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GVI is recognized as the leader in the field for running critical conservation and community development programs 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 organizations, which enables us to access areas others are simply unable to reach.

Our university group programs 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 Columbia University, Western Washington University, New York University, Duke University, University of Oregon, Texas A&M University, Northeastern University, Central Institute Technology Perth, Queens University Belfast, University of Melbourne, University of Glasgow, University of Lisbon and NACURH.

 

We have also recently developed a range of programs 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 programs 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 programs for individuals looking to join a group. Have a browse through our exciting programs here.

 

Animal Conservation
Students can enhance their knowledge of wildlife conservation and make a difference on our award winning program in Africa.
Environmental
Support our efforts to conserve a key environmental area in Southern Thailand by getting involved in our holisitic conservation program.
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.
International Development
Students can develop their international experience by supporting our long term community development programs in Costa Rica or South Africa.
Tailor Made Experiences
Our projects are tailor-made to suit each group's requirements. Our College 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.

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Marine Conservation

Thailand Conservation Experience

- 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

Program Type

University

Price from

$1,181.50

"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!"

- United Kingdom
Construction

Thailand Community Development

- 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 center, helping to transform it into a

Program Type

University

Price from

$1,181.50

"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!"

- United Kingdom
Community Development
Construction

Nepal Community Development Experience

- 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.

Program Type

University

Price from

$1,351.50

"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."

- United Kingdom
Community Development
Construction
Volunteer with Children

India Community Development Experience

- 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.

Program Type

University

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$1,181.50

"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."

- United Kingdom
Construction

Cape Town Community Development Experience

- 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

Program Type

University

Price from

$1,266.50

"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."

- Canada
Wildlife Conservation

Costa Rica Conservation Experience

- Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio
Travel to Costa Rica and contribute to our long-term conservation and community projects while enjoying life on the Pacific Ocean's coastal town of Manuel Antonio.

Program Type

University

Price from

$1,521.50

"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. "

- Canada
Construction
Sports

Costa Rica Community Development Experience

- Costa Rica, 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

Program Type

University

Price from

$1,521.50

"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. "

- Canada
Marine Conservation

Mexico Marine Awareness Experience

- 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

Program Type

University

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$1,606.50

"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."

- UK
Wildlife conservation

South Africa Wildlife Awareness

- 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

Program Type

University

Price from

$1,436.50

"The skills I learned, 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!"

- United Kingdom