Global Vision International (GVI)

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9 / 10 after 209 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings
Program website: http://www.gviusa.com/

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I feel that this experience has really changed my view on happiness in life. It allowed me to realize that importance of happiness and that it can be attained from the smallest things in life. Just a hug from my students at the end of the day meant the world to me and made them feel loved back. It amazes me how happy the kids are when I think about what their reality is like outside of school. The “gifts” I received from my students are the best gifts I have ever gotten and I would not have been able to appreciate them if I hadn’t left high school early. The things I took with me from my experience will never get old and nothing will be able to compare to them. My students are my inspiration to achieve anything in life. I can achieve any obstacle that comes my way with the thought and imprint my students left on me.
Aside from teaching in the schools I met incredible people from all over the world who I still keep in touch with. Every Friday all the volunteers and GVI staff got together for a barbecue it was a great way to get to know the other volunteers and make weekend plans.
Living with a host family was uncomfortable in the beginning and I didn't know where I stood in the house, but after a couple weeks I grew very close with my host family and they made me feel right at home. I would sit and talk with my host mom for hours. To this day I still keep in touch with them as well.
My Spanish speaking was not fluent when I arrived there and my confidence in speaking was very low. Not once did I feel ashamed to speak Spanish if anything I felt motivated by my students, staff, and host families to try my best with Spanish.

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Posted: January 11, 2010
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10
By: Anonymous
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I had a really good time on this project.
I felt it was value for money,well organised and I learnt a lot of new things. I liked it so much in fact I am going to return.
The ongoing debate about money spent by volunteers vs money in the field always comes up, so for what it's worth, here's my opinion.
I thought carefully about where I was going to go and what I wanted to do before I went.
I know the cost of living in a different country like India is often lower, but I measured that against things like
1. ongoing monitoring of projects by GVI and their partner agencies
2. safety in the field. This is excellent, met at the airport, accompanied to project sites, given guidelines for safety when in the community or on excursions.
3. Programme structure. Structured but flexible to change eg exursions out as a group, organising meals out)
4. Cost of running the program with staff, etc and all on costs in the quieter months (ie non peak season) This still works out as truly cost effective when looking at accommodation, food,transport to work sites, support from staff.
5. Pre daparture information and follow up on return - this was well handled by GVI. I felt supported by the agency.
I've traveled fairly extensively in India over a number of years now and have previous experience volunteering there and visiting other community programs. This trip was a very positive experience, and my most positive so far in terms of living and volunteering in the community. It was much easier than setting things up on my own.

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Posted: January 11, 2010
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8
By: Anonymous
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I had an amazing experience with GVI, I really cannot praise them enough all the field staff were great and the training I received was really professional and allowed me to really help out on the project and make a difference. I learned to Dive, had a great time and made some cool friends, I just wish I was back there now!!

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Posted: January 11, 2010
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By: Anonymous
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I would stay away from GVI. I did have an amazing experience in South Africa, but it is very expensive, considering the costs of running the program in a developing country are relatively low.
GVI are a corporation so their main objective is to earn a profit. It says on their website that 70% of the program fee goes back into the project, but this means the money still stays with GVI. It doesn't necessarily mean any money is going to go back into the community or environment to make a real difference.
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Posted: January 4, 2010
Overall:
4
Support:
7
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3
By: Anonymous
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are you agent of GVI?
Dear Jasmin, You are 100% biased with this company. Though, I don't have to do anything with this company but I know very well about the program. I think you completely forget about how Anthea and their teams have arrange placement in South Africa. I believe that the project receive 1390 RZ per week. please calculate it into dollars. And Anthea is well known to South Africa
While we are really pleased this volunteer had an amazing time in South Africa we are disappointed by her comments on the allocation of funds. As stated on our website 70% of volunteers monies since 2007 have gone back into the field. This money does NOT stay with GVI. The following is a very brief summary of how volunteers money is allocated but there is further information on our website and can be sent upon request. The following highlights the main areas that volunteers contributions are used; To ensure our volunteers are able to conduct the volunteer work to the quality our partners desire GVI employ a large number of professional field staff to train volunteers and carry on project work on their absence (holiday periods etc) GVI also take on all capital equipment costs for any program it supports, in the case of this program in South Africa we maintain a fleet of 4 research vehicles, two base camps from which we house and feed volunteers as well as community partners, survey equipment and general equipment to safely train and support over 30 field personnel. We are very proud of what we do and how we do it, please come and visit our website to find out more or give us a call, we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

I only went for two weeks but I had the most amazing time, it was my first time traveling alone so i was a bit nervous but I felt right at home as soon as I arrived. The Friday night BBQ's are the best and I miss my kids so much

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Posted: January 4, 2010
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10
By: Anonymous
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No volunteer progrm should cost you more than your room and board. EVER. The money at GVI goes into the office not to the field, be wary before giving them your money, bring it with you and make direct impacts in the communities abroad instead of giving it to a global corporation!
While I'm not affiliated with GVI and can't say that I know where the money goes for sure, every person working with and for GVI was extremely dedicated to the cause. The administrators in Guatemala were constantly looking for ways to improve the program, and selflessly sacrificed for it. I find it extremely difficult to believe that GVI uses the money inappropriately, and can definitely say with complete confidence that GVI is making a huge difference in the communities they work with.
In response to the thread above the reason GVI charge more as say compared to other smaller organizations is because the small organizations / local communities who work with us insist (rightly) on well trained volunteers and long term support. GVI recruit and pay our field GVI staff to ensure these volunteers are ready to make a lasting impact and that the project continues even if there are no volunteers there over the quiet months. For some programs GVI takes on the heavy fixed costs of the programs such as research equipment and school maintenance. On top of that part of the GVI fee also covers advice and support before a volunteer departs and of course the promotion of all of our programs which are so desperate for volunteers. There are some wonderful smaller organizations out there which are cheaper than GVI and we give them our full support but there are also 100’s of others that quite simply would not survive without our help, so I would ask the person above to spend some time on our website or give us a call to try and better understand how we work before making such unfair comments that can only damage the handwork of our volunteers and highly committed staff working our there right now.
many organizations now a day offerr $70 to $100 per week program fee why GVI, a charity, is charging so much. this is greedy orgnization. Join it if you want to pay more. you can consider international hq

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