Global Vision International (GVI)
94% Rating
(167 Reviews)

Global Vision International (GVI)

Embark on a volunteer trip to the exotic country of Costa Rica for the adventure of a lifetime!
Explore volunteering opportunities in this country that boasts amazing ecosystems and the true “pura vida” lifestyle and culture! Our sustainable projects in this stunning country are focused around community development and wildlife conservation. Let us help you make a crucial difference in these useful ways:

- Track the illusive jaguar through the rainforests
- Teach disadvantaged children English, Art or Sport
- Volunteer on sustainable construction projects, or
- Help preserve the unique biodiversity that calls Costa Rica home for future generations

Enjoy our 360 degree support, develop your career opportunities and make a worthwhile difference in this charming Central American country!

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 or interned with us. All our programmes are run in in partnership with acclaimed international partners, like Save The Children, WWF, The Red Cross, PADI, Project AWARE, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and the National Parks of South Africa, Costa Rica, Seychelles, Mexico and Thailand, among others.

GVI consists of a vibrant group of friendly staff members who regard each other as family and passionately work together towards making a difference in the world.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Fanny
Female

An amazing experience

10/10

I spent 7 weeks teaching english to Novices and Monks in Laos. They are kind and they want so bad to learn new things. We always enjoy the class all together. The staff are professional and organized but also really nice and fun. Luang Prabang is a city like no other. There is temple on every corner and smiley people on the street. It's a unique experience and it changes your life!
I really recommend it!

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Sam
Male
16 years old
Scotland
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Thailand Under 18s July 2017

10/10

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.

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Tobias
Male
Pez Maya, Sian Ka'an, Mexico
Other

A lifetime experience

10/10

I had no expectations! The only thing I did know, was that I would be living under very primitive conditions in a jungle and doing research diving. What’s not to like? 
Basically, I came for the diving, but I left with so much more! I was really inspired by living and working closely with people from so many different cultures and backgrounds who all shared the same passion for protecting the environment.
We were diving twice a day, studying fish and corals, learning about aquatic life, spotting birds, collecting trash on the beach and working hard in order to make the base run smoothly.
The GVI staff taught me so much, they’re working so hard with such great passion. 
Everybody on base was family, we shared everything, especially many great experiences.
I would like to encourage everybody to go help out, to save the coral reefs before it's too late and we loose them forever! 
Have you ever dived with a whale shark? Have you ever helped a baby turtle to safely reach the ocean? Have you ever tried to make a difference for the natural world surrounding us?
- It’s never too late and I’m sure GVI will gladly help you!

Program Listings

North America

Global Vision International (GVI)
Our Alumni Team works towards establishing and enhancing a continued relationship between GVI and our ex-volunteers. All our...

South Africa

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Travel to sunny South Africa and make a difference to critical conservation and community development programs. From working...

Thailand

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Volunteer with GVI in Thailand and discover the land of smiles; a land surrounded by stunning golden beaches, intricate templ...

Fiji

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Visit the tropical paradise of Fiji with GVI and volunteer to make a difference on critical community development and conserv...

Seychelles

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Volunteer in the Seychelles with GVI and discover endemic flora and fauna, unspoiled beaches and beautiful coral reefs! With...

Costa Rica

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You can make a difference and volunteer with GVI in Costa Rica! From helping the local wildlife to working with underprivileg...

South Africa

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You can make a difference to the lives of underprivileged children when you volunteer with GVI! GVI runs a number of programs...

Laos

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You can make a difference and volunteer with GVI in Laos! From teaching novice Buddhist Monks to working with underprivileged...

India

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India is a rapidly developing country, filled with a rich culture, traditions and beautiful landscapes. There are major commu...

Africa

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Intern in the Seychelles with GVI and discover endemic flora and fauna, unspoiled beaches and beautiful coral reefs! With 14...

Mexico

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You can make a difference and intern with GVI in Mexico! From helping the local wildlife to working with underprivileged chil...

Fiji

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Join GVI in some of the most breath-taking locations around the globe and volunteer on various critical marine conservation p...

South Africa

Global Vision International (GVI)
Travel to sunny South Africa and make a difference to critical conservation and community development programs. From working...

Mexico

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You can make a difference when you volunteer with GVI in Mexico! From helping the local wildlife to working with underprivile...

Thailand

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