Let me preface this story with the most important fact, volunteering in Pokhara, Nepal was undoubtedly the most amazing experience of my 21 years. However... I’m not going to lie, within hours of arriving in Kathmandu I was sitting in a small, dark hotel room bawling...
Volunteering isn’t only for ambitious teenagers and university students. The best volunteer abroad programs are suitable for all adults, so you can make an impact at any age. Altruism is ageless. All you need to volunteer abroad is a desire to contribute to positive...
GVI partners with academics who focus on sustainable development in their research. This helps us ensure that our programs are academically robust, and at the leading edge of ethics and best practice. We sat with Bryan McAllister, one of GVI’s Sustainable Development...
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...
It has been a pleasure to host Dr Bryan McAlister-Grande for the past week here in Nepal. Bryan joined us as GVI Sustainable Development Fellow (2019-20). He received his Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of...
The cry of “Howzat!” echoes off the walls of the surrounding buildings, with shouts of dissenting voices following hot on hits heels. Friendly arguments then ensue, with the final decision being “Not out” and the game continues. This all takes place in a central...
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...
Namaste! – I bow to the god within you “Namaste Chet Ji” is the greeting given to our Nepalese language teacher. He is of small stature as are most of the people of this mountain nation, but not small in personality. His wire framed glasses hide his slightly squint...
“Anyone coming out for Brownies? Cinnamon roll is good too. Or we could go for rice pudding” Somebody said after our first dinner. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Nepal could cater for our Western weaknesses! Earlier in the day I had discovered that I...
Nepal travel tends to include images of visitors trekking the Himalayan mountains, exploring holy temples, and enjoying the many outdoor adventures Nepal has to offer. Despite its beauty, communities in Nepal are still reeling from the impact of the 2015 Nepal...
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