Volunteer Abroad

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 Programs don’t just give you hands-on practical skills, but can also contribute towards your university or college qualification.


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Volunteer Abroad

Choose from over 150 hands-on volunteer projects in amazing locations around the world. Durations start from 1 week and can run to over a year. Make an impact, experience new cultures and explore locations restricted to normal tourists.


Volunteers will have the leadership and training from our world-class field staff who have been chosen for their mix of experience in the field and ability to mentor and inspire young people.

Internships Abroad

GVI offers outstanding international internships in Africa, Europe, Asia, and Central and Latin America!


Internships with GVI allow you to make a long-term sustainable difference in developing countries, immerse yourself in another country’s culture, develop and improve much needed skills employers are looking for and experience what it’s like to live abroad while gaining  valuable work experience. Alternatively, you can travel to one of our stunning locations for a shorter volunteer abroad experience!


Under 18

Travelling and volunteering abroad is a great way for teenagers to learn about global citizenship and develop a deeper understanding of the world’s problems.



Marine Conservation

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.

Wildlife Conservation

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.


Volunteer with Children

The best way to fight poverty is through education. We offer children a safe environment, with support, supervision, socialization and education in a range of subjects, including basic math and English.

Women's Empowerment

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.

More than two-thirds of the world’s illiterate population are females and supporting women in developing countries is vital to helping overcome critical social issues such as poverty and unemployment. Join our projects to make an essential contribution to gender equality through various educational, healthcare and income initiatives.


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 fulfill.

Animal Care

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.


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.


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.


Sport is recognized 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.

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