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Volunteer with Children in Costa Rica

Volunteer on childhood development projects, learn Spanish, and explore Costa Rica in your free time.

Program Code: CRCI0911P

Informazioni sul Programma

Contribute to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals #4, Quality Education by supporting childhood development initiatives in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica. In your free time, take advantage of the myriad of adventure activities that this diverse mountainous l region has to offer, including hiking, volcanoes, botanical gardens and coffee plantations.



Join a team of like-minded volunteers, living and working in the town of Cimarrones in Costa Rica, teaching English to local community members.

Cimarrones is a small farming community, nestled in a valley in the mountainous Cartago province, bordering the Limón Province. Tourism brings in many business opportunities for locals, however, in order to access these opportunities, locals must fulfil the requirements of employers who are looking to cater to English-speaking travellers. Therefore, the request from local schools is often for more English educational support. In supporting English education volunteers not only contribute to UN SDG #4, Quality Education, but also UN SDG #8, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Volunteers on this program will work with GVI staff, interns, and other volunteers to provide free individual English education classes to members of the local community. We work with ongoing curriculums to introduce English vocabulary and discuss sustainable development topics like environmental awareness. We also offer conversational classes so students can practice real situations and feel more confident in speaking English. Our work is based on the needs of the community, which means that the specifics of the classes, such as the time schedules, ages, and levels of English language competency change over time.


  • Gain experience teaching younger students.

  • Develop soft skills like teamwork and leadership.

  • Immerse yourself in the pura vida lifestyle of Costa Rica.

  • Explore one of the many national parks, gardens and monuments in the region.  

  • Learn Spanish.

  • Gain access to our online community development course, and have the option of earning a certificate endorsed by the University of Richmond.

Program Details

Further Project details

Our work is based on the needs of the community, which means that the specifics of the classes, such as the time schedules, ages, and levels of English language competency change over time.

Volunteers will spend most of their time conducting lessons, but the rest of the time will be spent on training and planning lessons. You will also have the opportunity to participate in other community development initiatives, like supporting the construction or renovation of community areas and the setting up or maintaining of community gardens - these will vary depending on the needs of the community.

*Costa Rica is a primarily Catholic country which means that events like Easter and Christmas are celebrated with gusto. As is to be expected, school attendance tends to decrease during these times. However, we often run educational summer programs or provide one-to-one tutor during the holidays. Community infrastructure development like renovating community centres and setting up communal gardens also continues during this time. In addition, participants have the opportunity to learn more about Costa Rican customs by participating in the festivities.

*A basic level of Spanish is required to effectively communicate with children, women, and other local community members. Speak to your Enrolment Manager about adding group or one-on-one Spanish lessons to your program cost to support you in your Spanish language learning while on the project. We also strongly recommend that you start learning early in order to get the most out of your volunteering experience.
Change your location and dates free of charge.
Payment Plans
Flexible payment plans available.
Cancellation Waiver
Cancel anytime and receive a full refund minus your deposit.

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  • 2021
  • 2022
  • 2023

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Life On Base

Learn to live the pura vida or ‘simple life’ in the central Costa Rican community of Cimarrones. Cimarrones is a small, rural town at the border of Cartago and Limón provinces, nestled in a valley between two national parks with beautiful mountains. The base is approximately three hours driving from San Jose International Airport, in an area of sprawling sugar cane fields, coffee plantations and rich farmlands. Here you’ll share a communal Costa Rican style house in Cimarrones, including meals and tidying duties with like-minded individuals from all over the world who are there for the same reason you are — to learn about the local culture and help out where they can. On the weekends, explore the Irazú Volcano National Park, visit the largest archaeological site in the country at Guayabo National Monument, or share stories with other participants while relaxing at your accommodation.

Base Tour


24-hour in-country support
Cultural activities
Forest side living
Meals while on project

Participants share bedroom and bathroom facilities.


We are located at walking distance from most of our project sites in Cimarrones, with the exception of the local high school which is a short drive away, and for which transport will be provided by GVI staff on the days we work there.


You will have daily access to long-distance communications whilst on the project, but bear in mind that the connection may not be as reliable as yours back home.


