Reach Out Volunteers
98% Rating
(18 Reviews)

Reach Out Volunteers

When you arrive the ROV team leader is waiting for you at the airport. The tools and materials are there for you at the work site. You don't need to waste time and energy finding out the best things to do when you arrive, we have already booked you in to them.
We are a group of people that hopes to change the world, we're just doing it one village at a time. Our volunteers complete hands-on work; building homes for poverty-stricken families, protecting and caring for endangered animals, establishing marine protected ecosystems and becoming immersed in local cultures. We have programs in South-East Asia, South America and Africa.
We are experienced, professional and fun to deal with. We have been operating since 2010.

Most Recent Program Reviews

Marco
Male
21 years old
Woodbridge, Ontario

Best Experience Ever!

10/10

Every part of the trip was something that was on my bucket list, and for me to check off a whole lot of points says it all. Between going on trail walks through the game reserve, completing the foundation of a schoolhouse, and riding horseback through the wetlands I experienced all my life dreams in two weeks! I do not regret any decision or moment!
One story that makes me laugh is one night on the game park when my tent mate had to go to the restroom but I was too tired to walk all the way to there so I told her to go at the back of the tent. Two seconds after she went to the back of the tent, she runs back in telling me to turn my flashlight on. As I turn on my flashlight, we hear ruffling through the tall grass behind the tent. I start to feel a rush running through my body, it made me realize how close to nature we actually were. I was so tired that night, that I told her to go to sleep and forget this ever happened. But it was a cool experience.

How can this program be improved?

More communication prior to departure. There were times before I had that I was doubting the organization because I hardly received any emails or any contact at all. Sometimes I thought that I'll just show up at the airport and hope someone was their.
Make the forums easier to communicate on between your group members. Maybe find a way to get everyone in the group to e-introduce themselves by telling a little bit about each other so it feels like we already know people when we get there.
The elephant interaction should be included in the price, not extra. Its one of the big five and big reason why people are engaged to go.

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Heidi
Female
22 years old
Albany
Oregon State University

Arkoun Camboida

10/10

In the Khmer language lesson, I learned the word arkoun, meaning thank you. I didn't realize how important and constantly used this word would become.

In Cambodia the people are the sweetest and happiest I have ever met. The joy in their eyes from a simple high five is unbelievable. Even with so little they are willing to give so much. It's a kindness that makes my heart all warm and left me saying arkoun to everyone.

With only a couple nights left in the village, I got to spend the whole day fully immersing myself in the stories and culture of Cambodia. It was an experience that was at times hard to see but at the same time I was inspired by the strength and positivity of the people. Every minute of hard work was worth helping these amazing kids and beautiful elephants.

How can this program be improved?

I think that offering a wider range of dates that are available to volunteer will open up this opportunity to more individuals and that will be incredible.

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Tegan
Female
22 years old
Melbourne
Deakin University

Hoot and a Half in Siem Reap

9/10

I loved teaching the children on the Wednesday at the Elephant Sanctuary, I was kind of thrown in the deep end, trying to teach a class English and there is a huge language barrier but once I got comfortable I was really into it.

I loved the night life and the fact the team leader came out with us to help us feel safe.

It was a good variety of activities, you were never bored and you felt like you were achieving something and having fun whilst doing it.

How can this program be improved?

For the village immersion because they stay 2 weeks in Siem Reap City they should be able to do different nightly tasks in the same week then doing the same both weeks.

Aaron
Male
20 years old
Hong Kong

An Incredible Experience

10/10

It was my first time traveling to another country on my own, I was nervous at first but meeting other volunteers from around the world made me felt less nervous. At the end, we became really close with each other. It was an experience I will never forget, volunteering at an orphanage, going on game reserves while I learned many new interesting things, feeding and petting elephants, riding horses and the best part was doing all of these things with great friends I've met during this trip. I will definitely do this again, again and again!

Eliza
Female
22 years old
Sydney, Australia

More than just the people

10/10

The school I was working at had a few dogs as well as a litter of puppies which needed some simple veterinary treatment. During one lunch break, a few friends and I decided to give the dogs a dirt scrub to get rid of the fleas, and also to remove all the ticks (many of which were on their faces). After cleaning up the first puppy we brought some of the local kids in and taught them how to use dirt as an exfoliant for the dogs coats. This was a great experience for the local kids and a really nice teaching moment for us!

How can this program be improved?

Being given a photo of project we were working on once it was completed would be fantastic!

Program Listings

Cambodia

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The first week you will spend at an elephant sanctuary creating a home for displaced, mistreated and abandoned elephants. The...

South Africa

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Come and join us on one of our South Africa programs and experience the wonders that this country has to offer. Volunteers wi...

Peru

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Volunteer high up in the Andes, Peru, just a short bus ride away from the colourful and vibrant Cusco. Hidden amongst the mou...

Mozambique

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Spend two or more weeks in picturesque Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique. Ponta is a quiet fishing village in a lush tropical setting...

Cambodia

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Spend 2 or more weeks living on a remote tropical Cambodian Island. Get your scuba diving license while on program, and spend...