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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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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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Project Costs

To secure your spot on a VESA project, the non-refundable deposit is due immediately after you have received notification of your acceptance to participate in the project. The balance or final payment of the project costs is due 45 days before departure.

Non-refundable deposit* USD$350
Final payment** USD$1495
Laos Elephants Encountered 2020 Total: USD$1845
Non-refundable deposit* CAD$350
Final payment** CAD$1895
Laos Elephants Encountered 2020 Total: CAD$2245
Non-refundable deposit* GBP£200
Final payment** GBP£1175
Laos Elephants Encountered 2020 Total: GBP£1375
Non-refundable deposit* EUR€250
Final payment** EUR€1299
Laos Elephants Encountered 2020 Total: EUR€1549
Non-refundable deposit* AUD$350
Final payment** AUD$1895
Laos Elephants Encountered 2020-2021 Total: AUD$2245
Non-refundable deposit* NZD$400
Final payment** NZD$1945
Laos Elephants Encountered 2020-2021 Total: NZD$2345
Non-refundable deposit* AUD$200
Final payment** AUD$799
Chasing Waterfalls extension 2020-2021 Total: AUD$999
Non-refundable deposit* NZD$250
Final payment** NZD$799
Chasing Waterfalls extension 2020-2021 Total: NZD$1049

What's included?


All accommodation for the duration of the program.


All ground transportation in country.


All accompanying VESA staff members.


All meals while in Laos, except for the free day. We cater to vegetarians and most food allergies. Bottled water and snacks provided when necessary.

Adventure tour

Five day adventure and cultural tour through Luang Prabang and Kuang Si Falls, Living Land Farm and adventure capital Vang Vieng.

Admission fees

All admission fees to local parks and sites. All administration costs.

Monetary donation

A monetary donation to the local host organisation.

Building materials

Building materials needed for volunteer project, and the hiring of local skilled trades people to assist on projects.


Non refundable deposit to secure your space.


Certification (if requested) of completion of the volunteer program, perfect for inclusion in your resume.

What’s not included?

  • International airfares
  • Airfares to the International point of departure (if required)
  • International Departure Taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Any visas (if required)
  • Passports
  • Meals on one free day

Optional extras

  • Hot Air Ballooning: $80

  • Zip Lining: $28

What if I need to cancel?

If you wish to withdraw your enrolment please notify us in writing by post or by email. Please note that if you wish to withdraw your agreement you will be bound by the cancellation fees set out in the VESA Cancellation Policy within our Terms and Conditions.


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Group Flights

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