Lunches are served on the community project and are a great choice for those looking to experience Costa Rican cuisine like Gallo Pinto, a rice and bean mix, or fried plantains. Breakfast is self catered and dinners are cooked together with GVI staff and other participants. Breakfasts include cereal, toast, and lots of tropical fresh fruit, while dinner could be anything from your own attempt at Gallo Pinto to a stir fry or pasta bake.


As Cimarrones is located in a mountainous region of central Costa Rica, it enjoys fairly consistent temperatures, usually between 16°-25° year round. It will be cool in the mornings and evenings so please pack accordingly and prepare to shed layers as the day gets warmer. The warmest month is March, while September is the most temperate. Rainy season starts in May and ends in November. There is less rainfall from December to April.


COVID-19 Safety

Enhanced cleaning and social-distancing measures in place. Learn more.

Our base in Tortuguero National Park is the perfect way to unplug and get in touch with the natural environment. It is located in the heart of the jungle on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, an hour’s boat ride from the nearest small town. Field work includes walking the the protected beaches looking for signs of turtles and jaguars, traveling on canoe through the foliage-draped canals spotting aquatic bird species, and, if you are lucky, a manatee in the water below, or trekking through the jungle spotting and noting everything from howler monkeys, sloths, tamanduas anteaters, and toucans. Don’t forget to pack your camera. Some patrols are conducted in the morning or at night, which means you could experience spectacular sunsets and sunrises over the Caribbean sea. In your free time, relax at our small camping-style base, which is solar-powered and designed to have as minimal an impact on the natural environment as possible. We are much like a big family on base, and share cooking and tidying duties. Get to know GVI staff and team members from all around the world who share the same interest in wildlife and passion for conservation as you.

Base Tour


24-hour in-country support
Beachside living
Data capturing setup
Forest side living
Meals while on project
Outdoor activities
Recreational area
Wildlife sightings

Sleeping areas are dorm-style and bathrooms are shared.


For project work you will only need your feet, a good pair of rubber boots, some thick socks, and dark-coloured, long-sleeve, lightweight clothing. Boats are available for canal bird surveys. Long weekend trips away from base will generally happen once a month from the park, so be sure to make your plans with this in mind. 


Our research base is far from civilisation, which means that phone signal is limited. You might have the opportunity to visit the Tortuguero town two or three times during your visit, where you can make use of several internet cafes, as the WIFI on base is used strictly for research purposes by staff.


Many of our ingredients are brought in from Tortuguero town, but are supplemented by fruit and vegetables grown in our own organic garden. Breakfast consist of fruits, porridge, and pancakes on Saturdays, and lunches and dinners features a variety of vegetarian cuisine from pastas to stir frys.


Costa Rica is a wonderfully tropical country, with a climate ranging from warm and rainy to hot and humid. The driest months are August to December when the temperature averages around 29°C or 84°F. It is cooler and more rainy from January to July when temperatures drop to about 20°C or 68°F.


COVID-19 Safety

Enhanced cleaning and social-distancing measures in place. Learn more.

Covid-19 Response

Health and Hygiene

For over 20 years, GVI has prioritised the health and safety of our staff, participants, partners and local community members. In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, GVI has created the GVI health and hygiene team to put in place new standards of cleanliness, norms and behaviours that meet or exceed international recommendations to ensure the ongoing safety of GVI’s participants, staff and communities around the world. Internationally recommended practices, such as advice from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the governments Australia, UK and US, continue to be monitored and the standards are likely to change if and when international advice changes.

The work GVI is contributing to across the globe remains important and the following measures allow our participants to continue to join GVI’s programs and continue impacting positively on their world and the communities we work with. The following changes to our existing protocols have been made by the GVI health and hygiene team to strengthen our health and hygiene protocols and ensure that international standard safeguards are in place to protect our participants, staff and host communities.

What's It like?

If you’d like to find out what the experience of joining a GVI project is really like, simply contact us and we’ll put you in touch with one of our many Alumni.

We’ll try to match you to an Alum based on your location, nationality, age, stage of academic career, gender, and program interests. This allows you to gain insights into the experience that is most relevant to you.

Depending on your location you might be able to speak to an Alum over the phone or online, or meet up with them face-to-face at a coffee shop nearby. We also run a series of small events around the world where you can speak to GVI Alumni, Ambassadors and staff members.

