Experience a Different Side to the Seychelles with GVI
Ask the average person what they think of when speaking about the Seychelles and chances are their response will include words like beach, sand, luxury, paradise, relax. All of those words describe an ideal holiday, but for those looking to get more out of an adventure to these well-loved paradise islands, Global Vision International brings something entirely different to the Seychelles.
With substantial contributions from their partners, GVI is the leading marine data collection organisation in the Seychelles, and offers a variety of programmes in these pristine surroundings ranging from 2 to 24 weeks. Volunteers can be of any age, and the programmes aim not only to make a difference to the surrounding environment, but also to teach a range of skills that will be useful in the workplace as well as in everyday life. During the programmes, volunteers will develop key soft and hard skills that will put them a step ahead of the pack, whilst making a positive impact on the surroundings and having the adventure of a lifetime. A few examples of the programmes include:
Whilst living in beach front huts on Curieuse Island, a national park and tropical paradise, this programme will focus on learning and contributing to critical conservations efforts being conducted on the island. You will join an international team of passionate volunteers and qualified experts to make a difference towards the survival of both the critically-endangered hawksbill turtles and the sicklefin lemon sharks, through catch-and-release programmes and studying the nesting habits of turtles.
Weekends are free for exploring, and with the Seychelles’ second largest island, Praslin, home to the famous Coco de Mer palm, just a quick boat ride away there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the surrounding area, snorkel, dive or simply enjoy island living.
On this expedition, you will travel to the crystal clear waters of the Seychelles to work on critical marine conservation projects including completing conservation-related surveys aimed at providing data to the local government on coral reef research, invertebrate surveys and turtle breeding areas. Key activities will include learning how to identify fish and coral, enjoying fun-dives and searching for the incredible ‘mega-fauna’ in the area such as sharks, rays, and dolphins, developing the techniques to survey coral reefs, exploring different dive sites, visiting breeding areas for the hawksbill and green turtle and overally having a unique adventure in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Depending on weather conditions, there are one to two dives/snorkels each day, five days a week, during which you underwater surveys are conducted after training is complete. Besides diving, there are additional projects and activities including training sessions, marine debris surveys and removal or environmental education sessions, depending on local and project needs. Life on the base will be simple island living, sleeping in basic dormitory style accommodation with shared bathrooms as well as sharing cooking and cleaning duties around base.
This 24-week programme is split into a 12-week internship where you will train to improve your scuba diving skills while participating on GVI’s Marine Conservation Expedition, conducting vital marine research, completing one-two dives a day, five days a week, followd by a 12-week work placement. Additional projects and activities in the first half of the programme include training sessions, beach cleans, marine debris surveys and environmental education sessions with the local community depending on local and project needs at the time. Days are concluded with an evening debrief, followed by dinner and time to relax and take in the beautiful sunsets while sharing stories of your day.
On successful completion of the first half of the internship, you will be placed at a local dive centre undertaking a PADI Divemaster course that will continue throughout the duration of 12-week work placement. During this time you can expand your knowledge of marine conservation and help with general day-to-day operations of the centre. This internship is the perfect opportunity to enter the world of professional diving and/or marine conservation, while living and working in a pristine environment.
With over 100 sustainable development projects across the globe in 13 countries, GVI caters to all preferences and desires, offering invaluable experiences that cannot be achieved through regular travel. GVI’s programmes not only provide volunteers with the adventure of a lifetime, they are also an opportunity to develop initiative, teamwork and leadership – all valuable qualities for the workplace or higher education.
*All projects include the following:
- Pre-departure support and discounted services
- 24-hour emergency phone
- Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
- Arrival orientation
- Long term experienced staff
- Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
- All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
- Welcome meeting
- Location orientation
- All necessary project training by experienced staff
- All necessary project equipment and materials
- 24-hour in-country support
What’s Not Included:
- Medical and travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Personal kit
- Additional drinks and gratuities
- Extra local excursions
- International and domestic airport taxes
GVI tackles critical local and global issues by operating award-winning education and training programmes on sustainable development projects around the world, in partnership with renowned international partners.
We operate our own programmes and partner with local and international NGOs, government organisations and education institutions including Save The Children, WWF, The Red Cross, PADI, Project AWARE, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and the National Parks of South Africa, Costa Rica, Seychelles, Mexico and Thailand, among others.
Formed in 1997, over 25,000 participants have travelled with us, with over 3000 participants every year. We are very proud that the vast majority of our participants describe their experience with us as life-changing, with over 95% stating that they want to travel with us again.
We are an extremely tight knit, friendly and passionate organisation and are made up of an amazing team of people all over the world. We are true experts in our fields, making your experience with GVI truly life changing.