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Why GVI?

Since 1998, GVI has been running multiple-award-winning, high quality and high impact conservation and community development programs worldwide. At the core of who we are and what we have managed to achieve is our team of passionate individuals.

We are committed to our mission of making a difference because we believe in what we do and have seen the impact we make in the field first-hand. With most of our staff having started out as GVI participants themselves, they have confidence in our projects and are dedicated to ensuring you have the same amazing experience that they did.


Make A Sustainable Impact

Each GVI project is designed according to specific objectives set by the United Nations, known as The UN Sustainable Development Goals or UN SDGs. These are a set of 17 goals that aim to “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all” by 2030. We record the contribution of our projects to these goals and report on our progress every month, quarter, and year. To ensure that we are assisting with building in-country capacity and thereby contributing to long-term positive change, each project is also set up in collaboration with local partners and aligned to their specific outcomes.

Be Supported Throughout The Journey

From the moment you complete an application, until the moment you return, and long afterward, your experience will be overseen entirely by GVI staff. Our Enrolment Team will match you with a program that suits your interests, our Support Team will help you prepare for your trip, and finally, members of our local Field Team will see to it that you are comfortable, provided with the training required, and guided through your project experience. A minimum of one field staff member is assigned to a group of six participants although the ratio is often as high as one field staff member to three participants. Once you return home, members of our Alumni Team will be in touch with new ways to make an impact or stay involved.

Travel Safely

Before we add any accommodation, tour operator, caterer, or transportation service to our program schedule our in-country staff first conduct a full audit. All our projects are also run solely by staff vetted, recruited, trained, and managed by us. Each is Background Checked, Emergency First Aid trained, and has undergone an off-site Health And Safety course which includes on-the-spot Risk Assessments as well as the development and implementation of Emergency Action Plans and Crisis Management Plans.

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Participate Responsibly

At the core of our mission to make an impact is our commitment to responsible contribution. All our operations are guided by our ten ethical commitments and we invest considerable resources in continually learning about and applying the latest best practices agreed upon by the global sustainable development community. In addition, we are also guided by five principles of human empowerment.

Grow Personally & Professionally

In addition to the hard skills, like professional diving and biological surveying, and official certifications, such as a PADI Divemaster or TEFL certification, which can be earned on all our internship programs, all our participants also have the opportunity to master valuable soft skills such as intercultural competency, leadership, and teamwork. Training is provided by local instructors.

Join A Global Family

No matter which of our locations you choose to visit, or which project you choose to participate in, you’re almost guaranteed to make new, life-long friends throughout your time with GVI. We believe that cross-cultural interaction is key to social change, which is why we make it our goal to facilitate authentic connections wherever we go. On any given GVI project you’ll have the opportunity to connect with participants and GVI staff from all around the world as well as local community members, helping you cultivate a sense of global belonging.