Live Updates

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When it comes to support, we ensure that each participant is provided with unparalleled, 360 degree support, from your initial contact with the GVI Family, all the way through your program, and even after, as you become part of the GVI Alumni Team.

As part of this promise, we will ensure, whenever possible, that one of our dedicated staff will be available to meet you at the airport. In most locations, we also set up a Whatsapp group to help with managing airport arrivals. We will arrange with you prior to your departure that, should you arrive in the agreed upon pick up window, a member of our staff will be there to welcome you, easily identifiable in a GVI t-shirt or holding a GVI sign and wearing a friendly smile. This means there will be someone there to greet you as you land, and from there you will be transported to your GVI base to start your adventure and meet the rest of your team.


COVID-19 Safety

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Project Details

Our Ethics

Below is a list of core ethics and best practices we believe are essential to the operation of high quality, ethical volunteer and sustainable development programs. We believe that all responsible volunteer and sustainable development operations should focus upon these principles. If you are considering volunteering, these are some of the key considerations you should question, to ensure that your time and money contributes towards positive change.


We want to constantly develop our own understanding of ethical best practice. In so doing, we aim to provide an exemplary industry standard for other education institutions, international development organisations, and social enterprises. Our Badge of Ethics stands for the drive to always do good, better. Find out more, click on the Badge below.


Our 10 Ethical Commitments


Locally Driven, Collaborative Projects

We aim to design all our projects in collaboration with local organizations and communities and ensure that they are locally driven.


Clear Objectives & Sustainable Outcomes

We aim to clearly define short-, mid-, and long-term objectives with sustainable outcomes for all our projects.


Impact Reporting

We aim to track, record, and publish the impact of each of our projects.


Working Against Dependency

We aim to build in-country capacity by assisting local organizations in becoming self-sustaining.


Responsible Exit Strategies

For each local organization we work with, we aim to have a plan in place for withdrawing support responsibly.


Clear Roles & Specialized Training

We aim to ensure that every participant is assigned a clear role and that they are fully trained and supported to carry out their work by specialized staff.


Respect for all

In all our actions we aim to respect the skills and efforts of all and seek to protect the rights, culture and dignity of everyone who engages with GVI.


Local Ownership

We work to ensure that credit for the results of any project, along with any data collected, research conducted, or Intellectual Property developed, remains the property of local organizations.


Transitioning from the Orphanage Model

We do not condone and aim to withdraw support of orphanages and residential care centers.


Child and Vulnerable adult policies

We will live by our Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult policies.

Continual Development

As an organization, GVI is committed to striving toward best practice, and to educating both our potential participants, our partners, and the world at large about them. Both the volunteering and sustainable development sectors are increasingly, and rightly, under scrutiny. Many recent local and global articles highlight poor practices and questionable ethics. GVI is widely recognized for striving to apply global best practice in the volunteering, education and sustainable development sectors throughout our operations by reputable organizations such as ChildSafe.

However, global best practice is always evolving and we dedicate both time and resources to engage with internationally respected experts and learn from the latest research to ensure our programs both fulfil their potential to create maximum positive impact, and minimise their potential to create unintentional negative impact. Along with and as part of the sustainable development and volunteering community, we are constantly learning and applying this learning to practice. We do not always get everything right, but we seek feedback from our community members, partners, participants and our staff, and react accordingly. We know are already doing a great job, and feedback we have received confirms this, but we aim to do even better and are continuously refining our operations to improve upon our already excellent reputation.

Program Ethics



We don’t support or allow participants to work in institutional residential care facilities, also known as orphanages. We partner with ReThink Orphanages and Freedom United.


Our Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy requires all our staff and participants to complete a criminal background check and to learn why you shouldn’t reveal a child’s identifying factors in photographs. We support the ChildSafe Movement.


We don’t offer any programs where our participants engage in medical treatment. This is because our participants aren’t typically qualified to do this work and would therefore not be able to do this work in their home country. Our participants only assist with public health programs.


We don’t offer any programs where our participants work directly with people with disabilities. This is because our participants aren’t typically qualified to do this work and would therefore not be able to do this work in their home country.


A GVI program is an investment in your career. No matter which you choose, you will be working toward improving your employability by mastering new social skills, gaining further technical expertise and earning qualifications in many cases. Most of our staff are, in fact, GVI Alumni, and we have helped many of our Alumni discover, move toward, and earn their own personal dream jobs. Each program includes introductory workshops, ongoing presentations, as well as on-the-ground professional support provided by our very own trained staff members. In addition, our training programs are critical for helping us to ensure the long-term impact of our sustainable development projects around the world.

