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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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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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Laos Elephant Conservation and Village Schools Project

Join us in Laos, a charming country known for its Buddhist traditions, breathtaking nature, UNESCO protected temples and culture that echoes the tranquillity of the Mekong. Stay in a remote elephant sanctuary and get right up close to its residents, volunteer at a village school, and experience the captivating nature and unique culture of Laos, Southeast Asia’s hidden gem.

Project highlights

Care for and socialise with the elephants in a remote elephant sanctuary

Teach English at local schools

Restore the local primary schools

Take a tour of the country's markets and temples

Go kayaking, tubing, cycling and visit waterfalls on the adventure tour of Laos

Visit the 'Living Land' farm, an incredible community empowerment project

What our volunteers
have achieved


Refurbishing classrooms

Four primary schools fully refurbished and painted with two classroom blocks added.


Elephant conservation work

Over seven hundred hours of hands-on elephant conservation work.


English language education

Over eight thousand hours of face to face English language education.


Primary schools fully refurbished and painted with two classroom blocks added.


Hours spent on hands-on elephant conservation work.


Hours spent on planting elephant feed, building steps, agricultural tanks and trails at the sanctuary.


Hours spent on face to face English teaching, including speaking, writing and conversation.

Project Location

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See what you'll be doing each day on the Southeast Asia Encountered project.

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See what dates are available to volunteer on the Southeast Asia Encountered project.

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Find out how much the Southeast Asia Encountered project costs and what's included.

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