I remember when I decided to come to Thailand it was one of the most nerve racking decisions of my life and it didn’t sink in at first. The first thing that comes to mind is that you’re going to be alone in this completely new country, but from the moment you get to...
“Coral surveys are by far one of my favorite ways to kick off the day. I could spend hours in the warm, gorgeous waters of the Andaman Sea, and every survey site we visit is unique. In the wake of widespread pollution, climate change, and rising ocean temperatures it is evermore important that we commit special attention to the oceans’ coral reef habitats. Coral reefs are not only beautiful, they are the hubs for a great variety of marine life. They are the busy, beating heart of the oceans, drumming with diversity, eco-systems, food chains, shelter, survival, and new life.”
It is difficult, as you can imagine, to understand how short term volunteering can contribute to sustainable development and the ambitious goals set by the UN to achieve by 2030. One only has to look at the vast array of volunteering options worldwide to understand...
Kampong Cham City – the heart of GVI’s Cambodian operations –is quite unique. Big enough to have its own quirks and the hussle and bustle of urban life, but small enough to be unlike the other Cambodian cities you’ve probably heard of. Three hours to the east of Phnom...
Anyone who visits a local store or market will understand why Thailand is one of the world’s largest consumers of plastic. Drinking bottled water is the norm, and each purchase is accompanied by the offer of countless plastic bags and straws. Government figures show that the country uses 4.4 billion plastic bottles and 7.3 billion plastic bags per year, and about 1.03 million tonnes of this waste ends up in the ocean each year.
Introduction: The city of Kampong Cham Kampong Cham- the third largest province Cambodia and the base of GVI Cambodia- boasts a beautiful riverside front, a variety of colonial French architecture and stunning Cambodian countryside. What is particularly unique about...
Whether you are planning on attending a project at either of our Thailand hubs or if you are simply interested in travelling responsibly and ethically as you travel this remarkable country, there are a few choices to keep in mind when planning your visit to see elephants. Every choice you make, and every baht you use at an ethical sanctuary over a basic tourist attraction helps the industry to develop and make better choices of its own so that future elephants will be treated better.
It was an eye opening experience coming out here with GVI in Phang Nga. It taught me more than just facts, statistics, routines and labour. It showed me how to look at things through different lenses, to experience things from a different perspective, and how to take initiative in being the cause. But above all else: it showed me how to enjoy it all while making a real difference. GVI, you were one of the best decisions I ever made in my life.
I’m a second-year student at Bournemouth University, as a student, one of my requirement was to do a work experience placement for 10 weeks over the first and second years. I decided to take my time abroad and look into conservation and the ways that different...
Don’t get me wrong I enjoy 5 stars, fluffy towels and a well-stocked mini-bar with the best of them. I quite fancy taking a dip in an infinity pool and spending time exploring European cities. I thoroughly enjoy frolicking by the seashore on a majestic island. But the...
- Cape Coast
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