About Us

Founded in 1998, GVI runs 21 programs in 13 countries around the world, each manned by our own staff and aligned to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or UN SDGs as well as the objectives of local partners. We welcome participants from all around the world and help facilitate their development into global citizens in an effort to build a global network of people united by their passion to make an positive long-term impact.

Our commitment to running high-quality sustainable development and experiential education programs has earned us recognition from numerous organizations such as Panthera, Save The Children, and the Seychelles National Parks Authority, as well as, Stanford, NYU, Duke, and Ohio State. The work of our staff and participants is also regularly featured in reputable international and regional publications such as National Geographic, CNN, The Independent, and The Sunday Times.

Being responsible in our contribution to sustainable development is at the core of everything we do and we are guided by our ethical commitments and human empowerment principles. The design and implementation of our Child and Vulnerable Adult Policy is overseen by our   Child Protection Officers, who are trained up to Level Three by children’s rights organization, ChildSafe. We also take Health and Safety very seriously, which is part of the reason why all our projects around the world are run by our own staff, who have each undergone a Background check, as well as off-site safety training. In addition, any local services offered to our participants, including accommodation, transport, or tour providers, have undergone an in depth risk audit.  

We are truly a global family brought together by our dedication to long-term positive impact. At the root of our success is our commitment to investing in authentic, meaningful connections with one another, which is why mutual respect and trust are central to our operations. Although we respond with empathy to difficult situations, we believe that most circumstances can benefit from taking a light-hearted approach. By sharing stories of local achievement with our teams worldwide we build the momentum to catapult us toward our vision for the future.

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GVI In The News

GVI is one of the most well respected and prominent international volunteering organisations in world. Our opportunities have been featured in various international publications including The Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the BBC…

Our Impact

What our Volunteers do here at GVI is pretty amazing, and it makes long term, sustainable contributions towards key global and local issues as contained in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

Our Mission

What our Volunteers do here at GVI is pretty amazing, and it makes long term, sustainable contributions towards key global and local issues as contained in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

Founder's Story

It started with the tough questions  What am I doing here? Why am I doing this? Is what I’m working on really making a difference?

Why GVI

In 1995, I was living on a remote beach in Malawi running a hostel I had bought from the local chief…