Global Vision International (GVI)

Our award-winning projects receive over 2000 participants every year, and we’re proud to say that the vast majority of them describe their experience with us as ‘life changing’. 

GVI tackles critical local and global issues by operating award-winning education and training programs on sustainable development projects around the world, in partnership with renowned international partners.

GVI is a family-run organisation with an amazing culture and an awesome team of people across the world who aim to build a global network of people united by their passion to make a lasting difference.

We operate our own programs and partner with local and international NGOs, government organisations and education institutions including Save The Children, WWF, The Red Cross, PADI, Project AWARE, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and the National Parks of South Africa, Costa Rica, Seychelles, Mexico and Thailand, among others.

With us you will make a difference on the ground, as well as to your own future. We provide you with the experiences needed to help you positively impact your access to higher education and employment.

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Global Vision International (GVI) Reviews

Character-building experiences with four GVI projects

I started as a volunteer in GVI South Africa at 18, before doing the Fiji spinner dolphin project a few months later. I came back to GVI as unpaid staff in Costa Rica during my degree, and I consider this made me who I am today, as well as kick-starting my career in conservation. GVI took me on again as paid staff in Greece that summer. I look back fondly at all the time I spent working with them.

By: Raphael
Nationality: British
Age: 21

Marine Conservation in Mexico

If you are interested in coral and/or fish species (and learning or improving your SCUBA diving skills), then consider going to Pez Maya. I spent two months at this location, early in 2017. However, if you can, avoid travelling through the United States! The immigration process is the pits; even the American volunteers I met at Pez Maya agreed!

Although the base is very basic (there is no running water and neither does it have mains electricity), it is a paradise. The base is located on a beach, facing east over the Caribbean Sea! [Search "Pez Maya" in Google Maps and you'll see.]

Beds are double-height bunk beds and the accommodation is mixed. Some people might disapprove, it works very well.

Weekends are usually free, and most volunteers travel to either Tulum or Playa de Carmen, although there are other places to visit.

Would I go back? Yes!

By: Martin
Nationality: British
Age: 50

GVI builds character and your career.

I interned with GVI at the age of 21 in Costa Rica and have been working with the company ever since! I have worked as field staff in the countries of Greece and India as well. It has been a fantastic opportunity and I know will pay off as I continue to build and develop as a person and in my career!

By: Alyssa K.
Nationality: United States
Age: 23

Mexico Community Projects

I was lucky to get the National Scholarship in the community projects, it was an amazing experience i helped the community teaching them English while I got some great certifications, in my 12 weeks got TEFL and EFR certificates, I meet great people from different nationalities and open the gate for me to work in this amazing organization, I moved to Playa as scholar and then I got hired By GVI Mexico as field staff, from a staff perspective I saw how much we impact other lives and how we contribute to the conservation of the environment.

By: Alejandro Vazquez
Nationality: Mexican
Age: 33

Gvi Greece

After spending 6 weeks doing an internship doing sea turtle conservation in Greece, I can safely say it was the most amazing experience of my life, the staff, the volenterrs and the turtles, Made my time here!

I would encourage anyone to join and volunteer!

By: Imy
Nationality: English
Age: 19

Great time in Kerala

nice and welcoming staff, had a great time

By: Anna
Nationality: Iceland
Age: 19

Tough but rewarding

I worked in one of the GVI hubs for 9 months. If you are looking to work in international development on small scale, in the field, with volunteers, then GVI is an incredibly good organization for it. GVI is the most sustainable organization I have worked for and sustainability in the projects they take out is the number one priority. The health and safety standards are incredibly high as well. And progression within GVI is very prosperous. However, be prepared to give a lot more than you expect to the organization; especially time, dedication and money.

By: Anonymous
Nationality: British
Age: 24

Gvi Costa Rica Teaching english

I volunteered in Quepos , Costa Rics teaching English . I sadly only booked it for 3 weeks and if I could go back I would make it a year it was honestly the most fulfilling and best expierence I've ever had . What more could you want than being able to travel and see a beautiful country but also get to help and teach others who may or may not have it good as we do. Teaching English is defiantly a great way to do that and I would highly recommned it to anyone who has interest in teaching English if not there is also a childcare programme where you get to play and interact with children . I still got the opportunity to do the childcare once a week too which was amazing

By: Carla blackman
Nationality: Irish
Age: 22

AMAZING EXPERIENCE WITH AMAZING PEOPLE!

I had such an incredible time at GVI South Africa ! Broke my heart to leave. Came away with so much knowledge of the bush and got to experience some INCREDIBLE wildlife sightings!

