Volunteer Holidays

Volunteer holiday s with GVI offer a great opportunity for individuals, families and groups who may not have much time to spare to experience a new destination whilst doing something worthwhile. We offer a range of short term options combining adventure travel, cultural excursions and much more with sustainable community and conservation projects.

From as little as 2 weeks, you can choose from a variety of volunteer holiday s that enable you to have an adventurous, cultural, educational and ultimately different holiday , but all while benefiting the country and communities that you are travelling within.

As on all our programs, we strive to ensure that we only use local operators and try to source all provisions from local businesses, so you can be sure that our volunteer holiday s support the right people. The list of programs below are 2-weeks in duration structured as 1-week volunteering, followed by a 4-day adventure tour of the surrounding area:

Positive short term impact

Don’t think that just because you’re only volunteering over the short term that you can’t make a difference. GVI projects run year-round with full-time staff, at the direction of local partners and communities, so you can be sure your efforts are channeled correctly.

Adventure side trips

Many of our volunteer holiday s include an adventure trip at the end of all your hard work. Picture youself on the exclusive Bird Island, Seychelles (pictured above!); or exploring the stunning Garden Route in South Africa; or even experiencing the thrill of white water rafting in Costa Rica…

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Teaching

Volunteer with Buddhist Novice Monks in Laos

Asia - Laos - Luang Prabang
Discover Laos' ancient city of Luang Prabang and teach English to Buddhist novice monks, improving the quality of their education and enabling them to access better opportunities

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£945.00

"It was an amazing experience. To be able to interact with young novice Buddhist monks and know that you are actually making a positive impact on them seems almost a little surreal at first but then becomes so common place that it takes a moment when one grasps you on the arm and says “You are a very good teacher” to bring home exactly what you are doing.

But that is only a small part of it. The people that I met are what really made the Laos project something that will have a special place in my heart forever."

- Australia
Animal Care
Wildlife Conservation

Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand

Asia - Thailand - Chiang Mai
Travel to Thailand's Chiang Mai Province and assist with the rehabilitation of elephants rescued from working in tourist camps

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

1 - 24 weeks

Price from

£920.00

"I have had the opportunity to observe and work closely with these social and complex animals, which would be impossible with elephants in the wild. Staying in a traditional Karen community has been a million miles away from life in England. I have been made to feel really welcome here and I feel privileged to be part of a project that is helping both the elephants and the community in which they live."

- United Kingdom
Teaching

Volunteer with Children in Fiji

Australasia - Fiji - Fiji Islands
Discover the Yasawas when you travel to Fiji and volunteer supporting under-resourced local schools and teachers

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£1,145.00

"After my first visit to Fiji, I had to return, the country, culture and people have found their way into my heart."

- United Kingdom
Wildlife Conservation

Wildlife Research in South Africa Expedition

Africa - South Africa - Limpopo and KZN
Travel to a private Big Five game reserve in South Africa and volunteer alongside an international team assisting in vital conservation work

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,195.00

"My favourite moments were on the drives collecting data and observing the animals, improving my knowledge and understanding of the environment and working with young people who were committing time to help understand and improve the world in which they live. It was most reassuring to see young adults working together. The project gives one a more intimate knowledge of the environment and the animals, than it would seeing them as a tourist."

- Australia
Volunteer with Children

Volunteer in an Orphanage in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Cape Town
Experience South Africa's city of Cape Town when you volunteer at a township orphanage providing much needed educational enhancement and creating a more conducive learning environment

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,045.00

"Initially it was a bit intimidating and the children seemed so crazy. While the children are definitely still crazy (in a good way) each day has become easier. The children are so adorable and so much fun to play with. The days can be quite tiring but are ultimately extremely rewarding. I feel the children definitely have an advantage with their English ability when they start school. I’ve learnt something new every day. In fact, I think I’ve learnt more than the children! This is surely an experience I will never forget."

- USA
Volunteer with Children

Volunteer with Children in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio
Travel to Manuel Antonio and volunteer on a community project helping disadvantaged children with lessons and extra-curricular art workshops and games

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£895.00

"The kids both within the school and the center can be a challenge to deal with, especially because of the language gap. However, the moments when you and the kids put effort into understanding each other and the concepts, a spark ignites. It is those moments that remind you why working with kids is so rewarding and memorable."

