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Our Projects

About VESA

VESA’s humanitarian and conservation projects aim to provide direct action support to communities in parts of the world overlooked by traditional charities and aid organisations.

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Travel Info

From the minute you book your trip we provide you with everything you need to know, so you get the most out of your VESA experience. 

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Join a VESA humanitarian and conservation project.

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Amazonas Explored

Sample the genuine Ecuadorian Amazon through a vital community building and education project in a diverse and pristine environment.

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South Africa

Africa Unearthed

Experience authentic Africa through a conservation (cheetahs and crocs), building and education project in a UNESCO world heritage site.

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Laos Elephants Encountered

Stay in a remote elephant sanctuary to help these amazing giants and take part in an essential school building and education project.

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Fiji Islands

Fiji Islands Discovered

Taste the real flavour of life in a Fijian village in a crucial school development and education project, then visit the sunny tropical islands.

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How to become a VESA volunteer

A VESA humanitarian and conservation project lets you experience total cultural immersion in some of the most beautiful and remote parts of the globe, parts that have been overlooked by traditional charities and aid organisations. Our volunteer projects give you the chance to meet and live with the communities you’re helping, make new friends and watch your contribution change lives. Just how much can you experience in two weeks? Let us show you.

1. Apply

Make an application through a meeting at your university or click on the Apply Now button

2. Enrol

Receive an email with instructions and a secure link to enrol

3. Submit

Submit the enrolment form with your chosen dates and destination

4. Pay

Pay your program deposit

5. Confirm

Receive your program confirmation within 24 hours

6. Fundraise

Receive our fundraising guide with helpful tips and ideas

7. Extend your trip

Receive an optional extension tour booking form

8. Secure group flights

Secure your flights on VESAs optional group flight with a deposit

9. Facebook

Join your Facebook discussion group and get to know your team

10. Handy advice

Receive handy advice with our regular travel updates, such as packing lists, itineraries, cash and currency advice, optional activities list and gift ideas

11. Leave for your trip!

Board your flights and become part of the VESA family


“I have loved every aspect of this trip! The atmosphere is magical! Although the work was hard it was very rewarding to know that you’re changing someone’s life in such a huge way. I have loved this trip.”

Abby Gillett – Southampton


“The VESA trip to South Africa was amazing. The feeling of being able to help so many people in such a large community has made me grow so much as a person. The tour leaders were amazing and did everything to make the trip enjoyable and fulfilling. I loved this program so much!”

Tori Hancock – University of Notre Dame


“The Fiji Islands program has been such an incredible experience. I have loved every minute of it- from the village experience, school kids and kava to the awesome island activities. Thanks so much for an experience I will never forget. I have made some great friendships with both villagers and volunteers. Good luck for future…

Sarah McCrostie – University of Otago


“Thanks so much for providing me with this amazing opportunity! Most fun I have ever had! Best I have ever felt!”

Jessica Lockyer – Carleton

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Who we support

We endeavour to support as many communities in developing countries as we can, from sponsoring students in Fiji to children in Ecuador through World Vision’s child sponsorship program. As well as these, we support WWF, Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre and Taronga Zoo.

Latest Volunteering News

COVID-19 update and the effect on the May through August VESA trips

Due to worldwide travel and border restrictions and the uncertain COVID-19 situation around the world, we have made the difficult and unprecedented decision to postpone our 2020 projects to next year Fiji Islands Discovered – All May through August projects postponed to 2021 Amazonas Explored – All May through August ...

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COVID-19 Update

An update on the Coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the May through August VESA trips This is an extremely unfortunate set of circumstances and we are grateful for you and your continuing patience through these unprecedented times. Your hard work, dedication, and kindness for all the villages we visit are what keeps VESA’s vital...

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