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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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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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Alice Smith

Africa Unearthed –  volunteer video

“This was my first trip with VESA to South Africa and Mozambique in 2019 and I had the most amazing experiences you could imagine. The leaders, VESA staff and volunteers were the best, easy to get along with and outgoing, making the trip so enjoyable !!! Would 100% recommend. LOVED IT !!!”

Alice Smith

Jeff Rosenberg – Concordia University

“The trip has personally inspired me to do more for the people in the world who need it. Thank you VESA so much for this experience. It was life altering!”

Rosey Lieu – Wilfred Laurier University

“Absolutely incredible! Had the time of my life and met people I will never forget! This is my second time as a VESA participant and I am still amazed at how amazing everything was.”

Shayna Engen – Surrey College

“As my first travel experience, I really enjoyed the opportunity to work among the community and to get to know the area. This has been a real experience. One that I will never forget. Thank you VESA.”

Sarah Carter – Brock University

“I’ve been looking to do a volunteer abroad trip for the past 5 years and this was the only one that offered a near perfect package. Great idea with the first week volunteering and the second week tour of the culture. I had an awesome time throughout the entirety of the trip.”

Matthew McGregor – Concordia University

“The experience with VESA was great and extremely worthwhile. I learned a lot of new things while experiencing the lives of others. I also made a lot of great friends.”

Amy Azevedo – Kings College

“It was a good trip and opens your eye to the ways of life here. The construction volunteer part was really good. It was hard work but when you can see how much your help is needed matters, it’s a good experience. The conservation part was really amazing.”

Lisa Skitich – University of Guelph

“Thanks. Life changing experience.”

Jason McSweeney – University College Cork

“Best time of my life. The experience I will never forget. I am so happy I participated in this experience.”

Abby Gillett – Southampton

“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.”

Tori Hancock – University of Notre Dame

“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!”

Pippa Curnick – Derby

“I have absolutely loved my time in South Africa. I have made lifelong friends and experienced a new culture. I really loved the volunteer week and felt like we really made a difference to some disadvantaged families. I have fallen even more in love with Africa. Thanks for such an amazing experience.”

Carole Pritchard – West of England

“I’ve had a fantastic time in South Africa. The staff have been very friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. I feel that we contributed to a really worthwhile project and I feel proud to have been a part of it. Well done VESA”