Global Volunteer Network (GVN)

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8.4 / 10 after 80 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings

The Global Volunteer Network (GVN) offers volunteer service opportunities in community projects around the world.  At GVN we align with the idea of 'local solutions to local problems', so we work with local community organizations in each country.  We provide a wealth of experience, resources and dedication to both our volunteers and partners.

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I volunteered at an orphanage for one month. There did seem to be some corruption within the African partner to GVN (ie volunteer money/donation not going to the orphanage). I loved the idea of living with a local family, unfortunately the family I stayed with was a more than just a little looney. But other volunteers did have a better experiences with that than I did. It also didn't help that I was rooming with a very negative American!
I also think that life is what you make of it and I do not regret the experience what so ever. I do want to volunteer abroad again. My experience in Kenya has helped me learn what I am looking for. And, for me it was good day if I made one of the kids at the orphanage smile.

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Posted: April 9, 2009
Overall:
6
Support:
5
Value:
7
By: Anonymous
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Many problems with food and we were constantly out of lunch and dinner supplies. The house adviser was clueless on how to run the house. Some rooms had mold problems and were not insulated so we were not able to keep warm at night. The project leader was uninspiring as was the work projects (raking and weeding). Not fully briefed on first day and did not live up to the website! I would recommend it if things change, however, at this point I would not.

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Posted: November 24, 2008
Overall:
5
Support:
8
Value:
4
By: Anonymous
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I couldn't find a place to begin, except to say that this program was awful.
The in-country organization was hardly supportive-- when throwing up for three days straight, they offered to drop me off at the hospital and provided no support beyond this.
Placement was terrible-- there was an extreme lack of attention to community need; rather we were merely thrown at a place. For example, where I was was actually using volunteers from the community to complete the tasks I thought I'd be doing. I was bored, frustrated and of course, GVN was impossible to contact. The 24/7 emergency line was never available, my host sister stole from me and I went home two weeks early and spent 4 days in a hospital at home.
GVN ignored largely any requests for evaluation of my experience and only upon threatened legal action did they partially refund the administrative fee.
MISERABLE experience.

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Posted: July 3, 2008
Overall:
1
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2
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0
By: Anonymous
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I cant beleive how many bad experiences we have had because of GVN... I had a nightmare month in El-Shaddai Hope centre where the owners were abusive and corrupt.... I was forced physically to leave the children and ended my stay two months earlier... I asked GVN to investigate and also suggested they had mis-represented my use there.... I had nothng to do as ALL the kids were sent away six days a week.... I would love to hear from anyone who would be interested in bringing about a class action suit against GVN.... this is the only way to get real help to the people of Kenya. As for VICDA , they too have there hand out and Irene and John admitted Stephen was a liar and didnt do the best for the kids... GVN responded to me by saying they accepted the story by The Owner and all was fine !!!! GGVN are simply making money out of others misery.... cheers carolinafrancese@gmail.com p.s. If I win the return of my volunteer fees and the extra flights home I intend returning to Kenya (un aided) and distributing food to the kids any one interested ?

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