Global Vision International (GVI)

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9 / 10 after 202 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings
Program website: http://www.gviusa.com/

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I spent March, April and May of 2013 volunteering on GVI's Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico. Without sounding cliche, it was without a doubt the best thing I have ever done. Not only did I get to experience living on a Caribbean beach and diving every day for three months but I also got to come home with the sense of satisfaction and achievement knowing I had really helped to make a difference. Although condition were fairly basic such as bucket flush toilets, a fairly repetitive diet and little to no privacy, I really felt it was all part of the experience and wouldn't of had it any other way. Living among such inspiring people, namely the staff, who genuinely cared about conserving the beautiful ecosystems within our oceans was truly eye opening. During the three months I got around 60 dives under my belt which wasn't bad considering the weather dependant dive conditions. I would definitely recommend this programme to anybody who is willing to pitch into a community, work hard and in return be rewarded with the experience of a lifetime!

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Posted: July 3, 2013
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
8
Age:
19

I spent 3 months in the Costa Rican jungle, living in a cosy timber hut by the sea :-) Sounds nice? No - it was AMAZING. Every day I spent on the Costa Rican Wildlife Conservation program was a dream come true. The staff are super helpful and I met and made so many new friends.
What I loved most was the real HANDS ON approach of the program. We were able to really get involved in the research, which included moonlit beach walks looking for nesting Green sea turtles, and lying under the stars counting turtle eggs while the mother turtle busily dug her nest and laid her precious eggs into the Carribean sand.
I also loved the forest surveys - trekking thought the jungle rain hail or shine in search of new critters to document. I saw so many incredible unique creatures I simply couldn't list them all! Monkeys, Tamandua, Sloths, Toucans, Birds, Iguanas, Crocodiles, Armidillos, some even saw the rare JAGUAR! Speaking of jaguars, they are a reguler around base camp - we know they are because they are caught on video in our camera traps, and the beach is often covered in tracks!
The food is great, the company fabulous and the experience unforgettable.
Definately a two thumbs up!

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Posted: June 26, 2013
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
9
By: jessielee
Age:
23

In February 2012 I volunteered with GVI at an orphanage near Cape Town. From start to finish the experience was unforgettable. On arrival you were instantly made to feel at home. The staff and other volunteers were happy to help you with any questions you had, and within hours I felt comfortable in my surroundings. Before starting work at the orphanage we were given a quick briefing which made me feel confident about the work we were undertaking. Within minutes of arriving at the orphanage I had fallen in love with the kind-hearted yet cheeky children there. Their enthusiasm to learn was inspiring and their English vocabulary was vast, filling me with confidence that the GVI team was doing a great job. It was amazing to watch their eyes light up when it was time for their music lesson and I enjoyed teaching them basic fine motor skills and maths.

Not only does GVI offer some great volunteering experiences, but it also gives you the option to explore some amazing countries. Whilst there I watched the sun set from Table Mountain, visited Robben Island and saw the seals at Seal Island. I honestly cannot wait for my next adventure with GVI!

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Posted: June 17, 2013
Overall:
9
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10
Value:
8
By: beccyshaw
Age:
21

2012 was not a great year for me so I needed something else. Something outside of my comfort zone. Something to change my perspective on life. My solution: climb a mountain and help those who truly need it. Those were my expectations and by the end of my 6 weeks in the majestic country of Nepal, I'm happy to report that GVI delivered - with interest! A succinct review is a good review, so let's keep this short: - The trek to Everest Base Camp (or EBC, as us seasoned trekkers call it) was more than I could have ever hoped for. Don't get me wrong; it was extremely tough and you will pay the mountain toll in sweat, but the incredible Himalayan views and immense satisfaction will reward you 100 times over. The friendships I formed in the humbling presence of Sagarmatha will last a lifetime. - The volunteering in Pokhara allowed me to experience something I've never felt before - the pride and self-fulfillment of dedicating yourself to others. I worked at Children's Paradise, a pre-school designed for standard and special needs children alike. My timetable was divided between teaching elementary subjects to a brilliant girl with spina bifida, and playing and engaging with young boys with autism. Just like the mountain, this placement tested me on many occasions but the positive impact I could see that the volunteers have on these kids' lives kept me coming back each day with gusto. I miss them all so much! In conclusion, this experience has changed my life and given me so much more than I could've asked for - it was all made possible through GVI. So what are you waiting for? : )

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Posted: June 13, 2013
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8
By: j8t2
Age:
22

I was looking for my next adventure trip when I applied for the program called Conservation Expedition to the Seychelles with GVI. The description of the program was fascinating, the price was acceptable. When I arrived on Curieuse island I had no real experience in the kitchen, I was a stubborn night owl and meat eater, I was afraid of snorkeling and I was looking for an adventure only. However day by day things have changed. The program made me realize that the kitchen is a place for creation – important for survival. The super early starts were incredibly rewarding hence watching the nature waking up around us was just amazing. Living the life of a vegetarian was actually easy and it was such a delicious experience that it has left a mark on my lifestyle. Snorkeling become more and more fun and now I’m willing to go on a dive course. Most importantly, I went to the Seychelles as an adventurer and came back home as a young conservationist. This program did not just provide the trip I was looking for, it also taught me a lot. Turtles, mangroves, Coco de Mers, sharks, insects, carbon-footprint, birds … the nature is exciting!

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Posted: June 4, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Aniko
Age:
26

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