- Canada
Volunteer with Children

Volunteer at an Orphanage in Kenya

Africa - Kenya - Mombasa
Visit the vibrant coastal city of Mombasa and volunteer at a children's center which provides education to vulnerable children

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£895.00

"I felt confident teaching from the training and being able to observe the actual teachers beforehand. Having another volunteer with you really helped the lessons as there was less chance of ideas running out or being overwhelmed by the children needing help. Trips to Mombasa Old Town, Diani and Malindi were wonderful. I felt safe and secure thanks to the staff who were always friendly, chatty and helpful. A GVI project gives you more of an experience than a holiday , and you feel as though you’re contributing positively to the community rather than just observing it as an outsider."

- United Kingdom
Wildlife Conservation
Marine Conservation

Thailand Coastal Marine Expedition

Asia - Thailand - Phang Nga
Gain a well-rounded insight into Thailand’s environment and communities by assisting hands-on with climate and conservation issues which the region faces

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£1,045.00

"One of the best things about this project in Thailand is that you do things and see things that you would never see if you were travelling with friends or alone. You are completely immersed in the culture and you experience the real Thailand, as opposed to experiencing the tourist side of things."

- United Kingdom
Animal Care
Marine Conservation

Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Jalova
Travel to Costa Rica's Tortuguero National Park and assist with the monitoring of endangered and critically endangered sea turtles

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,050.00

"It was great to be in such an amazing location with people from all over the world and from all walks of life. Everyone wanted to get something different out of the trip, but essentially we all shared a common interest in conservation. It was brilliant to experience a completely different way of life in an environment so alien to my own. Everything I had studied at school suddenly became a reality and it was awe inspiring. I loved having the opportunity to work with such creatures as majestic and mysterious as marine turtles and know that few people will get the chance to have direct contact with them in their natural habitat. I was also pleased that we had the chance to see the country; I would have been disappointed had I not been able to visit other places in Costa Rica and not been able to participate in activities such as white water rafting and ziplining that the country is renowned for."

- United Kingdom
Wildlife Conservation

Volunteer with Monkeys in Kenya

Africa - Kenya - Shimoni
Discover the Shimoni Archipelago and contribute to the conservation of one of Kenya's most critical populations of Angolan black and white colobus monkeys

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£965.00

"Waking up and having your breakfast whilst watching Sykes monkeys in the trees or fish eagles gliding overhead, then clambering up and down over logs and bushes of this lush-green forest, hopefully finding Colobus monkeys, yellow baboons, or more Sykes monkeys was all amazing. Doing butterfly sweep nets catching, identifying and holding a butterfly in your hands was unbelievable. Inputting the data from the day and having the afternoon/night to do anything you want was great. Most nights I chose just to sit and watch the unbelievable stars! Then going to bed knowing you get to do all that again tomorrow was just fantastic!"

- United Kingdom
Wildlife Conservation

Volunteer with Lions in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Limpopo and KZN
Discover wild South Africa and assist with research supporting the conservation of Africa's most charismatic big cat, the lion

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,195.00

"My highlights? Taking part in wildlife conservation and the feeling that your work had a part to play in the aim of the expedition. The close experiences with the amazing wildlife was incredible.

The program was everything I imagined it to be and more, meeting new people from all over the world is another incredibly influential factor in choosing another GVI expedition, just an amazing, life changing, all round experience."

- Ireland
Wildlife Conservation

Jaguar Conservation in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Jalova
Discover Costa Rica and assist in the protection of the endangered Jaguar. Develop new skills and an in-depth understanding of the tropical coastal rainforest

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,050.00

"It’s every big cat lovers dream to be able to capture a glimpse of the elusive jaguar, and being here gets you so close to realizing that dream. The excitement of setting up jag cams, being able to ID these cats and witness new behaviours is truly addictive. Knowing these amazing cats are thriving here gives hope for future conservation."

- Australia
Volunteer with Children

Volunteer and Adventure Experience in Nepal

Asia - Nepal - Pokhara
Contribute to the improving education opportunities for underprivileged Nepali children and trek to the famous Mount Everest base camp.

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

6 weeks

Price from

£1,775.00

"Bandipur is a spectacular location and I felt lucky to be placed there. The students seemed to come to class for the experience of the volunteers and the bonus of learning in a different setting and manner. The Everest Base Camp trek was indescribable and a great way to close out our program. GVI was supportive and assisted me in the experience of a lifetime."

