Global Vision International (GVI) places 2,000 participants abroad every year, with more than 20,000 travelers placed to date. Founded in 1997, GVI offers volunteer trips and internship opportunities in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, and the Americas. A few projects that you can take part in include critical community development, environmental conservation, teaching, and more – you also have the chance to develop your professional skills through training, qualifications, and work placements through GVI.
Volunteer with a GVI community development project in the gorgeous islands of Fiji in the South Pacific! Fiji is an amazing region defined by coastal villages, dense jungles, and volcanic mountainsides. Choose from locations on the tiny, idyllic Caqalai Island with its white-sand beaches, expansive reef system, and a lush interior. Or travel to Viti Levu, a remote island famous for its resident pod of Spinner Dolphins and proximity to Moon Reef. Volunteers like you are needed for a variety of activities, from key infrastructure construction to setting up community-based income-generation programs, to teaching local school children, and conducting environmental management research.
Spend your free time exploring the island nation of Fiji: swim in hidden waterfalls, hike in forests, and scuba dive or snorkel to your heart’s content. Take a ferry to Fiji’s capital, Suva, only a few hours away and known for its nightlife, farmer’s market, museums, and art exhibits. This program starts from two weeks at $ 2,290 – learn more and sign up here!
Beach time is best spent when you’re productive, so put down the novel and help save baby sea turtles with GVI’s Turtle Program in Greece! While not technically an island, the small, traditional village of Giannitsochori is in a part of Greece that is separated from the mainland by the Diorama Korinthou, the Greece Channel. Make a lasting contribution to the conservation and protection of the most important loggerhead turtle nesting site on the Ionian Sea – here, you’ll patrol the beach searching for Loggerhead Turtle nests, harvest bamboo and help build these protective barriers, and educate locals and tourists about the importance of protecting this valuable natural resource.
Cool down with a dip in the deep blue Mediterranean Sea, and during your time off, explore the local markets and shops. The scenery is breathtaking, the history is mindblowing, and the food is amazing. You’ll be able to visit Greek and even Roman ruins, as well as the World Heritage Site of Mystras, an amphitheater, and fortress dating to 1249. This program starts at two weeks at $2,100. Learn more and sign up here!
The palm-fringed beaches with waters rich in wildlife and lush forests of Mahe are calling. Can you hear? If you’re yearning for a tranquil, tropical volunteer holiday, look no further than GVI’s Island Conservation Expedition to the National Marine Parks in Seychelles! Join one of the leading data collection agencies in the islands and conduct research that supports conservation policies. For two weeks or longer, you’ll live and work amidst the most beautiful spots in the world, contributing to the long-term survival of marine species such as the hawksbill turtle, lemon sharks, and terrestrial animals and plants like the giant tortoise, mangroves, and the Coco de Mer – the largest seed of all living plants.
A few of the tasks that you’ll take on include participating in educational campaigns, mangrove replanting, flora re-vegetation, beach cleanups, and environmental education classes. Optional side trips during your free time can bring you to the World Heritage Site of Vallee de Mai on the islands of Praslin, thought by early explorers to be the original Garden of Eden. Ferries will take you to the inner islands, where you can catch buses to landmarks, but the outer islands are accessible only by small planes or charter yachts. These difficult-to-reach islands are also in near-pristine condition and boast magnificent birdwatching opportunities. Program dates and costs start at 2 weeks for $2,100. Interested? Click here to read more and start your application!