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The walls in our new classrooms are coming along nicely! https://t.co/wDstJJyiRA
GVI Seychelles Curieuse: Volunteers are off island exploring Vallee de Mai today, a world heritage site found on ou… https://t.co/6BrgnQAJMa
Community volunteers held a 2 day summer camp, along with fun and games we ran workshops on hygiene, exercise and n… https://t.co/6F0R0vgL3D
GVI Curieuse: On the 10 minute boat ride to cross the channel between Curieuse and Praslin you never know what you'… https://t.co/8fivCJ30eB
Brood parasitism, a fascinating read - https://t.co/8h1AkmSojQ https://t.co/qmMHWLf4WD
Cynthia Arochi Zendejas our Regional Director of Latin America tells us a little about her part in organizing the 21st Congress of the Mesoamerican Society For Biology And Conservation (SMBC) and the 4th Congress of Partners in Flight (PIF), an international ornithology organization. She also reflects on how conservation has changed over the past 20 years and how women have been key figures in shaping this development.
Leyla Isin-Xiong, who manages all our programs throughout Laos, discusses the gender equality issues faced by women in the country and how she spearheaded a menstrual health initiative to tackle a key women’s health issue head-on. She also shows how important it is to develop local leaders to ensure the success of any sustainable development program.
Like in many new businesses around the world, most South African startups aren't able last past the three-year mark. However, there are specific contextual constraints unique to the region. Below we have listed some of the main challenges faced by South African businesses according to a report commissioned in 2016 by SEDA, the Small Enterprise Development Agency.
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To launch our new programs in our four new locations starting this year we are offering scholarships worth $600/£300 on all our new programs starting in 2018. Volunteers who are the first to join a new program have the unique opportunity to create an experience on their own terms and lead the way for future participants. Apply for your Pioneer Scholarship here: https://www.gviusa.com/application-form/1 day ago
Teen travel with an impact: meeting new people, having an adventure, understanding more of the world, and making a difference in local communities. Book your Under 18 impact adventure here: http://bit.ly/2nsr8uh Sara will tell you why you should - “During the summer of 2015 I spent a month in Costa Rica volunteering with GVI on their U18 programme. The first week was cultural immersion, which meant four hours of Spanish lessons a day, salsa class, and cooking class and staying with a host family for a week. This was one of my favourite parts of my whole trip. Staying with the host family improved my Spanish more than the lessons did because my family didn't speak much English so it was up to me to make conversation and pass along information in Spanish. My tican family (tico is a term Costa Ricans use to refer to themselves) were absolutely amazing and I loved spending a week as part of their family. I got to experience every part of tico life in a welcoming environment, which gave me a more authentic and real view of Costa Rica than many other visitors could hope to get After spending a week in Quepos with our host families, we moved to a hostel in the neighbouring hillside town of Manuel Antonio. The next two weeks were spent doing construction work at a school in a community called Roncador. It was hard work under a hot sun but we got through a massive amount of work, more than anyone expected. We dug drains to stop the playground flooding, cleared, levelled and landscaped an area behind the kindergarten classroom for a new playground for the kindergarten kids, wire-brushed and painted tin panels for a new roof for the GVI English classroom, filled in the holes in the wall with cement and gave the lunch hall, kindergarten classroom, outside wall and English classroom all a fresh coat of paint! One day we got to have a sports day with the kids, and while we'd seen them in their lessons and running around during their breaks this was the first time we got to interact with them. They practiced their English on us and we practiced our Spanish on them, and we got to really meet the people that we were doing all this work for. The kids are the life of the school, their smiles, their laughs, their eagerness to learn, and knowing that we could help them was very rewarding. It reminded us all why we were there, where all our sweat and effort was actually going. The day we left the project for the last time after two weeks there was a sad one and I think part of us wished we could stay for another week and do more. I am so proud of what we achieved throughout those two weeks and I know