My name is Jess and I’m fifteen years old. I live in Shrewsbury in the UK. I found GVI by looking through my Facebook timeline and seeing an advert for it . I have always been interested in volunteering and helping people and I want to work with children when I’m older, so when I saw the GVI under 18’s program in South Africa it was perfect for me . Before coming in the program I had in my head what I thought South Africa would be like. People have a bad misconception of but people have adapted to their circumstances for the better and made the best out of their situations. I would 100% recommend GVI to people I know as it has honestly changed my hole perception and I have changed and matured as a person . For anyone wondering on going on a GVI trip I would say go for it , it is so much fun living in a house with people who you don’t know and getting to know them and the leaders are young and very approachable , you honestly forget that they are leaders and they definitely become part of the group . By the end of the two weeks you honestly feel like a family and I’m so sad to be leaving . GVI has been a life changing experience for me and I will definitely be doing another one.