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Global Vision International (GVI)

About

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.

Website
www.gviusa.com
Founded
1997
Headquarters

Unit 7, Westlake Business Park, 4-8 Stibitz Street
Tokai
Cape Town
7945
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!

Reviews

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Heather
10/10

I took part in the Wildlife Conservation Short Term Internship in Limpopo during the summer of 2018 after searching online for a volunteering abroad. I spent 2 months with GVI and the days consist of two game drives which are always full of surprise as you never know what your going to see. As well as game drives you get involved in reserve management which is great fun as you get involved in many different projects. They teach you a lot in the first week, so that everyone has the same knowledge no matter of previous experience and makes sure you get the most out of the experience. The staff are really knowledgeable and great fun, always there to answer any questions. Life on base is basic but a welcome change to normal life and the food is incredible. After coming back from GVI it has helped me realise where my strengths lie and given me many options for career development where I was lost before. You truly see once in a lifetime sightings and make friends for life. I had the most incredible time and never wanted to leave which is a feeling I have never had when volunteering abroad before.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Henry
10/10

I recently spent six months volunteering with GVI Laos in Luang Prabang and, despite some initial nerves and scepticism, it was by far the most exciting and rewarding thing I have done in my life so far.

Luang Prabang is one of GVIs most established bases having been running for a number of years, as a result the links and partnerships with local institutions are extensive and all those involved are held in very high regard within the local community. The success of GVI’s Luang Prabang base can be put down to the quality training and inclusive,supportive atmosphere generated by the team of staff, headed up by the project manager whose energy, enthusiasm and dedication is as infectious as it is inspiring. The training received by all volunteers in the first week gives a comprehensive overview of the key aspects of effective EFL teaching, so even if you have no previous teaching experience you will still be equipped with a range of skills when you enter the classroom.

I could not have asked for a better experience from the team at GVI from pre-departure to the end of my project. However, it was the location and the people that I very quickly fell in love with. The Luang Prabang is situated within in the spectacular forests and mountains of northern Laos on the banks of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. Within you will find a huge number of beautifully preserved bhuddist temples, the food in Laos (as well as the coffee and the beer!) is delicious and there are seemingly hundreds of independent cafes and restaurants to choose from, especially on the stunning banks of the Mekong. Most special of all however are the locals and students. Laotians by nature are quiet and mild-mannered and I found the locals to be some of the warmest and most hospitable people I have ever met. The students were a joy to teach, so energetic and keen to learn with seemingly permenant smiles, as well as demonstrating the keen and sometimes cheeky sense of humour that Laotians are famous for!

I would recommend this programme without any hesitation. GVI is a wonderful organisation and their Laos programmes have a justifiably excellent reputation. Be prepared to work hard but you will be motivated and inspired by the dedication and gratitude shown by the students. What you get in return is an immense feeling of pride in knowing that you have contributed to something that is making a positive and lasting contribution to people’s lives.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jonathan
10/10

I booked my trip to Thailand to take part in the elephant conservation because I have always loved elephants and wanted to do something worthwhile with my 6 week holiday. I chose GVI as there dates fitted me best and were priced better than most. The pre-departure team are amazing and they all help massively in any way they can. Once in Thailand I made some amazing friends instantly which is made easier by the outstanding field team who all help you integrate very quickly. The weird thing was I went there for elephants but didn't expect to have such an amazing time, and I also didn't expect to love the community as much as I did. I fell in love with the people of Huay Pakoot and leaving them was the hardest part. After my 4 weeks in Thailand I departed for Singapore and was then due to go on to China. In a moment of madness sat in my Singapore hostel, I rang GVI and arranged to extend a further 2 weeks in Thailand. This was such a good decision as I loved every minute of being there. I have already planned to go back and to finish off would just like to thank GVI for giving me such an amazing time and changing my life.

How can this program be improved?
The program honestly can't get any better!!!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sara
10/10

I can pin many of the things I have done in the past few years and much of the person I have become today as having stemmed from the time I spent with GVI in Costa Rica. It was such a formative experience for me, in the way I now see the world, my own personal development and even the people I have in my life. I really did make friends for life, I'm still in contact with people I was away with and one is even my best friend three years down the line! I learnt so much from the homestay, construction work and adventure week and Costa Rica will always be a very special place to me, all thanks to GVI!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Dannielle
10/10

I only went for two weeks but it has changed my entire perspective on life and helped me find myself. I went over there a little lost having no idea what I truely wanted to do. I study a Bachelor in Science in Conservation and Biological Science and I came over to test if it was something I truely wanted to pursue. And man did I make my mind up. It’s 110% what I want to do an you and the team helped me come to that realisation. GVI Karongwe are so inspiring and supportive For anyone that is considering going on a GVI trip I cannot recommend it enough, even if you want a holiday, consider doing GVI, it is so rewarding and you see parts on the country and its community that wouldn’t be able to see as a mere tourist. There is no previous knowledge necessary, the team trains everyone up to get ready to hit the safari. I made life long friends on this trip from all over the world, from UK to Ireland to Columbia. We still talk atleast 1-2 twice a week. It's an experience you’ll never forget. But don't take my word for it, DO IT!

How can this program be improved?
The Program is amazing and I cannot think of a way to improve it everything is so carefully thought out the only way to improve the experience is to make sure you book for a minimum of a month as 2 weeks is just not enough. Take it from me.
Yes, I recommend this program

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