Voluntourism bias We decided to volunteer and visit a new country on a whim for our summer vacation, and chose Laos pretty much out of the blue. Apart from the GVI website- I had no idea what we were getting into. After talking to a previous volunteer ambassador, I...
The best gap year ideas combine travel, adventure, personal growth, and the chance to do something meaningful. GVI’s gap year programs tick all the right boxes. Taking a gap year is a fulfilling way of exploring the world. Gap year benefits include having the chance...
Original photo: "Luang Prabang Sunrise" by WIL is licenced under CC BY 2.0 There are many reasons to visit the town of Luang Prabang. But as a volunteer in this historic town along the Mekong river, you can experience all the setting has to offer, while working...
Here there are some reflections of the under 18 Australian students, who joined GVI Luang Prabang just last May. The group kept a daily journal during its trip to Laos, writing about activities, environment, and personal feelings. Some incredibly well written...
Experiencing an intercultural exchange at early age scientifically resulted to be effective on various levels. It is an opportunity to gain personal development, to increase awareness on global issues, to understand other cultures, and to create a solid ground of...
Summer business internships give you the chance to develop and expand on the skills you’ve learned in the classroom. Spend your summer gaining practical business experience in a country halfway around the world. Work on soft skills such as intercultural fluency,...
It is really difficult to sum up the multitude of experiences that I had during the nine weeks I spent with GVI in Luang Prabang between November and February in 2017/18. What were the highlights? Luang Prabang itself: with it’s temples, monks and novices, it’s gentle...
You might complain about your job occasionally, but you’re probably grateful to have one. Many people aren’t so lucky. Unemployment rates are on the rise worldwide, throwing up a barrier against sustainable development. Many a leader has been elected on a promise of...
Wondering what to eat when volunteering abroad in Laos? Look no further. Here are GVI’s top picks for dishes you must eat when in Laos. As a fusion of the French and Asian kitchen, Laotian cuisine is deliciously complex. Fresh herbs and tender meats take front stage...
Original photo: Allie_Caulfield Volunteering in Laos is a perfect opportunity to explore Southeast Asia's hidden jewel. It's home to fascinating cultural festivals, breathtaking natural beauty and delicious local cuisine that will only cost you a few dollars. Once...
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