For All GVI Participants

Orientation: Your Health, Safety and Wellbeing


Orientation: Travelling Responsibly and Ethically


Orientation: UN Sustainable Development Goals


Orientation: Further Opportunities for Impact


For All Participants at Costa Rica

Community: Women’s Empowerment


Community: Human Empowerment


Conservation: Survey Techniques and Logistics


Conservation: Biodiversity & Target Species Identification


Marine Conservation: Pollution and Plastics


Costa Rican Culture


Introduction to TEFL


Biodiversity Survey Training


Canal Bird Identification Training


Turtle Monitoring Training


Jaguar Monitoring Training



Free time

Joining a program not only allows participants to collaborate with communities or work toward preserving unique ecosystems but it also offers plenty of opportunities to explore the surrounding area or travel further to see what other parts of the region have to offer.

Long term field staff are a great source of advice, and have helped us put together the following information on local travel options. Many decide to travel before or after their experience (subject to immigration restrictions), solidifying the lifetime friendships established on program. Please note that the below suggestions are not included in the program fee, and are for the individual to organise at their own expense.

Local Adventures


An advantage of our remote location is the lack of light pollution. This means that on a clear night you can look up and enjoy the night sky. On some nights, you can even see the Milky Way.

Games night

Card games are a part of the culture on base. Whether you’re already a master or have never played before, be sure to join a card game night or maybe even host your own.

Book collection

We’ve added many good books to our on-base library over the years. Why not pick one that looks interesting, find a spot overlooking the ocean and lose yourself in the pages of a good book.

Movie nights

Join staff and other participants for movie nights. We set up the projector and make some popcorn. Do you like your popcorn sweet or salty?

Swing chair with ocean views

Just a minute’s walk from base is a swinging chair overlooking the ocean where you can relax with the view or curl up with a good book. You could also bring along your own hammock and unwind in our hammock area.

Birding or frogging

Our base is surrounded by coconut farms which are the perfect habitat for many species. Fellow participants are likely just as passionate about conservation and the natural world as you are, so get a group together, to go find some birds, or, if it’s been raining, frogs too.

Secluded Caribbean beach

We’re based on a secluded beach, which means that you might be able to hear the waves as you fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning. It’s only a two-second walk to the black-sanded beach where you’ll be able to take a dip in the warm waters of the Caribbean.

Weekend Trips

Irazú Volcano National Park

Take some time to explore the Irazú Volcano National Park. Peaking at 3 432 metres, Irazú is famed for being the largest and highest active volcano in Costa Rica. Walking paths will take you to viewpoint over the main crater, which is also surrounded by lush forests boasting an abundance of wildlife species.

Puerto Viejo

Just South of Cahuita National Park is possibly the most popular beach destination on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica among international visitors, this town is known for Punta Uva beach, miles of pearly white sand lined with palm trees, excellent surfing conditions, and hip eateries. The famously advanced surfing spot known as Salsa Brava can be found here.

White Water Rafting

Organise a trip for the adrenaline-inducing journey over the rapids of the Pacuare River. You will also have the opportunity to spot many rainforest species on your trip including birds and monkeys.

Cahuita National Park

South along the Carribean coast, you will find Cahuita, popular among visitors because you can snorkel among the protected coral reef off its coast, spotting uncommon marine species.

Tortuguero Hill Hike

Trek to the top of the ancient dormant volcano that is Tortuguero hill. You will be rewarded with a magnificent view stretching from the hectares of jungle to the shores of the Caribbean sea.

Zipline Rainforest Canopy Tour

Experience the wonders of the rainforest from a different perspective. Book a treetop canopy tour of Tortuguero National Park.

Tortuguero Village

An hour’s motorboat ride away from our base in Tortuguero National Park, the town of Tortuguero, offers an insight into the laidback pura vida lifestyle of Costa Rica. Practice your Spanish and taste some Costa Rican delicacies.

Coffee Plantation Tour

Coffee connoisseurs can book a tour of one of the local coffee plantations. Costa Rica has a rich history of growing the crop, and you can learn about farming methods, both old and new, while sampling the local brew.

