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Global Vision International - U.S. Launch of Volunteer Travel Company

Sarah Leaf-Herrmann/Brendan Maloy
CM Communications/(617) 536-3400

Paul Jones, Regional Manager
GVI, North American Office
(888) 653-6028


(BOSTON, May 7, 2007) – To respond to the rapidly growing demand for vacations that represent responsible tourism, Global Vision International (GVI), a company based in the United Kingdom, has opened an office in Boston, its first in North America. GVI is a recognized leader in volunteer travel - “voluntourism.” This “green” travel trend promotes sustainable development by supplying international volunteers, equipment, funding and training to governmental groups, charities, NGOs and communities in more than 30 countries to assist in conservation and development projects.

Paul Jones, GVI Regional Manager, North America, said, “We are excited to open our first North American office in Boston and share our volunteer travel programs with students and young adults.” Jones has been with the company for more than a year and worked in eleven countries to date.

GVI offers volunteer placements on expeditions, projects and courses from one week to one year. Volunteers who choose to work on 13-day project researching organutans will be carrying out primate fieldwork in the Indonesian rainforest and live in basic bamboo cabins in the rice fields or camp overnight in the forest under a tarpaulin. Participants of this team help to support the survival of a species reduced by 50 percent during the last ten years. Other sample placements include living with local families in South Africa to teach underprivileged children, working in Rwanda with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and volunteering with elephants in Sri Lanka.

GVI was founded in 1998 to provide students with enriching alternatives for their “gap year” – the year between high school and college that many international students traditionally spend traveling the world. Now easily available to students in the U.S., GVI offers the same character-building experience, lasting from one week to one year. In addition, these noteworthy projects can be used as resume builders before college or even during a semester off.

If you are looking for an extreme adventure, consider GVI’s most physically demanding expedition - Research and Exploration in Patagonia. Taking you to one of the most remote and break-taking regions of the world, volunteers will work in a truly remote environment on surveying condors and invasive impact around the stunning remote lake systems. Expedition Leader Ed Stafford said, “This exciting expedition is pushing the extremes of research and exploration. Working in Patagonia is an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life.”

Because GVI runs long-term programs, there is opportunity to volunteer year-round, for different durations, from one week to one year. Some programs entail language courses or teaching certifications to assure each volunteer is well prepared. Ten-week expedition members are eligible for an internship, and college credit is available with many universities.

With more than 150 projects around the world, volunteers can easily find something to suit their interests. “I have managed to live with surprisingly few possessions and clothing, using very basic facilities and yet this has been one of the happiest times of my life," said volunteer Alison Acquaye, 33, after completing her program working with children in Guatemala and Honduras.

GVI has sent more than 2,000 volunteers annually to international aid-related programs since opening in 1998. Programs range from wildlife conservation in South Africa to teaching English in Thailand to caring for abandoned street children in India.

For information on how to become a U.S. or an overseas volunteer with GVI, visit the new Boston office at 252 Newbury Street, call (888) 653-6028 or visit the Web site

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Brendan Maloy
Account Executive
CM Communications, Inc.
29 Newbury Street, Suite 302
Boston , MA 02116
P: 617-536-3400

CM Communications, Inc.
Brendan Maloy
Telephone: (617) 536-3400

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