I was extremely impressed with GVI. Although my experience with the organization has not been a long-standing one, GVI certainly has left a positive impression on me. Over the course of less than 3 months, a Google search for an overseas volunteer opportunity lead me to GVI, I spoke with a fantastic GVI representative, was advised of a suitable appealing volunteer project, applied, sorted a visa and landed in India. The process was swift and professional, from landing on the GVI website to the GVI India project site. The team on the ground were nothing short of wonderful; professional, welcoming, fun and caring. Most of all though I was incredibly impressed with the caliber of the GVI staff and the management of the project. Put very simply, the guys really know their stuff. This was not a project were I was left feeling warm and fuzzy nursing babies or painting pretty purposeless pictures. The GVI project in Fort Kochi is all about creating sustainable change. There is a sophistication and to the depth of the project looking to empower local women, educate the underprivileged from the slums and brighten up the lives of those living in the relief settlement. The induction set me up for success, so within a day I was creating and delivering successful English lessons to the children. It was incredible rewarding and fun throwing a Christmas party in the slum in Watharuthy, not to mention really well received by the 25 children we were teaching in a room the size of a walk-in-wardrobe. Life on base was really fun with Bollywood lessons, henna painting, general shenanigans and socializing. My time with GVI was the experience of a lifetime and one that I’m keen to recreate on another project as well as encourage others to do the same.