GVI Jalova base camp is in the middle of nowhere and was my home for two months. I loved it! I couldn't have done a better project – Wildlife Expedition in Costa Rica. There were so many new animals I hadn't ever seen before; from snakes on base to turtles on the beach. It was amazing to see everyone’s excitement when a new animal had been spotted. One thing I definitely noticed about the animals at Jalova, is that they always appear when you’re least expecting it…The group I was part of were amazing and everyone more or less got along. When you do a project like this one no matter who you are; city boy or jungle girl you are accepted into the group without a question. But be prepared to play a lot of card games! It is hard work doing all the surveys with a lot of walking or rowing involved but there is time to chill out and enjoy the surroundings. I definitely made some friends for life on this programme and would recommend it to anyone interested in getting outside their comfort zone a bit, making friends and having fun.
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I spent two months volunteering at Karongwe game reserve in South Africa and I loved every minute of it.
The people that I meet on my trip were amazing, the staff were so passionate about what they do, and the friends I have made will be my friends for years to come. Some of the experiences we had on the reserve were once in a life time events that we will probably never get to see again. It was amazing!
I will 100% recommend this program to anyone who loves Wildlife and Conservation to try this program, you will never regret it!
I decided to join this expedition to help get some work experience as I have always wanted to do field work. I had always had an idea of what I wanted to do professionally, but I had no idea what jobs would allow me to live and work surrounded by wild animals. This trip, apart from being the most rewarding and exciting experience, helped me realize that field guiding professionally is exactly what I want to after University. The shared, basic accommodation and the mainly vegetarian menu was difficult to get used to, but seeing leopards mating in the wild, cheetahs on kills, and (best of all) the occasional honey badger more than made up for it! I loved every moment of the trip so much that I am already planning my next trip to South Africa and my training to become a field guide. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in the wildlife of Southern Africa and conservation – going is the best decision I’ve ever made!
I have never left my home country before,I wanted an adventure and to help someone and try to make a difference in the world.
I did some research and found GVI was the company that would be the support and environment that I wanted to be apart of.
I have a history in child care so I had an idea of some different ways to help these children learn and further develop their understanding and knowledge of the English language. I was lucky enough to not have a huge language barrier the children were able to communicate with me.
This experience has opened my mind to the differences we can make in the work. I was only there for 2 weeks and I felt I helped one child in particular and gave him the confidence boost he needed to keep learning.
GVI all the way, I would 100% recommend this program for any first timers or even experienced volunteers
On July 2012 my perspective of life changed completely. I was completely blinded about the conditions most people live in. When I signed up to go to Mombasa, Kenya with GVI I knew it would be an experience of a lifetime, but never in a million years did I imagine it would be a life changing experience. As soon as I landed in Mombasa, GVI made me feel as part of the family, and it just got better from there. Every moment was so special in its own way, from meeting the volunteers to teaching my first lesson. It was a big reality check but it also made me realize how little one needs to be happy. My first day teaching gave me goose bumps, I had 40 kids to teach and names to learn, but just realizing how eager every single kid was to learn made me want to try harder and harder. Not a day went by of the two months I was there that I did not want to get up to go teach. I saw the brightest smiles that will stay with me forever, I heard the most contagious and euphoric laughs I have ever heard, and I met the most grateful people I believe I ever will. After two moths of the best experience of my life I knew I wanted to go back soon it was just a matter of finding the right time. Less than one year later they asked me to go back as a staff member, so on May 2013 I got the chance to go back to Mombasa for 9 weeks. I just came back 4 days ago and I still cannot wrap my head around the amazing experiences I had. Each and every day was so unique and full of life in its very own way that there was no chance of having an “ordinary” day. Hopefully I will have the chance to go back in the near future because not only is it fulfilling and life changing, but it really is impressive noticing the improvement one can make over a short period of time.
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