- USA
Volunteer with Children

Volunteer in an Orphanage in Nepal

Asia - Nepal - Pokhara
Travel to Nepal's city of Pokhara and volunteer in a care center or orphanage, providing educational and personal development support to underprivileged children

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 20 weeks

Price from

£850.00

"I saw some things I never even dreamed I would see and met the nicest people I have ever come across in my lifetime. The only thing I hated about the program was that it ended! Fun, enjoyment and other words like that can’t even come close to describing the time I had in Nepal!"

- Ireland
Marine Conservation

Volunteer with Dolphins in Kenya

Africa - Kenya - Shimoni
Visit Kenya's beautiful Shimoni Archipelago and assist with valuable dolphin research in the stunning Kisite-Mpunguti marine protected area

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,125.00

"The staff were EXCELLENT. I was totally impressed by their enthusiasm, commitment and levels of knowledge. Every staff member was friendly, approachable and I felt that everyone was really excited to be there. It was also impeccably organised, safety was taken very seriously and the training provided was thorough and rigourous. But at the same time we were made to feel like we were also there to have fun, and lots of extras things were organised to make us have as much fun as possible."

- United Kingdom
Volunteer with Children
Teaching

Volunteer on Childcare Projects in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Discover Mexico and volunteer at a children's center run by Save the Children. Work to provide a safe environment for the children to learn and play

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£995.00

"Leaving the project – even after this short time – I find I’m connected and I’m sad to say goodbye to a place where I felt more than welcome."

- Denmark
Animal Care
Marine Conservation

Volunteer with Turtles in Greece

Europe - Greece - Mavrovouni
Discover historic Greece and contribute to the conservation and protection of endangered loggerhead turtles

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£995.00

"It is hard not to regurgitate all that has been said before – ‘how the time has gone’, ‘the amazing people’, ‘combining a beach holiday with volunteer work’. All these things are true. The one thing that will stay with me is the work with the hatchlings; watching them power down the beach, watching as they get battered by the waves but always manage to overcome them and of course the times I had the privilege to hold these tiny hatchlings. So thank you to everyone who has made this time one I will never forget."

- United Kingdom
Healthcare

Volunteer Healthcare Project in Kenya

Africa - Kenya - Shimoni
Discover Kenya's beautiful Shimoni archipelago, learn to speak Swahili and contribute to critical health outreach programs in rural communities

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£925.00

"The whole experience was just amazing. Living in such basic conditions, our contact with nature, the local community and other volunteers made this experience even more memorable and unforgettable. I would say it’s the best thing I’ve done so far (and I’ve experienced many challenges) – thank you!!! I just loved every single minute of it! Great staff and atmosphere. The whole organisation is very well run and organized, which is very important. Your website is fantastic and gives lots of important info."

- United Kingdom
Animal Care

Veterinary Project in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Travel to the Caribbean town of Playa del Carmen and assist with animal care and raising awareness on pet care practises

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

1 - 12 weeks

Price from

£845.00

Teaching
Volunteer with Children

Volunteer with Children in Thailand

Asia - Thailand - Phang Nga
Join a traditional Thai community in Phang Nga. Teach English in local schools and explore the surrounding white sand beaches and tropical jungles

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£1,045.00

"Life on base was something that worried me before I arrived. Sharing a bedroom with 11 others, living out of a backpack and no hot water? How was I going to cope? I can honestly say that life on base is great. Everyone works hard to keep the camp clean and tidy and it really does feel like home. It’s nice to get back from a hard day at school and just chill out with everyone and share stories. I have made friends from all over the world and have never laughed so much in my life."

- United Kingdom
Volunteer with Children
Teaching

Arts and Childcare Volunteering in India

Asia - India - Kerala
Travel to India and volunteer with orphans and underprivileged children. Provide one-one-one lessons as well as arts and crafts activities, boosting their educational and personal development

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£850.00

"As a student who has just completed my high school studies, I always thought that my teachers had it easy. Long holiday s, good pay and plenty of perks to go along. I have found out otherwise. This job is for the courageous, the strong, the optimistic and the brave. Coming and teaching in Kerala and learning to appreciate what a teacher can do, but also the work that goes into developing a young mind, is something that is for the brave only! Have you got what it takes?!"

- United Kingdom
Sports

Sports and Surfing in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Cape Town
Visit Cape Town in South Africa when you volunteer teaching underprivileged children from local townships to surf and care for their coastal environment

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£995.00

"I chose this program as I have a background in sports and water sports and this was a really good combination as I would get to make a difference in both fields. It has definitely met my expectations, the surfing especially, the set up is really good, the instructors are awesome and the kids really love it! I really feel I have made a difference as you see the kids’ progress and how much they enjoy it and would definitely recommend the project to others."

