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Megan Colborne is a content writer from South Africa with a passion for travel and adventure. Megan has an honours-level degree in Journalism specialising in writing, editing and digital media from Rhodes University. Before pursuing writing full-time at GVI, she moved to Spain where she worked as an au pair and was able to pursue her love for travel – visiting places like Ireland, France, Amsterdam and Switzerland.
What's the deal with GVI's Global Digital Open Days

Want to start a meaningful career in conservation or community development but don’t know where to start? Well, what if we told you we’ve organised the perfect event just for you?

Following the success of our previous online GVI events, we’re back with a monthly Global Digital Open Day

We’re hosting a Don’t Waste This Summer Virtual Open Day on Saturday 24 July 2021. Join us online to learn more about how you can reduce plastic consumption and promote ocean health. 

You’ll learn all about our marine conservation efforts, plastic pollution clean-ups and our research projects around the world. Some of the topics we’ll cover include: sea turtle research, coral and fish conservation, a day in the life of a conservation volunteer, and whether or not beach clean ups actually make a difference.

Why join a GVI Global Digital Open Day?

GVI global open days are free and are a great way to learn more about how you can help make a positive impact with us. 


Well, why not? 

Not only are our open days fun and free, but they’re also a great way to learn more about what we stand for at GVI, and how you can help make a positive impact with us. 

During our open day, you’ll have the opportunity to find out more about the options we have on offer like:

  • ethical volunteer abroad programs 
  • virtual and in-person internships 
  • online experiences for career development.

So come and have a listen to presentations about joining the GVI family, and have a chat with our staff and ambassadors who’ll be more than happy to answer anything you might want to know. 

The Open Day is very informal. Seriously, you can even stay in bed dressed in your pyjamas. 

You can join the Zoom room any time you want, or stay for the whole day whatever your schedule allows for.

So, if we’ve got you thinking about attending this digital event, here’s everything you’ll need to know before the big day.

Global Digital Open Day

GVI Global Virtual Open Day


Keen on a career in conservation or community development?

Learn more about GVI, and what it’s really like to volunteer abroad or pursue a career in these fields during our Global Digital Open Day.

  • Date: Saturday 24 July 2021
  • Time: 13:00–16:00  (London time, GMT+1 / BST)
  • Where: Online via Zoom (a link will be sent to all those who sign up via email and SMS the night before the event) 
  • How: Sign up to attend via our website, and we’ll email you the event link. 

Our staff members and alumni will run the open day conducting presentations and sharing insider knowledge on all our different programs focusing on wildlife, marine and environmental conservation, as well as community development and gender equality work.

Their personal experiences working with GVI make them the perfect people to ask any specific questions you have about conservation and career development. So, don’t be shy and ask away in the Q&A sessions after the presentations!

Ready to spend some time with our staff?

GVI staff speaking to participants about our global volunteer programs and opportunities.


This month’s Open Day will feature experts in the fields of marine conservation and ethical community development, as well as staff from Thailand, Mexico and Ghana. Past participants will also be sharing their experiences and answering your questions live.

You’ll also be hearing from Nicole Watson – the director of institutional relations at GVI central support – during this online event. Nicole received her honours degree in development studies from the University of Cape Town, followed by a master’s in strategic management and planning at University College Dublin.  

Nicole is passionate about social development, social entrepreneurship, and social innovation. As director of institutional relations, she manages GVI’s university partnerships in North America and works closely with leading institutions of higher education to develop impactful programs. She’ll be talking about how you can make an impact on a remote program.

Overseeing the open day is our UK Outreach Manager, Brooklyn Norton. Brooklyn has been part of the GVI family for more than six years, and has a wealth of knowledge and insider information to share with you. She’s spent time volunteering and working on various projects with GVI in locations like Seychelles, Cape Town, Nepal, Ghana and Thailand. Brooklyn now leads the UK outreach team offering support, and empowering and overseeing all of our UK-based ambassadors. She also organises events like the one you’re reading about, and more. 

Our GVI Limpopo program manager, Zoe Biggs, will be leading our expert insights chat at this Open Day, as we discuss why conservation efforts are now more crucial than ever.

And as if all of this insider information wasn’t enough we’ll also be offering a few specials for those of you who attend our Global Digital Open Day!


Join a GVI global digital open day and learn how to make an impact on sea turtle conservation.


By attending the open day, you’ll be eligible for a reduced deposit of only £100 (if paid by midnight (GMT+1 / BST) on Monday 26 July to secure your spot. You also qualify for an additional £100 off your total program booking fee, and have the option to pay for your program in instalments leading up to your trip at no extra cost.

So, whether this blog has inspired you, or you’re already signed up to one of our volunteer abroad or online programs this is your chance to hear about all your options in one place.

Come along and join us to hear about what the GVI experience involves, from people with firsthand experience and stories to prove it!

Let us know if you’re planning to attend by signing up for our online Global Digital Open Day. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. We can’t wait to e-meet you there.

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