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“Nepal Adventure and Volunteer Experience ”

Written on: 21/05/2014 by nepaladventure (1 review written)

This past winter (Jan 2014), I was fortunate enough to go on the Nepal Volunteer and Adventure experience with GVI. During this trip I spent two weeks in the Himalayas and one month volunteering in Pokhara with children. Before booking this trip I wanted to find an accredited volunteer organization to work with. I was recommend GVI by a schoolmate and came across this particular program in Nepal. Everest Base camp was something I always wanted to do, but thought it would just have to be limited… Read Full Review

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“An Experience to Remember in Paradise!”

Written on: 29/03/2014 by BuffieBiddle (1 review written)

This was one of the greatest experiences of my life. While here I learned so much about the wildlife and nature of this amazing land of Costa Rica. The staff were amazing, fun and very knowledgable, delighting in sharing their knowledge with us. We lived on a wonderful no frills base - if you want a posh 5 star resort - this experience is not for you, but if you love communing with the natural world and hiking in mud, seeing something new everyday, this is it! We contributed to research and… Read Full Review

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“Outside my mosquito net in GVI Jalova Costa Rica”

Written on: 19/10/2013

Expect the unexpected. My life of trinkets, hot showers and technology paled into insignificance when I arrived in Jalova, the Costa Rican jungle. Expecting to see only Green sea turtles, I found a scientific research and ecology base with highly educated staff. The training included theoretical and infield bird,mammal track identification, amphibian and reptile identification, marine turtle morning, night and excavation protocols,jaguar predation of marine turtles and camera trapping… Read Full Review

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“the Yorkshire accent goes global! ”

Written on: 06/09/2013 by georginaharbo (1 review written)

Upon leaving for Kenya, I knew I would either love it or hate; there would be no middle ground; no ifs, buts or maybes. I had never experienced the third world. I had grown up hearing crazy stories of my mother's experiences in Papua New Guinea and knew that one day I had to have a similar adventure but it is impossible to know how you are going to react until you are immersed in a place. The journey mirrored a journey away from civilisation: Leeds to Amsterdam (not much change), Amsterdam to… Read Full Review

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Familypotts's Response to georginaharbo's Review

Written on: 07/11/2013

Hi - we are thinking of doing the Mombasa opportunity. - can you tell us anything about the conditions -some reviewers seem to say the facilities are awful and staff not helpful. Any advice gratefully received

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Written on: 07/11/2013

Hello; I didn't actually stay in Mombasa, as I was on Mkwiro island. However, many of the staff on Mkwiro had spent time in Mombasa. The facilities are a lot less basic than Shimoni or Mkwiro - there is running water and electricity. In terms of staff, I can only go from my experience; the staff I worked with in Shimoni and on Mkwiro were great, very friendly and helpful. Mombasa is a city of contrasts. I personally preferred Shimoni, but it depends what kind of experience you are looking for. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

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“Volunteer with Lions in South Africa”

Written on: 29/08/2013 by MattHopkins (1 review written)

From the moment i stepped off the plane in Johannesburg I was met by smiling, friendly GVI staff, along with the other volunteers who would also be joining me on the program. After a few hours drive and a lot of very nervous conversation between everyone we arrived at our base camp in Karongwe Game Reserve. As soon as we stepped off the mini bus though everyone's nerves soon disappeared. Greeted by fellow volunteers who even took our bags from the bus and made us feel right at home straight… Read Full Review

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“Volunteer with Elephants in Chiang Mai”

Written on: 27/08/2013 by sarinapacifici (1 review written)

This trip is beyond spectacular. It is unique in the fact that volunteers live in a village setting amongst villagers. It is both inspiring and refreshing to live such a simplistic life (e.g. bucket showers, mats instead of beds, no make up, bugs everywhere, waking up to the sound of rooster calls, etc.); I felt that I truly learned to live in unity with nature. Furthermore, the interactions between volunteers and elephants are candid and natural, and are typically initiated by the elephant… Read Full Review

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“GVI - Costa Rica”

Written on: 27/08/2013 by JamesCunning (1 review written)

The four weeks that I spent with GVI in Costa Rica was a fantastic summer experience I would highly recommend to others. I got to see and learn so much going out on the numerous different surveys available for volunteers through this programme. It was such a great experience getting to work hands on with endangered sea turtles and knowing that the work I did will help to contribute towards the preservation of this iconic species. I also got to work on surveys that involved noting jaguar tracks… Read Full Review

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“Costa Rican Jungle!”

Written on: 20/08/2013 by Suzy135 (1 review written)

For two months I was living at GVI base Jalova and had the most amazing time taking part in the Wildlife expedition in Costa Rica. The base is located in the middle of a coconut plantation on the edge of Tortugero National park an hour’s boat ride to the closest town, in other words, I was in the middle of nowhere! All the staff and volunteers I met had their own unique background with a different story on every lip. Which definitely made life 'in the jungle' that much more interesting! I was… Read Full Review

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“Looking after loggerhead turtles in greece”

Written on: 14/08/2013 by Lilly3xx (1 review written)

Choosing this trip was one of the best desicions i have ever made . I am not usualy one for waking up early and i thought that would get to me but wakeing up at 5 am was one of the most exciting and fun things iv done ! Knowing that just doen the beach there would be lots of baby turtle tracks and maybe, if i was lucky a hatchling or two. I have met some of the nicest people on this trip (our little GVI family) . Greek people are some of the nicest people in europe . I thought we would always… Read Full Review

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“Best two months of my life!”

