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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 below.

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“Absolutely loved it! There were bits that were rough, parts that I found difficult and parts I was incredibly daunted by- but this made it an exponentially more rewarding experience. Learnt so much about the Fijian culture and way of life. Personally though, the best part was making such incredible friendships- both on tour and within the family.”

Monique Biady – University of Sydney

“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 programs. I hope all of the volunteers can get the same fulfilment and enjoyment that I received.”

Sarah McCrostie – University of Otago

“So fun! Would love to do it again!”

Mallory Isenor – Durham

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

Jessica Lockyer – Carleton

“The trip was one of the best experiences of my life. It was a perfect combination between volunteering and getting to see the country of Ecuador with knowledgeable guides. The leaders were amazing and made us feel comfortable. They knew what there were doing and were also a welcome part of our group. I’m so happy I had this experience and got the chance to meet so many amazing people. I will definitely do another VESA tour.”

Alexandra Arditi – McGill University

“I had an amazing time and it was an awesome experience. I would definitely do it again! Shona and Jake were great leaders, full of energy, friendly and knowledgeable of the areas we were visiting and staying at. The family was great. I thought the area was amazing and cozy. I loved staying in Misahualli!”

Jessica Stewart – Algonquin College

“Definitely one of the coolest experiences of my life. I would never have thought I could do so many neat things within two weeks. This is definitely something to experience. I liked the variety of activities. I also loved every single staff member. Ecuador definitely felt like home. I am going to recommend this program to people at home!”

Tara McKay – University of Guelph

“The jungle trek was incredible! I had such a fantastic time and all the staff where incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. I loved how laid back the structure of VESA is and how staff members like Shona and Jake would come out and have fun with us. Though our schedule was action packed we always had time to do our own thing as well. I love Ecuador; thank you so much Shona and Jake!”

Meg Labron – Trent University

“My experience with VESA in Ecuador has been amazing and life changing. The volunteer work was incredible, a lot of hard work but fulfilling to see your finished project knowing that you helped a family that really needed it… I will never forget my time here in Ecuador with VESA and wouldn’t think twice about participating in the program in the future. Thank you to VESA “staff” for making these the best two weeks of my life.”

Toni Lucas – Trent University

“My experience in Ecuador has been life changing. I have learned so much about myself and other people, all of which was very positive. This experience that VESA has allowed me to have has changed my life and opened my eyes to the difference people can make…”

Stephanie Roberts – Trent University

“I have had such a great time in Ecuador helping with construction and exploring the jungle. The two weeks have been packed with so much to do and every part was fun! Thanks!”

Alessia Beebe – Southampton

“I am really glad I did the program because it opened my eyes to a whole other culture. I got to see and try things that I’ve never imagined. The staff are very friendly and approachable, I even missed Shona and Jake when we were away on the jungle tour! The construction work was so rewarding and fulfilling. I think this program is a great way to get students interested in travel, humanitarian issues, international studies and foreign culture. You guys do a great job and created a lot of memories for everyone!”

Callie Montour – Concordia University

“It was a great experience – great mix of volunteer work and sightseeing/fun activities. Everything was organized well, overall, fab time!”

Katarina Simikic – Aston University

“This was the most eye opening experience I have had in my 19 years, feeling as though I have made a difference in the lives of the children of Laos we helped will be with me forever. Mackenzie Zarudny – Trent University – Laos This was one of the best experiences of my life. I owe it all to the AMAZING Laos leaders! Each of them were so amazing and I seriously cannot express how grateful I am to have had them on the trip.”

Brittany Jackson – Concordia University

“What an amazing two weeks – The best time of my life! Thank you so much for the opportunity ti make a difference. Laos has been a huge eye opener and I am extremely thankful for the VESAbroad program for letting me better myself and others around me. The tour leaders were such a team and they worked so well together. Overall a life changing experience, and I will be entering the video contest to hopefully win another chance to change lives. The Laos people and children will be forever in my heart.”

Annie Strickland – University of Colorado

“I just wanted to say this has been the best experience I have had so far in my life. It was so enjoyable and fulfilling. The work was sometimes tough, but rewarding. I especially loved working in the Laos school. The children were so appreciative and I was so impressed with how much they had learned and how good Cat, the tour leader, was with them. As the weeks went on I felt like we all, leaders and volunteers, became good friends and I will miss everyone so much!”

Niamh Holohan – NUI Galway

“Best experience of my life. Life Changing.”

Alex Russell – NUI Galway

“Amazing, inspiring experience! Thanks.”

Karen Burns – University of Strathclyde

“Absolutely fantastic, lovely people made the trip. First week was incredible, learnt a lot and really enjoyed the farming. Second week was great and it was a brilliant opportunity to see more of Laos.”

Mikey Nation – University of Plymouth

“Honestly, coming on the VESA tour has been a real highlight to my year. All people; volunteers and staff have been fantastic. Doing further volunteering at the Elephant Conservation Centre is of high interest to me.”

Kieran Hopkinson – Stirling University

“I originally picked Laos in VESA for the elephants, and that was amazing, but I never considered the rest of the activities. The kids, the zip lining and waterfalls were incredible. It has made me want to carry on volunteering for sure. And the trip was made, start to finish, by the tour leaders. Thank you so much!”

Steph Baker – University of Surrey

“Most amazing opportunity being able to volunteer with the program. Could not fault the experience, the Laos leaders were amazing at their job and made everyone feel so comfortable straight away.”

Siobhan – Non student

“The trip to Laos with VESA has been one of the best experiences of my life. I loved every moment! The activities were all enjoyable, enriching my life in some form or another allowing me to do things I would never normally do without VESA. A huge part of the trip being incredible, they always ensured we were making the most of the opportunity, were so easy to talk to, and essentially great fun.”

Abigail Fulton – University of Surrey

“This was my third trip with VESA and I absolutely loved it! Visiting three contrasting places in Laos enabled me to experience the different lifestyles of each. Activities were varied and a lot of fun. Thank you for the wonderful experience!”

Stephanie Horton – Hope University

“The whole trip was a fantastic education, cultural and enjoyable experience. I have experienced enough of Laos culture to be very comfortable and almost feel at home there. The content of the program has been made to a very high standard, packing the days with things to do as well as providing adequate downtime.”

Emma Garner – University of Lincoln