- United Kingdom
Construction

Volunteer on Construction Projects in Fiji

Australasia - Fiji - Fiji Islands
Help community members develop important infrastructure for future generations in the Dawsamu District in western Fiji

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

1 -

Price from

£0.00

"I learnt how to use a variety of tools, install guttering, mix concrete, build a base, drive a boat (with some help, of course), navigate at night by light of a flashlight, cook with limited foods (world-famous chefs would be envious of our creations with corned beef), adjust to long bouts of quiet, immerse myself into a new group of people, experience homesickness in a new and very unfamiliar environment, and I loved it. Not every moment was perfect and this list is not even remotely extensive, in fact the more I think about it, the more I am certain I could fill a series of notebooks with lessons learnt and favourite memories from my very brief two weeks in my life shared with you all in Fiji, but the experience really changed my life and I have all of you, my fellow volunteers, and my Fijian family to thank for it."

- USA
Volunteer with Children
Teaching

Volunteer in an Orphanage or School in India

Asia - India - Kerala
Discover India when you volunteer supporting orphans and disadvantaged children by assisting with their educational needs and providing care

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£850.00

"The free time so far has given us little snapshots into life in Fort Cochin. From the small colourful cafes where I tried musumbi juice (delicious) to drinking coconut water out of a coconut next to the Chinese fishing nets, everything I’ve done has just made me want to explore as much as I can as soon as I can! Last night we had big plans to watch a Bollywood movie so John and Rodhi surprised us with a projector up on the roof with candles, fairy lights, rugs and cushions. It was so relaxing and the film was brilliant…until the power cut. Welcome to India!"

- United Kingdom
Volunteer with Children

Volunteer with Children in Laos

Asia - Laos - Luang Prabang
Discover Luang Prabang in Laos and volunteer with children with a focus on teaching English, helping to develop their understanding of the language and increasing their chances of a better education

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£945.00

"One of the things I love about Luang Prabang is that you can walk everywhere. It’s a small and beautiful town and the Lao sense of community really gives it a small-town feel. Everywhere you go you see people you know: students, teachers, volunteers, ex-pats, vendors, the family from the guesthouse. And of course the ubiquitous novice monks with their umbrellas to shade them from the sun."

- Canada
Teaching

Volunteer Teaching in Nepal

Asia - Nepal - Pokhara
Travel to Pokhara in Nepal and volunteer in education centers and schools, helping students grow and discover their potential

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£850.00

"I was immediately treated with unbelievable hospitality from the local people. Being the age that I am, most of the village is my age which helped me make friends with them and feel apart of the village. All were welcoming to help me learn more about the culture as well as answer any of my questions.

I taught at a local Mosque for an hour before school, then went to the local government school to teach for 2 hours. The afternoons were free to relax and work on lesson plans before an after-school program with local students."

- USA
Animal Care

Volunteer with Horses in USA

North America - United States - Florida
Discover sunny Florida when you assist with the rehabilitation and care of abused mustang horses

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

1 - 12 weeks

Price from

£770.00

"WOW. What an amazing trip! I have been around horses since a young age, but this project has given me a different perspective on them and the kind of issues that a wild species can face in today’s world."

- United Kingdom
Construction

Volunteer on Construction Projects in Kenya

Africa - Kenya - Shimoni
Visit the coastal villages of Kenya's stunning Shimoni Archipelago and volunteer on critical construction projects for local communities

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

1 - 4 weeks

Price from

£895.00

"I had a truly wonderful time during my stay in Kenya. I was so impressed by how well run the program was and how accomplished, yet totally cool and friendly, the staff were. I enjoyed contributing to our small living community (water runs, chores, meals, etc.) and although I was only there for two weeks, I felt a part of the family. The volunteers and staff were a pleasure to spend time with. I am thoroughly impressed by how well run the program was. GVI offers such a wide range of opportunities, both in terms of location and length of program."

- USA
Teaching

Volunteer Teaching in Kenya

Africa - Kenya - Shimoni
Visit Kenya's Shimoni Archipelago and make a hands-on contribution to local community development projects

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£925.00

"It is not unusual for me to do crazy things. However leaving my cosy life in Sydney to fly to a small island with no electricity or running water probably takes the cake. The classes range from 20 to 30+ students all of which seem completely unaffected by the fact that their exercise books are falling apart and their text books look like they were made before I was born. All of the students have this real want to learn and the determination to overcome any obstacles in their way is written all over their faces."

