Global Vision International (GVI)

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In two words: Just awesome!

The time in the Seychelles doing marine conservation with GVI was the best time of my life! I expected it would be cool, but like this? Fantastic!

When I arrived everything was new and I didn't know anyone but the stuff did really well to bring us together very quickly! But let's talk about what you're doing there?
You go diving with millions of fish and record data! Those who stay for one ore two months, concentrate on common fish and those who stay three months concentrate on much more difficult corals! At the beginning it might be a little bit tricky to handle your buoyancy, note the fish and communicate with your buddy but it gets easier every day! With your new friends every dive is a adventure.....
At the weekends you are off so you have time to take the bus into town, go for a hike, visit other islands of the Seychelles or just go snorkeling in the bay together! This is really fun!
You also organize special days or orphan children and go for a snorkel whith them.
To the more hygienic people of you: don't be afraid! You have running water, the bathroom is cleaned (by the volunteers) every day and the beds are disinfected :)

I hope this will help you with the decision....Go for it and have the fun of your life!

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Posted: January 19, 2013
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By: Homes
Age:
18

My time with GVI was fantastic. I had originally planned to do the conservation project for 2 months, but towards the end of this time I wasn’t ready to leave. I asked to extend for another month, and was delighted when the staff informed me that I could stay! When I first arrived I wasn’t able to dive, the instructor at our base took me from complete novice to an advanced open water diver in 5 days! During the first few weeks we would go out diving at least 3 times a day learning what we would be surveying and the surveying methods. We progressed onto surveying the fish, corals and benthic species as well as teaching the new volunteers that came to base what to look out for. Helping to set up marine protected areas and to see how much this meant to the Fijians that we were working with has really inspired me to go back. The staff on base were amazing and welcoming, if you had any problems they would instantly try and help you out. Makiing friends with them, the other volunteers and the Fijians from the local community and nearby resort will be something I will remember forever. I hope to return at some point and do the Dive Master Internship, which a number of my friends are doing at the moment.

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Posted: January 12, 2013
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10
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10
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9
By: Steenea
Age:
23

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Hi, I'm considering doing the Fiji Dolphin volunteer project. I was wondering if there was ever a problem with a language barrier. I only speak English but really want to volunteer in another country! Best, Michelle

Every day I miss Nepal. My volunteering trip with GVI was by far the most amazing and rewarding thing I’ve ever done. Anyone who has been to Nepal will tell you of the amazing people there, and you can’t quite get just how right they are until you experience it for yourself! My host family were truly beautiful people that welcomed me into their home and opened up their lives and their culture to me. You quickly learn nothing can be done in Nepal in a hurry, a cup of chia is always at the top of the list, and stress is something best left to other people. My host brother Prem had a thirst for life like I’ve never experienced, and his philosophy to ‘have a good life, and appreciate what he has’ only goes part way to sum up the amazing culture you can find right through Nepal.
Volunteering overseas was something I have always wanted to do, so once I made up my mind that it was now or never I put all I had into looking for an organisation to support and travel with. GVI offered programs that had both variety and accessibility, and I could make a difference without having to have a degree or prior experience. I chose the volunteer adventure program that included volunteering, white water rafting, and a trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp.
For four weeks in Pokhara we worked with children in the street kids centre of a morning, worked with young girls and women in the conversation club in the afternoon, and socialised, planned and explored of an evening. The children all had so much energy and enthusiasm for both school and play, and the girls in the conversation club were inspiring with their thirst for learning and how their confidence grew.
Physically the whole 6 weeks were demanding. Nepal in monsoon season is humid like I’d never experienced, I pushed myself every day. From paddling my guts out to win the ‘Rubbing Buddha’s Belly’ challenge to raise money for food and water for the street kids; to white water rafting and camping for two days down the Trisuli River; to making it to Base Camp and standing in the freezing cold at 5365m with the exhilaration of ‘I made it.’ But I think the most challenging thing I found, and the most unexpected, was how hard it was to say goodbye on my last day in Pokhara. The kids in the Street Kids Centre, the incredible, strong and determined girls and women in the conversation club, the GVI (and Himalayan Encounters) staff, and my host family, saying goodbye took its toll!
I can’t wait for the day I go back to Nepal, and I would definitely (and am planning to) do another program with GVI.
GVI Nepal Adventure July 2012

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Posted: January 8, 2013
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9
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9
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9
By: kema09
Age:
27

Being neither an English-native speaker nor a teacher, I was pretty curious on the
introduction day of my four weeks teaching assignment in Luang Prabang, Laos.
How would a Swiss teach English to a Lao buddhist novice monk? After one of the
first few exercises, it became pretty obvious that this would not be that difficult.
Laura, one of the International GVI staff at Luang Prabang, actually managed to
teach us a few Thai sentences without using any English word at all. This was not
going to be the only eye opener in Laos. Although the resources are pretty basic, I
was amazed by the creativity of the local staff as well as my fellow volunteers in
preparing valuable teaching material.
While the teaching experience at a local college was a good experience, the evening
class with “my” Buddhist novices turned out to become the real highlight of the day.
Not only are they so eager and motivated to learn, they are also remarkably strong
personalities considering their young age. While the main purpose of the
assignment was to share with them my knowledge, I actually felt that instead of
only giving, I received a lot of inspiration and motivation from these boys.
Luang Prabang is such a beautiful place and the Lao people are so friendly. Once I
had settled down from a more hectic Western lifestyle after a few days, I truly
started to appreciate this wonderful and calm, yet very vivid place. Back home in
Switzerland I once in a while day-dream and recall the great Lao food and the
always friendly smiling local people.

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Posted: December 19, 2012
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10
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10
Value:
9
Age:
44

I had a fantastic time on the program. I have gotten to know some really great people.
I was living in a floating house on a river in the Mamirauá reserve in the Amazon forest with 2-5 other people.
Every morning at 7.30 we took the boat out on the main river to observe pink river dolphins. The sometimes got really close to the boat, jumping and carrying objects in their mouths.
When living on such a small and constricted area (10x15 m), you get really close to people. After a week it's like you've known eachother for years. And since we didn't have neighter TV, radio, nor internet, we spent a lot of time talking.
People in the Amazon are warm and friendly. They are always there to help you. They invite you in to their house for lunch or dinner, even if you've just met. Most of the locals speak little or no English, but it doesn't matter, you can communicate anyway.
I loved it there and I recommend everyone to go on this program!

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Posted: December 13, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
8
Value:
10
By: ugglana
Age:
19

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