Location
  • Online
Term
Short Term
Subject Areas
Business Communications Conservation and Preservation Cultural Studies Entrepreneurship Global Studies Human Rights Marine Biology Public Health Public Policy

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Program Type
Direct Enrollment

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Apr 27, 2021
Aug 31, 2021

About Program

For more than 20 years, GVI has provided thousands of travelers with life-changing experiences. Now GVI Online Courses offer participants more than a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a short-term contribution but also equip participants with the knowledge and skills to turn their passion for making an impact into a full-time job.

There are two ways to complete GVI's online courses. If you would like to earn new knowledge and skills in sustainable development, simply book one or more of the online courses and complete it virtually within 2-weeks - No travel required. Or, if you’d like to earn real work experience, then you can combine an online program with any of GVI's volunteer or intern abroad programs.

GVI's online courses apply to a wide range of causes you might like to work towards, much like their in-person programs that are all aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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Program Highlights

  • Courses are offered in partnership with the University of Richmond
  • No entrance requirements
  • 45 hours of online course work
  • Flexible payment options

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Public Health

Through this public health online course, with its live lectures, real-life case studies, and assigned activities, you’ll learn about sustainable approaches to global health challenges. These challenges include: both infectious and non-transferable diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, environmental impact on health, maternal health, mental health, and natural disasters.

Marine conservation

This Introduction to Marine and Wildlife Conservation online course will give you an understanding of the fundamental theories and knowledge used in the field of conservation, and the skills to analyze protected areas through learning about surveying techniques and data collection.

Leading Teams

Complete GVI’s Leading Teams for Emerging Leaders online course to earn your first team leadership role. Study theoretical leadership concepts and earn a certificate demonstrating your mastery. Develop your own leadership style and learn how to set objectives a team can reliably achieve, give effective feedback, and manage conflict successfully.

Environmental Sustainability

Complete our Introduction to Environmental Sustainability course online to learn about how to sustainably manage the operations of public or private organizations in a wide range of fields including, apparel, agriculture, energy, tourism, transport, and food production.

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In this online course, you’ll learn to analyze the ethicality of sustainable development and conservation. Discover the frameworks used to drive ethically-minded decision making. Develop an understanding of how changes in religious, environmental, political and economical factors affect the evolution of global ethical practices.

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Program Reviews

9.57 Rating
based on 23 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 95.65%
  • 7-8 rating 4.35%
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  • Academics 8.5
  • Support 10
  • Fun 7.5
  • Housing 7.5
  • Safety 7.5
  • Content 9.9
  • Engagement 9.7
  • Support 9.3
  • Platform 9.7
  • Value 9.5
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Clémentine
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Plan your future with GVI

I've always had a strong desire to be involved in the conservation of our earth, its fauna and flora. The problem is that when you have a full-time job completely outside of this area (I work in the hotel industry), you often don't have much space to be as involved as you'd like. So when the Coronavirus crisis started, I saw an incredible opportunity to be able to get involved in the cause again, following the volunteering I had done with GVI in 2014. I quickly visited GVI's website and saw that they offered online courses for anyone who wanted to learn a little more, in conservation, for my part.
I decided to sign up for the Foundations in Sustainable Development - Conservation course. What I loved was the fact that you could progress at your own pace, with live lectures from time to time (which you can watch later). The courses were very interesting, I feel like I've added to my knowledge, not only in terms of conservation, but also for my daily life. Having been promoted to the position of manager at my work, I was pleased to see that the leadership course gave me a solid foundation to take on these new challenges with less fear and more confidence. I gained knowledge and tips that I use daily in my work. Also, having said that I was not a native French speaker, all the instructors were extremely kind to me, spoke at a pace that suited me perfectly and I felt totally confident to tell if I didn't understand something.
I know that in a few years I would like to change my career to work in conservation and having taken these courses has reinforced this idea, because I felt the involvement of all the participants, the instructors, the workers of GVI and it gives a kind of positive synergy that is hard to ignore.

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Cathryn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Outstanding Online Learning Opportunity

I’ve just completed the Advanced Wildlife Conservation online learning programme through GVI. This programme consists of 6 courses – Wildlife Conservation, Conservation Science & Research, Climate Crisis & Sustainability, Impact Measurement, Leading Teams for Impact and Careers in Sustainable Development. I loved the flexibility of the programme and being able to work this around my day job. The course material was relevant, topical and inspiring. The online learning platform was simple to navigate. And GVI support was outstanding throughout the process, as always. I have now signed up for a GVI Wildlife Conservation Internship next year and I can’t wait to get into the field and put what I’ve learned through this programme into practice! Highly recommend.

5 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hi Cathryn! Thanks for your review. I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed this program! It certainly sounds like you made the most of it. We'd love to see you registered for some of our other courses in the future and cannot wait to have you on base next year!

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Linda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

GVI Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing online short course

Absolutely loved this course!

You are introduced to the concepts of human-centred design, behavioural science, systems innovation, social entrepreneurship and impact investing through 5 manageable modules which feature engaging case studies, optional in-depth study options, additional resources and weekly discussions.

