Global Vision International (GVI) is another amazing organization you should check out if you want to travel the world and make a difference. Since 1998, GVI has sent more than 2,000 volunteers abroad on a wide number of projects ranging from construction, to teaching, to environmental conservation, and much more. GVI’s award-winning volunteer and intern abroad programs are perfect for travelers of all backgrounds, whether you want to travel to Africa, Asia, Latin America, or beyond.
Right now, GVI is offering an opportunity to volunteer in India for two weeks to three months, with a focus on women’s empowerment and child care. Females account for two-thirds of the world’s illiterate population, and while overall literacy rates have grown in recent decades, there are still countless young girls not receiving the education they need to build better lives for themselves as they reach adulthood.
By taking part in this volunteer abroad program, you’ll help women overcome poverty and unemployment by providing them with an education, job training, and health care – which in turn decreases infant mortality rates, encourages children to stay in school, boosts income levels, and helps to break the cycle of poverty. This is especially important in India, where women face stark inequalities such as gender-specific abortions, spousal abuse, being married at an early age, and being denied an education by their families. Through your support as a volunteer, you can give women a voice, turn social stigmas around, and make a great difference in the lives of women, girls, and the communities in which they live.
During your time in India, GVI will provide you with dormitory-style housing with other volunteers close to the center of Kerala. You’ll work Monday through Friday each week, and you can expect to take part in several different projects depending on your program’s requirements and the needs of the women you’ll work with – a few projects include providing one-on-one lessons in a school, hosting income workshops, and assisting with health presentations. The cost for this program starts at $1,700 for your first two weeks abroad. To learn more about GVI’s women’s empowerment program in India, click here.
If you want to visit Africa, GVI’s women’s empowerment opportunity in Cape Town, South Africa may be the perfect fit. Through this program, you’ll join fellow like-minded volunteers to help make sure women in this region are given equal access to education and economic development opportunities. In smaller towns and more traditional, conservative areas of this region, women are at a disadvantage in schools and in the workplace – holding only 16% of senior management roles. GVI and volunteers like you contribute to women’s and girls’ development through health care, education, and income generation initiatives.
Throughout this program, you’ll stay with two to three other volunteers in a shared house in Gordon’s Bay, and work Monday to Friday each week. Your tasks will vary depending on the needs of the program, but can include education in literacy, rights, and life skills; hosting workshops on income generation; and teaching girls at local schools. This program starts from two weeks at $2,090 and includes airport pickup, staff support, housing, orientation, project training, and much more. To learn more about volunteering in South Africa with GVI, click here.
Another wonderful opportunity you can sign up for right now with GVI brings you to Laos, where you will work with sustainable women’s empowerment initiatives in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang. Through this program, you will teach practical and conversational English, as well as health and life skills workshops, for local female students. Depending on when you travel, your project role can change – you might provide one-on-one lessons or teach larger group classes, for example. All of your work will contribute positively toward helping women in Laos improve their quality of life and provide for their families. Learn more and sign up here.
Travel further in Asia to Nepal, where you can take on a short-term internship for women’s empowerment. In this country, women face such major issues as being married at an early age, having access to little or no education, and having no rights to land or few opportunities for independent income generation. With GVI, you will work with initiatives that support girls in school, women who are victims of trafficking, young women who have relocated from rural areas to pursue educational opportunities, and others in need. Some of the projects you will take on as an intern include leading workshops in conversational English, helping women develop entrepreneurial and income-generating projects, teaching computer skills, and much more. This internship lasts six weeks, and you will have the wonderful opportunity to live with a Nepali family during your stay. Learn more and apply here.
And finally, if you would like to immerse yourself in Latin American culture, GVI offers a women’s empowerment program in the coastal town of Quepos, Costa Rica, where you will be able to assist with social enterprise and entrepreneurship efforts by local women. As a volunteer, you can expect to be involved in various aspects of the empowerment program, including one-on-one educational lessons for income generation, to working in local community education centers, and much more. Through your efforts, you will contribute positively to efforts to improve literacy, rights, and life skills, as well as social enterprise. Learn more and register for this program here.
For more information about GVI’s volunteer programs around the world, visit: www.gviusa.com.
What Volunteers Say – Review from Liz
I spent the majority of my time volunteering with GVI in Kenya with a huge grin across my face, and for good reason…. I will always remember my time there as two of my happiest months. I took myself right out of my comfort zone and found that I was capable of things I would never have imagined.
GVI’s projects are a great opportunity to make a difference where it is truly needed. Volunteer life is also so much more than that – you have the chance to truly experience a country and culture and try things you would never have thought of. I can’t recommend it enough.