A wild way to learn

Student volunteering abroad

The world is a big place, full of beautiful, diverse, exhilarating places and people. Experiencing and exploring this world is an exciting privilege that can broaden your horizons, introduce you to new and life-changing perspectives, allow you to hone a new skill set before entering the professional world, and gives you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see remote habitats and wonderful communities that you might otherwise not have the chance to encounter.   

Our projects are driven by a core mission: positive impact. GVI is committed to sustainable, meaningful change alongside both our local project participants and our global partners. If you are looking to make an impactful difference in community development efforts while seeing new countries and experiencing diverse cultures, GVI’s student volunteering is for you.  

Critical science

Critical science

You'll contribute to vital conservation research targeted at protecting the earth's most valuable ecosystems.
Ethical engagement

Ethical engagement

Using the UN's SDGs as a framework, we've made a commitment to positive, constructive and sustainable impact.
Beautiful adventures

Beautiful adventures

You'll spend your days exploring some of the world's most breathtaking, exhilarating and remote wildernesses.

What is student volunteering all about?


GVI offers a variety of student volunteering opportunities as a way to boost personal and professional skills.

Our programs cater to student volunteers with a variety of interests. Whether you are in search of adventure and looking to travel, or to improve your employability by showcasing your international experience, we have the perfect program for you. International experience shows potential employers that you are able to get out of your comfort zone and handle situations that you wouldn’t necessarily encounter in your home country. This, in turn, shows personal growth and maturity, making you a better candidate for employment.

Volunteering abroad with us allows you to improve your job prospects and develop yourself through new experiences by learning “soft skills” that are helpful in the working world. Attributes such as social skills, communication, teamwork, responsibility, and work ethics will allow you to better interact and work in a professional setting.

Volunteering abroad is a well-proven way to improve your CV or resume, and make your job application unique. Being a student volunteer you will experience international travel, cultural exchange, gain a greater self-confidence and practical professional experience. With competition for jobs becoming fiercer and fiercer, these attributes will make you stand out from the crowd with potential employers.

We have seen many of our alumni, who are our past student volunteers, go on to successfully find jobs and careers relating to their volunteering experience. Indeed, 50% of our own staff were once volunteers or interns at GVI! This speaks volumes, that GVI’s volunteers enjoy their time with us so much that they want to make it a permanent situation. As the volunteers are so well trained and skilled, this makes them a valuable addition to GVI, or any other organisation in the future. Having this unique and practical volunteering experience on your CV will certainly help your chances in getting a job and kick-starting your career.

Our programs allow students to see the world while offering them invaluable career development opportunities. GVI offers outstanding international internships in locations across the world, these internships run for 6-24 weeks allowing you to become fully immersed in the culture and to thoroughly explore the country.

We have a variety of internship opportunities available. These include gaining expertise in wildlife conservation, marine conservation or animal care. Interns are provided with hands-on experience that impacts their future career and contributes towards key global issues across a variety of fields.

All our internships include:

  • An exclusive GVI Leadership Training course
  • Extensive field training and equipment
  • Weekly one-on-one staff mentorship sessions
  • A confidential professional recommendation on completion of your course, and
  • After a successful internship, qualifying candidates may be given the opportunity to work for GVI or selected partner organisations.

GVI operates in countries all around the world. So whether you’re looking for a tropical island experience or a mountainous countryside, GVI has got you covered. We work across four continents:

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Book by 31 July 2022