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''I would like to thank the GVI Water Security Project for reaching out to help communities where it matters most.''

– Fiji Red Cross

''GVI's dive safety standards are exemplary - DAN''

||We choose GVI to help us run our volunteer program due to their field structure and excellent reputation - SANParks||

UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS


GVI is recognised as the leader in the field for running critical conservation and community development programmes across the globe. Our staff are experts in their field and are based in 16 locations across 10 countries, year round. We work with high profile partners, including Save The Children, SANParks, WWF, Fiji Red Cross, PADI and other government organisations, which enables us to access areas others are simply unable to reach.

Our university group programmes are designed to fully immerse and challenge students in contrasting environments. Typically trips are one to two weeks in length and are varied, exciting and tailored to ensure that students have a life-changing, memorable and positive learning experience. We have a thorough understanding of intercultural issues that may affect your students and have worked with universities from all over the world such as Duke University, Stanford University and Northeastern University.

We have also recently developed a range of programmes that focus on the educational elements more heavily, which follow a curriculum, and include pre and post-trip elements, under the GVI international service learning brand. Service learning is the combination of in-class learning, hands-on experience or service, and periods of reflective learning, all of which are aimed at developing students to become global citizens.

To view our example university group programmes which mainly focus on the service element, please see below, or to explore our range of international service learning programs, which have a greater emphasis on education pre and post-trip, please visit our new Service Learning website via the button below.

Not a university group? We have plenty of programmes for individuals looking to join a group. Have a browse through our exciting programmes here.

MARINE PROTECTION

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to discover and learn about the world’s barrier reef and/or earn a PADI diving certificate.

SERVICE

Live, work and learn with our communities. Immerse yourself in a different culture and make a genuine difference on our award winning wildlife, community, construction and conservation projects.

ANIMAL CONSERVATION

Students can enhance their knowledge of wildlife conservation and make a difference on our award winning programme in Africa.

TAILOR MADE EXPERIENCES

Our projects are tailor-made to suit each group’s requirements. Our Group Travel Expert will design an experience to suit your interests and goals. Contact us on +44 (0)1727 250 250 to start planning your journey.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Support our efforts to conserve a key environmental area in Southern Thailand by getting involved in our holisitic conservation programme.

SERVICE LEARNING

Our programs are perfect for any university group looking to get involved with service learning. Each of our projects can be tailor made to hit your group aims and objectives.

OUR PROGRAMS

Asia, Phang Nga, Thailand
Discover Phang Nga when you travel to Thailand and contribute to hands-on conservation efforts while immersing yourself in the local culture through community initiatives promoting environmental education to community groups and schools.
Marine Conservation

Program Type

Schools, University

Priced From

$695.00

"Admittedly, I was surprised by the amount of time I spent working on lessons, and by the effort I put in. The course really challenges you to consider what will (and won’t) work in the classroom. However, the hours I spent working out of the classroom benefited me massively, when the time came to teach a class. The GVI staff was so friendly and supportive – they couldn’t have made it any easier for me and my fellow volunteers!" -James Wilson (United Kingdom)
Asia, Phang Nga, Thailand
Discover Phang Nga when you travel to Thailand and contribute to the education of local impoverished children by improving the community's non-formal education centre, helping to transform it into a key place of learning
Construction

Program Type

Schools, University

Priced From

$695.00

"Admittedly, I was surprised by the amount of time I spent working on lessons, and by the effort I put in. The course really challenges you to consider what will (and won’t) work in the classroom. However, the hours I spent working out of the classroom benefited me massively, when the time came to teach a class. The GVI staff was so friendly and supportive – they couldn’t have made it any easier for me and my fellow volunteers!" -James Wilson (United Kingdom)
Asia, Nepal, Pokhara
Travel to Nepal, discover a fascinating new culture and help contribute towards the earthquake relief efforts by working on construction and renovation projects.
Construction
University Programs

