GVI: Construction Volunteering

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About

Contribute to the development and improvement of infrastructure within a developing community. This is an opportunity to gain hands-on skills in the construction and renovation of jungle gyms, educational facilities, bathrooms, and more, while also supporting environmental education initiatives and health workshops.

GVI measures a project's impact against the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, and ensures that ethical best practices are adhered to.

In your free time, travel around Nepal, participating in a Himalayan trek, stay on one of over 300 tropical islands in Fiji, or adventure around the jungles of Costa Rica.

Highlights
  • Experience day-to-day life in a remote village in Fiji, the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, and the deep set valleys of Nepal, surrounded by Himalayan mountain ranges.
  • Learn how to travel and volunteer ethically in a way that creates a sustainable impact and supports the UN SDGs.
  • Meet people from other parts of the world and learn about different cultures and traditions.
  • Try various ethnic cuisines.
  • Become a global citizen, with a better understanding of global conservation issues.

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.

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Reviews

10 Rating
based on 3 reviews
  • Impact 9.3
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 9
  • Value 9.7
  • Safety 9.3
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Luke
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best time of my life

GVI Fiji is a fantastic organisation. The staff are really friendly and helpful, and you feel like they're one of you, as they get involved in all the activities and goings-on of the volunteers. The unique thing about this programme is that you are literally immersed in the culture of Silana, a rural, coastal Fijian village, as GVI's base is actually within the village. The villagers are all really welcoming and fully support what GVI are trying to achieve, and walking around the village it is very rare not to be invited into someone's house for Fijian tea, which always involves lots of sugar and cakes!
Whether it is the education or the construction programme (I had experience of both as my time over there coincided with the school holidays), the programmes are effective. It is such a rewarding programme and you really feel like you are making a difference to people's lives, and they show their gratitude for that in a big way. I would fully recommend this programme to anyone, go on, get yourself immersed in Fijian culture!

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Abby
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Experience of My Life

If you look at my YouTube video link: 'Meet Silana Village' on my channel (1000Kazoos) you'll be able to watch a blog I made during the last few days of my 10 week trip to Fiji. I've been speaking to my fellow ex-volunteers on how they talk about their experience with the villagers of Silana and the answer is that they find it hard. There are no words that can really express what Fiji, what GVI, what my new Fijian family means to me or possibly encapsulate how life changing these experiences have been. There is nothing I want more than to make a return to my second home on the other side of the world. So if you want to change your life and meet the best people in the world, go to Silana Village and volunteer with the best kids in the world, or do construction that will forever change the lives of this amazing community. I won't attempt to use my words to tell you about Silana, I'll fail miserably, but if you want to catch a glimpse hopefully my video can offer you some insight. Happy travels!

What would you improve about this program?
This may have already changed, but some of the equipment I was asked to bring with me was very unnecessary and came at the expense of more useful items such as t-shirts that were village appropriate.. Hopefully their equipment list has been changed by now as we made this clear to the staff and they were very receptive to our ideas.
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Emma
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

First time away from home

I volunteered in South Africa in 2013 and Nepal in 2014.
Leaving home for the first time was terrifying, but GVI were very welcoming and looked after me from the word go, and I felt completely safe and happy the whole time I was there. Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever seen and I defy anyone to go without falling in love with the Western Cape. The children at the school were beautiful as well - I still remember all their names and the way they called everybody 'Teacha'. Adorable.
Nepal was also amazing (the scenery! the food!) and it being my second time out volunteering it was definitely a lot easier and I felt more secure.

The long and the short of it is - volunteering is one of the single most rewarding things you can do and I am hanging in there until I can go out and do some more of it. GVI are an excellent company to begin your career in charitable work and the only mistake I made with them is not booking for long enough!

What would you improve about this program?
I went out as a construction volunteer as I am an engineering student - construction volunteers can currently only go out for up to 4 weeks at a time, and I feel that I could have contributed a lot more if I had the opportunity to go out for longer.