GVNs vision is to connect people with communities in need, with a particular focus on vulnerable women and children. We do this by supporting the work of local community organizations in countries through the placement of international volunteers.
How GVN Works – One Small Organization – One Big World!
Over the past 10 years we have connected 16,000+ volunteers with our 93 projects in 19 different countries throughout South America, Africa, and Asia. Our diverse opportunities include volunteer programs, training programs, and fundraising treks.
This is how we do it…
Achieving Our Vision
Our vision is to connect people with communities in need. We do this by supporting the work of local community organizations in countries through the placement of international volunteers.
Our staff in New Zealand are passionate about their work, we want to ensure volunteers have an incredibly rewarding and memorable personal experience on their placement.
We work with our partner organizations to support them in achieving their goals and ensuring that their projects are sustainable and effective.
Benefits of working with local partners
At GVN we value our relationships with our local partner organizations. When you volunteer with us you can be assured you are helping a local grassroots organization rather than a large travel/tour provider. This means that volunteer efforts directly benefit local groups, local communities, and local people.
By sourcing international volunteers for our partners we allow them to concentrate on the work they are doing to bring positive changes to their communities, rather than having to worry about recruiting and sourcing volunteers.
Our local partners experience the everyday life and struggles of the local people, they have intimate knowledge of what they go through and what they face in their day to day life. Our partners want to impart this knowledge to our volunteers giving them the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of communities in need.
Our partners and their goals inspire us each and every day in the GVN office.
At GVN we align with the idea of ‘local solutions to local problems’, so we work with local community organizations in each country. We believe that local communities are in the best position to determine their needs, and we provide volunteers to help them achieve their goals.
What this means for our volunteers is that they receive a unique and genuine cultural experience whilst being immersed in a local community.
We are proud of the work our local partners are able to carry out through our volunteers. Below are just two examples of our partner’s recent achievements:
GVN Kenya Partner, Ms. Irene Wairimu Ngatia, has been honoured by the Embassy of United States in Nairobi, Kenya for her outstanding leadership and humanitarian service to children and families in need of social services, education, shelter, food, and medical attention throughout the region.
On the 5th anniversary of our Vietnam partner’s operation, Viet Dang noted that “more than 1,200 international volunteers have been placed and thousands of dollars have been donated, which has helped improve many needy lives in the central region of Vietnam. I have seen at many places in our program the children being happy, healthy and well-educated. Many thanks.”