Global Volunteer Network (GVN)

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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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This is the first time I volunteer internationally and it was quite challenging for me.

Overall the journey is good and I found myself really making the right decision.

I broaden my mind and getting know other country culture and living style which is really exciting.

The GVN partners and the homestay are all quite warming and kind. They all ready to help me in any conditions. I miss the time we together there.

The condition of the Romblon is really rural area with few facilities. But I really admire the inhabitants there as they always living happily though some of them are very poor. The environment of Romblon is really nice with natural flora and fauna.

The children at childcare is really cute and sometimes quite naughty as we know it is the natural character of kids. I really miss them and the teacher also very kind and patient to his teaching.

The CERV staff brought me to the new library which was not yet officially open by the time I visited there. It is an awesome project and congratulations for CERV and GVN for bringing it to this Romblon!

There is something I need to mention are the facilities of the school and the CERV homestay. The school is really lack of stationaries and other reading materials such as books for daily learning.

CERV homestay is really in bad condition by the time I visit there as there was flood weeks before I visit there. CERV staffs are planning to move to another new place which is better in location and avoid flood in future. This is a good idea.

In summary, this is really a great opportunity for me to take part in this programme and I really hope my contribution can bring some good impact to the community!

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Posted: May 2, 2013
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By: mvchiang
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I highly recommend the Global Volunteer Network (GVN) Machu Picchu fundraiser hike. It was incredibly rewarding to participate in the Inca Trail hike to raise funds for Peruvian children in need. Following the hike, it was amazing to meet the children and visit the programs where the funds we raised are going to help. Overall, the GVN hike was very well organized, and the GVN hike leader was a very kind and supportive leader.

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Posted: November 6, 2011
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I found GVN whilst doing an online search for volunteer groups/treks. I signed up for the Kilimanjaro Trek in 2010. Communication and organisation was really great. I met the Group in Tanzania as i was already there visiting friends/orphanages and everything worked out fine. Our rendezvous and then Trek went according to plan and the staff were always supportive and friendly. We all went through varying degrees of altitude sickness and through it all the staff made sure we were coping. I am currently signed up for another Trek with them to Mt Everest Base Camp in 2012. GVN were fast to respond and as always, very friendly. For those wanting to give a bit back to the countries they visit this is a great way to meet quality people, enjoy great contacts with those that have big needs. This is the best part of GVN. There program has been going for a few years so there support is really important to the groups they help. Also for them it is not just a one off visit but an ongoing support base for those in need.

Lastly I would suggest people check there expectations for volunteering. You wont get five star accomodation and treatment but you will get honest, friendly, supportive and caring friends volunteering for Global Volunteer Network.

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Posted: November 4, 2011
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I have attended 2 GVN programs - Be the Change in Taupo, New Zealand (2009) and the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek (2010). I am looking forward to Mt Kilimanjaro and Macchu Pichu. My friends ask why I am willing to pay more to attend fundraising treks with GVN. The difference is the connection between the programme, GVN staff and GVN causes. It is far more meaningful to hike/trek for a cause I support, than to simply trek for one's own personal satisfaction.

The GVN staff are extremely helpful, friendly and are able to assist you with your requests quickly, considering their compact team size. They are a group of passionate people who truly want to make a positive and sustainable difference to the world.

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Posted: October 26, 2011
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The support was great at GVN - I was able to find a placement even on short notice with their help.
The program itself - volunteering at an animal rescue shelter in southern Thailand - was an experience I'll never have again. I worked with tigers, gibbons, and elephants, meet interesting people, and ate good food. If you're expecting four star accommodation - this is not the place for you, but if you want to do something you'll always remember - it is.

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Posted: October 19, 2011
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By: lenagd
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