By: Laura
Nationality: New Zealand
Age: 26

Fiji Marine Conversation

Fiji was one of the best Things in Life i could do after finishing school. Learned Diving in tropical water and found Out interesting Things about the Marine Life. The locals are really the friendliest people in earth. 5 Stars from Germany. That was a real adventure.

By: Eric
Nationality: German
Age: 23

Costa Rica - wildlife conservation

I have always wanted to travel and volunteer but never had the opportunity. Never having been abroad or travelled by myself before taking part in an organised under 18s volunteering trip sounded ideal and this is something my parents agreed with. I can safely say it was the best experience of my life so far and I can't wait to do it again! It gave me an amazing new insight into new aspects of life and provided amazing opportunities you could not get anywhere else. I am an aspiring photographer and Costa Rica was a perfect setting, with the views and animals, to hone my skills further. It was so well planned out making sure that we got to experience everything awsome. I definitely recommend it and I'm sure an other gvi trips will be just as brilliant. I will definitely be continuing my travel and trying out more gvi trips.

By: Ella
Nationality: British
Age: 17

Mind changing experience

I had the time of my life in Fiji. Not just the people and the culture, the whole package and all the emotions you go through makes this a very unique experience. Even it's now some time ago, i still miss teaching in school, saying bula to everyone and waking up on that stunning island. If you have the chance to be a part of GVI, please go!

By: Anonymous
Nationality: German
Age: 20

CHIANG MAI ELEPHANT PROJECT

I am currently a volunteer at the Chiang Mai elephant project and everything has been amazing, staff is vey welcoming as well as the villager

By: Renata
Nationality: Mexican
Age: 21

Unbelievable Opportunities

I volunteered in 3 GVI hubs: Cape Town South Africa, Limpopo South Africa, and Chiang Mai Thailand. The opportunity to work and live in normally inaccessible communities is priceless and unforgettable. There are very few other volunteer organizations, vacation packages, or other tours that offer the opportunity to so closely experience and impact environments like Thailand's Karen village and Limpopo's compound in the middle of the bush.

That being said, the volunteer accommodations warned to be "limited" are indeed VERY insufficient. In the Cape Town hub, only 1 meal was provided each day, despite the 3 meals advertised. Volunteers had to hope for dinner leftovers in order to have a meal to eat for breakfast and lunch. Both of the other hubs also had insufficient food for at least one meal, and none of these hubs had trustworthy or available WiFi to communicate back home. The good news is, the majority of the money you pay for the program goes back into the program, however, it is rather expensive to volunteer, and better accommodations should be offered for the price you must pay.

I hope that doesn't turn people away from volunteering with GVI. The experiences are worth the price and the discomfort. However, I warn volunteers to prepare for these accommodations, and have sufficient funds (MUCH more than GVI's recommended amount!) to supplement food and other comforts.

By: Kelley
Nationality: U.S.A.
Age: 24

Island conservation Seychelles

An experience second to none. Learned to scuba dive which opened up a whole new world and had plenty of opportunity to snorkel and experience the amazing diversity of creatures both in the sea & on land. The staff were brilliant and ran an organised but friendly operation. All in all this is a highly recommended experience & not to be missed.

By: Amanda
Nationality: British
Age: 56

GVI Projects

I was a volunteer with GVI in Nepal in 2014, and then Thailand and Laos in 2016. All of the projects were incredibly unique experiences, and I would recommend each one of them! Volunteering with GVI is a great way to go abroad, especially if you are new to this type of travel.

By: Chelsea
Nationality: United States
Age: 27

Nature Conservation in the Seychelles

I had the best experience volunteering through GVI. I worked for a month, on a tiny island in the Seychelles, helping to conserve the nature there. It was primarily focused around protecting an endangered of sea turtle - a highlight of mine was helping the hatchlings make their way to the sea. Some days were tough but it was an incredibly rewarding experience! I would highly recommend this programme!

By: Kerry
Nationality: British
Age: 27

my volunteer time

I was on the Gvi under 18s program like a staff member in Costa Rica these last summer. Was a very big surprise been there, because I've got the opportunity to share a couple of weeks with a group of under 18s persons. We spend a time laughing and learning about the natural life, the animal behavior and the specialities on the Costa Rican wildlife.
We've got the opportunity, this touch my heart, to save a seaturttle from a hanging rope on her leg. This was a very big moment on the second summer camp.
We spend time counting species, on the El Tortuguero national Park and the final results was amazing. I never been part of something so big like that and I realized about the important to make something little for make the difference...
This experience definitely make me a better person and change a lot of things on my inside. Have this opportunity is something for been thankful my hole life!

By: Raúl Chapa Zamacona
Nationality: mexican
Age: 42

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