I learned that culture cannot be imposed on this trip. It is impossible to affect change if the culture you are in is not receptive to changing. In order to ‘make a difference’, as a volunteer I was forced to teach our project partners and communities how to change themselves. I learned that is the key to sustainable impact. I would recommend GVI as it is a great organisation that makes change more tangible for volunteers because of the pre-arranged project partnerships. I would absolutely continue working with GVI in the future on other international projects.