Read what past volunteers have said about their Volunteer Holiday experience. A Volunteer Holiday really is a real adventure and a life-changing experience. But don't take our word for it, read our testimonials below!
"It brings tears to my eye just thinking about it! I have travelled for 40 years in most continents but always felt something was missing. It wasn't until Volunteer Holidays that it hit me. We get so caught up with commercialism and the good times that it's become boring and this holiday has given me the inspiration to do what has always been in my heart. I would love to go back and teach English and be with those beautiful children and adults who need so much help in so many ways. The life stories I heard along the way deeply touched my heart and the realisation of how fortunate we are in Australia."
“This holiday has given me inspiration to do what has always been in my heart. I would love to go back and teach English and be with those beautiful children and adults who need help in so many ways.”
"My time spent in Vietnam (Danang) was eye opening! What I gained was insight to a different lifestyle, the hardships that many people endure on a daily basis. It was worthwhile seeing how AOG is using funds to help improve - even in a small way, the everyday lives of many people. The rawness and fragility of life was evident on many people's faces. It made me grateful for the life I have in Australia and made me appreciate the opportunities I have had, many of which so many people don't get to experience. I was grateful for the experience that this Volunteer Holiday has afforded me and I have come back feeling like I want to contribute and help in some additional way."
“It was an amazing experience that I feel privileged to have been a part of. It was humbling and emotional.”
Maggie, Vietnam Volunteer
“Going on a Volunteer Holiday is the single most amazing thing I have ever done. It was an incredible experience which opened my eyes up to whole new world.”
Anne, Vietnam Volunteer
“We live an abundant life in Australia and have found it a blessing to be able to assist either with our time or our money to help improve the lives of those who have so little in comparison to us.”
“My time spent in Vietnam was eye-opening! I gained an insight into a different lifestyle, the hardships the many people endure on a daily basis. I have come back feeling like I wasn’t to contribute and help in some additional way.”
"I just wanted to thank the Travel Studio for my Volunteer Holiday to Vietnam. Volunteering in Vietnam was the single most amazing thing I have ever done. It was an incredible experience, opening my eyes up to a whole new world. I fell in love with the kids I worked with, they have next to nothing and yet they have given me so much.
Even being here in Europe, not an hour of the day goes by that I don't think of them. It was challenging; whether it be teaching a class of 50 14 year old boys, watching as a mother dropped her child off a the orphanage or dealing with day long power cuts every second day in 40 degree heat ... but it didn't matter because the smile on those kids faces when we turned up to the orphanage each morning made everything totally worthwhile! I made friends which I know I will have for life. It was all simply unbelievable and I will be back to Vietnam on my journey back to Australia whenever that maybe.
I would not hesitate a moment in recommending Volunteer Holidays to anyone that walks through your door at The Travel studio."
“My husband and 14 year old daughter recently travelled to Vietnam. We travelled to Danang and met with some of the staff of Deb and Paul Hilton’s organisation, AOG World Relief.
We visited an elderly lady with one arm. She was raising her three young grandsons on her own. She had been given a cow and calf to raise, the calf when grown is sold to another family to allow them to do the same and the proceeds are used to enable the family to be self sufficient. In a country where you don’t eat if you don’t work, life can be very hard for everyone but even harder for people with a disability. The grandmother was a very humble woman and her home by our standards was nothing more than a shed but it was painted and immaculately kept. Her village had also recently received water from a tap and she took great delight in turning the tap (outside in the yard) on and off for us to see.
We also visited a family who had been given a family of pigs to raise and sell. This family had three very young children, the youngest child had Downes Syndrome. We were told that this family was very respected in their village because of their livestock.
We also visited one of the schools to see the drinking water system that has been implemented ensuring that all the children have access to clean drinkable water.
We live an abundant life in Australia and we have found it is such a blessing to be able to assist either with our time or our money to help improve the lives of those who have so little in comparison to us."