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Find out what our students, and their parents and teachers think about our service learning courses.

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What Educators Say

It was one of the best projects I’ve seen in my 17 years of running this program!

Tim Storm

Stelly's School, Canada, Nepal 2016

We had a great experience in Nepal this year. The work project was awesome! This is mainly due to the site preparation by GVI and their affiliates in the village of Bandipur. The scope of the project and the physical nature of the construction was perfectly suited to the needs of our students. The project experience was awesome! Great pre-planning, community involvement and scale of project. The focus on sustainability and purpose of development was great. Hopefully, we can use this as a model for future projects. All four (staff) are excellent ambassadors for GVI. Cheryl is very well organized and she, along with Bronwen and Seb, was always quick to accomodate our needs throughout our time in Nepal. Kudos to them!


We’ve already been thinking about next year and would like to work with GVI again. It’s the best project I’ve seen in my 5 years!
Chris MacDonald

Stella's School, Canada, Nepal 2016

I thoroughly recommend GVI to anyone; whether you are an educator looking to take a group away, or an individual looking for a career break. 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

Newton International School, Qatar

Our school had a wonderful experience and much of that was due to the great organization by GVI. We felt like we were truly part of the community and able to help out in a meaningful way. Our work was well organized and prepared, but it also came in response to requests from the community, so we know that our projects will be genuinely useful. Our students experienced the realities of living in a developing country in a safe way and many are already planning their next volunteer experience. With so many aid organizations out there, it’s difficult to know who to pick, but I think we’ve found a winner and I know that we will be working with GVI again.

Chris McDonald

Stellys School, Canada, Fiji 2015

We are looking forward to a continued collaboration and expanding the role of DukeEngage volunteers in the Phang Nga region.

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What The Parents Say

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). You are a hidden gem that most don’t know about.

Jackie Null

Parent to Evan Null, Phang Nga 2015

If only every student could do this. It changes your life in all the right ways. All that you do with GVI will make life changing for countless people all over the world. It is an extraordinary experience. It makes the world a better place.

Chris Herritage

Parent to Luke Herritage, South Africa and Costa Rica

This is a very belated thank you to you and all at GVI, who recently hosted my son, Joss Cary when he came to Playa del Carmen. He had the best day of his life (his words) when he swam with the whale sharks (and as he’s swum with whale sharks already, it must have been good!). He enjoyed it all, the cooking/bonding and diving. You opened up a whole new world. He hopes to return next year to maybe do the intern course for a month if he’s old enough. He was very happy with all the care you provided and felt safe and that everything was well-organised, a particular concern for me as a parent so far away, as you will appreciate. Thank you from all of us.

Soraya Cary

Parent to Joss Cary, Mexico 2015

What The Students Say

The staff were approachable, friendly, knowledgeable, goal oriented and very supportive.  Passionate about programme and people everyday-very inspirational.  Have been very inspirational and inspired me to be the best I can be everyday! Have given me an unforgettable experience that I will treasure forever! Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!!!

Samia Aziz

Cape Town, 2016

“My time in Thailand was an amazing, magical and humbling experience. Working here taught me a lot about Thai community. It really broadened my cultural perspective and global understanding through exploring Ban Nam Khem and the rest of Thailand, but also exploring myself.”

Austin Liang, Sunnyvale USA

Duke University, Thailand 2016

“I still feel like the culmination of everything I’ve experienced has definitely taught me valuable lessons. I got valuable fieldwork experience for conservation work, but I also got so much more than that. I have learned about Thai culture and its major contrasts with American culture, and I definitely will go home with the goal of living a more friendly, thankful and slower paced, more appreciative life. The past 8 weeks have flown by, and I’m extremely sad to be leaving. I really hope to come back to Thailand someday, if only to remind myself of what I experienced the first time”

Eva May, Atlanta USA

Duke University, Thailand 2016

“Over the past 8 weeks I’ve spent in Thailand, I have learned a lot about myself and the environmental issues that surround me. I’ve made some great friends and had so much fun travelling all over Thailand. I feel very lucky to be here.”

Wesley Chan, Burlingame, USA

Duke University, Thailand 2016

“They (the staff) were all fantastic.  I really enjoyed getting to know the staff and am happy I had this opportunity. I can’t think of anything they can improve on.”

Jozi Deschamps

Nepal 2016

“I had the time of my life. I have had so much fun doing so much stuff with the best people. Thailand has gone from making little sense to lots of sense!”

John Desan, Long Island USA

Duke University, Thailand 2016

“My time here in Thailand was not what I expected, but I have enjoyed every minute of it. It’s been nowhere near as stressful or fast-paced as my life back in the US, which was a nice change. I have loved the conservation work, especially working with sea turtles. We also have an amazing group of both students and staff, which has made the trip that much better!”

Kayla Seltzer, Phoenix USA

Duke University, Thailand 2016

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