Global Vision International (GVI)

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In winter of 2014 I went on GVI's Volunteer and Adventure Experience. This trip consists of two weeks trekking to Everest Base Camp and four weeks volunteering with children in Pokhara. I loved every minute of it! Trekking to Everest Base Camp was a once in a lifetime opportunity and hands down one of the best things I have ever done. There are no words to describe the beauty of the Himalayas. I can't even describe in words the happiness I felt during those two weeks up in the mountains. Although I can't say the trek was easy (I did it in Jan/Feb - it gets cold!), I can say it was was incredible. Volunteering in Pokhara for a month was also a wonderful, life changing experience and I will never forget the children that I spent a month working with. Pokhara is also such a wonderful place to live (it has a really laid back vibe).
For anyone that is considering this trip I would say GO -- don't underestimate your self (you are capable of doing the base camp trek :) ). You won't regret it!

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Posted: May 8, 2014
Overall:
8
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8
Value:
10
Age:
23

Looking for a challenge, I decided that I would like to try volunteering. Not knowing where to start, I searched the internet, out of the all of the different Charity and volunteer organization I chose Global Vision International.

Right from the start I was put in touch with a country contact whom helped me discover what the program was about and what I would be doing during my stay.

I was in Costa Rica for three months, and during this time learnt so much about the culture, lifestyle and works of GVI.

A normal day . . .

Up at 5.45am to either cook breakfast, eat breakfast or assist with the general tidy up, it's all hands on deck right from the morning!

Then it was off to project for a big day or learning, educating, playing and sometime conflict resolution . . .

Spanish lessons were great and extremely helpful, a great additional to the program. And nicely our teachers's children also went to the school where we assisted so there was also a real sense of community between the volunteers, students and teachers.

Afternoons were entirely up to you, as long as your chores were done . . . Ah chores . . . Everyone body pitches which makes for a happy living environment.

It was such a wonderful experience and one I will always remember, still keeping in contact with friends from my time in Costa Rica we will be friends always.

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Posted: May 5, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
8
Age:
31

Expect the unexpected. My life of trinkets, hot showers and technology paled into insignificance when I arrived in GVI Jalova in the Costa Rican jungle. Expecting to see only Green sea turtles, I found a scientific research and ecology base with highly educated staff. They trained us in theoretical and infield bird and mammal track identification, amphibian and reptile identification, marine turtle morning, night and excavation protocols, jaguar predation of marine turtles, camera trapping techniques and emergency first response training. Not only did we receive theoretical training but had the unique opportunity to practice these. Yes a long list and that was what was unexpected. Even more of a surprise was the bonding of people on base, like a close knit family, and feeling totally safe in a difficult environment 24 hours a day.

Had I known how intense the experience would be, I would not have gone. However thumbs up for the unexpected surprise. It proved a challenge and I would not hesitate in recommending this trip to anyone who is up for having a life changing experience..

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Posted: October 18, 2013
Overall:
9
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9
Value:
9
Age:
58

From the moment i stepped off the plane in Johannesburg I was met by smiling, friendly GVI staff, along with the other volunteers who would also be joining me on the program. After a few hours drive and a lot of very nervous conversation between everyone we arrived at our base camp in Karongwe Game Reserve. As soon as we stepped off the mini bus though everyone's nerves soon disappeared. Greeted by fellow volunteers who even took our bags from the bus and made us feel right at home straight away. Instantly i was impressed by the organisation and the friendly manner of everyone. The facility itself also surprised me for the good. It had been described as basic, but it had everything someone would need to be happy. A bed, hot shower (apart from a couple of days), lovely food, friendly people and a view to die for looking into the African Wilderness. After a week of training learning about the area, the animals, and how the research will help with future development of these wonderful creatures, we got underway with the reason I went out there. Going out on two game drives a day provided me with some sightings i will never forget. A particular highlight was a Brown Hyena, only the third to be spotted in a year, and also a sighting of the rare honey badger. However the best part of the entire program was helping when 'Tsavo', a big male leopard was darted and operated on as he was implanted to help with research. Getting that close to these amazing creatures was mind blowing! Of course as I was doing the Lion Research program I had side projects to help with the understanding of them. For example collecting data on movement patterns, and learning about track sizes and calling/roaring etc. Knowing my research was helping these animals was a brilliant feeling. I also found a new found love of birds and the little creatures. It was a memorable time and I wish i was there for longer. The staff were incredibly knowledgeable and I am still in contact with many of them now! GVI were superb throughout and i would thoroughly recommend doing a program like this if you are interested in this field of work or just fancy getting an amazing insight on some amazing animals.

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Posted: August 29, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
8
Age:
20

The four weeks that I spent volunteering with GVI in Costa Rica were an incredible experience I would highly recommend to others. Not only were the practical surveys great to be a part of but we also had the opportunity to learn about how our work on these surveys would be used to protect the endangered creatures of the Costa Rican jungle. During the surveys we learned a lot about all the different creatures that inhabit the jungle and lots of different survey methods and data handling techniques. My project was primarily focused upon sea turtle conservation and it was amazing getting to work hands on with these fascinating creatures. During my time I was able to count turtle eggs, measure the turtles, mark their nests and body check the turtles. When working with the turtles the surveys took place at night and it was great getting to see the turtles coming up onto the beach and watch them dig there nests.

As well as turtles there were also chances to take part in surveys involving the jaguars. These surveys involved finding jaguar tracks, there entry/exit points to and from the beach and setting up cameras on there kills too see if they would return to them. There were also opportunities to see lots of other incredible creatures in the jungle by going along on bio-assessment surveys to analyse the the level of biological activity of the jungle. The experience overall was a highly enjoyable experience and the staff were very friendly and great people to work with. I would recommend GVI for those looking for a fun and interesting summer experience

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Posted: August 27, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
23

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