The weather isn’t just a topic for polite small-talk here at GVI. We have emergency action plans in place for all scenarios. So when the weather, or other natural forces, takes a nasty turn, we are prepared to respond to stormy situations. GVI has expert staff on the...
Find out why you should go, what to expect, and how to make the most of it. Deciding to volunteer abroad is a leap – but it doesn’t have to be taken blindly. You have the opportunity to learn more about GVI, and what it’s really like to volunteer abroad at our London...
It takes courage to make the decision to book a GVI program, get on a flight, and head off to somewhere you’ve never been before. There is always going to be a measure of anticipation, anxiety, and perhaps even fear when entering uncharted territory, particularly when...
As the saying goes: ‘Expect the best, plan for the worst’. Cliched or not, we take it to heart. This tenet is at the core of how GVI operates when it comes to promoting the health and safety of our participants, staff, and local community members at all of our 20+...
Taking the step toward making an impact with GVI is a big commitment. It requires a large time, emotional and financial investment that is not often made casually or on the spur of the moment. Many participants will spend months speaking with GVI Enrolment Managers...
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...
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