Job placements with
conservation NGOs

Professional apprenticeships

24 weeks

5 reasons professional apprenticeships are for you

Work placement with
international partners
Six epic months
in the wild
career guarantee
Grow skills through
fast-track training
Gain real industry
on the job
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What it means to do a professional apprenticeship

Develop industry-specific skills and enhance your employability with GVI’s global professional apprenticeships. Taking part in a professional apprenticeship with GVI will keep you a step ahead of the rest in the conservation and sustainable development industries. 

GVI is an award-winning organisation, so when you join an international internship program with us, you can be sure you’ll be involved in a project that will make a real impact, and look great on your CV.

You can choose to join our in-field professional apprenticeship programs for a period of 4 to 24 weeks, with start dates occurring every 2 weeks. You’ll also receive extensive pre-program training including:

  • an expectation group call that’ll give you the chance to meet your fellow interns, get to know the staff and prepare for your internship
  • our GVI around the world presentation – which outlines our impact across all our locations and focus areas, worldwide
  • GVI online leadership and specialisation courses endorsed by the University of Richmond.


But the training doesn’t end there. Any additional location- and program-specific training that’s needed, such as language courses, TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) certifications or PADI certifications will also be provided on base once your program has started. You’ll also receive ongoing support from your remote professional apprenticeship supervisor throughout your international internship program.

The main focus of our professional apprenticeships is for you to complete practical work at a GVI base as well as a range of virtual project work with our international partners. You’ll also get the opportunity to gain insight into how projects are implemented in a variety of our professional apprenticeship locations, when you meet and collaborate virtually with other career interns, and partners, across our locations around the world.

Some of the international partners that you could work with include Save the Children, the Red Cross, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, government ministries for the environment, youth and education in various countries and the South African National Parks Board.

Participants can also choose to pay an additional fee to do an external placement. Placements can range from 4 to 12 weeks, and further develop your industry knowledge and skills, all while you gain valuable international experience in your field of choice. 

GVI’s support and involvement in your career doesn’t just stop once you’ve completed your professional apprenticeship. You’ll continue to receive support and guidance from a career mentor through two remote career coaching sessions that’ll help you take the next step in your career. You’ll also receive:

  • a LinkedIn reference from your remote professional apprenticeship supervisor 
  • certificates from the University of Richmond for any GVI online courses you completed 
  • access to our online GVI careers course
  • an employment guarantee (if your professional apprenticeship was longer than 6 months)
  • preference for GVI vacancies 
  • access to our carefully curated job portal that advertises vacancies in the conservation and development sectors.


If you aren’t too sure what you’d like to do in the future, or professional apprenticeships are just a bit too specialised for you right now, you can also choose to participate in one of our internship programs instead. As an intern you won’t work closely with and complete projects with external partners, but you will take on extra responsibilities at the GVI base. You might also lead surveys, program activities or workshops, or organise beach cleanups, fundraisers, and provide marketing support. 

You can also opt for a research fellowship. This program is best suited for you if you’re looking to get advanced experience in field research, or are a university student and need to conduct field-based research.

Save up to 25% this January.

Make it happen
12 week project work
  • Learn from local experts
  • Get immersive training on the ground
  • Develop sought-after conservation skills
12 week work placement
  • Gain hands-on career experience
  • Network with industry professionals.
  • Learn real-life skills on the job

Your 12-week placement uniqueto apprenticeships

Adding conservation experience to your CV is invaluable. That's why, as an apprentice, you'll get to work directly for one of our partners for three months.
Takata Experience Dive Centre
Puerto Morelos

Work as a professional diver and researcher in the dive centre.

Huay Pakoot Elephant Foundation
Chiang Mai

Help to conduct veterinary health checks on village elephants.

Saving our Sharks
Puerto Morelos

Gather, analyse and interpret valuable data about sharks.

Welgevonden Game Reserve

Collect valuable data to support their biomonitoring program.

Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife

Give a safe and sustainable life to orphaned and injured animals.

Takata Experience Dive Centre
Puerto Morelos

Work as a professional diver and researcher in the dive centre.

Huay Pakoot Elephant Foundation
Chiang Mai

Help to conduct veterinary health checks on village elephants.

Fast-track training uniqueto apprenticeships

  • Leadership and managing teams
  • Emergency first response
  • Off-site safety management and crisis management
  • Participant management
  • Project management and setting objectives
  • Pastoral care, coaching and mental health
  • Self leadership, professionalism and customer service
  • Delivering effective presentations and workshops
  • Partner engagement, onboarding and management
  • Communications and social media
  • Measuring impact
  • GVI policies and procedures
An impact-driven career.


With over 25 years of experience, we know what it takes

Stand out from the crowd

Conservation skills
  • Survey techniques
  • Climate change impact
  • Fauna and flora identification
  • Biodiversity and ecology
Leadership skills
  • Project management
  • Critical thinking
  • Resilience
  • Time management
Soft skills
  • Cultural awareness
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communication
  • Teamwork

Kickstart your conservation career

After completing your apprenticeship, we guarantee that you’ll secure an impact-driven position within 18 months (or we’ll return 50% of your program fee). View our career guarantee

Professional skills
Program Certificate
Subject Area
Foundation Certificate
Leading Teams for
Impact Certificate
Careers in Sustainable
Development Certificate
Professional skills
Program Certificate
You'll also get:
  • One-on-one mentoring sessions
  • Advanced leadership training
  • Fast track training
  • Job portal access
  • Career coaching sessions
  • LinkedIn reference
  • Preferential GVI recruitment
Rare species. Exclusive access.

Karongwe, South Africa

Curieuse, Seychelles

Kekoldi, Costa Rica

Mahe, Seychelles

Karongwe, South Africa

Curieuse, Seychelles
4–24 weeks

Work remotely on real projects for conservation partners.

4–12 weeks

Get broad exposure to a variety of conservation initiatives.

4–24 weeks

Complete your research or dissertation and get published.

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