Written on: 09/08/2013

I spent two months on a game reserve in South Africa with GVI and I had the best time of my life! I had some amazing experiences while I was on the program and being able to get so close to the animals is astonishing! I loved being able to go and study these animals everyday for two months. though the water for our showers were cold a lot of the time and the Elephants did rip out the water pipe so we had no water the experience was amazing and I would 100% recommend this program to anyone who… Read Full Review

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“Wildlife Conservation Expedition in South Africa”

Written on: 08/08/2013 by rl26 (1 review written)

I decided to join this expedition to help get some work experience as I have always wanted to do field work. I had always had an idea of what I wanted to do professionally, but I had no idea what jobs would allow me to live and work surrounded by wild animals. This trip, apart from being the most rewarding and exciting experience, helped me realize that field guiding professionally is exactly what I want to after University. The shared, basic accommodation and the mainly vegetarian menu was… Read Full Review

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“BULA! My experience on the Dawasamu education program”

Written on: 07/08/2013 by G_trickett (1 review written)

What words could express the absolute pleasure and amazement that this program gave me. I was a first time traveller so I wanted tostay close to home, for my own state of mind. The education program was an amazing experience to see the work that the GVI company was doing with the community to help the local community thrive and grow into the future. I have a background in child care so I was able to recall on my teaching ability to try and help the children with their english and maths. I… Read Full Review

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Michifajardo12's Response to G_trickett's Review

Written on: 10/08/2013

Hello, i am planning on joining the dawasamu project in some weeks , but I've read some pretty nasty reviews regarding how filthy the facilities are in the Yasawas islands. What can you say about the living conditions there? Thank you so much for your answer!

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“GVI Nepal Construction Volunteer Program”

Written on: 02/08/2013 by jesography (1 review written)

This was my first volunteer trip ever and it was something I had been wanting to do for a very long time. There were many challenges during my 3 week stay, but, do you know what the hardest thing about it was? Not the candle lit cold showers because the electricity randomly goes off, nor the carrying of bucket loads of cement back and forth for my construction project. Not even the fact I had to use squattie potties when I struggle enough just trying to pee in the bush. No, these were all… Read Full Review

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“Hakuna Matata”

Written on: 01/08/2013 by fabrecar (1 review written)

On July 2012 my perspective of life changed completely. I was completely blinded about the conditions most people live in. When I signed up to go to Mombasa, Kenya with GVI I knew it would be an experience of a lifetime, but never in a million years did I imagine it would be a life changing experience. As soon as I landed in Mombasa, GVI made me feel as part of the family, and it just got better from there. Every moment was so special in its own way, from meeting the volunteers to teaching my… Read Full Review

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“Turtle Volunteering in Greece!”

Written on: 26/07/2013 by veronica.wilson (1 review written)

Through a funny term of events, I booked a trip to Greece to volunteer with turtles in Mavrovouni, 4 hours south of Athens. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I've made! Every day something new and unexpected happened, the location was absolutely picturesque, and the people were unforgettable. It was unquestionably one of the hardest and best trips I have been on. Each morning we would go for morning expeditions, where we walked up and down local beaches looking for evidence of… Read Full Review

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“Costa Rica- Community Expedition”

Written on: 13/07/2013 by Nilay.Kamdar (1 review written)

I was at Quepos in August 2012 for two weeks, and honestly that was far too short for such an amazing place and project! Between the spanish classes with amazing and fun instructors, to working with the children in Quepos and Boca Vieja who were really amazing to work with, and the rich biodiversity of the place I fell in love with this little town. The children were so full of energy that it challenged me to find innovative ways to get their attention, and the times I did, I got a roaring… Read Full Review

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“Mexico Marine Conservation and Dive Master Internship”

Written on: 10/07/2013 by MaeKLD (1 review written)

Best damn thing I ever decided to do. The marine conservation base was amazing. Remote location and basic living added to the magic of it. The goal was to work towards being able to monitor the coral reef and once you got to that status, after learning the target species) you could collect data for the partners of GVI. The Dive Master internship was a great experience. Working in a dive shop, taking people out on dives and showing them all the creatures, it was all amazing. And at the end… Read Full Review

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“GVI, community development in Fiji”

Written on: 07/07/2013 by Ben92 (1 review written)

last summer I spent 4 weeks in Fiji on the community development project with GVI. During the project I spent two weeks teaching in a local school and two weeks helping install water tanks in the local villages. The whole trip was amazing, every day during the teaching period we would go to school by boat which was incredible, and then the children were so keen to learn it made it all so worth it. The time on the base was great to, there was lots to do in the time off at the weekends and… Read Full Review

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“GVI Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico”

Written on: 03/07/2013 by chloe_blackman (1 review written)

I spent March, April and May of 2013 volunteering on GVI's Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico. Without sounding cliche, it was without a doubt the best thing I have ever done. Not only did I get to experience living on a Caribbean beach and diving every day for three months but I also got to come home with the sense of satisfaction and achievement knowing I had really helped to make a difference. Although condition were fairly basic such as bucket flush toilets, a fairly repetitive diet… Read Full Review

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“Costa Rican Beach and Jungle experience”

Written on: 28/06/2013

I spent 3 months in the Costa Rican jungle, living in a cosy timber hut by the sea :-) Sounds nice? No - it was AMAZING. Every day I spent on the Costa Rican Wildlife Conservation program was a dream come true. The staff are super helpful and I met and made so many new friends. What I loved most was the real HANDS ON approach of the program. We were able to really get involved in the research, which included moonlit beach walks looking for nesting Green sea turtles, and lying under the stars… Read Full Review

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