GVI works with local stakeholders to make valuable contributions to remote communities
~Outstanding Volunteer Project Award Winner
We appreciate the support of GVI volunteers who join the Save the Children team
~Save the Children, Mexico
GVI help run our volunteer program due to their field structure and excellent reputation
~South African National Parks (SANParks)
GVI offers over 150 different volunteer abroad projects in 25 countries all over the world. While Volunteering abroad you can play a crucial role in a wide range of conservation, education and community projects in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and Central America.
We send over 2,000 people to volunteer abroad every year to help keep our projects sustainable and to ensure their positive impact on surrounding environments. All our volunteer work abroad projects are run alongside, and with the collaboration of, local partners and communities. This helps us to determine their needs to empower them to meet their goals.
If you are studying, speak to our Country Experts about receiving academic credit. Our Programmes don’t just give you hands-on practical skills, but can also contribute towards your university or college qualification.
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What you can do
Volunteer abroad on critical community development and environmental conservation projects.
Develop your professional skills through training, qualifications and work placements.
We have created specially designed projects for young adults in locations around the world.
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Choosing to volunteer with animals can be a highly rewarding experience for all those concerned. A lack of information regarding the proper care of pets, domestic animals, and in some cases, wildlife as a whole, is severely lacking, resulting in a misunderstanding of many animal species and how to best care for them.
Proper infrastructure and efficient systems are key aspects to the health and well being of local communities. Our construction projects focus on addressing basic human needs and aim to help protect those most at risk.
Access to healthcare varies across countries, groups and individuals and is largely influenced by social and economic conditions. Our healthcare projects which aim to serve many areas of public health interest, such as hygiene, water security, HIV/ Aids awareness, maternal health, and the reduction of child mortality rates.
Marine ecosystems are very important for the overall health of both marine and terrestrial environments. Ocean waters serve as a critical source of food and valuable minerals to communities around the world. These projects focus on restoring damaged marine ecosystems and protecting endangered marine species.
Sport is recognised as a viable, valuable tool, when working with children. It helps fight depression, aids with better concentration, teaches the fundamentals of teamwork, respect for rules, and can be a great boost to individual confidence.
The ability to read and write in English leads to higher paid jobs and offers people the chance to improve their standard of living. English teachers are our most commonly requested resource throughout the communities and schools we work with, a request that our volunteers help us fulfil.
Volunteer with Children
The best way to fight poverty is through education. We offer children a safe environment, with support, supervision, socialisation and education in a range of subjects, including basic math and English. If you are studying, speak to our Country Experts about receiving academic credit. Our Programmes don’t just give you hands-on practical skills, but can also contribute towards your university or college qualification.
Biodiversity is vital in the maintenance of a healthy ecosystem. These projects focus on the preservation of endangered plant and animal species and provide education to local communities so they can implement long term, impactful approaches to conservation. If you are studying, speak to our Country Experts about receiving academic credit. Our Programmes don’t just give you hands-on practical skills, but can also contribute towards your university or college qualification.
Joining our Women’s Empowerment projects provides you with a great opportunity to join an international team and help give women and young girls access to equal education, health care and income opportunities. Our projects are set in enchanting and culturally diverse countries, such as India, South Africa or Nepal. If you are studying, speak to our Country Experts about receiving academic credit. Our Programmes don’t just give you hands-on practical skills, but can also contribute towards your university or college qualification.
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