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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2012 was not a great year for me so I needed something else. Something outside of my comfort zone. Something to change my perspective on life. My solution: climb a mountain and help those who truly need it. Those were my expectations and by the end of my 6 weeks in the majestic country of Nepal, I'm happy to report that GVI delivered - with interest! A succinct review is a good review, so let's keep this short: - The trek to Everest Base Camp (or EBC, as us seasoned trekkers call it) was more than I could have ever hoped for. Don't get me wrong; it was extremely tough and you will pay the mountain toll in sweat, but the incredible Himalayan views and immense satisfaction will reward you 100 times over. The friendships I formed in the humbling presence of Sagarmatha will last a lifetime. - The volunteering in Pokhara allowed me to experience something I've never felt before - the pride and self-fulfillment of dedicating yourself to others. I worked at Children's Paradise, a pre-school designed for standard and special needs children alike. My timetable was divided between teaching elementary subjects to a brilliant girl with spina bifida, and playing and engaging with young boys with autism. Just like the mountain, this placement tested me on many occasions but the positive impact I could see that the volunteers have on these kids' lives kept me coming back each day with gusto. I miss them all so much! In conclusion, this experience has changed my life and given me so much more than I could've asked for - it was all made possible through GVI. So what are you waiting for? : )

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Posted: June 13, 2013
Overall:
9
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10
Value:
8
By: j8t2
Age:
22

I was looking for my next adventure trip when I applied for the program called Conservation Expedition to the Seychelles with GVI. The description of the program was fascinating, the price was acceptable. When I arrived on Curieuse island I had no real experience in the kitchen, I was a stubborn night owl and meat eater, I was afraid of snorkeling and I was looking for an adventure only. However day by day things have changed. The program made me realize that the kitchen is a place for creation – important for survival. The super early starts were incredibly rewarding hence watching the nature waking up around us was just amazing. Living the life of a vegetarian was actually easy and it was such a delicious experience that it has left a mark on my lifestyle. Snorkeling become more and more fun and now I’m willing to go on a dive course. Most importantly, I went to the Seychelles as an adventurer and came back home as a young conservationist. This program did not just provide the trip I was looking for, it also taught me a lot. Turtles, mangroves, Coco de Mers, sharks, insects, carbon-footprint, birds … the nature is exciting!

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Posted: June 4, 2013
Overall:
10
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10
Value:
10
By: Aniko
Age:
26

I went to Kerala, India for only two weeks on August, but those few days felt like ages. I had the time of my life, where I saw a beautiful country and met wonderful people.
Working at the local school was a great experience and the children were fantastic. I recommend this project to everyone who likes to travel and meet new people, I wiah I could go back to India everyday and I will never forget it.

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Posted: May 31, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
6
Value:
8
Age:
20

I chose to volunteer with GVI because a close friend with mine had gone to Fiji with GVI and recommended the company. I knew I wanted to volunteer abroad, but there are so many options to choose from and it’s hard to know which company to trust with both your safety and your money. I would highly recommend GVI to anyone looking to volunteer abroad -- my experience in Laos was absolutely incredible. I made so many wonderful friends from all over the world who I never would have met if it weren’t for this program.

The classes I taught in ranged from about 8 to 25 years old, and their English abilities ranged from beginners (learning the English alphabet) to quite advanced (learning about pollution and the environment in English). I grew very attached to my students and it was really exciting and rewarding to see them improve each week that I was there. During the weekdays we would spend the mornings lesson planning for the various classes we were in charge of teaching, and then we would go off (either on foot on by tuk tuk) to the various temples or colleges we were teaching in. Each class was taught either by two volunteers or by a volunteer and a Lao teacher. I personally was always partnered up with another volunteer, and there were always staff members around if you had any questions during lesson planning.

On the weekends we explored the city, visiting the caves, waterfalls, and nearby villages. It is quite inexpensive to take a tuk tuk anywhere you need to go (especially if you have a large group to split the cost) so I was able to visit everywhere I wanted to see, and return to some of my favourites. The waterfalls were especially spectacular -- they are crystal blue and surrounded by jungle. The smaller set of waterfalls has a large swimming area, and elephant rides that you can take through the water. The weekends were definitely more “touristy” than the weekdays, where I was immersed in the Lao culture. It was extremely apparent how appreciative the local people are of tourists and volunteers who respect the local culture and dress appropriately (no bikinis, short shorts, or tank tops). Overall I had the time of my life on this volunteer trip, and I can’t wait to go again.

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Posted: May 28, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
8
Value:
7
By: hstirlin
Age:
21

I volunteered with GVI in Luaung Prabang in Laos in December 2012 -January 2013, teaching English to Buddhist novice monks at a temple, and to other students at a private school. I volunteered for only 2 weeks, and at the end my only regret was that I couldn't stay longer!
The town was beautiful, the Laos people I met and other volunteers were all great. The staff were amazing, there for you every step of the way, and always made you feel welcomed and valued.
The volunteering itself was really structured, which made it a lot less daunting and also meant you felt like you were actually helping, not just blundering your way through. It was challenging, but so very rewarding. I was capable of so much more than I expected, which was only due to the support I received from the staff and other volunteers.
Overall I could not recommend this experience highly enough!

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Posted: May 25, 2013
Overall:
10
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10
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8
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