- Australia
Teaching

Volunteer Teaching in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Cape Town
Visit the iconic city of Cape Town in South Africa when you volunteer teaching primary school children from an under-resourced local township school

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£1,045.00

"Volunteering and living in South Africa far exceeded any of my expectations. I fell in love with the school, the people, and the country so quickly. It has been an experience that compares to nothing I could have ever gotten in a westernized country. I saw and experienced a simplistic way of life that has affected me and helped me grow as a person. The experience of being with the children has been unforgettable. This project left me with so many little moments and memories that I’ll forever hold dear in my heart."

- USA
Animal Care
Marine Conservation

Sea Turtle Conservation in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Contribute to the conservation of endangered sea turtles in Central America when you travel to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and assist with turtle monitoring activities

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,395.00

"GVI really knows how to run a good volunteer program and seems to leave all of its volunteers wanting to return for another trip. I hope to be able to encourage my friends to try out a program for themselves and hopefully attend another expedition myself.

I gained a sense of understanding and appreciation. I had no idea how well I had it before I went and saw how people in rural Mexico are still living. I came home a completely different person from when I left home 3 months ago and I have GVI to thank for that."

- USA
Sports

Teach Sports in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Cape Town
Travel to South Africa's city of Cape Town and make a difference in the lives of local township children by teaching them a range of sports, activities the children would not otherwise have access to

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,045.00

"The experience really lived up to my expectations. The affection of the children and their enthusiasm was a particular highlight of the trip, though I also really enjoyed the Cape Town side trip. I feel that I have made a real difference here. The kids need sports lessons and would not have them without the volunteers. The experience opened my eyes to see that there is still a lot of work to do in order to give equal opportunities to everybody."

- Finland
Sports

Volunteer on a Sports Project in Kenya

Africa - Kenya - Mombasa
Visit the vibrant coastal town of Mombasa and help impoverished children from local slums by planning and leading sports lessons.

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£895.00

"I had so much fun teaching and now after two and a half weeks feel like I am beginning to get settled in the classroom. On Friday three of us went to teach P.E. The students took to the new games like wild fire, the giggles started and seemed almost contagious. I ended the school week on a high note and looking forward to the weekend ahead. Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary here I come, for a different taste of Kenya, and bring on the cold drinks and real showers!"

- United Kingdom
Sports

Teach Sports in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio
Travel to Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica and volunteer assisting disadvantaged children through organising sport-related lessons and games in a nearby community

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£895.00

"It´s great to see how a structured sports program has led to greater sportsmanship and sharing amongst the kids. This is certainly something I´m excited to see evolve over the coming months. "

- Canada
Sports

Teach Sports in India

Asia - India - Kerala
Travel to India and help teach children a range of different sports, boosting the children's development and self-confidence

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£850.00

"Coming from a sporting background and be active within many sports, coming to volunteer in Kerala was about imparting my knowledge to a new fresh group of students. Although while this was something that I feel I achieved, and had a great time doing it. It was having the students re-teach me, what it is to play, learn and mostly enjoy sports. The kick I get watching them improve and have fun is a new lesson for myself and what I view as special."

- Germany
Wildlife Conservation

Volunteer Adventure Holiday in Seychelles

Africa - Seychelles - Mahe and Curieuse
Discover the Seychelles as an expedition member assisting with crucial wildlife and terrestrial conservation projects and enjoy four day adventure trip

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 weeks

Price from

£1,995.00

"As we approached the beach, Neil (GVI staff) pointed out the tracks up the sandy beach towards the brush and our excitement rose. Charlotte and I quietly celebrated the possibility of the first sighting on this phase of a turtle nesting.

We stayed for over an hour until the turtle was finished laying her eggs and started to wiggle back and forth, diligently kicking up sand to bury her nest. Charlotte and I were ecstatic to have witnessed something most people would never get a chance to see. My only thought is how amazing the Seychelles and this experience continue to be each and every day."

- USA
Construction

Volunteer on Construction Projects in Seychelles

Africa - Seychelles - Mahe and Curieuse
Travel to the Seychelles and contribute to vital climate-care related construction projects

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

1 - 4 weeks

Price from

£945.00

"GVI are a huge part of the Seychelles community, almost all of the local people know of them and getting to work with them was something which gave me a great sense of pride."