that the difference we have made will have a very real impact on the kids. It gives them a safer, cleaner, nicer learning environment to learn in and be proud of. After two weeks of hard work we moved into our adventure week! We started with a trip to the Manuel Antonio National Park where we saw everything from monkeys and baby boa constrictors to spiders, lizards and crabs climbing trees and even a sloth! The next day we took to the beach where I learnt that surfing is just as hard as it looks (which is hard!) but about a hundred times more fun! For our next adventure we drove across to the other side of Costa Rica to Turrialba and went zip-lining and abseiling in the rainforest before embarking on a rafting trip down the Rio Pacuare, one of the best rivers in the world for rafting. We spent two days navigating down class III and IV rapids and on the day in between we hiked to an indigenous village. When it was time to leave Costa Rica, I was heartbroken. It is such a beautiful country, from the stunning landscape to the warm, welcoming people and I didn’t want to say goodbye. Costa Rica will always be very special to me and I will never forget the things that I saw and learnt there. I share a very unique connection with the people I met while on this trip and I now have a family that is spread all over the world. This trip has ignited a desire to travel in me, one that was already there but has now sparked. It has also shown me the way I want to spend the rest of my life – seeing the world and helping as much of it as I can. So until next time – ¡pura vida Costa Rica!”4 days ago
Moms and Dads - how do you feel when you think about sending your teenager out into the world abroad? Anxious? Stressed? "Not on my watch"? Linda Jeffrey felt the same way about sending her son to Thailand on one of our Under 18 Programs. But for all the anxiety, the benefits for her son were... well, let her tell you in her testimonial below: Sam first found out about GVI when my husband challenged him about doing something worthwhile with his life in the summer. As he was only 15 years old, I was calm initially, thinking that nothing would come of it. Sam began some research and found that GVI was the only company who would take him because of his age. At first, I was concerned that GVI was a scam and even as the process continued, I remained unconvinced that it was a good idea. I had huge concerns because of Sam’s age; the fact that he would be unaccompanied and had never been abroad before! I remained deeply concerned up until the moment Sam left to go on the project. Indeed, the weeks before were extremely difficult as I woke up in the middle of the night terrified that I had done the wrong thing in allowing this situation to develop. Contact with GVI in the run-up to the trip helped a little as did a group chat between myself and other mums, but I was not relaxed at all. As Sam was young and had never travelled alone, he flew as an unaccompanied minor. This helped alleviate some of my fears that he or his luggage would become lost in transit. The day Sam left was difficult, but modern technology enabled us to communicate throughout his journey. Once he arrived in Thailand he was met by a GVI intern and from that point, I felt more relaxed and excited about the adventure he was undertaking. Sam was supervised carefully throughout his time away and the trip was planned in detail to ensure those participating returned with wonderful memories of time spent in a worthwhile project as well as some sightseeing. He has made lasting friendships and had a life-changing experience. He returned from Thailand more mature, more appreciative and more aware of the beautiful world in which we live. This year, Sam is travelling to South Africa with GVI and I am confident and excited ab this new adventure. I know that he is in safe and caring hands with GVI and I am thrilled that he is going to experience this amazing continent, within the safe environment of a GVI trip. I would not hesitate to recommend GVI to other families.6 days ago
Kristina's time at our base in GVI Thailand Chiang Mai was a white elephant of an experience. Read her interview on Go Overseas: http://bit.ly/2Hhor7f1 week ago
Who knows? You could be exactly the type of adventurer that GVI Ghana and our partners in Ghana need! Richard, our Country Director for Africa, will tell you a little bit more about of of our why we need pioneer volunteers to establish our new base in Ghana. Get out there, your place in the world is waiting for you: go.gviworld.com/volunteer-in-ghana/1 week ago
Definition - Impact Adventure: finding yourself while making a difference. Take the quiz to figure out which adventure is will make the biggest impact on you: https://www.gvi.co.uk/blog/find-your-next-adventure/1 week ago
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