Global Vision International vs Epic Adventures - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.6
Guide — 4.7
Activities — 4.8
Lodging — 4.8
Transportation — 4.8
Meals — 4.8
Overall — 4.5
Value — 4.5
Guide — 3.5
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 3.5
Transportation — 4.0
Meals — 4.0
Recent Reviews

GVI Thailand 2017

5.0 October 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I volunteered with GVI in Thailand for two weeks in July 2017. When I arrived, the second I left the cool, manageable temperatures of the airport and stepped out into the heat of Phuket was incredible, I felt physically hit by the atmosphere! The heat itself was nearly unbearable (especially considering I was wearing trousers and a long sleeved top!) and I almost immediately broke out in a sweat. Luckily, we soon found the GVI representatives who were standing with a banner with our names on and we were whisked away in a minibus ready to begin our first day in Thailand! When we arrived at the resort we were to be staying in, I was blown away by the sheer beauty of the place! There were gorgeous palm trees lining the paths and a calm, blue lake in the centre. The villa itself was really lovely, simple, but in the best way. It was all wooden, with a veranda and chairs outside which later on were perfect for relaxing on after a hard days work! Shortly afterwards, we headed out for a tour of the village which we would be working in. I learnt a lot of things about the local culture such as the fact that ‘birds nest soup’ is an expensive delicacy in Thailand and so the village has four large concrete buildings which constantly play birdsong in order to attract swallows which will nest there. Also, Thai people also have things called ‘Spirit houses’ which is essentially a miniature hut, slightly larger than a bird table, which they fill with gifts for the spirits who lived in the house before them in order to appease them so they will not haunt the house. As the group of volunteers were walking around, lots of small Thai children came rushing out of their houses to greet us! Apparently they love to test their English and so they will run over and and say ‘Hello’ to any of the foreigners! As we were heading back to the resort, my friend Sasha and I spotted two young Thai boys playing football, so we headed over and started up a brief conversation. I had learnt a small amount of Thai before I left so I found out they were called Ti and Po. We then had a miniature kick about in the street for a good ten minutes or so. It’s amazing how something like sport can connect people from completely different cultures who can barely speak each other’s language. This experience, and a plethora of others which I had during my time abroad, would not have occurred if it weren't for GVI and I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone in the future.
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Wonderful company

5.0 January 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I spent 8 weeks teaching English in Luang Prabang, Laos in 2014. Now teaching English in Mae Sai, northern Thailand. GVI is a wonderful company. Lots of support, professional staff, wonderful locations.
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Definitely once in a lifetime experience!!

5.0 January 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I was a six month intern at GVI Thailand elephant conservation project and t was amazing, to see the different way people live and to be submerged in that was awesome. The people and children are so happy and have such a united sense of community. To see these beautiful elephants living in the forest and to know you are helping them is one of he best feelings ever. They are so intelligent and just to be around them was a dream.
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Great Trip, Great Service, Absolutely Amazing Views

5.0 June 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
We chose Annapurna Base Camp because the trek has a lower risk of altitude sickness that Everest Base Camp.
The trek was still quite challenging with many mountains to climb over (the guide called them hills ha ha) before we eventually started to follow the valley line up the mountains towards Base Camp. The accommodation was pretty basic (tea houses) in each village we stopped and the temperature kept getting lower the more we climbed. But once we got to base camp the view was amazing and we were so glad that we decided to do this trip. It was pretty hard, but the memories of being surrounded by some of the tallest mountains in the world was worth all the effort.
I would recommend that trip to anybody with a moderate level of fitness
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Worth it

4.0 June 2018
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  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
This trek is definitely worth it. It might take a week to trek from start to finish but it is worth every step. The day we got to the base camp was very difficult but only because it started the hail, then snow in the last couple hours of trekking. Apart from that the trek was amazing. The views were amazing and I got to see thing i never would have at home.
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Tours 7 Trips 7 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 153 $ 75
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Regional Expert
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Group Tours
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Asia
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Eco Travel
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
Headquarters Boston, US Kathmandu, Nepal
Year Established 1997 2014
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
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    About Global Vision International

    Family run Global Vision International is a tour company dedicated to providing conservation and community development programs for travelers who want to make a difference.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    They focus on community development and conservation programs around the world. They offer internships, volunteer programs, and under 18 programs - all within a variety of themes. These include things like Animal Care, Teaching, Health Care, and Women’s Empowerment.

    Who Travels With Them?

    They are the ideal company for travelers looking to using their vacation for volunteering and giving back to local communities around the world. All ages are welcome - they are very popular among Gap Year students, over 50 travelers, families, and spring break vacations. They also offer tours for those who are under 18 which is a great opportunity for high school aged kids.

    Where Do They Operate?

    Tours operate in select countries around the world including Costa Rica and Mexico, Fiji, Greece, India, Laos, Nepal, Thailand, Seychelles and South Africa.

    Why Travel With Them?

    If you’re looking to have a positive impact through your travel, and want the knowledge that your money is going toward solid improvements and initiatives, they are a great company to consider. They also have tours and experiences that will appeal to a wide range of travelers as well as families.

    About Epic Adventures

    Epic Adventures offers in depth Nepal tours, as well as tours that feature Bhutan, Tibet, and India.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    They provide a way for you to experience rural and remote Himalayan life, from a local perspective. Their main focus is on hiking tours, where you’ll meet local communities and learn about the mountain cultures. They have an experienced and international team, dedicated to ensuring the safety and enjoyment of all their travelers.

    Who Travels With Them?

    Their tours are open to all ages, but travelers should be in good physical shape. Their treks and peak climbs are offered in a variety of durations and are all led by extremely experienced guides. Trekking in these environments requires a certain amount of endurance and skill, so travelers should know very clearly the level of the trek or peak climb they choose.

    Where Do They Operate?

    They are very specially focused in Nepal, with tours also offered in Bhutan, Tibet, and India. Multiple treks and peak climbs are available.

    Why Travel With Them?

    If you are looking for a lot of variety to choose from for your next Nepal trek, they certainly would be a good place to start. This kind of travel depends on a company that puts safety and guide knowledge first, and Epic Adventures takes this aspect very seriously. They also take care to ensure that all their tours fulfill the commandments of sustainable and responsible travel. Especially important for the area of the world they specialize in.

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