GVI offers over 150 different volunteer abroad projects in 13 countries all over the world. While Volunteering abroad you can play a crucial role in a wide range of conservation, education and community projects in Europe, Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, India and Australasia.
Over 2,000 people volunteer abroad every year to help keep projects sustainable and to ensure their positive impact on surrounding environments. All the volunteer work abroad projects are run alongside, and with the collaboration of, local partners and communities. This helps determine their needs to empower them to meet their goals.
The volunteer programs run for all ages, from durations as short as 1 week, all the way up to 6 months! Whatever your interest, you can get involved as a volunteer overseas, making a sustainable difference in a variety of fields, whilst impacting yourself personally and professionally. Join us in Seychelles, South Africa, Greece, Mexico, Costa Rica, Laos, Nepal, Thailand, Fiji or India. In 2018 we will also be launching programs in these exciting new locations around the globe: Ghana, Peru and Cambodia.
Travel the world
Volunteering gives you a great opportunity to explore a foreign land in a truly unique way. As a volunteer, you will be able to see a side of that country that typical tourists almost always miss. Picture yourself living inside Tortugeuro National Park in Costa Rica, contributing towards marine conservation in Fiji or helping to build houses in India. These unique experiences will change the way you see and travel the world!
Learn career changing skills
Volunteering abroad exposes you to a wide variety of skills. From learning basic life skills like problem-solving to building a compost toilet in Fiji, a good volunteering program will see you walk away with a unique set of transferable skills. So at the end of the day, a beautiful synergy has taken place between you and the community.
Some volunteering programs even go a step further than that. GVI offers volunteers the opportunity to gain career experience, employability, and university credits at the same time with our internships.
Think of volunteering abroad like the cupboard to Narnia, a door to see a country through the eyes of the locals. It is a chance to experience what their lives are like on a day-to-day basis, get to grips with the problems they are facing and how you are a part of the solution. Experiencing this rich cultural immersion changes you as a person. As you become apart of this new community, you are slowly, but surely, transformed into a Global Citizen.
Friends for life.
It is not uncommon for volunteers to meet their new travel buddy or best friend for life while on project. In fact, it is almost expected. Volunteers are all there for one reason – to do good and help change the world. This shared passion is only intensified as you bond over your experience on the project. Your fellow volunteers will be there for the highs, the lows, and everything in between. And by the time your stay is up, you will have a whole group of people from all corners of the earth to call friends.
The Volunteering experience
Volunteering is kind of like getting a tattoo, but without the pain. Being able to make a difference and see the impact your actions have one someone’s life is powerful, addictive stuff. It is what drives people to keep volunteering.
The experience also affects you on so many different levels. It helps you discover what you really need to be happy, and to appreciate what you took for granted back home. Volunteering gives you the chance to reflect on your role in the world and motivate you to continue being the difference.