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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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See what others thought about their VESA trip

Need some convincing and keen to hear what other volunteers thought about our projects? See numerous reviews and testimonials below.

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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

Amazonas Explored – Volunteer Video

 

This is my volunteer trip to Ecuador in which I took part in the Amazonas Explored and Road Less Travelled programme. The trip lasted 28 days and in that time we visited schools, built bathrooms, trekked the amazon, climbed Cotopaxi, went whale watching – the list goes on and on!”

Katie Ruby

Fiji Islands Discovered – Volunteer Video

 

“This is a video of my volunteer program in Fiji”

Haley Wilson

Southeast Asia Encountered – Volunteer Video

 

“This is a video of my volunteer trip to Laos (July 2017), which I took part in the Laos Elephants Encountered programme. The trip lasted 14 days and in that time we visited schools, renovated new classrooms, volunteered at an elephant sanctuary – the list goes on and on!”

Katie Ruby

“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!”

Jeff Rosenberg – Concordia 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.”

Rosey Lieu – Wilfred Laurier University

“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.”

Shayna Engen – Surrey College

“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.”

Sarah Carter – Brock 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.”

Matthew McGregor – Concordia University

“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.”

Amy Azevedo – Kings College

“Thanks. Life changing experience.”

Lisa Skitich – University of Guelph

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

Jason McSweeney – University College Cork

“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

“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.”

Pippa Curnick – Derby

“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”

Carole Pritchard – West of England

“This trip was an amazing experience. It gave me the opportunity to see the world from a new perspective. The people I met were some of the nicest in the world. Thank you to the tour leaders, host families and trip organizers. I would love the opportunity to work with everyone in the future.”

Mark Norris – Nipissing University

“Amazing trip. Loved the villages and proud of the work we did.”

Daniel Pott – St. John York University

“The village stay was beyond anything I could have hoped for. I learned so much about Fijian culture and everyday life. I will never forget my stay with my second family.”

Alex Sferrazza – McMaster University

“It was a great trip! The leaders were friendly and made you feel welcome right from the beginning. The tour of Suva was great! The village was amazing and so welcoming. The family made you feel right at home. I love my Fijian family! So great! Each island had its own charm and own uniqueness.”

Adrianne MacGowan – Grant MacEwan University

“Fiji is beautiful with wonderful, friendly people – the village was perfect and we were looked after so well. It was brilliant to fully be immersed in their way of life. I could have stayed a lot longer. It was a delight to have so much work to do on the projects. We left behind so very valuable renovations and changes. The islands were spot on. Fantastic accommodations and awesome activities. A shame it’s over so quickly. Thank you so much!”

Becky Calnan – Portsmouth University

“This was an amazing experience. It was amazing to be with the family and that was the best way to truly discover the Fijian culture and appreciate what we have in Canada. I would recommend this to everyone at home, as this is truly a once in a lifetime experience and truly awesome.”

Adrienne Dechief

“I had the best time of my life in Fiji!!! An experience that I’ll never forget.”

LeAnna Kalvi – Lethbridge University

“My experience with VESA is something I will never forgot. I had a great time meeting new friends and creating new memories. The Fijians are some of the friendliest people I have met and I am glad I could do just a small part to make a difference in their lives. Thanks VESA for this opportunity.”

Makyla Moen – Brandon University

“It was a great experience to help people in a Fijian village and having the opportunity to meet so many great people. The tour leaders were very friendly and were very supportive when we needed it most!”

Shelby Weston – Victoria University