Global Volunteer Network (GVN)

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8.4 / 10 after 79 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings

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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An absolutely wonderful, diplomatic, kind and responsive team working with you. I'll be joining the "Public Health Improvement" project in Uganda for 6 months starting in September of this year.

I have to tell you how impressed I am with GVN. Fiona and Miriam were my first contacts. Fiona (at the main office) continues to be absolutely responsive, helpful, detail-oriented and kind. Though my contact with Miriam is much more limited, she helped me work through the "medical insurance" maze quite nicely.

And then there is Leslie, with The Real Uganda ("on the ground" in Uganda, she places volunteers appropriately.) What a hoot! She is so much fun, so very responsive. I can ask her ANYthing to "do I REALLY" have to wear skirts to, "oh my God, I'm a vegan....will this work"...and she endlessly has funny and appropriate (and quick) suggestions for me. It's obvious that the "vollies" are her "babies" and I feel as if I'll be in good hands.

Leslie's idea to send me past "activity reports" about previous work done by the Public Health project resulted in my making two important contacts, so I can prepare and study in topics beforehand.

Rather than wait and possibly waste time when I get there, I contacted Dr. Wanyama via email (he just returned rom South Sudan in the warzone where he was volunteering...) and he and I have been noodling around some ideas for a project he wants me to work on in the remote villages once I arrive. This has made the experience 'real' for me immediately and given me the focus I wanted. With my background in research and medicine, this will be perfect.

Here's to the journey!

Charlotte Michael Versagi

(6 mother, Uganda, Public Health Improvement Project, starting September 1, 2014.)

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Posted: May 16, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
65

This review is for GVN's Be the Change Program (not listed in the box above.) I attended the program in Taupo, New Zealand in November, 2013. It was my first venture into the volunteer abroad arena, and was an ideal venue for me to get information and interract with with experienced volunteers. The week was life-changing for me.

GVN staff picked me up at my hotel as arranged through e-mail. There were 9 of us there as participants and 6 GVN staff. We lived as family in 2 houses with both staff and participants, which was a bonding experience. We shared cooking and cleaning responsibilities. I loved this format, finding that volunteers are an adaptable and throroughly interesting group to live with for a week. We were a diverse group, ranging in age from 20 to 67, of varying ethnicities, nationalities and backgrounds. At the end of the week, I considered them all friends.

The purpose of this workshop was to both inform and motivate volunteers to pursue our own charitable projects at either a local or international level, or to feel confident in participating in existing projects. I came away both informed and motivated. I was most impressed with GVN staff's enthusiasm and dedication to their work.

Having previously attended both business and horse training workshops, I had a value comparison. Be the Change delivered what I considered to be good product for the price.

I have no criticism for the Be the Change Program. When I fail to find anything to criticize, I tend to be generous with my "stars". I will be going to Uganda in June as a follow-on to investigate how GVN distrubutes money they raise through participating in the global Eat So They Can fundraising campaign.

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Posted: April 28, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
67

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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