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Everything you need to know about the GVI London Open Day 2018

By Petrina Darrah 4 months ago

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 Open Day 2018.

The event takes place on 6 October 2018, between 11:30 and 16:30, at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA. The nearest station is Holloway Road, a five-minute walk from the venue. You can get there by hopping on the Piccadilly line.

If you’re thinking about attending, we’ve rounded up all the information you need to know to make the most of the day.

1) You can attend presentations on topics like turning conservation into a career


We’ll have four presentations on rotation. Each covers an area in which GVI focuses its activities, and will give you a better overview of our goals and development work across the globe.

Here’s the presentation schedule for the day:

11:30/14:00 – Wildlife
12:00/14:30 – Marine
12:30/15:00 – Community
13:00/15:30 – Career and conservation focus

The presentations will be given by GVI’s Tyrone Bennett and Brooklyn Norton. Based in our Cape Town office, Tyrone is one of the directors of GVI, and has a wealth of experience from the field.

Brooklyn started her journey with GVI as a volunteer, before joining the Cape Town office. She is now the UK Outreach Manager.

Between sharing inspiring anecdotes and outlining project details, Brooklyn and Tyrone will share their passion for their work with GVI.


2) You can get £100 off all deposits paid on the day

If you’ve already been thinking about signing up for one of GVI’s programs, this discount might help you hop off of the fence. Sign up, and pay your deposit on the day and you’ll save £100 on the deposit.

Don’t stress about making on-the-spot decisions, either. You’ll have until the end of 2018 to change this program without a penalty fee.  

3) You could win a £200 scholarship

We have five £200 scholarships to be handed out on the day. You’ll need to book your program before the end of October to take advantage of the scholarship, but there’s a three-month window where you can still switch programs. This could be the boost you need to make your volunteer dream happen.

4) You can chat with former volunteers to find out what it’s really like to volunteer with GVI

Former volunteers will be coming along to the London Open Day as ambassadors. They have all been on programs with GVI before, and loved their experiences so much that they chose to stay involved.

Our ambassadors have a wealth of experience and are happy to answer all of your questions about life as a volunteer.

They’ll be able to give you advice on how to choose the right program for you, what to expect once on your trip, and can testify as to how your volunteering journey might impact you on both a personal and professional level.

“My advice for anyone joining a GVI program would be to go with an open mind, and to expect the unexpected,” advises Niamh, one of the GVI ambassadors who will be present on the day.

You will be amazed and inspired by the experiences that you will walk away with. I love traveling to new and exciting countries and I wanted to go somewhere where I could learn to SCUBA dive, which is what I did in Mexico, [while discovering] more about the environment and biodiversity of the planet.”



Fellow ambassador, Dave, echoes these sentiments. “My advice to anybody who is thinking about having a new adventure and experience of different cultures, to look into GVI and see the amazing projects they have to offer,” he said.

“Although I had no experience in teaching English, I thoroughly enjoyed every second of volunteering. I have learned that patience is key to working with the students and to slow my delivery down. This has benefited me on my return to England.”

5) The open day is free

The open day is free and open to everyone. Drop in any time you want, or stay the whole day. Bring along a friend or family member – we’re happy to talk with anyone. We can even help you convince your parents that volunteering is going to be beneficial to you.

Keen to come along? Now let’s take a look at how you can make the most of the event.

Ask lots of questions


This is an excellent opportunity to witness firsthand how diverse and passionate our volunteers are. Feel free to talk to our ambassadors and find out more about their experiences.

We recommend taking a look at our programs in advance and going with a few questions in mind. This will help you make the most of the opportunity.

Some questions you could ask might be:

  • Which program did you choose and why?
  • What is the most important thing you learned from your experience?
  • Why do you recommend GVI?
  • What’s your best memory from your volunteer program?

Check out a presentation

Try to catch a presentation. We promise you’ll find them interesting. Think about attending a session on a topic you hadn’t considered previously. You might just discover something new. This is also an excellent opportunity to learn more about the kinds of work being done to address some of the biggest challenges in the world today.


Chat with other attendees

You’re not limited to talking to GVI staff. Strike up conversations with other potential volunteers and you might meet a future travel buddy.

Bring friends or family

Our London Open Day is open to all ages and is completely free for everyone. Why not bring someone with you? It can be less intimidating when you have a friend with you. Plus the event might just convince them to go a step further and join you on your volunteering trip.

Let us know you’re interested by filling out our sign up form. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. We hope to see you there.