Testimonial from Jane Collins
This was my fifth overseas service holiday since 1999, the third organisation I’ve used and my first experience with GVI. I was hesitant at first because GVI was the first for-profit organisation I used to arrange a service holiday. Surprisingly (or not), a GVI holiday was about half the cost of a nonprofit service holiday in South Africa so my husband and I selected them. The GVI service holiday was by far the most organized, well-executed and consistent of any service holiday I have ever experienced. They had staff in-place in Gordon’s Bay to ensure both the welfare and safety of the volunteers as well as the continuity and integrity of the educational program we supported at a local township school. The accommodations were fine for two 50-somethings. We stayed in a middle-class, 2-bedroom apartment with two 20-ish female volunteers in a gated community in Gordon’s Bay. Both bedrooms held four bunk beds, so my husband and I shared a room, and the two other volunteers stayed in the other bedroom. Quite honestly, it reminded us of the houses we rented back in college – mismatched furniture, but the appliances worked. While it was not luxurious, it was certainly adequate and appropriate for us and we would count our living arrangements as a “plus” when considering another service holiday. My husband and I are in our mid- to late-50’s and were completely at ease in this environment. I actually tore my left ACL in half during our first day of sports coaching and the staff responded immediately and professionally. I was taken to a nearby hospital in an upscale neighbourhood and back to work (in the classroom) within 48 hours. I highly recommend a GVI service holiday for any boomer who is looking for adventure, contribution, connection and meaning.
- Jane Collins