Program Type

Schools, University

Priced From

$795.00

"Well what do I say about my time in Nepal but the only word I can use is magical. From the time you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu till the time you leave, you are looked after superbly. The activities that go along with the volunteering are amazing, the trek, rafting and the visit to Chitwan. All the staff and fellow volunteers I met during my time in Nepal were so friendly and supportive; you really feel part of the family." -Carol Bromell (United Kingdom)
Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
Discover iconic Cape Town and immerse yourself in a South African township community while supporting our long term projects though vital construction initiatives, improving infrastructure and children's learning environments
Construction

Program Type

Schools, University

Priced From

$745.00

"My most positive experiences were: meeting so many like-minded volunteers from all over the world; working with the children and seeing how happy and well-adjusted they were. The safari was great - it was nice to have a relaxing trip there after a long week of work! I enjoyed being able to experience South Africa in a less "touristy" way. It was interesting to meet locals, as it gives a better perspective about South Africa. I also loved seeing how our contributions really affect the children - seeing them learn and remember words and songs." -Cindy Wong (Canada)
Asia, India, Kerala
Travel to the culturally rich location of Kerala, India and get involved with a variety of valuable community development work while discovering this fascinating region of the world.
University Programs
Construction
Volunteer with Children

Program Type

Schools, University

Priced From

$695.00

"After 5 weeks in Kochi I finally managed to visit the backwaters, they´re sooooo beautiful, it was a great excursion. Soon after we boarded, the boat left and lunch was served. The food was great: rice, chicken, a sort of grated coconut & fried onion dish (sooo yummy!), some greens and probably some more food that I can´t remember now, plenty of delicious stuff to eat. For the whole evening we were just chilling in the lounge area, contemplating the beauty of the backwaters and seeing the everyday life of the people that live by the shore." -Ana Maria Segovia Silvestre (United Kingdom)
Costa Rica, Jalova, Latin America
Travel to Costa Rica and contribute to our long-term conservation projects while enjoying life in the remote, jungle region of Jalova.
Wildlife Conservation

Program Type

Schools, University

Priced From

$895.00

"Playing with the kinder kids is so much fun. Doing arts and crafts with them can get really messy but they love doing it! Their little smiles are so contagious so it’s such a pleasure to be around them. " -Tai Macpherson (Canada)
Costa Rica, Latin America, Manuel Antonio
Travel to Costa Rica and contribute to our long term conservation and community projects while learning Spanish and enjoying life on the Pacific Ocean's coastal town of Manuel Antonio
Construction
Sports

Program Type

Schools, University

Priced From

$895.00

"Playing with the kinder kids is so much fun. Doing arts and crafts with them can get really messy but they love doing it! Their little smiles are so contagious so it’s such a pleasure to be around them. " -Tai Macpherson (Canada)
Latin America, Mexico, Yucatan
Earn your PADI diving qualification in the crystal Caribbean waters of the Yucatan Peninsula while learning about the area's coral reefs and the associated marine conservation initiatives
Marine Conservation

Program Type

Schools, University

Priced From

$945.00

"I had a brilliant time, the staff were really friendly and welcoming and I loved all the diving/Coco de Mer surveys and turtle walks. There was so much variety and a lot to learn - I would definitely go back. This experience has made me change my career to what I love and I’m currently now looking for marine research/science work throughout the world. The GVI experience has made me reconsider what I want from life." -Lynsey Wheater (UK)
Africa, Limpopo, South Africa
Travel to iconic South Africa and gain insight into both wildlife research and conservation activities as well as critical community development initiatives before embarking on an awesome four day safari trip
Wildlife Conservation

Program Type

Schools, University

Priced From

$845.00

"The skills I learnt, the experience I had and the people I met whilst volunteering for GVI have been invaluable, instead of a year out I have had a complete change of career and will be starting a Masters degree in Marine Environmental Management later this year. Joining GVI as a volunteer certainly changed my life!" -Katie Brooks (United Kingdom)