GVI: Global High School (Under 18) Volunteer and Adventure Programs
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GVI: Global High School (Under 18) Volunteer and Adventure Programs

We are proud to launch our new GVI Business Internships Abroad!
Business Internships Abroad are a great way to apply your business management and leadership skills and explore the world while experiencing new cultures and contributing to a sustainable cause and kickstarting your own career!

GVI’s Business Internships are the perfect opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience, especially if you are a student majoring in:
- business management,
- human resources,
- accountancy,
- marketing or
- international relations students

Business Interns can look forward to using their theoretical training skills to work in a local community with developing entrepreneurs, assisting them with developing their microenterprise businesses by:
- running hands-on, educational workshops on microenterprise business skills,
- conducting business training initiatives and
- mentoring and guiding small business owners

To apply or find out more about the value of the internships, follow the link below.

Catered towards current high school'ers or students under 18, the GVI programs across the globe contribute to a variety or projects.

Volunteer and Adventure Experience Locations:
  • Volunteer and Adventure Experience in Costa Rica: Join an international, under-18 volunteer team and experience Costa Rica while giving back to the community. There are many projects to contribute to such as: improving the lives of underprivileged kids by assisting on constructions projects in Manuel Antonio. During your free time, you'll be able to lounge on the serene beaches, enjoy the native flora + fauna and soak in the local Tico culture.
  • Greece Marine Conservation Awareness: Greece is a historically rich country and you'll hit the ground running by joining a team of volunteers from all over the country working on efforts to conserve endangered loggerhead turtles. They nest on the beautiful beaches of Giannitsochori and you'll be logging nesting activity in addition to protecting the eggs from predators. You'll get to witness their inaugural journey to the ocean, too!
  • Volunteer and Adventure Experience in India: The GVI India program provides you an opportunity to travel to Kerala and volunteer in the local slums on several different types of construction projects. There are many tasks such as: building eco toilets, working on home repairs, improving schools and playgrounds and much more. India is a unique region with many different types of activities to engage in whilst volunteering.
  • Marine Conservation Awareness & PADI Advanced Open Water Course: Looking to further your PADI certification? Look no further than our Marine Conservation Awareness & PADI Advanced Open Water Course program. You'll earn your merits in the gorgeous Yucatan Peninsula while swimming among the living coral and fish. Experience new dive sites and the stunning beaches of Mexico.
  • Volunteer and Adventure Experience in Nepal: Join a group of international volunteers to meet the needs of a Nepali community. Groups will work on one of a variety of projects to improve local infrastructure- from building water tanks for drinking water, improving sanitation facilities or renovating schools to create healthier learning environments. Participants will divide their time between immersing themselves in local the community to experience Nepali culture and exploring the fascinating geography of the region on a 4 day trek. Make this summer different for you and those you help!
  • Volunteer and Adventure Experience in South Africa: Eager to experience a new culture while contributing to the local community? The iconic city of Cape Town offers breathtaking coastline in addition to being a thriving, multi-cultural metropolitan hub. While exploring the southern-most tip of South Africa, you'll have an opportunity to work with local disadvantaged kids on orphanage and school renovation projects throughout the city.
  • South Africa Wildlife Awareness: Looking to improve your awareness of conservation? Look no further than the majestic Limpopo Province. Immersed in the South African bush, you will learn to spot and track animals, wilderness survival skills and improve your celestial navigation abilities.
  • Volunteer and Adventure Experience in Thailand: Spend your summer in the Phang Nga province of southern Thailand! Go beyond the tourist traps and see a truly unique view of Thailand. Our group volunteer projects focus on the local Non-Formal Education Centre to help build and maintain a community learning environment. And after many long and satisfying hours at work, explore the amazing beaches and landscapes as adventure around this beautiful region of Southeast Asia. GVI offers you the opportunity of a lifetime- to take the time to explore while giving something back!
  • Mexico Marine Conservation Awareness: Earn your PADI Open Water certification while expanding your knowledge about marine conservation -- did we mention this all takes place on the beautiful beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula?! Explore the ocean by swimming with fish + coral (while learning about their species and marine research best practices). Also enjoy the land adventures such as: exploring ancient Mayan Cities, lush jungles and much more!
  • Under 18’s Spring Break Costa Rica Community Development: Use your spring break to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged communities; instead of simply traveling, spend your time giving back to a local community in Costa Rica. You get a chance to get involved in helping to develop the infrastructure and educational environments of the local community.
  • Under 18’s Spring Break Marine Conservation Expedition Mexico: Make the most of your spring break and travel to the stunning Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and volunteer in marine conservation. All our volunteers will get a chance to earn their PADI Open Water qualification on this unforgettable trip. Discover the beauty and adventure Mexico has to offer!
  • Under 18's Costa Rica Wildlife Awareness: Join our wildlife awareness program for under 18's in Costa Rica and be sure to have the adventure of a lifetime. You'll get a chance to join a team of international teens and help us contribute to long-term conservation and community projects. Our under 18's can look forward to living and working in an authentic Caribbean town, experiencing its rich culture and food, while contributing to the conservation of sea turtles.
Asia » Thailand
Africa » South Africa
Asia » Nepal
North America » Mexico
Asia » India
Europe » Greece
North America » Costa Rica
Program Categories
Adventure Travel
1-2 Weeks
Starting Price

