Global Vision International (GVI)

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Program website: http://www.gviusa.com/

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Through a funny term of events, I booked a trip to Greece to volunteer with turtles in Mavrovouni, 4 hours south of Athens. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I've made!
Every day something new and unexpected happened, the location was absolutely picturesque, and the people were unforgettable. It was unquestionably one of the hardest and best trips I have been on. Each morning we would go for morning expeditions, where we walked up and down local beaches looking for evidence of nests, hatchlings and any other turtle tracks. The two weeks were spent walking along beaches, building nests, excavating nests, watching hatchlings scurry to the ocean, helping educate locals about how to treat and look after turtles, and relaxing on the beach, enjoying the amazing people's company.
It was personally one of the most self-satisfying experiences of my life - words cannot express the feeling you get from knowing the work you did made an impact on what could be hundreds of animal's lives. It changed my perspective on life, and led me to the decision to start studying towards one day working in the eco-tourism industry. My 2 weeks in Greece literally changed my life! I would recommend it to anyone who wants to experience happiness and personal satisfaction.

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Posted: July 26, 2013
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10
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10
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10
Age:
19

Last sumer I spent a month in Fiji with GVI on their Community Development Program. This was one of the best experiences I've ever had. The people were all amazing, the staff, the locals, the other volunteers. The staff made it very easy to get there and settle in and made sure I knew what I was doing at each part of the program. For me the highlight was teaching at the local school, you can really see it makes a difference to the children out there and they want to learn which makes it even better. On top of all that, the time off was incredible too, at weekends we were allowed to explore Fiji which is the most amazing lace I've ever been. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who wants to volunteer abroad.

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Posted: July 15, 2013
Overall:
9
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9
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8
By: Ben_1010
Age:
21

I was at Quepos in August 2012 for two weeks, and honestly that was far too short for such an amazing place and project! Between the spanish classes with amazing and fun instructors, to working with the children in Quepos and Boca Vieja who were really amazing to work with, and the rich biodiversity of the place I fell in love with this little town. The children were so full of energy that it challenged me to find innovative ways to get their attention, and the times I did, I got a roaring response! The only possible downside was not being placed with a family to get a better grip of the challenges they face, but obviously this may be tricky, due to volunteers personal levels of comfort. Nonetheless I would definitely recommend this project; and I would definitely try to go back once I've saved up enough to go!

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Posted: July 13, 2013
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
5
Age:
20

The most amazing 10 months of my life. The greatest way I could've spent my gap year. I met inspirational people who I'll never forget, earned qualifications that will help me towards my future and just had a freekin awesome time.
Whilst on the expedition i constantly felt that I was contributing to something bigger (sorry to sound so cheesy, queso en espanol ;) see i even learnt some spanish!)
The diving was great! Turtles, Eagle rays, Eels, Barracuda. Learning the target species gave you a greater appreciation of the diversity of the reef.And then further study into the target species showed the threats, and gave purpose to contribution of me being there.
The living was basic, but it was worth it just to live on a beach for 6 months. Thoroughly thoroughly enjoyed myself there.

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Posted: July 10, 2013
Overall:
10
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10
Value:
8
By: maekld
Age:
18

I spent March, April and May of 2013 volunteering on GVI's Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico. Without sounding cliche, it was without a doubt the best thing I have ever done. Not only did I get to experience living on a Caribbean beach and diving every day for three months but I also got to come home with the sense of satisfaction and achievement knowing I had really helped to make a difference. Although condition were fairly basic such as bucket flush toilets, a fairly repetitive diet and little to no privacy, I really felt it was all part of the experience and wouldn't of had it any other way. Living among such inspiring people, namely the staff, who genuinely cared about conserving the beautiful ecosystems within our oceans was truly eye opening. During the three months I got around 60 dives under my belt which wasn't bad considering the weather dependant dive conditions. I would definitely recommend this programme to anybody who is willing to pitch into a community, work hard and in return be rewarded with the experience of a lifetime!

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Posted: July 3, 2013
Overall:
9
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8
Value:
8
Age:
19

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