We have been recognized by BBC Wildlife Magazine, Jaguar Conservation Fund, and the Mesoamericana International Journal
  • We are the largest contributors to the Meso American barrier reef conservation program
  • We have delivered over 6,200 hours of English classes as education assistance for almost 10,000 children in Southern Thailand

Program Focus

  • Proper infrastructure and efficient systems are key aspects to the health and well being of local communities. Our construction projects...
  • Marine ecosystems are very important for the overall health of both marine and terrestrial environments. Ocean waters serve as a critical...
  • Biodiversity is vital in the maintenance of a healthy ecosystem. Currently 1 in 8 birds, 1 in 4 mammals, and 1 in 3 amphibians face the...
  • The best way to fight poverty is through education. We offer children a safe environment, with support, supervision, socialisation and...
  • The ability to read and write in English leads to higher paid jobs and offers people the chance to improve their standard of living....
  • Sport is recognised as a viable, valuable tool, when working with children. It helps fight depression, aids with better concentration,...
  • In many parts of the world, information regarding the proper care of pets, domestic animals, and in some cases, wildlife as a whole, is...
  • Access to healthcare varies across countries, groups and individuals and is largely influenced by social and economic conditions.  You...

Volunteers in Action

"A friend recommended GVI to me. She said it was simply magical...I can only pass on the same comments to my friends."  Andre, Canada (26)

Program: Mexico Marine Conservation Expedition

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Volunteering Overseas

Volunteer overseas with GVI and play a crucial role in international conservation and education projects. You can volunteer overseas from 1 week to 2 years in more than 40 countries in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and Central America. Volunteering overseas with Global Vision International (GVI) offers the chance to play a vital role in pioneering volunteer work overseas. Search for a volunteer overseas project now

Volunteering Abroad

Volunteering abroad is a fantastic way for travellers to be able to give a little back to communities and environments in need, in a way not possible when just travelling through a country as a regular tourist.

Our volunteering abroad programmes have been running for the last 14 years that have enabled a long term and sustainable infrastructure to be put in place, something that many other programme operators do not do.

By volunteering abroad, you are able to completely immerse yourself and learn about a new country and culture, and experiencing a completely different adventure. Continue reading to find out why thousands of people have decided volunteering abroad is the best way to travel...

Volunteer in Africa

Volunteering in Africa with GVI and work on vital conservation and community development projects all over this incredible continent.

Options to volunteer in Africa range from teaching children to tracking big game in the bush or conserving pristine underwater environments while learning to scuba dive. Learn about diverse cultures, take in incredible landscapes and meet friendly people when you volunteer in Africa. Both short and long term volunteer projects are available, as well as internship opportunities to further develop professionally through formal training and hands-on work experience.

Visit our volunteer in Africa country page to see all the amazing projects we run in Africa.

Volunteer Abroad

Volunteer abroad with GVI and play a crucial role in international conservation and education projects. You can volunteer abroad from 1 week to 2 years in more than 40 countries in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and Central America. So volunteer abroad with Global Vision International (GVI) and play a vital role in pioneering volunteering abroad programs worldwide.

Search for a volunteer abroad project now...

Gap Year Volunteering

For a gap year with a difference try Volunteering. GVI has been running gap year volunteer projects for over 10 years sending 1000’s of gap year students away on worthwhile volunteer projects. We have gap year volunteer options from 1 week to 1 year including expeditions in exotic and remote locations, as well as internship options for those looking to get a little bit more out of their gap year.

Gap year volunteers can find projects throughout Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and Central America in 25 countries.

Check out our gap year page to begin your search for that perfect gap year programme!

Volunteer Holidays

Volunteer holidays allow you to see and experience parts of our world not seen by the regular tourist while contributing to projects that make a real difference in other peoples' lives.

We are proud to have built a wide range of projects all over the world, so your volunteer holidays are guaranteed to benefit the host country and community in the long term and you can be sure that your work and contributions will continue after you leave.

Our volunteer holidays serve as an incredible experience as you have a great holiday combined with rewarding volunteer work.