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...
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...
I may have only been in Laos for 2 weeks, but it took just a few days to fall in love with the place. Volunteering with GVI Laos has been the best experience of my life, so much so that I have already booked to come back again next year for longer! I remember being...
Volunteering abroad can be exciting, fun, and full of adventure. This doesn’t make it a holiday though — in fact, the two modes of travel are worlds apart. While a vacation is primarily about having a good time, volunteering is focused on making a difference in the...
Objectives: • Improving the health and well-being of the Lao community • To provide health, life-skills and vocational classes to the local community • Expand existing partnerships and develop and grow new ones On June 10th-11th and 17th-18th, GVI Laos was invited to...
Week 1: Getting used to Kochi, starting project work It’s been nearly a week in India but it’s felt like a full month already. Fort Kochi, the northern part of a peninsula called Kochi right off the main city called Ernakulum, is definitely an interesting area. Fort...
Rising to the Challenges of Conservation in Phang Nga As a first time conservation volunteer, I was eager to gain first-hand experience of the difficulties faced by conservationists. Conservation work as a Marine and Coastal Conservation volunteer here in Phang Nga...
When our program leader first let us know that a leadership course was part of our DukeEngage Thailand program, I couldn’t help but groan internally. After an entire school year, I was looking forward to eight weeks of engaging activities – how exactly did a...
‘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...
Education is everything, and everywhere – not just in school. In fact, there are some things you can’t learn within the four walls of a classroom, and you need to explore the four corners of the earth to gain. Working as a volunteer overseas is a fast track to...
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