I have volunteered twice with VESL. Once on a 6 week placement to Northern Thailand, and am currently in the midst of a 3 month placement in Southern India.
For my second placement, I considered volunteering with a number of charities, but for several reasons - in the end I had to choose VESL.
The amazing support and help you get from the staff, both in country and in the UK.
Fantastic value for money, and a transparency of where the funds were gong which made me feel really comfortable.
The understanding of the local culture which is unique to living with local families. VESL handpick the families, to make sure they are the best possible fit.
The knowledge that all VESL volunteer placements are meaningful and sustainable; that I would really be doing something to help - not hinder - the local community.
I'm already looking forward to planning my next volunteering experience with VESL.