Going abroad for an international experience will give you a number of skills, most of which fall into categories of interpersonal relating: communication, teamwork, leadership, etc. These can be gained through a volunteer project, an international internship, or a...
What’s Your Plan A? 20 years ago a young explorer with a passion for travel, culture and working with local communities, decided, along with a good friend, to take a group of about 20 volunteers on a marine expedition to Roatán island in Honduras. Today, GVI connects...
Getting away from the icy waters of the Arctic and into the warm waters of the tropics was all Steve Gwenin, a young marine biologist, wanted. One online search opened the door to unique destinations he could never have imagined. What he found along the way was not...
When Andrea Mackay flipped open a diving magazine in early 1998 she had no idea that what she found inside would change her life or indeed, the lives of many others. Andrea was one of 21 volunteers to join the first ever GVI program. 20 years later, she considers many...
Day 2 - Tuesday 14.11.17 04:30am. As dawn sets in the sounds gain strength. The pigs, the roosters almost 'roar' to intimidate each and every other. The chickens chat and chat and chat. I roll over and try to rest some more. Today, second hike. The big male. Bullowan....
Day 1 - Monday 13.11.17 6:00am. Alarm clock. This will be my first hike. So I put an early alarm clock. Early! The only “buzzer” around here are the circa 100 roosters around here. But I put an early alarm. Want to be top-ready for the first hike. I take time to check...
My first week on the project has been a hectic one! After taking part in the project last year for a month I had an idea of what to expect, but I knew a lot would probably have changed, and I knew it would be a whole different experience coming back for 6 months! Upon...
The GVI Elephant Reintroduction programme is brilliant. Not just because of the elephants (duh) and the community experience but also because it KEEPS YOU FIT. The health benefits: bucket showers (cold water provides increased circulation), walking, protein (eggs eggs...
Week 5’s done already…CRAZY! Just one more week here in Kochi, and it’s absurd to think that the time has flown by so fast. By now, we’re definitely settled in the routine of each week and have a good grip on all the different things we’ve been doing. I think the...
‘Traveler or tourist’ is a topic that has been hotly debated in hostels around the world, but a more interesting question is ‘volunteer or tourist’? Volunteering is a completely different activity to being a tourist, but that doesn’t stop international volunteers...
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