Health and Safety
At GVI we know how to have fun, but the well-being of our volunteers, staff and the local communities in which we work is something we take very seriously too. Ultimately, upholding our high safety standards comes down to having well-trained and managed staff, good protocols and finally, well-trained and managed volunteers. We have a strong staff structure, incorporating experienced, trained and dedicated personnel into a fun, professional and caring team. Here are just a few of the protocols we have in place to ensure that our young volunteers have the best possible experience:
- All our staff are first aid trained and qualified.
- All Under 18s volunteers receive a high-level of supervision. During downtime on the program, staff organise enjoyable games, discussion topics and fun activities to ensure there are no opportunities to get bored!
- All of our activities and locations are risk assessed, using an internationally recognised system of matrix. We have Emergency Action Plans in place for all major foreseeable incidents, written by trained experts and reviewed periodically, with numbers and contacts for local emergency services.
- We hold night-time debriefings to discuss how the day went and the plan for the next day and the week ahead. We allow time for jokes, funny occurrences, and share stories from the bush. There is also time for health and safety considerations and questions.
- We conduct regular checks on our first aid kits, vehicles, fire extinguishers and record these checks.
- GVI has a strict “zero tolerance” policy for alcohol, drug-use or breaking local laws.
This fun-filled experience promises to be the adventure of a lifetime. Still have questions or concerns? Our Country Experts are here to help you!
Limpopo's short, mid, and long-term objectives
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.
Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.
Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfill our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in Limpopo:
1. To provide long term and consistant data for Karongwe Reserve Management to assist with Reserve Management decisions based on scientific data
2. Increase local awareness of GVI's purpose and impact on Karongwe PGR
3. Increase scientific output
4. Contribute to three large scale reserve management projects alongside the Warden in accordance with the Reserve's Management Plan
5. Increase our in-country capacity by providing environmental and conservation education and training
6. Increase our in-country capacity through community upliftment projects