With the growth of the internet and social media, the world continues to grow smaller and smaller – and more easily reachable. Ideas, and now even people, can spread quickly. For students in particular, this reality holds potential for career development and personal...
A gap year doesn’t have to be a year off. A structured gap year can be instrumental in helping teens develop into self-aware individuals and more focused students. With a little planning and motivation, you can use your gap year to gain work experience, save money,...
It seems nearly impossible to escape plastic in our everyday lives, doesn't it? From our keyboards and computer screens, to televisions and cellphones – plastic is always at our fingertips. Our reliance on plastic has become an epidemic. Plastic can take almost five...
For those who are driven to make the world a better place, volunteering abroad is a great way to get the most out of your travel experience. By choosing an ethical volunteering program you can be sure you’ll be contributing to local and global sustainable efforts...
It’s the quintessential Thailand experience: riding, washing, or playing with an elephant. Lots of fun for you and your new big friendly giant (BFG) friend – right? Not quite. Unfortunately, volunteer programs that let you get this close to an elephant are putting the...
If you just finished up a year at college but don’t have any plans for the summer yet, don’t worry. It’s not too late. There are plenty of unforgettable volunteer opportunities for college students, particularly those interested in engaging with high-impact...
The health of an ecosystem is maintained by its plants and animals. When species become endangered, it is a sign of an ecosystem’s imbalance. This balance is difficult to maintain: the loss of one species often triggers the loss of others. When gray wolves were hunted...
Are you fed up with the way the state of the world is often bemoaned, while no one actually seems to do something about it? News bullets abound with shocking statistics concerning the high prevalence of gender-based violence or the many people throughout the world who...
Altruism doesn’t have an age limit. In fact, your formative teen years are a great time to learn about global issues. You can have a positive impact on the world while you’re still in high school. Volunteer work for teens is about development in every sense. GVI’s...
Going abroad for an international experience will give you a number of skills, most of which fall into categories of interpersonal relating: communication, teamwork, leadership, etc. These can be gained through a volunteer project, an international internship, or a...
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