Tru Experience Travel

Tru Experience Travel

About

Many of us dream of travelling the world and seeing parts of the world we’ve only seen in television and film. The chance to experience another country and culture is an invaluable learning experience that will stay with you forever and the only way to truly appreciate a destination is to take an extended trip there.

Volunteer work overseas is a great way of experiencing another culture as well as offering an important contribution to a number of projects throughout the world. As well as giving back to a community, you’ll learn to appreciate what you have at home as well as leaving a positive impact on the place you visit.

We offer a number of volunteer work holidays in countries all over the world including South Africa, China, Sri Lanka, India,Peru and many more.Tru Experience Travel are a reliable gap-year specialist run by people who have travelled the world and experienced these adventures first hand. Providing you with the chance to get involved from 2 weeks to 2 years.

Founded
2012
Headquarters

Wyndham Avenure
High Wycombe
HP135EP
United Kingdom

Reviews

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Jordan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I joined TRU on a road trip through Thailand and Cambodia. It was totally unique and incredible. I didn't want the usual "party and drink" island-hop, but to see more of the culture whilst considering the environment along the way. The road trip was out of this world. Not only did I get to meet incredible new friends from around the world and locally but immerse myself in 2 beautiful cultures and give back along the way. If you want to have fun see amazing sites and meet amazing people then this is the perfect road trip :)

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
A scorpion, it was odd to say the least. I wont be trying anything like that again anytime soon. .........
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Tina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was so worried about which organisation I should volunteer overseas with. Some were far too expensive and some didn't seem to have enough volunteer hours. I decided to book my experience with Tru Experience after having lots of communications with Hannah one of the team members. Hannah was so helpful and reassuring answering all of my questions as silly as some of them may have been. The price was also well within my budget and it is great to see where alot of the money goes with the projects. I had 3 of the most amazing weeks of my life in Indonesia volunteering at the dog shelter and at a kindergarten. I have made friends for life and feel my contribution to volunteering has made a great impact not only on the projects I supported but my own life. Thank you so much for everything you do and for allowing me to take part on your incredible projects in Indonesia.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
leaving home alone for the first time and arriving in a country so far from my home. I was able to speak to other volunteers before I arrived in Indonesia and kept in touch with a memeber of the Tru experience team throughout my whole trip start to finish.
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Lexie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It was so much fun. We got to complete so many different projects and really help the local community. Our leader, Hannah, was bubbly and friendly, and really got involved with the activities. We had a wonderful opportunity to visit and experience lots of local culture - especially with the Akkah Hill tribe homestay. But we also had lots of opportunities to work and help the local children and to make their lives slightly happier. At the first school, we taught some basic English to the children and then played games with them. We also moved a wood pile and made a path and helped to paint their new canteen. At the second school, we stripped and painted the walls of the 5 different classrooms. At the Akkha Hill tribe we had the wonderful opportunity to trek to the highest point in Chiang Rai and go to a hot spa.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
A cricket - we went to a local market in Singburi.
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Gemma
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had such an amazing experience in the month long Cultural experience and Road trip. I couldn't of asked for a better experience in Incredible India. We got to really meet the people of India and experience many sides to the culture and experience city and country life which are so so different but all so amazing. We were over whelmed with the experience in a good way. Thank you to all the staff at TRU for making it so special for us. If you are hesitant to visit India but like us really wanted to go but a little scared, defiantly book with this company, you will feel like you were worrying for absolutely no reason and you make lots of awesome friends too.. We are hoping to plan our next cultural road trip soon.............................

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The way people drive in India, there is absolutly no road safety rules, but they seem to manage it very well. lol. We just had to go with the flow and immerse our self in the way of life there.
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Kayleigh
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I volunteered in Bali as a kindergarten English teacher. From the first initial what do I do where do I start the staff at Tru experience were incredible. I wanted something within my budget and for several months over the summer. We narrowed it down to Thailand and Bali I choose Bali as I thought it would be more relaxed and I wouldn't be influenced to party so hard. I as right the Bali vie is just so incredible.I spent my weekdays volunteering with the sweetest children I have ever me I feel my time at the project really benefited my class I had the same students all summer and watching the develop was mission complete for me it was such a proud and exciting feeling I cant put into words. I am heading back this summer and I cant wait to see the kids and see how much more they have developed as little humans. My experience with the tru team was out of this world and I couldn't praise it enough in writing,

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Farah Trivedi

Job Title
Gap Year Travel Specialist
They always say to travel is to live. When thinking about a gap year, Farah decided to head to Asia and Africa. It was then when living the dream of working and traveling -- it all began to make sense. She met Tru Experience travel whilst exploring Africa, which was a blessing. She discovered an organisation so fond of tailor making travel packages to suit individuals and groups, to ensure they have the best possible experience abroad, and having the ability to eventually join this team has been a joy.

What is your favorite travel memory?

floating on clear water with mountains

Asia has stolen a huge part of me. Visiting projects in the Philippines was and is to date my favorite experience with Tru Experience Travel.

The Philippines was always a country I wanted to visit and being given the chance to travel out there with the team and experience the rural and cultural side to the beauty of El Nido has by far been my dream experience. A country that is so kind with children so eager to learn.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

That is a difficult question. I would love to travel the world and participate in all of them. However if I had to really choose, I would defiantly participate in the Philippines volunteering and Culture Experience, as I fell in love with the country when we visited in October 2016. I would also love to participate in the social work programs in Peru.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Tru Experience Travel began with one lady, Hannah Whittaker-George. Hannah had been a volunteer in Asia for 8 months and began to set up Tru Experience Travel.

To have a Managing director who has participated and visited all of the programs Tru Experience Travel offer is unique in itself.

However, to be able to give first hand experience advice I believe is truly unique. I'm incredibly proud to be apart of the team as I have watched it grow into something so spectacular.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe you need to have been in the customer's shoes and know what it is like to plan your travels and volunteering experience abroad. To know what your customer expects and ensure you reach their expectations to the best of the companies abilities.