GVI offers a variety of opportunities for young adults between the ages of 15 and 17 to gain first-hand experience in cultural immersion, marine and wildlife conservation, and community development. This is a great way to become a global citizen with a better understanding of social and environmental issues. It’s also a gateway to improving your future education and employment opportunities, as you will acquire soft and hard skills in your chosen GVI focus.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to dive in oceans of Greece, explore the jungles of Costa Rica, or the rolling Incan valleys of Peru, all while contributing to ethical impact, this is for you. This is an opportunity to connect with a network of people who share similar passions for sustainability, while also expanding your knowledge of different linguistic practices, and cultural customs. Each project is aimed at reaching sustainable objectives that align with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
- Improve your education and employment opportunities with practical skill development in cross-cultural communication, marine and wildlife conservation, and community development.
- Have an opportunity to receive the University Award by ASDAN, for participating in a GVI teen program.
- Expand your knowledge and experiences of coastal Greece, biodiverse Costa Rica, Carribean Mexico, limestone isleted Thailand, and Incan influenced Peru.
- Contribute to the 17 UN SDGs, and learn about ethical volunteering and impact.
- Become more familiar with global issues collectively affecting the environment, community, and wildlife while also making friends with like-minded teens from around the world.
GVI has a Community Development Internship in Thailand!
This is an opportunity to learn more about Chiang Mai's local Karen hill tribe culture, gaining intercultural communication skills and valuable teaching experience.
In Quepos, a coastal town, you will support self sustaining community projects such as maintaining locally produced gardens, and the renovation and construction of school classrooms. This contributes to the UN SDGs Goal 2: Zero Hunger, and Goal 4: Quality Education. This is also a way to make friends from around the world, experience different adventures such as white-water rafting or ziplining in the jungle, while also developing cross-cultural skills.
Join other international teen participants to support environmental conservation and economic development in Cusco. As Machu Picchu is a highly visited destination, with only one main source of water supply available, your contributions to preserve the natural resources of the area assists with the UN SDG Goal 6: Clean Water And Sanitation. This is also a way to visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas and be a part of locally run festivals.
Safeguard endangered loggerhead turtles and their nesting grounds in Giannitsochori. Your conservation efforts will include surveying nesting activity and assisting with protection against natural predators and nest disruption. While in Greece, connect with fellow international participants and learn more about culture and tradition in the country, while also exploring historical ruins, observing panoramic views over the Ionian sea, and visiting the Neda waterfalls, just east of Giannitsochori.
Collaborate with the Royal Thai Navy to provide medical treatment to green sea turtles, monitor the turtle’s growth rate, conduct marine debri and plastic pollution clean-ups, and support local school renovations. You will earn your ILM Youth Leadership Certificate, and contribute to ethical sustainable objectives. Experience the best of both worlds in Phang Nga, with jungle covered mountains, clear-water beaches, limestone cliffs, and an assortment of floating, and fishing villages.
Earn your PADI Open Water Diver certification, and as Puerto Morelos is a port town on the Carribean coastline, you’ll have the opportunity to dive in the second-largest reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Gain valuable practical skills in marine coral monitoring and data collection projects, research environmental changes from the ever pervasive effects of climate change, and assist in reef recovery efforts through lab grown coral transplantation initiatives.