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Make a Difference with GVI

Our projects are centered around making a positive impact. An experience with GVI is one that creates positive change and inspires students to continue making a difference with a deeper sense of global engagement.

We are driven to provide a sustainable, positive impact, alongside both our local project participants and our global partners. Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, each project has long, mid and short term objectives that are defined with each local partner. By working within these parameters, we ensure we are making the biggest difference possible, for all parties involved.

Our partnership with GVI has allowed us to expand our program of safeguarding at risk children in Mexico
Save The Children

Quintara Roo, Mexico

The UN Sustainable Development Goals

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Each project has long, mid and short term objectives, defined with each local partner, that are set by using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework.

Each participant will learn about these objectives and the steps being taken towards their success, in relation to their specific project, as well as in a broader, more global sense. Our aim is to empower each participant, for them to learn about local and global issues and the United Nations SDGs, and for them to take this knowledge home and continue making a difference, and working closer to our mission.

Make an Impact

Renowned Field Partners

Since 1997, we have worked with a whole range of internationally renowned organisations. Some of our key, current international partners and beneficiaries include Save the Children (Mexico), The Red Cross (Fiji), The Endangered Wildlife Trust, Government Ministries for the Environment, Youth and Education (in various countries), and the South African National Parks Board.

Long-Term, Local Partners

GVI supports both international and local charities, non-profits, and governmental organizations around the world, and works with local partners on-the-ground, year-round, in each of our bases around the world, to ensure that we are targeting the needs of the local communities. Through financial support, international recognition, and participant support we work together towards achieving mutually-beneficial long-term goals.

Knowledge of Global and Local Issues

Our project participants will enhance their global citizenship and intercultural competency by learning about the United Nations SDGs and applying it in a project-based setting. Our programs incorporate learning into an international experience to inspire a lifetime of engaged citizenship, an international outlook, and intercultural fluency skills.

Featured Research

Research Article - Costa Rica

First record of jaguar (Panthera onca) predation on a loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

Research Article - Seychelles

Linking Protection with the Distribution of Grouper and Habitat Quality in Seychelles

Research Article - Kenya

Trap modication opens new gates to achieve sustainable coral reef sheries

Research Article - Costa Rica

King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) scavenging at green turtle (Chelonia mydas) carcasses in Tortuguero, Costa Rica 

Research Article - Caribbean

Caribbean Corals in Crisis: Record Thermal Stress, Bleaching, and Mortality in 2005

Research Article - Amazon

The response of faunal biodiversity to an unmarked road in the Western Amazon

Research Article - East Africa

Effects of nature-based tourism and environmental drivers on the demography of a small dolphin population.

Research Article - South Africa

Recent News and Events

Summit - Worldwide

GVI Director of Programs, Daniel Ponce-Taylor speaks at the annual Blue Oceans Summit 2016.

Conference - Costa Rica

GVI are on the organizing committee for the Mesoamerican Biological and Conservation Society Conference 2017 in Costa Rica

International News - Fiji

The Fiji Times Online - Recycling project

International News - India

The Hindu - A feast for the senses

The GVI National Scholarship Program

GVI runs National Scholarship Programs (NSP) worldwide to enable and fund local nationals to participate in our programs and receive all relevant training. Aimed to enrich local capacities and provide unique opportunities for local youths, the NSP enables individuals to gain valuable practical experience in marine/terrestrial monitoring techniques, teaching or community development skills, among other areas.

Over the last 19 years, we have seen many Scholars go on to work for GVI or select partner organisations, or continue on with their education.

Read Kutullo's inspiring story!

I grew up in a small rural village called The Oaks, went to school there and that is how I knew about GVI. I was about 12 or maybe 13 years old when GVI visited our school Diphuti Primary School to teach us about wild animals. We took part in a competition, and we had groups competing for a research drive at Karongwe Game Reserve with GVI. Fortunately enough my group won and we went for a drive. After that I never looked back and have always wanted to be involved in wildlife and also in community development.

After high school I went to volunteer at Daktari Bush School and while with them got a bursary to study Environmental Education at the South African Wildlife College. When I finished I told Daktari that I actually wanted to work with wild animals. Daktari had partnership with GVI and got me in touch with them, and I was offered a three month scholarship with GVI. I could not believe my eyes!

My time at GVI was amazing. I did my guiding qualification while I was there and just soon after that I was offered a job as a research assistant, and after a year I was offered to take charge of the community project that we run, and am now enjoying every moment of it and still developing the project!

Kutullo Shai

Karongwe, South Africa, National Scholar

Hear what our partners have to say!

Since 2012 ‘Coastal Jaguar Conservation’ has been working in partnership with GVI at their 'Jalova Biological Research Station' in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica. This collaboration aims to monitor the jaguar (Panthera onca), other wild felids and their prey species populations in an effort to support future management plans for the area.Some of the main aims of the project are to assess jaguar population trends in the coastal habitat of the Park, study the predator-prey interaction between jaguars and the four species of marine turtles (Chelonia mydas, Dermochelys coriacea, Eretmochelys imbricata and Caretta caretta) that nest in Tortuguero beach, as well as to describe the social and feeding behaviour of jaguars as a result of this interaction.

The partnership with GVI has been of great benefit to the project, and collaboration efforts such as this one are essential in supporting conservation efforts in the area, with each partner bringing their own unique strengths and resources to the project.

Coastal Jaguar Conservation

Costa Rica Tortuguero National Park

GVI and Coastal Jaguar Conservation have joined efforts with the ‘Wild Cat Genetic Program’ of Panthera to gain a better understanding of the jaguar population in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica. Since 2012 jaguar scats have primarily been collected, but recent advances in genetic analysis techniques have allowed us to diversify into the collection of saliva samples from the carcasses of marine turtles predated by the jaguar as well. This information will be essential for future management plans, and to secure the conservation of this emblematic species throughout its geographic range.

Costa Rica Tortuguero National Park


"GVI's presence at Jalova generates a positive effect in many ways. The rangers around the station learn from GVI staff whilst they generate information for the national park management (aquatic birds, reptiles, amphibians, turtles, etc). With GVIs help, it’s easier to achieve Tortuguero’s National Park goals"

Costa Rican Ministry of Environment (MINAE),

Tortuguero, Costa Rica


GVI's research and conservation has been of great benefit in raising awareness and providing data towards the conservation of marine mammals in Kenya. By providing WWF Kenya marine programme staff with training and scientific advice we have been able to get a head-start in our current efforts.

WWF Kenya

Mike Olendo, Marine Projects Manager

kenya-wildlife-serviceGVI’s Research Programme has been instrumental in the research-based management efforts of KWS such as; the ecological basis for the KWS Shimoni area long term management plan, the protection of marine wildlife by awareness raising and education such a tour-operator workshops and primary school level environmental education and the coordination of primate and marine mammal research along the Kenyan coast. Besides, GVI actively collaborated with KWS to produce dolphin watching code of conduct for dhow operators so as to enhance sustainable tourism.

I would highly recommend GVI as a partner for any conservation and wildlife management focussed organisation and in addition a platform for development of nationals in developing countries.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)

Jillo Katello Wato, Research Scientist

I would like to thank the GVI Water Security Project for reaching out to help communities where they are most vulnerable and where it matters most.

Fiji Red Cross

Filipe Nainoca – Director General


GVI's dive safety standards are exemplary.

DAN (Divers Alert Network)

GVI through their very well structured volunteers program has supported WWF to disseminate the whale shark tourism good practices campaign.

WWF Mexico

Judith Morales


We choose GVI to help us run our volunteer program due to their field structure and excellent reputation.

SANParks (South African National Parks)