Receive discounts on GVI programs for life!
- GVI Mexico turtle training manual May 2013
- GVI Mexico turtle field manual May 2013
- GVI Mexico vet field manual May 2013
- GVI Mexico healthcare programme training manual January 2013
- GVI Mexico healthcare programme field manual 2013
- GVI Mexico community internship training manual January 2013
- GVI Mexico community internship field manual January 2013
- GVI Mexico arts and childcare training manual Jan 2013
- GVI Mexico arts and childcare field manual Jan 213
- GVI Mexico childcare training manual Jan 2013
- GVI Mexico childcare field manual Jan 2013
- GVI Mexico Juvenile fish Identification
- GVI Mexico Marine Training Manual - updated Feb 2012
- GVI Mexico Marine conservation expedition Field Manual - updated Feb 2012
- GVI Mexico Marine Conservation and Dive Master Internship Field Manual - updated June 2012
- El Eden Jaguar research field manual- updated June 2012
- El Eden Jaguar research training manual- updated June 2012
GVI Marine Training kit
Friday, December 6, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Playa. A much calmer cousin to
Cancunon the Mexican shores. After 7 months of travelling I jumped on a Ferry over from Cozumeland landed straight onto a glorious almost-white sand. Avoiding the market sellers touting the cheap sombreros and offering free drinks, I haggled with some loose Pesos, jumped in a taxi to start my Playa del Carmen adventure.....I started with a week learning basic Spanish as a means to orientate me into the 'Roo lifestyle. Past the infamous 5th avenue, the grid system of streets and avenues seemed mysterious and easy to explore. A wealth of interesting looking bars and restaurants with fascinating combinations of ingredients lay ahead. Without getting too distracted on possible weight gain, I spent a first hectic week in a student accommodation with many friendly enthusiastic ants willing to share my bed. I wonder what the next place will be like? I knew the Community Playa House was central and was eager to get comfortable in my new surroundings and meet some friendly faces.And the surroundings felt incredibly homely; with the emphasis on responsibility. I wasn't disappointed. Friendly smiles welcomed me. And warm water and fewer ants ready to snuggle up next to me. After a great orientation with GVI staff and some appropriate first aid training to help any bumps and bruises along the way; I was more encouraged to start on the childcare programme straight away.The great work of GVI in association with Save the Children on the childcare programme ensures that local issues affecting children is maintained through the pastoral and practical support working in the Ludoteca. I had no concept of what a Ludoteca was, so the learning space was a curious port of call.On my first day after a collectivo bus journey to work, whizzing past shops and restaurants with fascinating hand painted signs; I landed at a public community space. The Ludoteca itself surprised me in how secure it was. It was refreshing to be welcomed by affectionate children all wanting to say hello and curious to ask more about yourself. It was a great test of the basic Spanish I learnt. Soon after an introductory game, we went straight into homework time. Whilst my brain scrambled at maths, I couldn't help but admire the staff working there on a daily basis. The patience and energy working with the children was challenging. I could only imagine what the Health therapy and Marine conservation programmes were like.During dinner break, the children happily swapped food and encouraged me to share some of theirs. The combination of mandarin and chilli was a refreshing surprise, and I lapped up the treats offered to politely accommodate me into the settings and their daily almost-home from home environment. It became apparent that as a volunteer even though I was there to help provide practical support to the existing staff to achieve learning goals, simple praise by a child about my snack of an apple and some water to another child highlighted the need to act with due care.With an average of 30 children to care for daily at the Ludoteca; I was also responsible for showing them good responsible behaviours. Such a small comment that made me realise the impact an adult behaviour can have. This is what helps shape memories, I thought. After some more play time encouraged to recharge batteries, the daily chores of tidying and housekeeping began. It was a good opportunity to chat to the other volunteers and staff in the field. Although my Spanish was basic, the helpful and positive body language cues and wide smiles made me feel at home. I was told about children that were socially withdrawn and aggressive that became more calm and receptive to their peers. It was obvious that results were being achieved here.The following days followed a familiar pattern. The children learnt about hazards such as hurricanes and were made to think carefully about these dangers. A visit to the local playground and interaction with Zumba dancingwas also a joyful treat. The days went by quickly and the staff treated me to some amazing Mexican stuffed savoury bread. The myriad of restaurants around 5th Avenue I wanted to explore became an instant blur.Reflecting on the end of a productive and enjoyable first week; I still won't forget some gorgeous cake for a volunteer leaving do which I snaffled a little too fast. The post-work food scuffle still makes me giggle. And I'm sure some cream is still lodged firmly in my left ear....At the end of the week I was offered the chance to attend and assist the Equine Therapy support healthcare programme on the weekend which I eagerly agreed too. More than anything, the first week demonstrated the tenacity of the staff and volunteers to make the children feel welcome, included and at home with their peers.They certainly made me feel welcome :)
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Very busy bees at the marine conservation programme lately! Dolphins, English classes, health workshops, rescue course and much more in the last few weeks!
Everything is going great on base, and as usual after a beautiful sunny with lots of fun dives, we had a great Mexican dinner with nachos and tortas de tinga. We're also very excited to receive our two new colleagues who will be arriving to base . We'll all can’t wait to see what new surprises the beautiful Caribbean sea prepared for us in the weeks ahead. As for me, this is all! Good Bye!
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
We would like to share the latest report from Kanan Kay alliance to which GVI is proud to be part of and whose mission is to "Bring about a new era of responsible fisheries management in order to restore Quintana Roo’s oceanic zones and artisanal fisheries through the facilitation of collaborative processes and the consolidation of collaborative actions that promote the establishment of a network of fish refuges and other complimentary activities".
The commitment of its members is more than a formality. The Kanan Kay Alliance is made up of individuals that are passionate about what they do. They are also convinced that the Alliance will achieve important results for marine conservation and sustainable fishing
Click here to read the latest report on its achievements and follow the latest news @allianzakanakay.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monthly report on the current turtle season in Pez Maya Marine conservation programme!!
Monday, October 28, 2013
It was great to see how much people loved what we had prepared for them and being a part of this amazing event! To be honest, I couldn’t find a better way to spend my last weekend here in the community project in Mexico.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Today Wendnesday at 9am only 10,000 USD matching funds left! Help us to get 30% more of what you donate here https://www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/gvi-mexico You can choose to help the Marine conservation programme in Sian Ka'an or children development in Playa del Carmen!
Posted by GVI Mexico at Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
This year after doing a triathlon fund raising 1,544 USD, then running 5 & 10 kilometers raising 1,137 USD, we have put ourselves another challenge! This time it is 5, 10 or 21 kilometers for which we have a team of 20 enthusiastic participants between volunteers, staff and local partners that have decided to take part on the challenge, they have taken out their sandy running shoes and registered to run!! But we don't run just for running! we have a cause and our cause is to raise funds for our local partners Amigos de Sian ka'an & Flora, fauna y cultura de Mexico helping the marine turtle program in Sian Ka'an biosphere Reserve, and Save the children & the Equine therapy centre helping the development of children in Playa del Carmen.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Enjoy the photos and monthly report on peace one day from the community programme in Playa del Carmen!