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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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Travel Info

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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Why visit Laos?

The Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Laos is located in the centre of Indochina, sharing its borders with China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Laos’s terrain is dominated by rough mountains and steep cliffs, and the mighty Mekong River runs through much of the country, providing a backdrop for some of the most stunning natural landscapes and picturesque villages in Southeast Asia.

Country highlights


Laos Kip is the currency used in Laos, however most shops will take Thai baht, or even US dollars.


is the language spoken in Laos


and more populate the country of Laos


is the official nationwide curfew. Businesses open past the midnight curfew have usually obtained a ‘special licence' (i.e. bribed the police enough to let them stay open).


“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


“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 Laos leaders were so approachable and friendly and made me feel so welcome – as did all the volunteers! Thank you – had the time of my life and will never forget it!”

Rebecca Aspinall – University of York

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About Laos Elephant

Find out everything to know about the Laos Elephant Encountered project.

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Health & Safety

Every aspect of our projects, from your departure to your return, has safety as our highest priority.

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