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Service-learning Information for Teachers

GVI runs curriculum, CAS, and experiential service-learning opportunities around the world on multi-award winning trips. With over 25,000 travelers since beginning, GVI knows how to ensure safe, life-changing courses that make a real difference towards fostering global citizenship and intercultural understanding.

Staffed and resourced by GVI all year round, our courses offer unique opportunities to engage in long-term, high impact work, while simultaneously experiencing deep cultural immersion, guided reflection periods, and a comprehensive educational curriculum. By taking students out of their comfort zone, challenging them, and fostering their curiosity, they gain communication skills, teamwork abilities, techniques for effective reflection, and cross-cultural understanding. By enabling students – our next generation – to see and experience the world for themselves, we can help them become active global citizens.

Our service-learning courses are designed to fully immerse and challenge students in contrasting environments. Typically trips are one to two weeks in length and are varied, exciting, and tailored to the group. All of these elements ensure that students have a life-changing, memorable, and positive learning experience. We have a thorough understanding of intercultural issues that may affect your students, and have worked with schools from all over the world.

GVI's Teachers' Toolkit


GVI's Service Learning Brochure


Your Curriculum

Our programs have also been specifically designed to meet the requirements of various international curriculum, including the CAS (Creativity Action Service), elements of the IB (International Baccalaureate) program, ‘Week Without Walls’, and the Round Square Ideals. Speak to us about coordinating an international service learning program that incorporates your syllabus or curriculum requirements.

Who have we worked with?

We’ve worked with a number of top schools and universities across the globe including: Duke University, Columbia University, New York University, Stelly’s School, Wellspring International School, CITWA, Singapore American School, Western Washington University, University of Oregon, Texas A&M University, Northeastern University, Central Institute Technology Perth, Queens University Belfast, University of Melbourne, University of Glasgow, University of Lisbon and NACURH.

Chris MacDonald, from Stelly’s School in Canada explains how his 2nd project with GVI in Nepal was the best he’d seen in his 5 years’ experience…

Examining Group Dynamics in Service Learning

Examining Group Dynamics in Service Learning

The importance of group dynamics in service-learning is an important factor to consider. As a microcosm of community development, service-learning programs strive to better incorporate an individual’s experience – via student learning – for a collective good, through community-building that is takes place both within and without the classroom setting.

Our 3 easy steps to booking your Service Learning program with GVI….

STEP 1 - We visit, present and provide all training and resources for you and your students

We have staff all around the world, and will come and meet you and your group in any location. We can do presentations, meet students and their parents, and work through the whole process with you and your group.

STEP 2 - We liase with your H&S team and meet your safety requirements

Our health and safety standards are excellent, and our protocols are extensive. We can work with your health and safety team to ensure that all of your requirements are taken care of.

STEP 3 - We arrange all of your logistical and flight details

We take care of the rest! We guide you through the whole process, from start to finish, and will organize all logistical details, including airport pick ups, flights and accommodation.


‘We choose GVI to help us run our program due to their field structure and excellent reputation.’

Save The Children

‘Our partnership with GVI has allowed us to expand our programme of safeguarding at-risk children.’

WWF Kenya

‘GVI’s been of benefit in providing data towards the conservation of marine mammals.’



Why you should travel with GVI

Three great reasons to take your students abroad with GVI.


  1. A teacher travels free with groups of ten or more students!
  2. Safety. GVI provides 24/7 support from our experienced staff, who are based full-time on the ground, as well as additional support from our main headquarters. An experienced group leader will accompany the group, taking overall responsibility for the safety of the group.
  3. We make it easy! From booking and pre-departure preparation, to in-field direction and assistance, to post trip communication, we take the pressure off you with comprehensive support.

I thoroughly recommend GVI to anyone. I took a group of my students to South Africa in 2014 and they all had an amazing and life changing experience. Prior to the trip, the support we received from GVI was incredible, and their hard work and attention to detail made sure that our itinerary whilst on the trip was perfect. I will be looking to take more school groups away with GVI in the future, and urge you too as well!

Matty Leadbetter

Group Leader, Newton International School, Qatar

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