Volunteer Abroad Programs Since 1997
Volunteer abroad in Africa with GVI

Volunteer abroad in Africa on critical community development and environmental conservation projects

GVI awarded top volunteering organisation for 2011 by Virgin Holidays' Responsible Travel Awards

Journey to amazing places to help protect diverse and unique communities and ecosystems

Contribute on long term, sustainable projects that are designed and run to create lasting solutions

  • We teach over 1,000 pre-school children each year
  • We provide primary school lessons to 8,000 children every day
  • Over 400 people trained as TEFL teachers to date
  • 855 energy efficient stoves built in Latin America to date, including an entire community in Ecuador
  • 10 schools built and 20 schools entirely funded
  • We work with Jane Goodall Institute, Dian Fossey Gorilla Foundation, Kenya Wildlife Service and Rainforest Concern
  • We won the 2011 award for the provision of education at the Ao Luk Centre in Thailand
  • Our community partners in Mexico and Ecuador won the Whitley Award for Conservation
  • We conduct the only dolphin research program in Kenya
  • We recorded the first confirmed sighting of Dugong on Kenya's south coast in over 10 years
  • GVI was awarded the 2011 Best Volunteering Organisation at the Responsible Travel Awards sponsored by Virgin Holidays
  • We have published work on the use of volunteers to collect viable scientific data to support environmental conservation
  • We have been recognized by BBC Wildlife Magazine, Jaguar Conservation Fund, and the Mesoamericana International Journal
  • We are the largest contributors to the Meso American barrier reef conservation program
  • We have delivered over 6,200 hours of English classes as education assistance for almost 10,000 children in Southern Thailand

Program Focus

  • Proper infrastructure and efficient systems are key aspects to the health and well being of local communities. Our construction programs...
  • Marine ecosystems are very important for the overall health of both marine and terrestrial environments. Ocean waters serve as a critical...
  • Biodiversity is vital in the maintenance of a healthy ecosystem. Currently 1 in 8 birds, 1 in 4 mammals, and 1 in 3 amphibians face the...
  • The best way to fight poverty is through education. We offer children a safe environment, with support, supervision, socialization and...
  • The ability to read and write in English leads to higher paid jobs and offers people the chance to improve their standard of living....
  • Sport is recognized as a viable, valuable tool, when working with children. It helps fight depression, aids with better concentration,...
  • In many parts of the world, information regarding the proper care of pets, domestic animals, and in some cases, wildlife as a whole, is...
  • Access to healthcare varies across countries, groups and individuals and is largely influenced by social and economic conditions.  You...

Volunteers in Action

"A friend recommended GVI to me. She said it was simply magical...I can only pass on the same comments to my friends."  Andre, Canada (26)

Program: Mexico Marine Conservation Expedition

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Volunteer Travel

Volunteer travel with GVI and play a crucial role in international conservation and education projects. You can volunteer abroad from 1 week to 2 years in more than 40 countries in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and Central America. Volunteer travel with Global Vision International (GVI) offers the chance to play a vital role in pioneering programs as a work and travel volunteer.

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Volunteering Abroad

Volunteering abroad has become a great way for travelers with little time, to give back to people and ecosystems in need.  The tricky part is that many program operators work exclusively through partners on the ground, which leaves many of these programs inconsistent with regards to quality.

At GVI, we see volunteering abroad as an opportunity to plug in short term volunteers to solve many on the ground community and environmental issues.  So we have spent the last 14 years building an infrastructure which allows us to run our projects long term, while using temporary volunteers to accomplish the majority of our efforts.

Volunteering abroad with GVI is an amazing way to make a difference while having adventures and getting fully immersed into a foreign culture.  Read more about why thousands of people are volunteering abroad with GVI each year!

Volunteer in Africa

Volunteer in Africa and work on some of the world’s most important conservation and community development projects all over Africa.  Find yourself tracking big game through the bush, or building a library in a township or diving in the crystal blue water of the Indian Ocean.  Volunteer in Africa with GVI and experience some of the most amazing places and richest cultures in the world.

We have teaching, childcare, wildlife and conservation volunteer programs in South Africa, Kenya, Namimbia, Cameroon, and many more locations. Long Term volunteering and short term opportunities are also available to volunteer in Africa.

Visit our volunteer in Africa country page to see all the great projects we run in Africa.

Volunteer Vacations

Volunteer vacations allow you the opportunity to make a difference while not missing out on the fun and adventure of your next vacation. 

GVI has spent the last 14 years building community development and environmental conservation projects around the world.  Since we run our own projects, you can come and contribute for a short time on volunteer vacations, knowing that we will continue to run these projects for the long term. 

GVI's volunteer vacations abroad are a once in a lifetime experience that fits your schedule, call us an we'll help you combine a great vacation with some very worthwhile volunteer work.

Volunteer Abroad Programs

We run over 100 volunteer abroad programs that are consistently amazing. How do we know this? Because we built them. We are globally renowned for the sustainability of our projects and for providing inspiring experiences.

The places you stay on our volunteer abroad programs are home to some of the most remote and pristine environments in the world.

Our volunteer abroad programs are designed to adapt to the communities’ most urgent needs, from education to construction, to conservation. We include the local community members in our efforts and decisions, fostering these relationships to build stronger, healthier communities for the future.

Read more about GVI's volunteer abroad programs.

Volunteer Abroad

Join volunteering abroad programs with GVI in Australasia, Africa, South and Central America, Asia and even in Europe! Our volunteer abroad programs enable you to play a vital role in pioneering volunteer abroad programs worldwide.

GVI volunteer abroad programs are available from 1 week up to one year. Play a crucial role in international conservation and education projects, and search for a volunteer abroad program now...