Environmental conservation has an impact on every level of life on the planet, from landowners in developing countries to threatened animal species. It’s an essential part of sustainable development, which is why GVI makes wildlife protection a key focus in volunteer...
Original photo: Matthew Nitschke. The sun beats down on my skin, a scorching 40 degree Celsius, as I float down the murky waters of the Mergui Archipelago in Myeik, Myanmar. My face is dripping wet from the humidity. I am surrounded by Burmese-speaking locals on a...
Original photo: Rob Sinclair All the plastic ever made still exists. Let that sink in for a minute. Every single piece of plastic made in the past century is still around in some form. So how can we go about reducing the amount we use? One million plastic bags are...
Original photo: CIPE More than 35% of the world’s mangroves have disappeared, making mangrove forests one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems. Compelling reasons to protect these habitats have surfaced in recent years as we begin to understand more about...
Original photo: Chris Hoare I waited four long years to see my first shark. I was diving in Komodo National Park in Indonesia at Castle Rock, a pinnacle where the coral reef clung to the rock against swirling currents. Without warning, a blacktip reef shark surged...
Floating through the temperate waters of one of GVI’s multiple marine conservation project locations, discover the incredibly vivid life under the sea. Swim alongside green sea turtles, and watch as seahorses look after their young in coral reefs. Whether you are...
Our world, and the wildlife within it, is being threatened by unsustainable human behavior. This issue is prevalent in Thailand, as evidenced by often irresponsible practices within its wildlife tourism industry. While immersing yourself in the coastal province of...
Imagine the sight of the deep red sun rising over the African bushveld. The camel thorn trees are casting their silhouettes across the cinematic sunrise, and the Drakensberg mountains are towering above you. The swelling/growing light shows you the national park that...
Anyone who visits a local store or market will understand why Thailand is one of the world’s largest consumers of plastic. Drinking bottled water is the norm, and each purchase is accompanied by the offer of countless plastic bags and straws. Government figures show...
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...
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