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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I will keep coming back to GVN because I believe in their work, I have seen the benefits first hand in 2 countries, one of which was torn by political violence at the time - no better time for the support provided these communities by the groups GVN supports. I climbed Kilimanjaro with GVN to raise funds to assist kenyan projects focussed on the many orphans housed in and around the Nairobi area - including in the Kibera slum. Orphans of parents who died of aids, from mothers who were shunned because of obstetric fistula, from parents who had died in violence. There is no welfare in these countries - GVN ensures these kids are fed and educated - how else can these kids grow up and change the world? In nepal children are surrendered because the family cannot feed them, or they are genuinely orphaned or given up because they are disabled mentally or physically. The kids I met at the GVN projects just southwest of Kathmandu after hiking to Everest base camp to raise funds for their keep - were truly inspiring, and deeply unforgettable. kids all over the world are our future adults and world leaders - GVN works hard to make sure as many of them as possible have a fair chance.
The trips were really well organised, challenging but loads of fun, the GVN reps on the trip were great. typical of these countries the accomodation is not 5* but i never anted that anyway - on Kilimanjaro our tents were a million stars!

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Posted: October 13, 2011
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By: cmitchell
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Hey I went on the Mount Everest Trek in 2010 and thought it was amazing!!! While I was researching the trip they replied to all my emails quickly. After I applied and my trek coordinator made sure we stayed on top of everything by sending us all the information I needed such as supplies and the required shots. the cost was fairly low and we also needed to raise $2,000 for orphans at 2 seperate orphanages. Any concerns I had she adressed. When we got to Nepal someone was there to pick us up and brought us to the hotel where we met everyone. During the trek we ate the food of the area some of which was incredible and some just wasn't for me. We had extremely friendly poters and extremely friendly GVN employees on our trip. After the trek seeing the kids that our money went towards was amazing and unforgettable. On this trip I had a blast and made lifelong Friends in the process!

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Posted: October 13, 2011
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By: sam
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I did the Eat So They Can even in 2010 and I had the opportunity to do the distribution trip to Cusco Peru in August 2011. I ave to say it has been one of the best experiences as a volunteer. I did not only make great friends in just a few days, but I had the opportunity to see first hand how much ESTC does for orphanage children ans struggling communities, and the impact that our help make in their lives. The love we felt there was amazing. On top of this the GVN staff that came with us was great, the security and care they took was incredible, and we stayed at a great hotel really close to the center of Cusco, so we got to enjoy the touristy part too. I strongly recommend doing the distribution trips, experience the reality of the communities that need help, the impact, etc. It is such an emotional and amazing experience that it is hard to describe it in words, but I really hope more people get the chance to do it.

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Posted: October 12, 2011
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By: danacab
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I have volunteered with GVN in Rwanda, Vietnam, and Peru for periods ranging from 1 month to 7 weeks. In Rwanda I taught mathematics at a village grade school, in Vietnam I taught English and business courses at various colleges in Da Nang, and in Peru I did a construction project at a police station in Cusco. I had a wonderful time in all three programs! I met so many people and made dozens of friends, both with locals and the other volunteers. The work in all the programs often offers a lot of flexibility and is great for self-starters and motivated people that want to uniquely impact their project. All the staff is friendly and helpful and provides a safe and comfortable environment. The cost value is also great in comparison with other organisations with programs in similar regions. I would recommend GVN to others and I look forward to volunteering with new GVN programs in the future.

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Posted: October 12, 2011
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By: jmlopez
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I spent 6 weeks volunteering at GVN Vietnam doing the teaching program. This was the most amazing experience I have ever had, and I would not trade my time for anything else. I had the opportunity to meet some of the greatest and most kind hearted people. I truly was able to help and do something for others beside myself, and GVN gave me this opportunity. The GVN staff was always very prompt in answering any of my questions or concerns before my placement took place. They were very helpful in my preparation to going to Vietnam such as what I should prepare for, vaccination shots, etc. Everything was very professional, and I was pleased with how smoothly everything went. When I arrived at my placement, the staff and other volunteers were very, very friendly. By the end of my 6 weeks, I felt like I had a new family, and I was devastated to leave. The staff was so friendly and accommodating to all the volunteers that it made the transition to a new place much easier. You could definitely tell the staff tried to incorporate some western culture into the house as much as possible to make everyone feel more at home. The price of the program is very reasonable as it covers your meals (the program says it provides meals from Monday through Friday, but if you ask, the cook will come in on the weekends to make you something to eat!), your housing, and they provide rides to all your placements. The living conditions were very well maintained. The rooms and bathroom are very clean, and there's a cleaning lady that comes every day to clean the house. I definitely would recommend this program to anyone interested in doing volunteer work in another country. The work is amazing, and it is truly a life changing experience. I think about the kids every single week, and I hope that one day I'll be able to go back and see them again.

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Posted: October 11, 2011
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