Global Volunteer Network

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The Global Volunteer Network (GVN) offers volunteer service opportunities in community projects around the world.  At GVN we align with the idea of 'local solutions to local problems', so we work with local community organizations in each country.  We provide a wealth of experience, resources and dedication to both our volunteers and partners.

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I helped organize a trip through the GVN and my fiancé was sexually assaulted and her friend was also raped by one of the staff that they were placed with. Her trip was suppose to be 7 weeks. The last 2-3 weeks were not spent in the program, instead spending her own money for medical exams, filing police reports, and finally rescheduling her flights out of her own pocket as well. Of the $2500 paid to GVN, they kindly refunded her $395. What an absolute disgrace and a sick and terrible organization. I'm very supportive of volunteer organizations and whole heartedly believe in the good work that the local program was doing despite what happened. The disappointment lands in the handling of the matter by GVN. Beware. The larger GVN clearly does not care about their volunteers. The local programs that have little to no money did everything they could do to help with the situation. Shame on you GVN.

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Posted: April 19, 2014
Overall:
1
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1
Value:
1
By: Uwscotch
Age:
36

I helped organize a trip through the GVN and my fiancé was sexually assaulted and her friend was also raped by one of the staff that they were placed with. Her trip was suppose to be 7 weeks. The last 2-3 weeks were not spent in the program, instead spending her own money for medical exams, filing police reports, and finally rescheduling her flights out of her own pocket as well. Of the $2500 paid to GVN, they kindly refunded her $395. What an absolute disgrace and a sick and terrible organization. I'm very supportive of volunteer organizations and whole heartedly believe in the good work that the local program was doing despite what happened. The disappointment lands in the handling of the matter by GVN. Beware. The larger GVN clearly does not care about their volunteers. The local programs that have little to no money did everything they could do to help with the situation. Shame on you GVN.

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Posted: April 19, 2014
Overall:
1
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1
Value:
1
By: Uwscotch
Age:
36

GVN were knowledgeable and efficient when we dealt with them. Their communications were timely and helpful. My wife and I were pleased to have used them for our month in the Philippines with the local agency CERV.

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Posted: March 20, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9
By: aeldred
Age:
61

Very well organized and reliable. I felt safe and confident going into a situation far from home and in a very different culture.

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Posted: March 16, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: elgreen
Age:
63

I signed up to volunteer abroad with GVN to learn how to serve. GVN exists to help support people step out of their comfort zone and follow their dreams of making a very real and positive difference in the lives of others. That is just what GVN did for me. Their transparent nature and helpful support staff empowered me to take the first step in realising my dream to serve others. Both before I set off to Guatemala and now, as I am still here, their support has been both necessary and empowering. Throughout my volunteering experience I have felt that any concerns or queries I voiced to GVN were dealt with professionally, and that GVN wanted nothing more than to support me on my journey to learn how to work for the people they work so tirelessly with. As GVN works with local charities, when placed with one of their projects, it is possible to learn about the culture of the country you are in which is so important as you learn to work in a culturally sensitive way, helping to make any changes or ideas you may have sustainable and comprehensive to the people you are working with in-country. I feel as though GVN understands that the work they do could not continue without volunteers. Volunteers are their front line staff. We are their eyes and ears across the world. As volunteers are of the utmost importance to GVN, they do their best to make your volunteer experience safe, supported and life changing. I was too scared to take the leap into the unknown myself but with the support of GVN I am now in Guatemala, working for a wonderful charity for children through GVN's partner organisation Maximo Nivel and I can say with a smile on my face that I feel as though I am making positive difference to the lives of the children I work with everyday. This journey has changed my life and it has helped me achieve my goal of learning how to serve. Not only have I learned a new language, but I have learned about NGO operations, social change, cultural sensitivity and sustainable development. All these new skills and experiences I will take away and I use in my future as I am motivated to continue to work to make a real and positive difference in the lives of others. If you have been unsure whether or not to sign up with GVN, I hope from reading this you will be encouraged to take the leap into the unknown and have GVN as your safety net! You will not regret it!

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Posted: March 12, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8
Age:
22

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