I worked with GVI as a volunteer every summer from 2006 to 2012 and had the opportunity to take part in most inspiring projects where GVI is promoting community development and sustainable livelihoods. Although GVI has been involved in different projects in different continents, all of them were designed to be holistic and focus on people’s needs and resources. This integrated conception of development caught my attention from the beginning, and has taught me that education sits at the center of all efforts to enhance the resilience of fragile communities all over the world.
My experience on the community project helped me to gain confidence speaking Spanish
I go home with a heart full of unforgettable memories.
Volunteering and living in South Africa far exceeded any of my expectations. I fell in love with the school, the people, and the country so quickly. It has been an experience that compares to nothing I could have ever gotten in a westernized country. I saw and experienced a simplistic way of life that has affected me and helped me grow as a person. The experience of being with the children has been unforgettable. This project left me with so many little moments and memories that I’ll forever hold dear in my heart.
Every new experience I had made me fall a little bit more in love with the people, the place and also the work.
After my first magical experience, I thought that the second trip couldn't be better, but I was wrong.
I hope to be able to encourage my friends to try out a program for themselves and hopefully attend another expedition myself.
I feel I need to share this with past, present and future volunteers. Children don’t just make small talk; they don’t make conversation just to fill the silence the way adults do. These kids ask because truly, each volunteer who have walked through those gates has made an impression. These kids are genuinely aware of our presence, and takes advantage of every opportunity they can to spend time with you- if you let them. One rule of the Ludoteca is to leave all your problems and ailments outside the gates; I feel that this is true not just for the kids, but for every volunteer too. It’s impossible to feel miserable here.
Through direct involvement in village life and a hands-on approach to problem solving, we can have significant positive impact on village life in Fiji. The implementation of a volunteering project aimed at doing just this is the most productive way to get this work done.
I was so impressed by how well run the program was and how accomplished, yet totally cool and friendly, the staff were.
So...my point is "asante sana" to you and GVI, for the wicked experience, the fun and the inspiration. Hope to see you again one day!
It was nice to see the various sides of Lao culture that you might not see as a regular tourist.