Outstanding Volunteer Project Award – Winners

Outstanding volunteer awardAcross the world, many volunteer and travel projects are making a huge difference in a number of sectors, be it environmental, humanitarian, social or educational.

Annually, WYSE Work and Volunteer Abroad looks to recognise and showcase volunteer projects/programmes that stand out through key characteristics with an emphasise on sustainability, responsibility and best practices in this growing industry segment.


2013: Global Vision International (GVI) – Project: GVI Fiji

GVIWe’re glad to announce the winner of the 2013 edition is Global Vision International (GVI) with the volunteer project in Fiji.
The winner has been announced during the Global Youth Travel Awards at WYSTC 2013 in Sydney.
All entries have been evaluated individually by each member of the judging panel, with a total score accumulated.

“GVI Fiji employs a holistic approach to community support and development integrating local youth and international volunteer led programs to promote sustainable village infrastructure, educational enrichment, and environmentally conscious resource use.
GVI works with local stakeholders to make valuable contributions to remote communities in a culturally sensitive way.”

2012: Ecole Travel Ecuador – Project: Hacienda Tranquila

The judging panel would like to highly commend “Vulnerability to Trafficking: Research and Action Development to Protect Migrant Children Workers”, submitted by Foundation for Sustainable Development in partnership with Prayas Centre for Research and Action, as this innovative project worked to reduce child trafficking in the Udaipur region of India, in partnership with the local communities.

Ecole Travel Ecuador

The award for 2012 Outstanding Volunteer Project was presented to Hacienda Tranquila by Ecole Travel Ecuador.

“The project demonstrated high levels of participation on a well managed project with clear measurable and achievable targets. The project particularly impressed with its 10yr environmental plan and the work it has already achieved in remediating the effects of invasive species in the globally important ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands.”