Canopy Tour

Fly through the rainforest like superman, walk gingerly across a suspended walkway, and rappel down jungle waterfalls, by booking on of the many canopy tours available.

Kayaking and Canoeing

There are many peaceful rivers in the area to explore on a kayak or canoe. The tranquil setting will allow you to spot local wildlife like monkeys and birds in the canopies above.

Further Travels


Costa Rica is well-known as a surfing destination and the Pacific Coast features some incredible beaches. You can also explore areas like Jaco, Dominical, Punta Arenas, and Playa Hermosa known for their excellent surfing conditions.

Manuel Antonio National Park

Here lush tropical rainforests coincide with the stunning beaches of the Pacific coast. The park is acclaimed as one of the most biodiverse on the planet. Hike the forest trails or zipline through the canopies spotting exotic species like the mantled howler monkeys and two-toed sloths. You can also book a white water rafting trip.

Water Sports

Surfing, windsurfing, kayaking are just some of the many water sports you can enjoy on either of Costa Rica’s two coasts.

Coffee and chocolate farms

Learn more about how the raw products of these mouthwatering delicacies are produced at one of Costa Rica’s many coffee and chocolate farms.

Talamanca Mountains

Explore the natural wonders of the Talamanca mountain range, including the UNESCO protected La Amistad International Park. While in the area learn about the history and customs of the the Naso, Bribri, and Ngöbe-Buglé people, who have lived for centuries in the region.

Other Latin American Nations

There are plenty of opportunities for further exploration throughout Latin America. Travel South to Panama and then Colombia or North to Nicaragua and Honduras.

Other National Parks

Travel to Costa Rica’s many other National Parks, like Manuel Antonio park, Corcovado National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, where you can visit the hummingbird gallery, or Braulio Carrillo National Park.

National Parks

With one of the greatest biodiversities in the world and a commitment to preserving this unique natural heritage Costa Rica features many natural reserves that offer plenty of opportunities to spot one-of-a-kind wildlife.


View the active volcanoes of Turrialba and Irazú from a safe distance and experience the beautiful natural habitats that flourish in the surrounding fertile soils.

San Jose

Explore the capital of Costa Rica, for an insight into the country’s heritage and modern lifestyle. Learn about the country’s ancient cultures by visiting the Gold or Jade museums and visit restaurants to sample authentic Latin American fare.

Cultural Immersion

Engaging intimately with a new context teaches not only global awareness but adaptability and critical thinking, skills highly valued in the modern marketplace. Local and cultural immersion is encouraged on all our programs around the world, and is also one of the most enjoyable aspects of your experience. Luckily, there are many activities you can get involved with in your free time, or before and after your program. On our community programs the focus is on cultural topics, while on marine or wildlife programs the emphasis is more on the environmental element. Use your evenings and weekends to explore diverse and eclectic topics like Theravada Buddhism in Laos or how plastic pollution and climate change affects Indian Ocean coral.

Tortuguero National Park

The name ‘Tortuguero’ can be translated as ‘land of the turtles’. The park is most well-known for its green turtle population, but leatherbacks, hawksbills, and even the occasional loggerhead frequent its beaches. Despite being incredibly remote, Tortuguero is one of the most frequently visited in Costa Rica and it isn’t difficult to understand why. It has an incredibly high density of jaguars and is one of the only locations in the world where jaguars are known to prey on sea turtles. Its wide range of habitats including rainforests, beaches, and mangrove wetlands also allow many other species to flourish like the endangered great green macaw and even manatees.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is wildlife lover’s paradise, featuring one the highest biodiversities in the world, approximately four percent of the total species on the planet. There are literally hundreds of species which can only be found here. More bird species call this nation home than the entire North America, the United States and Canada combined. Researchers attribute this natural wealth to the country’s plethora of habitats and its location between the South and North American continent.


Costa Rican festival.

March to April: Easter is a popular holiday in Costa Rica and is celebrated with elaborate processions.

October: You can experience the city of Límon’s famous carnival in October.

December: A mostly Catholic country, the Costa Ricans celebrate Christmas with enthusiasm.

Spirituality and Religion

Most of Costa Rica identifies with the Roman Catholic religion and there are many festivals that are celebrated throughout the year.