- United Kingdom
Volunteer with Children

Volunteer Adventure Holiday in Kenya

Africa - Kenya - Mombasa
Discover Kenya's rich culture and contribute to important educational and community development initiatives with a local children's center.

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 weeks

Price from

£1,545.00

"I wanted to visit Africa since I was a child but I did not want to go as a tourist – I wanted to see the “real” Africa. I enjoyed the visits to the orphanage, the weekend side trip, meeting other volunteers from all over the world, interactions with the local community members, learning Swahili, African cooking, buying local crafts, etc. GVI was well organized and helped to make a difference and I would love to do this again. It also provides a unique opportunity to see another country as it really is."

- Canada
Teaching
Volunteer with Children
Multifocus

Volunteer Adventure Holiday in Nepal

Asia - Nepal - Pokhara
Travel Pokhara in Nepal and volunteer with orphaned and disadvantaged children before embarking on a royal trek through the region

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 weeks

Price from

£1,350.00

"So yes, I can say that I think I was the luckiest volunteer, I had the most amazing experience of my life!! I had a group of kids that really needed a volunteer and an orphanage that needed lots of attention/monitoring. The kids were so special.

My kids were rural kids and there was lots of talk of them being wild and hard to control, but I found to be completely untrue!! They were so loving and affectionate; all they wanted was someone to talk to and to be there with them. That’s what I did."

- Australia
Volunteer with Children

Volunteer Adventure Holiday in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio
Travel to Costa Rica and provide individual attention and support to children, helping to address shortages in the educational system before embarking on a four day adventure trip.

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 weeks

Price from

£1,420.00

"The children are so cute and so energetic. Sometimes they don’t pay attention and would rather play with you than study, but that´s a part of the challenge. By making play time educational the kids get the best of both."

- Sweden
Wildlife Conservation

Conservation and Kruger Adventure Holiday

Africa - South Africa - Limpopo and KZN
Travel to iconic South Africa for a real, unfiltered look into life in the African bushveld and to contribute to vital conservation initiatives, working alongside an international team of experts and volunteers.

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 weeks

Price from

£2,375.00

"For those with little time to spare and an interest in wildlife and conservation this is a great opportunity."

- United Kingdom
Animal Care

Veterinary Project in Nepal

Asia - Nepal - Pokhara
Volunteer at a veterinary project in Pokhara, Nepal, assisting with animal care and community education

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£850.00

"The personal growth and challenges that results from this trip will be appreciated for all my life to come. The passion and zest for life which had slowly dissolved over the past couple of years was reignited in Bandipur and I have returned with visions of living life to the fullest."

- Australia
Healthcare

Volunteer Healthcare Project in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Cape Town
Discover Cape Town in South Africa and run educational workshops on health and hygiene practises for child-carers, teachers, children and their parents

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,045.00

"I joined GVI to gain insight into the real world applicability of my studies in global health and social medicine. The biggest injustice I saw at the Masiphumelele Educare was that these individuals would not have otherwise had the opportunity to learn about their health. In Xhosa “Masiphumelele” means “we will succeed.” I have no doubt in my mind that the people I had the pleasure of meeting will succeed, lead healthier lives and go on to make the difference which is at the core of GVI’s mission."

- USA
Volunteer with Children
Teaching

Arts and Childcare Volunteering in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio
Travel to Costa Rica and volunteer in a community center or school, providing local disadvantaged children with the opportunity to learn new skills creative art lessons

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£895.00

"Playing with the kinder kids is so much fun. Doing arts and crafts with them can get really messy but they love doing it! Their little smiles are so contagious so it’s such a pleasure to be around them. "

- Canada
Healthcare

Volunteer Healthcare Project in Nepal

Asia - Nepal - Pokhara
Travel to Nepal when you volunteer on a healthcare project, providing support for people with special needs

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£850.00

"From my initial Kathmandu tour, to our time volunteering, my rafting and trekking, and even to the arrangement of my Indian visa and onward transport, no stone was left unturned to ensure I was given 5 star service."

- Australia
Volunteer with Children

Arts and Childcare Volunteering in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Cape Town

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,045.00

"My most positive experiences were: meeting so many like-minded volunteers from all over the world; working with the children and seeing how happy and well-adjusted they were. The safari was great – it was nice to have a relaxing trip there after a long week of work! I enjoyed being able to experience South Africa in a less “touristy” way. It was interesting to meet locals, as it gives a better perspective about South Africa. I also loved seeing how our contributions really affect the children – seeing them learn and remember words and songs."

