The Jalova Blog
After three months in Jalova, it starts feeling like home. You’ve adopted some ‘jungle routines’ and become less suspecting when capuchins drops fruits on the roofing of the dining room. More often than not however, the next day will have surprises lurking around the...
Nine short weeks in Seychelles is coming to end. It is a huge contrast to my usual nine-to-five at a bank in the heart of Auckland City, New Zealand. Every day I woke up to the sound of three fans doing their best to keep me cool, rustling leaves outside and my...
[Tweet “Bonding on an Island – Cap Ternay life so far…”]One day you are in your home country surrounded with media and a fast WIFI everywhere you go. You look at your smartphone every second minute. You have told yourself to leave it in your...
It’s Monday and the second day of my sixth week. Last week two new volunteers arrived and we said goodbye to eight volunteers who finished their time here. I got to know those people five weeks ago and those five weeks passed by incredible fast. But at the same time I...
Raft race 2016 poster Staff and volunteers are gearing up for the annual raft race to be held on the 8th of October. This event is an opportunity for GVI and our partner organsiations and friends to have a fun day out and raise money for our charity –...
Living in Baan Nam Khem opens your eyes to a whole different side of Thailand. A stark contrast to the fast paced larger cities, this humble village is rich in both culture and history. When walking down the streets of the village you will always feel welcomed by the...
This week Roos, one of our 10 week volunteers, tells us about the adventures you can have here on Mahé during volunteer weekends. A lot of volunteers decide to go to La Digue or Praslin for the weekend, however Katinka, Jakob and I (Roos) had decided to rent a...
Arriving to Ban Nam Khem was a step into a whole new world. After much anticipation for months, I was so excited to go feet first into the worlds of these people and work to make a difference. Beginning, we got to meet all of the volunteers we worked alongside with...
This week was not as eventful as last week because of the wonderful ceremony we were able to attend and release 68 of the turtles that we help clean and care for at the Navy Base. But, we did have a great time on the bird walk on Ko Kho Khao island. We saw many birds...
The power of a simple task. Despite the unending heat in Phang Nga I found myself bent over a black garbage bag picking up anything and everything from plastic bottles to wrappers to broken utensils. Did I have to? No. Was I asked to? No. However, I had a spare hour...
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