Camps International
96% Rating
(8 Reviews)

Camps International

Camps International are an award-winning volunteer trip provider. We run meaningful gap year volunteer programs across Africa, Asia and South America. Unlike other providers, we own and run permanent camps, we employ local people to staff our camps and build sustainably in local style.

Our camps are co-located alongside rural communities, so you become part of the culture, not just an observer of it. We don't believe in "token" projects; we listen to the needs of each individual community, so that you can feel confident working on the projects that they believe are needed.

Built in to your program will be plenty of time to explore you amazing destination country; laze on stunning beaches, explore mystic temples, spot the 'big 5' on safari, kayak crystal waters, trek through steamy jungles, try delicious street food, haggle in bustling markets or just chill by the camp fire!

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Danielle
Female
20 years old
Brighton, England
Roehampton University

My Kenya Experience

10/10

My time in Kenya was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. The Kenyan staff on camp were marvelous at welcoming us into their environment and making us feel at home. Everyone I had the pleasure of meeting during my 1 month out there was so incredibly friendly, helpful and really interested in me and where I'd come from. The people of Kenya are so respectful and honorable and throughout my whole trip I felt at home. The group I was on camp with couldn't have been a better bunch of people. We all got on so well and, along with our camp leaders 'Mama' and 'Baba', we became one big, happy family who looked after each other and cared for one another. On reflection, the thing I noticed most about my trip was that I had simply been happy the whole time and with every new thing that I learned and the amount at which I grew as a person; I've realised this trip changed me as a person for the better and opened my eyes to a whole new, fantastic world.

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Eleanor
Female
20 years old
Wales
Other

Loved it !

10/10

I loved Peru as a country and with camps you get to really immerse yourselfs in the community life of the indeginous people and truly be a part of these special communities . The people on camps with me became like a family to me over the 3months couldn't have had more fun. The great thing is you get to be part and help these communities but also get to see the amazing cities in Peru on the weekends and have the freedom to explore . I would 100% recommend you do worth while long lasting work and get to enjoy this amazing country at the same time .

How can this program be improved?

I would add more time in Cuzco because it's such an amazing city and you need time to appreciate it . Also maybe try and add a bit more variety in the work I did a lot of plastering work .

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Katie
Female
24 years old
York, England
Newcastle University

Awesome experience

9/10

I had an amazing time - we only had a small team but Camp Cambodia told me in advance and gave me the opportunity to change it or stick as it was.

The two support staff were lovely. It was such a great thing to have people who live in the village to help with the project who wanted to help! They even let me go meet their family which was lovely. I really felt I was making a difference.

The second part of the trip was in the city with a tour guide - was fantastic and so flexible (probably because we had such a small group!) but it was incredible to have such a plan!

I would definitely recommend it.

How can this program be improved?

I wasn't 100% keen on the food - be prepared for lots of rice and fried potato.

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Danie
Female
20 years old
England

Amazing

10/10

Had the most incredible time at Camp Borneo. The project work was a little disorganised at times but we didn't mind because it was really fulfilling and all the people were so lovely! The camp itself was nice and in a cool location right next to the jungle and just a very short drive away from the village we were working in.
One of my highlights though was having fresh coconuts at the project site on our last day, that someone literally climbed up a tree to get for us.

How can this program be improved?

The project work was a little disorganised at times.

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Josh
Male
20 years old
Somerset, England

Climbing Mt. Kinabalu

8/10

About halfway through my experience in Borneo, I was given the opportunity to climb Mt. Kinabalu and I took up the opportunity with both hands. We spent two days climbing and that involved waking up at 2am one morning but once we had reached the summit, any pain or tiredness we felt quickly disappeared. The guide, the accommodation we stayed in over night and my peers all meant that I was part of an experience I would of never thought of doing. By far this was the most incredible journey of my life so far.

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Kenya

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Asia

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Ecuador

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Peru

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Cambodia

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