Global Volunteer Network (GVN)
Our vision is to connect people with communities in need. We do this by supporting the work of local community organisations in countries through the placement of international volunteers.
At GVN we align with the idea of 'local solutions to local problems', so we work with local community organizations in each country. We believe that local communities are in the best position to determine their needs, and we provide volunteers to help them achieve their goals.
The Global Volunteer Network (GVN) is a New Zealand Charitable Trust (non-profit NGO) based in Wellington, New Zealand.
Why do we do it?
"We believe in inspiring learning, innovation, and action to unlock the potential of vulnerable communities around the world."
GVN places volunteers in Asia, South America, and Africa and has fundraising treks to Everest Base Camp, Mt Kilimanjaro, and Machu Picchu; along with specialist tours such as the Youth Tour for 15-17 year olds, and our Young At Heart Tour.
JannAge: 51 or olderMaleCrossville, TennesseeDo NOT use Global Volunteer Network05/21/2015Response from GVNHi Jann, We're always sad to hear when something negative happens to affect a volunteer's placement with us. I understand you will be speaking with Colin (Founder) over the phone. Just to let you know, we haven't placed any further volunteers with this family since your stay. Thanks, Miriam (GVN)
SheenaAge: 31-50FemaleDallas, TexasCalifornia State- SacramentoCosta Rica - Carlos Maria Ulloa05/15/2015How could this program be improved?
Having a direct nurse or contact at the project location that is designated for volunteers. Someone that could help them around when they arrive.
RuthAge: 19-24FemaleBelgiumOtherBrazil Teaching Program10/02/2014How could this program be improved?
It is not always very organised, though this is very understandable as the program is located in a Brazilian favela. Come with an open mind and don't expect too much, just take in the favela life and rhythm :).
JoAnneAge: 51 or olderFemaleAmmon, IdahoBrigham Young UniversityGVN's Be the Change in Taupo04/27/2014How could this program be improved?
I do not have the expertise to suggest changes to this program. I consider it a unique training and idea exchange venue.