Parent Info

Parent Information

GVI is a parent-run organization and family is at the heart of what we do. Respect and trust are two of our core values, but that doesn’t mean we forget about fun. While we’re incredibly serious about child protection, health and safety, and increasing the long-term career benefits of our programs, we also care about making learning more engaging.

After over two decades of experience, we have discovered that if you give young people age-appropriate challenges along with the accompanying support, they quickly start to forge a path that is uniquely their own. Not only does this help them with choosing a career that is personally fulfilling, but living a life aligned to the well-being of our planet and global community.
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    Serious about H&S

    GVI is compliant with British Standard 8848, a set best practice standards for adventure expedition providers outside the United Kingdom. We require all field staff to complete health and safety training. This includes learning how to conduct in-depth risk audits and on-the-spot risk assessments as well as developing, updating, and acting on Emergency Action and Crisis Management Plans.

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    All our own staff

    All of GVI’s programs on the ground are run by staff recruited, vetted, and managed by us. Each has passed a Police Check and is also Emergency First Response Certified. Many are also Emergency First Response Instructors. A minimum of one staff member is assigned to a group of six participants although the ratio is often as high as one staff member to three participants.

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    Meet a GVI parent

    Many parents of GVI Alumni become enthusiastic GVI ambassadors, often joining one of our programs themselves after their child returns home. If you’d like to speak to one of these incredibly inspiring individuals and learn more about their experience let us know and, depending on your location, we can arrange for you to meet up or set up a phone call or online chat.

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    Flights & arrivals

    If you would like your teen to fly with a chaperone, simply request to book one. For those traveling to certain GVI locations, we also set up a Whatsapp group to help staff manage airport arrivals effectively. Once a participant arrives at the airport, a GVI staff member will be there to take them to their accommodation. Afterward, guardians will receive a safe arrivals email.

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    I just wanted to send a quick note to tell you how much fun Evan had on her Thailand trip! The program was outstanding and life changing for her. She couldn’t have been more happy with everything and Leanne was "amazing" (her words). Thanks for all you do to make these trips so beneficial for our kids. You should spread the word to our schools here in the States. You are a hidden gem that most don’t know about. Luckily we just happened upon GVI last spring with Evan’s quest to find a Thailand service trip on the beach :)
    Jackie Null - Parent
    Kayley [...] after having investigated various charitable travel opportunities on the internet and chose GVI due to the comprehensive opportunities being promoted. We were reassured through the efficient and effective communication with GVI staff members who were able to competently answer all the questions that we posed. The information provided was clear and concise; the links to essential information were relevant and useful. GVI was able to put us in touch with some of the other volunteers on the project prior to the project dates, this allowed Kayley to establish contact with other girls with similar ambitions; which helped enormously. The seperation was not concerning knowing that she was safe and having a great time and the GVI project brought [...] showed that teenagers can adapt and use their initiative when immersed in diverse environments. We would without a doubt recommend GVI as an organization.
    Gill & Brian Williams - Parent
    I would just like to say a very big thank you to you and your team. Steph had a great two weeks and has arrived home safe and sound. The professional nature of your team has been exceptional and as parents, we really appreciate the care you have taken. It is a big thing to travel so far on your own. However, with GVI’s help and support, it has been a trip of a lifetime full of good memories. I hope she will get the chance to travel with GVI again.
    Neil Owen - Parent
    Sam began some research and found that GVI was the only company that would take him because of his age (of 15). I had huge concerns because of Sam’s age; the fact that he would be unaccompanied and had never been abroad before! Contact with GVI in the run-up to the trip helped a little as did a group chat between myself and other mums, [...]. The day Sam left was difficult, but [...] once he arrived in Thailand he was met by a GVI intern and from that point, I felt more relaxed [...]. 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. This year, Sam is traveling to South Africa with GVI and I am confident and excited about 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.
    Linda Jeffrey - Parent
    Just wanted to say a big thank you to you and the team. I collected Katherine at six last night and she talked virtually non-stop throughout the four-hour drive home. All news was extremely positive about her amazing adventure with you. Thank you all again. You are amazing people.
    Pippa Bowler - Parent
    I just wanted to send a quick note to tell you how much fun Evan had on her Thailand trip! The program was outstanding and life changing for her. She couldn’t have been more happy with everything and Leanne was "amazing" (her words). Thanks for all you do to make these trips so beneficial for our kids. You should spread the word to our schools here in the States. You are a hidden gem that most don’t know about. Luckily we just happened upon GVI last spring with Evan’s quest to find a Thailand service trip on the beach :)
    Jackie Null - Parent
    Kayley [...] after having investigated various charitable travel opportunities on the internet and chose GVI due to the comprehensive opportunities being promoted. We were reassured through the efficient and effective communication with GVI staff members who were able to competently answer all the questions that we posed. The information provided was clear and concise; the links to essential information were relevant and useful. GVI was able to put us in touch with some of the other volunteers on the project prior to the project dates, this allowed Kayley to establish contact with other girls with similar ambitions; which helped enormously. The seperation was not concerning knowing that she was safe and having a great time and the GVI project brought [...] showed that teenagers can adapt and use their initiative when immersed in diverse environments. We would without a doubt recommend GVI as an organization.
    Gill & Brian Williams - Parent