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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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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

Six primary schools fully refurbished and painted and two brand new classroom blocks added.


Elephant conservation work

Over twelve hundred hours of hands-on elephant conservation work and over seven hundred- and fifty-hours hours planting elephant feed. Fifteen hundred hours of construction work at the ECC including building steps, agricultural tanks, tracks and trails for elephants.


English language education

Over ten thousand hours of face to face English language education. The children can now read, write and converse in basic English. Health and hygiene as well as environmental awareness programs introduced in local schools.


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 Laos Elephant Encountered project.

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See what dates are available to volunteer on the Laos Elephant Encountered project.

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Find out how much the Laos Elephant Encountered project costs and what's included.

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