Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Working with local grassroots charities and NGOs in 20 countries across the globe, the Global Vision International (GVI) Charitable Trust manages and fund-raises for numerous long-term programs. These further the works of of our local partners and aim to alleviate poverty, illiteracy, environmental degradation and climate change through: education; nutrition; conservation and capacity building. Our work focuses upon 3 key objectives, Awareness of global issues, Direct impact upon those issues on a local and global basis, and Empowerment of our alumni, be them our community members, staff, volunteers, fundraisers or donors, to continue impacting on key global issues independently
Jul 18, 2012

Standard 6 Singing!

During the last quarter, GVI started teaching Creative Arts to Standard 6. I have to confess that even if I was excited to teach something other than English and Maths, I was still a little bit nervous about how the class would be. Indeed, knowing that Standard 6 would not be evaluated on the topic, I was scared that discipline would become an issue. Well, as a matter of fact, I could say that I was right! The first class that we had was on perspective and I thought that it would be a brilliant idea to take the whole class outside and show them what perspective was about. Brilliant idea indeed and I am pretty sure that they enjoyed it. However, the only problem was that there was almost no way to bring them back to the reality of the classroom.  But after a little speech, they understood that if they wanted to have fun learning they had to respect the rules.
As a matter of fact, when we first tried to sing with them, it did look like they had forgotten the basic rules that they had to follow. However, I was sure that the class could be a success if they understood where the limits were. Therefore, after another little speech, they swore that they would behave during the next class Well, they were not lying. Our next singing class was a real success. Everybody had fun but nothing got out of hand! We started the class with 'Waka Waka' by Shakira with the boys answering the girls. Then we sang Jakomo Finane, a little bit hard for them but they really gave it a go. The next song was in Kiswahili, one that I learnt during Music and Movement with the Kindergarden.  All the children started laughing when I started dancing – beautiful moment J. But even better, after singing “ If you want to be somebody” from Sister Act 2 the girls asked if they could sing something they know. Have a look at the blog to see the results...!
Jul 18, 2012

Mid Year Update

Can’t believe it’s July already – well, except that it’s really hot, humid and the river levels are creeping higher up the banks daily!

We’ve had a big, dynamic first half of 2012 with continued growth, success and always new changes on the Laos programs. The rest of the year looks set to have loads of exciting new things too:

• Field Staff departing after approximately 15 months in-country and new staff coming on-board with their ideas
• A Construction Project to commence mid-August
• Our Charitable Trust alms-giving Challenge will run from 20th – 24th August to raise much needed funds for the newly expanded aims of the Charitable Trust in Laos
• An expanding range of temple schools – we’re continuing on at Wat Pasaviet (a staple fave of past volunteers!), the novice primary school Wat Mano, our village temple Wat Na Xang, along with an exciting new partnership with a brand new novice school at Wat Pak Ou. Keep an eye on the blog for updates as we kick off the next academic year there in July.
• New partnerships with Lao teachers, along with extra training and professional development opportunities
• The new 6 month Internship on the Teaching Children program will kick off in the third quarter!
• A new combination volunteering option, partnering projects in Thailand and Laos along with some awesome side trips....Laos is looking at a cooking course and an off-the-beaten path waterfalls and villages trip. Keep an eye out for the start of that one late in 2012.

A BIG 6 months indeed! GVI Laos continues to be a success with volunteers, students and our Lao community partners, and we’re proud to say our achievements and developments keep mounting.

Watch the blog for exciting updates over the coming months to learn all about GVI Laos in 2012.

Jul 18, 2012

A Week Full of Learning!

Last week Pez Maya welcomed 15 new volunteers from 5 different countries! Welcome John, Mariana, Josh, Holly, Eli, Kerry, Tate, Will, Luke, Jessica, Alex, Matt, Sam, Mitch and Madison! With the 4 remaining volunteers from the last phase and 8 staff, it is a very full house. It was an eventful first week full of many accomplishments. Everyone is working hard at learning their adult fish, coral, juvenile fish and diving skills. Congratulations to Sam and Alex for passing their juvenile fish tests and Tate and Holly for passing their adult fish test and Aaron for passing his coral test! Congratulations to Mariana, John, Josh and Madison for successfully completing their PADI Open Water Certification on Friday and becoming certified scuba divers! All divers have begun spot tests to practice identifying fish and coral species on the reef. Also, a big congratulations to staff member Valeria for completing her Dive Master!

It was a beautiful week at Pez Maya. The perfect weather allowed all volunteers to get in lots of dives and rainstorms cooled us down all weekend. A variety of incidental sightings occurred this week including a Loggerhead sea turtle, green turtles, stingray and many crocodiles. Four turtles nests have been spotted along the beach and we're patiently waiting for the first hatchlings.

The week was filled with studying, completing chores, a beach clean and diving but we still found plenty of time to relax and get to know each other in the evenings. This week we celebrated Canada Day for the Canadian volunteers on base, July 4th for the American volunteers and Jessica's 20th birthday! On Friday the Staff treated the volunteers to a fiesta style feast including our first Lionfish of the phase. After a fun weekend in Tulum and snorkeling at Akumal, we are all back on base, ready for another week full of learning!

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