Morning alms round In Buddhism, alms-giving is a practice of the oldest remaining branch of the religion (way of life!), Theravada Buddhism. Though the ritual no longer takes place in many parts of the world, Luang Prabang and other areas in Laos where Theravada...
The United Nation guidelines In my reflection about the (#Impact and Ethics report), I was really struck by thoughts of how much impact quality education has on communities and nations around the world. Education is the most powerful weapon we have as human beings. A...
Voluntourism bias We decided to volunteer and visit a new country on a whim for our summer vacation, and chose Laos pretty much out of the blue. Apart from the GVI website- I had no idea what we were getting into. After talking to a previous volunteer ambassador, I...
The best gap year ideas combine travel, adventure, personal growth, and the chance to do something meaningful. GVI’s gap year programs tick all the right boxes. Taking a gap year is a fulfilling way of exploring the world. Gap year benefits include having the chance...
Original photo: "Luang Prabang Sunrise" by WIL is licenced under CC BY 2.0 There are many reasons to visit the town of Luang Prabang. But as a volunteer in this historic town along the Mekong river, you can experience all the setting has to offer, while working...
Here there are some reflections of the under 18 Australian students, who joined GVI Luang Prabang just last May. The group kept a daily journal during its trip to Laos, writing about activities, environment, and personal feelings. Some incredibly well written...
Experiencing an intercultural exchange at early age scientifically resulted to be effective on various levels. It is an opportunity to gain personal development, to increase awareness on global issues, to understand other cultures, and to create a solid ground of...
Summer business internships give you the chance to develop and expand on the skills you’ve learned in the classroom. Spend your summer gaining practical business experience in a country halfway around the world. Work on soft skills such as intercultural fluency,...
Departure Where is Laos? This is the question that I heard most at the end of 2016. That was the period preceding my first journey to South East Asia, precisely to this mysterious country. The departure time arrived, and I was getting progressively more excited and...
Why am I here? Having spent the last 30 years bringing up 3 children at home in England and watching them enjoy time away travelling, I encouraged them to try voluntary work in some of the poorest countries they visited. This they did in Sri Lanka, India and Nepal,...
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- Cape Town
- Chiang Mai
- Community Development
- Fiji Islands
- Gap Year
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- Marine Conservation
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