Global Voluntary Development Association

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What makes GVDA projects unique?

Global voluntary development programs combines community immersion, cross-culture learning , education tours, adventure and meaningful community services.

2. What kind of work can I do on GVDA projects ?

GVDA community development programme include:

  • i) Working with street children and orphans
  • ii) Promote environment conservation
  • iii) Offer your specialized skill to communities in need.
  • iv) Teach English other subjects
  • v) Provide vital healthcare services
  • vi) Assist with HIV/AIDS education and outreach.
  • vii) Support sustenance development projects.
  • viii) Construction to community work, child care
  • ix) Visiting patient in health care centers
  • x) Prison visiting.

3. What can I gain from participating in GVDA projects?

  • i) Broaden your global perspectives
  • ii) Enhance your understanding and appreciation of another culture
  • iii) Develop crucial leadership skills.
  • iv) Build lifelong friendships
  • v) Gain valuable language skills.
  • vi) Become a more effective- cross cultural comminatory.
  • vii) Test your ability to face challenges
  • viii) Improve your team – building skills

4. What types of people participate in GVDA projects?

People from all walks of life, countries and backgrounds participate in GVDA GVDA are ideal for both individuals and groups.
High school student’s college students gradate students, medical and dental students around the world have joined GVDA projects professionals. Including doctors, dentist’s lawyers, business people and company teams as well as singles and old travelers have enjoyed and benefited from GVDA programs as well.

5. Do I have a choice about where I can volunteer in GVDA projects?

Absolutely GVDA aims to match your interest and skills with the specific requirements of different community project. You’ll be consulted skills, interests, values or ambitions that you’d like to match with your description and a project that interests you.

6. How long do I have to commit on GVDA project?

Its your choice, commitment to a particular volunteer position depends entirely upon your circumstance, interest and the length of time your volunteer position is available for.

7. How much time do I have need to give?

You can volunteer at any time of the week, while most volunteering takes place during office hours.

8. Who can volunteer in GVDA community projects?.

Anyone can volunteer, whatever you background, qualifications, physical capabilities you have.Do your part to make the community a better place, everyone has abilities and qualities that are useful in some way.

9. What is daily life on GVDA projects?

Accommodation and transport varies greatly per project information on each project is available on info-sheet and contains full details on accommodation and transport to help you set your expectations and gauge your interest level. In general GVDA volunteers work 6 hours per day and 30 hrs per week at their assigned volunteer’s project and participate in cultural activities, free time and excursions.

10. Can I join Gvda project together we with a friend? yes

Normally we offer places to individual, families’ schools colleges, university, church and corporate we welcome all people. But if you need the support of a friend or relative for example a sign language interpret helper etc or you are married or in a long study relationship. We place you on the same project; please send your application form together.

11. What is GVDA code of conduct for international volunteers?

GVDA requires five things from volunteers

  • i) Flexibility
  • ii) Courage
  • iii) Open mindedness
  • iv) Tolerance
  • v) Compassion

International volunteer participating in GVDA projects for first time are often filled unpredictable surprises, such as transport delay, local holidays, days cultures vary greatly. Some things may appear shocking and you might feel outside of your comfort zone in some situations. You might also experience disturbing poverty or suffering in certain area people, including the local population and fellow local volunteer participants, might have vastly different religious ideological, linguistic and culture background. In short you will be challenged and stimulated in ways that you may not be able to currently imagine. If you remember the up code and maintain flexibility, courage, open mindless, tolerance and compassion, you will build greater bonds with the people around you, attain a rich cultural understanding and truly experience the ultimate education tour and adventure of GVDA Projects.

12. What to do NEXT?

Look through the project programme and decide which projects interest you most the then fill in the application. If you want to join two projects in this programme please photocopy your top completed form and send both copies.