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Travel During COVID-19

For more than 20 years, GVI has worked together with our participants and partners to make a long term sustainable difference in the communities within which we work.

Unfortunately, due to the impact of COVID-19 in 2020, we had to make the decision to temporarily pause operations at all of our global locations. The hibernation of GVI’s hubs was done to help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our participants, staff and the community members we work with safe.

The good news is that as countries started to relax restrictions, reopen borders and accept international travellers, we were able to restart our global operations after careful planning. 

GVI continues to closely monitor the situation and follow updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UK and US government travel advice, and local government health advice from our operational locations to adapt our response to COVID-19.

While it was necessary to put a hold on our global operations, the work that we do is now as important as ever. With our international standards of health and safety, you can continue to make a positive impact in the world and pursue the causes you’re passionate about. In order to do this, we have put in place new and extensive procedures and protocols that will help us to ensure a safe experience for all and to help reassure our participants about travelling during and after COVID-19 with GVI.

COVID-19 Response

We understand that you may have questions as to how COVID-19 will affect your booking and travel plans, so we have put together some FAQs to explain the measures we have implemented to ensure your safety.

Where can I travel?

As many countries have started to relax restrictions and reopen their borders, we've compiled the details of where our participants can currently travel internationally.

Flexible transfers

We want you to have absolute peace of mind when booking onto a GVI program and this is why have introduced our flexible transfer policy, which allows you to transfer anytime.

Health and Hygiene

GVI has put in place new standards of cleanliness and protocols that meet international safety recommendations. These include social distancing, pre-arrival COVID-19 testing and wearing masks on base.

Health and Safety standards

With over 20 years of experience, GVI is passionate and experienced in providing extensive support throughout each participants’ journey with GVI, ensuring the highest safety standards possible.

Payment Plans

GVI offers a variety of payment plans to suit your needs. You have the option to either pay in instalments, set up a personalised flexi-payment plan or pay for the full program fee upfront.

British Standards 8848

GVI’s stringent support and safety guidelines have ensured that we are compliant with British Standard 8848, a set of requirements designed to ensure the highest standard of care for travellers visiting abroad.

Terms & Conditions

In the event that either GVI or a participant needs to cancel or curtail a program, you can access our cancellation policy and terms and conditions for further clarity on how this will be handled.

Refunds

Find out more about the process behind GVI refunds during COVID-19, and how they apply to the cancellation or curtailment of a program by GVI or a participant.

Traveling is so important in bringing awareness and understanding to the world and to let fear hold us back from enlightenment is heartbreaking. Impressively GVI has made the entire experience feel safe and functioning from the moment I arrived. I was greeted by kind eyes behind masks and hand sanitizer at the ready, and that level of awareness did not cease. I was welcomed to base by volunteers, interns, and staff, all ready to help me unload my belongings while maintaining a safe distance. From masked community days with social distancing in place, to capacity limits in rooms at base. GVI has made traveling during a pandemic a little less scary. All it takes now is a little bit of courage to see just how small the world can truly be.

Tyler Delhougne

Participant on GVI's South Africa Wildlife Conservation Short Term Internship program

Traveling during covid can be challenging but it's worth it. GVI has done everything in their power to ensure I could still do the program I wanted and has been very flexible with the changing of dates and programs. When preparing for my trip, it got a bit more challenging. Covid did not make it that easy but it is all worth it in the end and preparing this much also makes you feel ready to start your program. Overall I don't feel like traveling during a pandemic has limited me to do things. It has opened up a whole new world for me.

Isabelle Cardoen

Participant on GVI's Mexico Marine Conservation Short Term Internship program

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