Like in many new businesses around the world, most South African startups aren't able to last past the three-year mark. However, there are specific contextual constraints unique to the region. We list some of the main challenges faced by small, medium and informal...
There are many different reasons for people to come and volunteer with GVI on the wonderful island of Curieuse, a well needed break from life at home, gap year travels, or as a part of your education to help get into a career in conservation. The internship programme...
A coral reef bleaching event was recently confirmed in Seychelles. How are GVI’s research centre and volunteer programs in Mahe helping to monitor the region's corals? In the last 30 years, around half of the world’s corals have died due to factors such as ocean...
The surface of the ocean is a mysterious blue blanket. What lies beneath is hidden from our view. But what is hidden is incredible, and in danger. Underneath the ever-changing surface of the ocean is what’s known as a large, blue desert. But now and then, in shallow...
Volunteering abroad can equip you with a wide range of practical skills, including professional dive qualifications. Take your love for the ocean to the next level with combined dive training and marine volunteering. Certified dive instructors, beautiful beach...
Inequality between the genders doesn’t just affect individuals – it can change entire economies. As a sustainable volunteer program provider, GVI takes into account the importance of gender equality in development. What does gender inequality look like? It is women...
I remember when I reached that moment of clarity. It didn’t strike me like lightning. It was more of a subtle realisation: I was no longer afraid of travelling in Mexico. Summiting the Cobá ruins It didn't hit me until I reached the summit of the cobbled...
Africa is one of the most exciting volunteer destinations in the world. It’s also a lot safer than you might think. The African continent can be intimidating. It’s huge, home to some of the harshest climates, most dangerous animals on Earth, and is wildly diverse. But...
There isn’t an obvious connection between contributing to sustainable development, travelling, and doing an online writing course, is there? But these are the perfect ingredients for what it takes to make an impact as a travel writer. Becoming a writer is a calling....
This poem was written and performed by Carole and Tom on the eve of their departure from Nepal. When you reflect back, its incredible to note what an impact communities and experiences have had on you as individuals, its not always about what I am bringing. On...
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