I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn how social entrepreneurs and enterprises are driving social and environmental change and how they're finding innovative solutions to the world most pressing problems. You'll find the course content truly insightful and engaging.

18 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hi Linda! Thanks for your review. I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed this program! It certainly sounds like you made the most of it. We'd love to see you registered for some of our other courses in the future!

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Jessica
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Very rewarding and educational

I did the GVI online wildlife internship program and it was so rewarding and educational! Not only was I provided with classes to learn from, but I was also given a project to create which is now going to be used by GVI and other students for further research purposes! They give you a project in your area so I was able to work with an animal that I had never previously heard of which was really cool. Knowing nothing to being an expert on a topic if very rewarding. If the online internship was this amazing, I can't wait until I can do an in-country internship!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't be afraid to do this internship! It may be a lot of money, but it is worth it for the amount of experience you gain.
20 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hi Jessica! Thanks for your review. I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed this program! It certainly sounds like you made the most of it. We'd love to see you registered for some of our other courses, virtual internships, or on base in the future!

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Cathryn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Insightful with Practical Application!

I qualified in Environmental Science about 25 years ago. These well-put-together courses have given me insight into what is happening in this field currently while at same time empowering me to apply what I’ve learned practically in my social entrepreneurship work. As a wanderer grounded by Covid-19, these online courses have been a brilliant way to stay engaged with the world and motivated to plan for when the world opens to travel once again! There is depth and substance here. Highly recommend for your sustainable development journey.

22 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hi Cathryn! Thanks for your review. I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed this program! It certainly sounds like you made the most of it. We'd love to see you registered for some of our other courses in the future!

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Karen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Sustainability and Climate Crisis Course

I participated in the Sustainability and Climate Crisis Course and the experience was more than I could have expected! The trainer was kind, professional and gave amazing feedback on all questions and assignments. She was not only knowledgable but actively working in this field, on the ground.

Participant interaction was great, I got to meet people from all over the world. Different ages, backgrounds and experience levels but one passion to know more and actively change the world.

I did this course out of interest and its great for that, but would also recommend this for anyone looking for a career in this space. The course encourages your research and critical thinking skills, leaving you wanting to dive in further!

What would you improve about this program?
I would recommend this program be mandatory to everyone!
20 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hi Karen! Thanks for your review. I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed this program! It certainly sounds like you made the most of it. We'd love to see you registered for some of our other courses in the future!

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Hendrika Johanna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

For those who want a meaningful career or job

I recently completed GVI’s Ethics in Sustainable Development online course.

I think what was probably most beneficial about it for me was how it helped me with my career choices.

I don’t think this course is just for people who’re interested in sustainable development or the ethics of it, but probably anyone who isn’t satisfied with settling for an average 9-to-5.

Many of us want to do work that actually makes the world a better place. But we don’t reflect on it. We just make assumptions about what kinds of jobs will help you make a positive impact. Our thinking might be too narrow, like “I have to work for a charity or non-profit” or “I have to be a doctor”. Or we might also make assumptions about international development work that are actually quite harmful. (You’ll learn all about this in the course).

In the final assignment you do your own research about organisations you’d like to work for and make your own career choices. The coursework prepares you for this final project.

What made my particular experience pretty interesting (and I hope you’re as lucky) is that the students were from all over the world and had different backgrounds and interests. There were people who were students and people who had been working for 20 years. There were people from Europe, Central America, and me, from Africa. I connected with people I would not have met otherwise. Some of us even connected on LinkedIn afterwards.

Also I should say I was first drawn to the course because I majored in philosophy and currently work in digital marketing and the instructor for this course, Rosie Urbanovich, has a similar background. I thought it would be interesting to learn about her career and it was. Also whenever someone was interested in a specific subject she was always helpful in helping them explore that path.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Start reading about organisations that make an impact and start thinking about how you structure your own ethical decisions.
24 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hi Hendrika! Thanks for your super detailed review. I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed this program! It certainly sounds like you made the most of it. We'd love to see you registered for some of our other courses in the future!

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Carrie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

GVI Human Rights and Advocacy Course

I participated in the GVI Human Rights and Advocacy online short course. It exceeded my expectations. I learnt a lot about the United Nations role in advocating for human rights around the world, gained a better understanding of the politics, langugage and legal processes of human rights, and became more familiar with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and what it truly represents.

This course is a great foundation for anyone passionate about this subject or seeking to develop their knowledge and skills to pursue a career in advocacy. The course provided me with a better understanding of the origins and complexity of human rights and advocacy and I would highly recommend this course to others. It's beneficial for furthering both personal and professional development.

The materials were highly engaging and well thought-out and our course instructor was extremely knowledgeable. She facilitated deeply thought-provoking and inspiring discussions that were attended by participants from around the world, including the US, Ireland and South Africa.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I completed this course over one week and would definitely extend this to a two week period. The course provides participants with some great materials and resources that definitely require more time to go through.
21 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hi Carrie! Thanks for your review. I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed this program! It certainly sounds like you made the most of it. We'd love to see you registered for some of our other courses in the future!

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