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National Scholarship Program

GVI runs National Scholarship Programs (NSPs) in over 15 countries worldwide to enable and fund local nationals to participate in our programs and receive all relevant training. The NSPs are open to any local nationals aged 18 years or above. Chosen candidates will join a team of staff and international volunteers on one of the GVI hubs and take part in every aspect of program life.

The GVI NSP is aimed at candidates who can demonstrate a real interest in the relevant training opportunities of the program and those that can explain how this opportunity will enrich their current interests and future pursuits. As an organisation we hope to be able to use our resources to enrich local capacities and provide unique opportunities for local youths.

The NSP enables individuals to gain valuable practical experience in marine/terrestrial monitoring techniques, teaching or community development skills, amongst others. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone looking to begin a career in research, conservation, community development or teaching. University students, who wish to obtain practical experience to complement their studies or looking to conduct research for their University final year dissertation, are particularly welcome to apply. In the past the NSP durations have mainly been set at 12 weeks.

GVI is fully committed to the global implementation and success of this program, as demonstrated by the over 100 local participants who have already taken advantage of this program. After a successful initial orientation and training on base, the NSPs might be offered a scholarship placement (as a GVI staff member).

Be sure to take a look at our NSP success stories and how their time spent with GVI  has impacted their lives!

To find out more and to read the policy in full details, please click here.

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It offered me the opportunity to finish my professional practices that is one of the requirements to get my degree. It offered me the opportunity to get certifications in scuba diving with PADI, as well I received a lot of benefits as knowledge in how a volunteer tourism company works, I've been improving my English, my team work skills and I had the opportunity to work in Punta Allen where I developed workshops for children. My plans are still in the ecotourism area, work in a place where I can help the environment and the community somehow.

Cecilia Carolina Guzmán Espinoza

Marine Conservation, Mexico, 2016

From a personal perspective, without wanting to look novelistic, there is a before and an after GVI, it has been key for opening my eyes and heart towards a reality that I was unaware of, it has enriched me and it will continue doing so, with examples and facts that I am proud to be part of. If I was contacted from my old work to return, without hesitation I would have the answer: " No thanks, I have found what I have searched for so long, here I have achieved something that your money can not pay me ". I am very grateful to all within GVI, for having received me, for being my guides on this journey that has changed my life; for teaching me the value of things, and for giving me the opportunity to live.

Luis Jimenez Ramirez

Quepos Community Development, Costa Rica, 2017

I’ve learned about different international survey methodologies, acquired fish ID and diving skills which would facilitate me at work. The trainings provided by GVI has contribute in my career especially the survey techniques I’ve learned that I can apply at my work placement, and the diving skills acquired made me more confident in diving. Furthermore, I received the EFR (Emergency First Response) training which is efficient because anything can go wrong so I’m able to respond in any situation. I had lots of fun while learning as I was diving twice a day which was awesome, there’s always something to learn and embrace. I had a good time with amazing people, sadly I can’t stay for long but I can always come back to learn something new!

Annie Vidot

Marine Conservation, Seychelles, 2016