Taking the leap If you had told me this time last year that I would be completely in love with South Africa and never wanted to leave, I'd have been skeptical. I discovered GVI several years ago and while I wanted to join a program, I had a full time job as a primary...
Over the past decade, the number of rhinos being poached has soared, pushing some species to the brink of extinction. Now, many people are wondering what is being done and how they can get involved to protect one of Earth’s oldest living mammals. There are five...
Original photo: Joost Rooijmans You’ve just had the most incredible wildlife encounter of your life: A lion roaring right next to your vehicle. Other than amazing experiences with wildlife, here are four other reasons why it’s great to volunteer in wildlife...
If you have a passion for cats, or, in fact, fast cars, it’s likely you’ve read up a bit about the magnificent animal known as the cheetah. Quick, agile, and, at the same time, beautiful, these magnificent cats are the world’s fastest land animal and are, sadly, under...
There are only around 415,000 remaining wild African Elephants. In Asia, the situation is worse: there are only around 50,000 elephants remaining. Elephant numbers are in decline due to threats such as poaching for ivory, conflict with humans and habitat loss and...
Original photo: Isabel Sommerfeld Cape Town, South Africa is a city of contrasts. On one hand, it is a city of spectacular scenery such as frosted mountains, luscious vineyards, and botanical gardens for visitors to enjoy. On the other hand, one cannot ignore the...
Imagine the sight of the deep red sun rising over the African bushveld. The camel thorn trees are casting their silhouettes across the cinematic sunrise, and the Drakensberg mountains are towering above you. The swelling/growing light shows you the national park that...
Are you passionate about wildlife conservation? Spend your summer holidays, gap year or sabbatical making a long-term difference to endangered species around the world. With climate change, loss of habitat, and the illegal wildlife trade, animals around the world face...
Twenty years ago when you volunteered abroad, you didn't have to think about being "present". Without social media and smartphones, there wasn't much of an alternative. Fast forward to present day and it's hard to find someone who isn't wheeling a selfie stick,...
The United Nations (UN) recently revealed that 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, with that number estimated to rise to 68% by 2050. With more of us inhabiting towns and cities than ever before, the urge to reconnect with nature is undeniable. While...
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