Reach Out Volunteers provides safe and fulfilling opportunities for you to work with village communities and bring real and lasting change to the lives of many.
Volunteers undertake hands on work delivering valuable infrastructure in the areas of education, sanitation and water supply for the benefit of these communities.
Participation in our programs delivers a range of benefits to all participants. The villagers benefit from the new and refurbished infrastructure, the learning opportunities and the friendship and interactions with the volunteers. The volunteers take away a special sense of fulfillment in having made a contribution and a real difference to the lives of others.
In addition our volunteers often make lifelong friendships while involved in experiences that are invaluable in clarifying and assisting in future career goals.
Whenever possible we use local guides, labor and translators so as to add back to the community. We purchase all food and building supplies locally and as much as possible we use environmentally friendly materials.
We endeavour at all times to ensure that we work in as safe an environment as can possibly be arranged. All program venues and equipment are continually monitored to make sure that the highest possible levels of health and safety are met.
This is what some of our volunteers' parents have had to say about Reach Out Volunteers
Teres S. New York, USA:
Thank you for taking great care of my daughter while she was there. Her stories are amazing! Now I know why she didn’t want to come home. The experiences she shared are something she will cherish for a lifetime.
Joanne A. Alberta, Canada:
I'm so happy my son got the chance to experience this awesome adventure!
Joni F. Arizona, USA:
Thank you so much for the daily blogs. It was nice to be able to see what was going on and to assure myself my daughter was just fine. What an amazing, life changing adventure this was for her. Thank you!
Bernice K. Alberta, Canada:
Thank you for all of your help during ours son’s preparation for this program and for the updates during his time in South Africa. He has had an incredible and very rewarding time with everyone there and I’m sure we’ll hear amazing stories for years to come. It has been an experience for the whole family and we appreciate this opportunity he has had. Thank you all.
Marnie C. Alberta, Canada:
Thank you for EVERYTHING and for your assistance and kindness. Kurstyn told us that Africa is completely amazing and she has so much to tell us and so many pictures... we cannot wait to hear everything!
Kurstyn has written to us several times, prior to her departure to the Game Reserve. She told us that she had become very attached to the children and that two little girls, in particular, had become her little shadows. She wrote that they had, for sure, stolen a part of her heart and that she would miss all of them very much!
Without any doubt, this is what life is all about! Kurstyn went out of her love and concern for the wildlife, but also to touch the lives of people that need it the most. In reality though, she is the one who has been touched by the lives of the people there.
Once again, thank you, for all that you do and for being a part of something so much greater than we could ever imagine.
What our volunteers have to say about Reach Out Volunteers
Olivia M. Queensland, Australia:
Reflecting on my trip, I was, and am completely grateful to have the people involved that I did, and I hope I made some change in some people’s lives. The whole experience was nothing short of amazing. Actually, I feel the word 'amazing’ is a great understatement. I have no words to describe the feeling of what I’ve done for this country, these people, and also for myself. I definitely, without fail, will be signing myself up for more and more programs from now into the future until I die! I originally found it hard to choose a volunteer company, and also a location/program to do, but Reach Out Volunteers made everything clearer and easier for me to decide, and the people that are involved with the organisation are such wonderful, fun, helpful, genuine people that I am glad to have met and become friends with. So in saying this I think I will continue to do programs with them, and I encourage anyone to check them out if they want to volunteer, donate, or work for such a company that is building a better future for our world.
Kim Fry, Australia:
If you want a holiday and do something meaningful go with ROV you meet amazing people, have the best time of your life and accomplish something to help the world, everyone wins and you'll be planning your next trip with them on the plane ride back home :)
Ed Francois, Australia:
The whole trip was spectacular, I've never been more inspired, nor have I enjoyed myself more than over those 2 weeks.
Joseph Svingala, USA:
I would allow volunteers the option to stay forever.
Testimonials from Beneficiaries
What the people who benefit from our work have to say about Reach Out Volunteers
Kylie Garvard, Cambodian Island:
My name is Kylie Gavard and I live with my wife and new son on Koh Rong in Cambodia. I am the Director of the marine conservation and community help project and I am pleased to say that I have a wonderful partnership with Reach Out Volunteers, an organization that plays a huge role in the lives and the environment in our small fishing village, Daem Thkov. A village, so far, untouched by mainstream tourism!
In just one year, ROV has helped make possible the removal of over 7 tons of garbage, refurbishing a much needed clinic, building an incinerator that can handle the needs of the village, building a really cool playground for the kids, beginning a much needed water catchment system for the village during the dry season, continuing the education of the children with English lessons and the education of the adults with consistent clean ups, cleaning the surrounding reefs of over 125 nets and countless pieces of plastic and glass waste as well as beginning Cambodia’s very first artificial reef system within the villages local fishing grounds!
I want you to know how much we appreciate the continued support of ROV, essential in job creation and the positive development of the community and the environment both on land and in the water. The village enjoys the volunteers that come through just as much as the volunteers enjoy their time with us!
Let’s see how big we can make that new reef and let’s see just what we can improve on next in this village that I have fallen in love with! There is still a lot to be done but I think with a little imagination, we can continue to improve with each passing year!
Dr. Simon Morgan, Director of the Wildlife African Conservation Team:
South Africa is home to some of the most majestic animals on the globe. From the smallest termite to the African Elephant, each organism is connected and operates as a unit. Presently, there are more than 16,000 wildlife species that are threatened with extinction; one in two species of turtles and tortoises, one in three species of amphibians, one in four species of mammals and one in eight species of birds. The Earth is an entire ecosystem, interdependent and fragile. The loss of any one of these species will without fail, impact on the worlds ecosystem in a serious negative manner.
Although extinction is a natural earth process, over the last 50 years the natural extinction rate has increased hugely and sadly it is due to human activity. Wildlife conservation is imperative if we are to create a sustainable future, not only for ourselves but generations to come.
The Reach Out Volunteers have been doing an outstanding job in regards to African Wildlife Conservation. By monitoring and recording the wildlife in this area, they are providing us with scientific and valued information, giving us the knowledge to better combat this world crisis. The volunteers' work is significant in fighting for the survival of the White Rhino, not only are they providing information, but also providing a presence in an area deterring poachers.
Working alongside the volunteers is a pleasure, and together we will continue to fighting an important battle.
Elias Ferias Magjs, Mozambique School Principle:
Hello my name is Domdin Yean. I have been working with the Self Help Community Centre (SHCC) for 4 years. For the last year and a half that I have worked with ROV, I had a wonderful time working with them. I have really appreciated that ROV have come and helped lots of people in my community. I am so happy that the ROV came to build and fix homes for the poorest families in the Kro Bei Riel commune. They have also fixed the road, cleaned the environment, built the school building in SHCC, run education classes and have helped our staff with their English conversations. I am looking forward to working with ROV again.
Best Regards Domdin.
Reach Out Volunteers:
Changing the world, one village at a time.