A gap year doesn’t have to be a year off. A structured gap year can be instrumental in helping teens develop into self-aware individuals and more focused students. With a little planning and motivation, you can use your gap year to gain work experience, save money,...
It’s the quintessential Thailand experience: riding, washing, or playing with an elephant. Lots of fun for you and your new big friendly giant (BFG) friend – right? Not quite. Unfortunately, volunteer programs that let you get this close to an elephant are putting the...
Going abroad for an international experience will give you a number of skills, most of which fall into categories of interpersonal relating: communication, teamwork, leadership, etc. These can be gained through a volunteer project, an international internship, or a...
What’s Your Plan A? 20 years ago a young explorer with a passion for travel, culture and working with local communities, decided, along with a good friend, to take a group of about 20 volunteers on a marine expedition to Roatán island in Honduras. Today, GVI connects...
Getting away from the icy waters of the Arctic and into the warm waters of the tropics was all Steve Gwenin, a young marine biologist, wanted. One online search opened the door to unique destinations he could never have imagined. What he found along the way was not...
When Andrea Mackay flipped open a diving magazine in early 1998 she had no idea that what she found inside would change her life or indeed, the lives of many others. Andrea was one of 21 volunteers to join the first ever GVI program. 20 years later, she considers many...
Day 1 - Monday 13.11.17 6:00am. Alarm clock. This will be my first hike. So I put an early alarm clock. Early! The only “buzzer” around here are the circa 100 roosters around here. But I put an early alarm. Want to be top-ready for the first hike. I take time to check...
‘Traveler or tourist’ is a topic that has been hotly debated in hostels around the world, but a more interesting question is ‘volunteer or tourist’? Volunteering is a completely different activity to being a tourist, but that doesn’t stop international volunteers...
South Africa is an incredible country that should be on everyone’s travel list. Called the Rainbow Nation, South Africa is a melting pot of different cultures and ethnicities and is home to some of the nicest people you will ever meet. You’ll likely get invited over...
The first time I seriously considered wanting to volunteer abroad, I could hardly contain my excitement. There were so many options available to me – a project for every issue, and on every continent. I went back and forth for months before settling on a conservation...
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