- Canada
Teaching

Arts and Childcare Volunteering in Kenya

Africa - Kenya - Mombasa
Discover the lively coastal town of Mombasa when you travel to Kenya and make a difference in the futures of underprivileged children by introducing them to the Arts.

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£895.00

"Knowing that I helped kids in need was a great satisfaction and I enjoyed the whole experience from day one. Since coming home I have really changed…my prospects have changed and I think I have actually become a different person! The kids really changed my views on life and I think really seeing what goes on in places like that opened my eyes and has really inspired me to help more people out there. I now want to see more of the world and do more volunteer work."

- United Kingdom
Volunteer with Children

Volunteer Adventure Holiday in India

Asia - India - Kerala
Discover India and volunteer supporting orphans and disadvantaged children in their crucial early stages of educational and personal development

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 weeks

Price from

£1,250.00

"The best bit about the program has been the running of the house and the roles we have in the school. Interacting with the kids before and after school has definitely helped to form a relationship with the students that has made the program so enjoyable. I really enjoyed the experience and wish I could stay for longer. I will definitely be doing another GVI project next summer."

- Australia
Construction

Volunteer on Construction Projects in Nepal

Asia - Nepal - Pokhara
Travel to Nepal and improve the lives of local communties by building essential basic infrastructure and educational facilities

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

1 - 4 weeks

Price from

£900.00

"Well what do I say about my time in Nepal but the only word I can use is magical. From the time you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu till the time you leave, you are looked after superbly. The activities that go along with the volunteering are amazing, the trek, rafting and the visit to Chitwan. All the staff and fellow volunteers I met during my time in Nepal were so friendly and supportive; you really feel part of the family."

- United Kingdom
Volunteer with Children

Volunteer Adventure Holiday in Cape Town

Africa - South Africa - Cape Town
Travel to Cape Town and contribute to providing a safe, fun and creative learning environment for underprivileged children before embarking on a four day adventure tour

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 weeks

Price from

£1,665.00

"I lived one of my dreams volunteering in South Africa and came out the other side a much better person. I held hands with some of the most beautiful little children in the world, saw their incredible smiles every day and became friends with their massive personalities. I only have GVI to thank for all of this, for giving me the safest, best time of my entyre life, providing me with a heart full of memories, a million special moments, the passion to make a difference and for giving me that focus that there is forever something to smile about."

- United Kingdom
Volunteer with Children
Healthcare

Volunteer Health Project in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Visit Playa del Carmen in Mexico and volunteer assisting children and young people with special needs through various therapies and activities

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£995.00

"As the first volunteer to work on the new healthcare program, I was excited to visit the special needs school to learn how it runs. During my stay, I was able to be involved in the center’s equine therapy and music therapy programs as well as private therapy sessions. At the request of the school staff, we created learning materials so the staff can teach road safety and assisted with initiating a clothing drive to raise funds for the school. I think it’s very exciting for GVI to be initiating this program to assist in providing the best opportunities to these children. I look forward to following the GVI blog to see how this program develops!"

- Australia
Volunteer with Children

Volunteer Adventure Holiday in Thailand

Asia - Thailand - Phang Nga
Visit Phang Nga and volunteer teaching English to local children. Embark on a four day adventure trip and discover Thailands's most famous locations

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 weeks

Price from

£1,595.00

"One of my favourite parts of this experience has been walking around the town and meeting people. Be it shopkeepers, kids running out of their houses to say hello or locals riding on motorbikes, everyone is so friendly and welcoming. We are often given gifts of fruit by our students and other locals, and it is so satisfying to have a past student stop you in the street to practise their English skills! GVI has a great reputation in the area and I have enjoyed being a part of the the GVI group and the community."

- Australia
Volunteer with Children
Teaching

Arts and Childcare Volunteering in Laos

Asia - Laos - Luang Prabang
Discover Luang Prabang in Laos and make a contribution to local children's education and personal development with art

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£945.00

"I could not leave a class without every passing student say “thank you very much, see you tomorrow” on a daily basis. Things don’t always go the way you plan here, but that is the epitome of Lao culture. As a teacher, you are seen with great respect by the community. The second you tell someone you are an English Teacher, they bombard you with questions.

I can only speak for myself when I say that this was a great experience. But I honestly believe that this is a chance worth taking."