Dancing is part an integral part of Costa Rican culture. Locals learn to dance the fluid ballroom styles of cumbia, salsa, bolero and the merengue from a young age.


Learn to cook dishes using uniquely Latin American ingredients like beans, rice, avocados, peppers, tomatoes, and corn from local community members.


Quepos is the perfect place to practice your Spanish as most inhabitants speak only Spanish.


Cimarrones has historically been a rural farming community. The town is located along the El Camino de Costa Rica, a trail that stretches from one side of Costa Rica, on the Caribbean Coast, to the other side, on the Pacific Ocean. The area surrounding Cimarrones is home to some of Costa Rica’s finest coffee bean farms. Places of interest in the province include Irazú Volcano National Park, Tapantí National Park, Guayabo National Monument, Turrialba Volcano National Park, Death’s Hill, Lankester Botanical Gardens, and the Orosi Valley and Cachí Reservoir and Dam.

Parent Info

‘If only every student could do this. It changes your life in all the right ways,’ says Chris Heritage, parent of Luke Heritage, one of our teen volunteers who has participated on two GVI programs, one in Costa Rica and another in South Africa.

We are a parent-run organisation that is incredibly serious about health and safety, and increasing the impact, as well as the long-term career benefits of our programs. Our programs help young people develop the skills to select a career path that is personally fulfilling, and live a life aligned to the well-being of our planet and the global community.

Ken and Linda Jeffrey, whose son Sam volunteered with GVI in Thailand, talk about how the experience affected Sam. He also went on to volunteer with GVI again in South Africa. ‘I know it sounds like a cliche but in a sense, he did go away as a boy and he came back as a young man. Both of us could recommend GVI without any hesitation to any other parent thinking about exploring an opportunity for their children to explore the world and to see different parts of it.’

Parent Info Pack

Download the Parent Pack and learn more about:

Our staff: All our projects are run by staff, selected, vetted, trained, and managed by our central office.
Health and safety: Our safety practices include a child and vulnerable adult protection policy and high participant ratios.
Staying in touch: See what’s happening on base, by following a hub’s dedicated Facebook page.
Free parent consultations: We would love to talk to you about exciting opportunities available for your child.

Support & Safety

We won’t sugarcoat it — traveling abroad is usually a complex process that carries an element of risk. But this is exactly why we’re passionate about providing extensive support throughout the process as well as the highest safety standards during the in-country phase. We believe that volunteering abroad should not only be impactful, but an enjoyable experience that carries as little risk as possible. This is exactly how we’ve been able to maintain our reputation as the most highly respected volunteering organisations in the sector over the past two decades.


COVID-19 Safety

Enhanced cleaning and social-distancing measures are in place throughout each GVI program. Learn more.


Once a participant books, they will be assigned a personal support coordinator who will oversee their pre-departure journey. The support coordinator helps to bridge the gap between program enrolment and arrival at one of our field bases. Your personal support coordinator will ensure that you are provided with all the necessary information required to apply for visas, background checks, and any other documentation.


Upon arrival at the airport, participants will be greeted by a GVI staff member. All GVI staff are our own and all our programs around the world are run by our staff. All GVI field staff are background checked, Emergency First Response and safety trained. The minimum staff to participant ratio on GVI’s programs is one to six, although on several bases we have a ratio of one to three. When finishing the experience, participants will provide feedback on all aspects of their program.

Health & Safety Case Studies

19 Nov


It takes courage to book a GVI program, get on a flight, and head off to somewhere new. Volunteering offers a level of cultural immersion that typical backpacking or holidays just can’t achieve. This is why thousands of people around the world participate in paid GVI programs.

1 Nov


As the saying goes: ‘Expect the best, plan for the worst’. Cliched or not, we take it to heart. This tenet is at the core of how GVI operates when it comes to promoting the health and safety of our participants, staff, and local community members at all of our 20+ bases around the world.

6 Nov


The weather isn’t just a topic for polite small-talk here at GVI. We have emergency action plans in place for all scenarios. So when the weather, or other natural forces, takes a nasty turn, we are prepared to respond to stormy situations.

5 Nov


Once GVI has matched a participant to a program that suits their passions and goals, our team aims to set the right expectations for them. In the event that false expectations around a program are created, the GVI team takes immediate action to ensure that the situation rectified.