Questions & Answers

It is actually not necessary to speak the language of the country you are going to, all programs will feature guides in English. If you desire to speak the language, there will be lots of opportunities to practice and learn.

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Program Reviews (4)

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16 years old

Thailand Under 18s July 2017


I was recently involved with GVI on their under 18s program in Thailand. One of the highlights was when we were doing construction work in an education centre for Burmese refugees. This is a picture of me playing football with some of the younger children who are the beneficiaries of our work there. I was able to ride on a Samlor (motorbike + trailer sidecar) full of rubble and plants with two Burmese boys of around 16. Even though we couldn’t communicate in each other’s language we were working together to achieve a common goal- to better the lives of the community. I especially remember being passed bricks out of the side of the samlor in the sweltering heat with sweat dripping down my bright red face. In that moment, I felt as though I was finally doing something genuinely meaningful. The outdoor classroom we created together will exist as a testament of our efforts and benefit the lives of many hundreds of children. I would thoroughly recommend GVI thoroughly if you are interested in going abroad as they provided me with an experience that I will never forget.

How can this program be improved?

I feel as though the only way that the program could be improved would be to make it longer! When the two weeks had finished, I felt a deep longing to be involved in the country for a longer period of time.

31 years old
Columbus, OH
Arizona State University

U18 Costa Rica


GVI Under 18s in Costa Rica is the perfect mix of meaningful volunteer work and adrenaline pumping activities. Working within the local communities is much needed and you feel the work you do every day is important. You'll have plenty of opportunities to practice Spanish and maybe even learn how to cook in an authentic Costa Rican kitchen. Outside of volunteering there is time to visit the beach, see local markets, surf, hike, rappel down waterfalls, camping and go white water rafting on one of the most beautiful rivers in Costa Rica. Get ready for a truly once in a life-time trip- complete with monkey and sloth sightings! As they say in Costa Rica, come and live !Pura Vida!

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Every moment with GVI was amazing. From the first step out at the airport to my very sad departure 9 months later. The staff were extremely welcoming and always there when i needed to ask any questions- and i asked alot. With GVI you have that support all the time while still having that complete freedom of doing what you want also. Besides that, the children and adults in Nepal are the nicest people you will ever meet. Completely welcoming and generous.
Loved it!!!

How can this program be improved?

Only thing is the housing which is expected in a third world country but even then everyone goes out of their way to make you feel comfortable and at home

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32 years old
Bangkok Thailand
Stanford University

GVI is a ripoff scam


I was horrified to learn after I arrived in Thailand that 1--my money wasn't going to the community but to the owners of GVI to perpetuate their lavish lifestyles, 2--that their excuse for poor living conditions and bad food, namely that it was for the good of the Earth, was a lie, 3--that we were in very real danger on the other side of the world and GVI would not protect us, and 4--that if anything bad did happen, GVI would cover itself before looking to our welfare. I don't know if all GVI programs are like this, I only know that they have a practice of lying and fraud in Thailand that extends to the owners at the top.

About The Provider


GVI is an award-winning organisation that tackles critical local and global issues by operating education and training programs on sustainable development projects around the world.

Formed in 1997, we have been operating our award-winning programmes for over two decades and over 25,000 participants have volunteered