- USA
Construction

Volunteer on Construction Projects in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Cape Town
Travel to Cape Town in South Africa and volunteer on construction and renovation projects working to improve the conditions of underprivileged children at care centers, nurseries and schools.

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

1 - 4 weeks

Price from

£970.00

"After a few trips volunteering in Africa I wanted a new experience, chance to learn more about the environment around me. Coming here has already allowed me a much broader understanding of Africa, whilst also being surrounded by beauty and wilderness, which literally takes my breath away. Absolutely amazing."

- United Kingdom
Teaching

Teaching English to Communities in Phang Nga, Thailand

Asia - Thailand - Phang Nga
Become a fully qualified TEFL teacher and put your skills to good use teaching English in a local community, giving them the opportunity to aim for a better future

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,045.00

"Admittedly, I was surprised by the amount of time I spent working on lessons, and by the effort I put in. The course really challenges you to consider what will (and won’t) work in the classroom. However, the hours I spent working out of the classroom benefited me massively, when the time came to teach a class. The GVI staff was so friendly and supportive – they couldn’t have made it any easier for me and my fellow volunteers!"

- United Kingdom
Construction

Volunteer on Construction Projects in India

Asia - India - Kerala
Discover India when you volunteer on construction projects in local villages. Assist on projects addressing basic needs such as water security or renovating schools

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

1 - 4 weeks

Price from

£900.00

"After 5 weeks in Kochi I finally managed to visit the backwaters, they´re sooooo beautiful, it was a great excursion. Soon after we boarded, the boat left and lunch was served. The food was great: rice, chicken, a sort of grated coconut & fried onion dish (sooo yummy!), some greens and probably some more food that I can´t remember now, plenty of delicious stuff to eat. For the whole evening we were just chilling in the lounge area, contemplating the beauty of the backwaters and seeing the everyday life of the people that live by the shore."

- United Kingdom
Volunteer with Children

Volunteer Adventure Holiday in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Volunteer with GVI and Save the Children in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Help empower children to be aware of their rights and provide them with a safe environment

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

1 - 4 weeks

Price from

£1,545.00

"I loved my GVI experience as did everyone else on my phase, some of the volunteers were very much into the diving, while others loved the trips to Punta Allen, a local town, to teach English, GVI ensure that everyone has a fantastic time, no matter what you’re interested in, there is something for you!"

- United Kingdom
Volunteer with Children

Volunteer Adventure Holiday in Laos

Asia - Laos - Luang Prabang
Visit Luang Prabang, Laos and teach English to Buddhist novice monks before embarking on an adventure trek through the region

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 weeks

Price from

£1,495.00

"For the volunteers, the days “off” have actually been more intense than the teaching days. For instance, we have been to waterfalls, taking trips on the Mekong and the Nam Khan by means of kayaks, boats or just a picnic for a lazy Saturday. I believe that a quick bonding was established between the volunteers. We have more in common than we think and we are all in this together."

- Sweden
Healthcare

Volunteer Healthcare Project in India

Asia - India - Kerala
Travel to India and volunteer in a special needs school for children with disabilities, assisting with their physical and educational development as well as providing a fun, stimulating learning environment

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£950.00

"Experiencing India from a tourist angle and from the community gives a great insight and understanding. It was a great introduction to the rest of India as Kerala is very reserved and less chaotic, a great choice to wean yourself into Indian travel. I went on to travel more of India and I felt more comfortable having spent time on the project. The opportunities made available by GVI would be almost impossible to recreate without the organisation and security of GVI."

- United Kingdom
Teaching

Volunteer to Teach English in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio
Discover Costa Rica and volunteer teaching English to local children and community members in the nearby town of Quepos

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£895.00

"Assisting in the school teaching English has been a lot of fun. The kids find the way we speak hilarious so it´s funny to hear them copy us! English is really important for any job here in Costa Rica so it´s great to have the opportunity to help them with that. "

- Sweden
Healthcare

Volunteer Healthcare Project in Thailand

Asia - Thailand - Phang Nga
Discover Thailand when you volunteer with disabled children and assist with health and hygiene education in schools, orphanages and community centers

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,045.00

"When I entered the project I had a lot of expectations, and almost none of them were met as the way I thought they would be, it was much better! This was my first trip to a foreign country ever and my first volunteer project and I think it was a really good life experience. I am already looking for something more to volunteer to, and I know it’s because my experience here was as good as it was."

- Sweden

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