Global Vision International (GVI)

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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
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Age:
23

GVI Jalova base camp is in the middle of nowhere and was my home for two months. I loved it! I couldn't have done a better project – Wildlife Expedition in Costa Rica. There were so many new animals I hadn't ever seen before; from snakes on base to turtles on the beach. It was amazing to see everyone’s excitement when a new animal had been spotted. One thing I definitely noticed about the animals at Jalova, is that they always appear when you’re least expecting it…The group I was part of were amazing and everyone more or less got along. When you do a project like this one no matter who you are; city boy or jungle girl you are accepted into the group without a question. But be prepared to play a lot of card games! It is hard work doing all the surveys with a lot of walking or rowing involved but there is time to chill out and enjoy the surroundings. I definitely made some friends for life on this programme and would recommend it to anyone interested in getting outside their comfort zone a bit, making friends and having fun.

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Posted: August 20, 2013
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By: SuzanneG
Age:
19

I spent two months volunteering at Karongwe game reserve in South Africa and I loved every minute of it.
The people that I meet on my trip were amazing, the staff were so passionate about what they do, and the friends I have made will be my friends for years to come. Some of the experiences we had on the reserve were once in a life time events that we will probably never get to see again. It was amazing!

I will 100% recommend this program to anyone who loves Wildlife and Conservation to try this program, you will never regret it!

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Posted: August 9, 2013
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10
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10
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10
By: stacetas
Age:
19

I decided to join this expedition to help get some work experience as I have always wanted to do field work. I had always had an idea of what I wanted to do professionally, but I had no idea what jobs would allow me to live and work surrounded by wild animals. This trip, apart from being the most rewarding and exciting experience, helped me realize that field guiding professionally is exactly what I want to after University. The shared, basic accommodation and the mainly vegetarian menu was difficult to get used to, but seeing leopards mating in the wild, cheetahs on kills, and (best of all) the occasional honey badger more than made up for it! I loved every moment of the trip so much that I am already planning my next trip to South Africa and my training to become a field guide. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in the wildlife of Southern Africa and conservation – going is the best decision I’ve ever made!

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Posted: August 8, 2013
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10
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By: rl26
Age:
20

I have never left my home country before,I wanted an adventure and to help someone and try to make a difference in the world.

I did some research and found GVI was the company that would be the support and environment that I wanted to be apart of.

I have a history in child care so I had an idea of some different ways to help these children learn and further develop their understanding and knowledge of the English language. I was lucky enough to not have a huge language barrier the children were able to communicate with me.

This experience has opened my mind to the differences we can make in the work. I was only there for 2 weeks and I felt I helped one child in particular and gave him the confidence boost he needed to keep learning.

GVI all the way, I would 100% recommend this program for any first timers or even experienced volunteers

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Posted: August 7, 2013
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10
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10
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10
By: georgia_t
Age:
22

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