Back in the summer of 2013, my life changed when I decided to volunteer abroad for the first time. I was an unhappy and unfulfilled first-year University student who had contemplated dropping out on a near-daily basis. With Summer holidays just around the corner, I...
Our stay at the GVI base in Silana village was very much like a home away from home meets camp experience. Our expedition project team worked independently to execute a variety of jobs around the village. This included but was not limited to ploughing land to build...
Spring break and travel go hand in hand. For many students, that means spending a week in the sunshine somewhere beautiful. For GVI alternative spring break volunteers, that means spending a week in the sun somewhere beautiful while contributing to impactful projects....
Many things in life come down to whether you have the time or the money. Helping people and projects is no different, and anyone with an altruistic streak will eventually find themselves questioning whether it is better to give to a charity or volunteer. The simple...
‘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...
The first time I seriously considered wanting to volunteer abroad, I could hardly contain my excitement. There were so many options available to me – a project for every issue, and on every continent. I went back and forth for months before settling on a conservation...
Maybe your child just told you that he or she wanted to travel abroad to volunteer with GVI, or maybe your child is just about to leave and all the sudden your brain is flooded with questions. It can be a nerve-wracking experience to send your child abroad to...
For the last 3 weeks I have been a volunteer, working on childcare projects in Playa del Carmen, with GVI Mexico. As I reflect on my time here I’m surprised both at how much I’ve learnt and how fast the time has flown. Every day has been so varied, I thought I’d...
The highlight of my time at GVI playa del Carmen, without a doubt, was the opportunity I received being able to work with and care for people mainly children with special needs. From what I understand about the creation of Escuelita, is that in Mexico if your child...
“17 Goals to Transform our World” In September of 2015 seventeen sustainable development goals were established by the United Nations which asked the world to make substantial change by the year 2030 towards vital global concerns. The Global Leaders Summit: Bringing...
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