A Better Kind of Adventure

Volunteer holidays abroad

Sure holidays are nice, but a holiday where you can have a once-in-a-lifetime adventure? A holiday where you can help make the world a better place? A holiday where you can live and work in some of the world’s most remote places, immersed in local communities and cultures?  

A volunteer holiday is when you use your holiday time – either an upcoming school break or time you take off from work – to contribute to a cause that resonates with you. This doesn’t mean that you give up recreational activities, just that you make time for service work as well. A chance to have an adventure – and to help make a difference in the world. 

GVI offers impactful, ethical and supportive global volunteering holidays. All GVI’s volunteer holiday programs allow you to contribute to global conservation goals in wildlife conservation, marine conservation and animal care. Starting at 1 week in duration, we offer volunteering holidays in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Latin America and Europe.

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 are volunteer holidays all about?

Who can join?
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Maybe you want to work in big cat conservation in South Africa? Maybe train to become a professional field guide

Or work in marine conservation efforts to preserve turtle nesting sites in Costa Rica or Greece

Or contribute to the climate solutions in the forests of Peru. Or complete your professional dive training while working in coral reef ecology in the Caribbean.  

Don’t see anything that appeals to you? We offer many more volunteer holiday programs. Find one here that aligns perfectly with what you, your friends or your family have in mind.

Anyone from teen volunteers (age 15 to 17) to young adults (age 18 and up) and older volunteers (50+) can join one of our volunteer holidays. If accompanied by an adult guardian, 14 to 17-year-old teens can also join one of our family volunteer holidays. Our volunteer holidays are the ideal choice for intergenerational families looking to book a service trip abroad, because we are able to offer specialised support to both teens and older adults.

Couples also choose to go on volunteer holidays with us, and we offer private accommodation when requested. Our trips are also perfect for those looking for volunteer holidays for singles, and other volunteers travelling solo. The safety support we provide is especially valuable to those travelling solo who identify as women or females, and are looking for a volunteering vacation to join. We offer airport pick up and drop off, and solo volunteers stay on base with our staff, other volunteers and interns who have all undergone a police check. Meals are provided, as is transport to and from the project sites. 

College students who are often looking to make themselves more appealing to employers will also find many benefits in joining one of our volunteering holidays. We’ve designed these to equip volunteers with skills like English language lesson planning, but also transferable skills like teamwork and intercultural communication.

Our volunteering holiday programs are available year round and you, your friends and family, can join for as long as you’d like, starting at 1 week. 

Summer is always a popular time to travel abroad and we have plenty of summer holiday volunteer opportunities available. 

Using your winter breaks to travel south can be a great way of getting away from the cold weather. It being the holiday season, also means it’s a time when many are focused on contributing to a sense of communal well-being. We offer many Christmas volunteering programs around the world that you or your family can join.

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