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Global Vision International (GVI)


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.


Unit 7, Westlake Business Park, 4-8 Stibitz Street
Cape Town
South Africa

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, explore the world, experience new cultures, contribute to a sustainable cause and kickstart your career!


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I went on the under 18 trip this summer (2018) and it was incredible! I met a lot of amazing people, I've stayed in touch with a lot of the group, and the supervisors were all lovely and enthusiastic. I think it is a very worthwhile cause and we all learnt a lot about turtles and about the importance of protecting them. I would 100% recommend to anyone interested as we had a lot of fun and the project does a some really important work.

Yes, I recommend this program
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I loved my experience volunteering with GVI last March. The program I helped was called Women's Empowerment and was really interesting and fulfilling. While I was there I met so many amazing people and the staff were really helpful and friendly. The local community were so welcoming and experiencing their culture and way of life was refreshing. I highly recommend volunteering with GVI and I will definitely be volunteering with them again in future.

Yes, I recommend this program

My volunteer experience in Quepos, Costa Rica with volunteers ages 18 and above was an amazing and unforgettable experience. The program consisted of organizing activities for local children and promoting sustainable development in their community. I can safely say that I made an impact on the locals and the community where I volunteered. By designing educational activities for the children, participating in beach cleans, and helping organize a community surfing event, I know that I have made a long lasting impact. I highly recommend this GVI program. It was such a wonderful experience!

Yes, I recommend this program
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My experience with the GVI Under 18 program was quite unique compared to my fellow participants. Although we all did the same activities, my experience is one that I will never forget because although it was rough it was one of my best memories and my dumbest actions. It was the second and last week we would be in Thailand so we went to see as much of it as possible and we stayed at a new housing every night. This particular housing was one of the best, the view was mountains and greenery, actually breathtaking. After we ate dinner we all went to our rooms and my room had a porch so my roomate and i were talking and having fun with everyone. They sat out on the lawn and we were on the porch. For some reason I needed to run back into my room and I didnt see whether or not the glass door was open. Running towards the room it seemed open. It was not open, my whole body smacked right into door and i just felt numbness everywhere. I fell back and when i got up I could not stop laughing, the thought that I had actually done something that dumb was shocking. My lesson to future participants is to not make the same mistake I did. Be aware of your surroundings. When I got home I went to the doctor and we discovered my busted lip, bruised knees, a concussion and a fractured nose. The next morning the staff saw what had happened and automatically raised concern. As it was my last week I didnt want to miss out on any activities but the staff definitely took care of me the best way they knew how. I would not change a thing about my experience and I would definitely continue with more GVI programs in the future.

Yes, I recommend this program
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When I was looking around at the millions of volunteering opportunities, I found it really hard to tell the difference between those opportunities where you're just a tourist not really helping, and the projects where I could be of help in a constructive way. Luckily, when I arrived in Cambodia, one of the first things I was taught was what the UN Sustainable Development Goals were, and how GVI has them in mind in everything they do. It was really great to be a part of this project and I'm looking forward to going back next summer once I've saved up!

How can this program be improved?
When I was in Cambodia, the project really was amazing and I don't know what could be made better, but I'm looking forward to seeing how it has developed by the time I go back!
Yes, I recommend this program


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