Reach Out Volunteers

Reach Out Volunteers used to offer programs to make a real difference in impoverished communities and help protect endangered wildlife.

Reach Out Volunteers believed people can change the world, one village at a time. Working hand-in-hand with its partner ROV Charity, they ensured that all projects were developed by the local community and create long-term sustainable benefit. If they could help a homeless family by building them a home we will have made a difference to that family.

If they did this with enough families they would be able to help that community. If they did this with enough communities we will help that country, and eventually, change the world. But they started by working with one village at a time. Volunteers assisted in providing food, water, education, sanitation and shelter to deprived communities. Volunteers helped in protecting endangered species of animals around the world by tracking, monitoring, feeding, and building safe and vegetated habitats.

The Reach Out Volunteers Charity worked on projects to reduce the level of poverty in rural communities. The ROV Charity provided employment to local trades people, it purchased its building materials and supplies from local people. It built water catchments in rural Cambodian communities to supply clean drinking water year round. This was critical in lowering infant mortality. In Peru the ROV Charity helped install ventilated cooking stoves to reduce smoke pollution in homes which was the main cause of the high levels of cancer and asthma in villagers homes.

Reach Out Volunteers endeavoured at all times to ensure work environments were as safe as possible. The Directors of Reach Out Volunteers personally inspected each program to ensure that the highest possible levels of health and safety were met.

Reach Out Volunteers stopped operating in 2020. For similar organisations and opportunities browse our volunteering directory.

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Reach Out Volunteers Reviews

Awesome Program!

I went to South Africa in June and it was the best trip of my life! It was amazing living on a game reserve the first week, we got to see so many animals!!! The second week we worked building a crèche and that is when you really see the difference you’re making in those kids lives, they are so loving and appreciative of what you do. Above all this the most incredible part of this program was meeting all of the outstanding people from around the world working beside you.

By: Jamie Bain
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 20


My trip to Cambodia with ROV was hands down the best thing I’ve ever done. From getting my scuba license, to working with elephants, and immersing myself in the beautiful culture of the country, this trip gave me experiences that I definitely would not have had otherwise. You get to see the difference you make as you’re making it, and have the peace of mind of knowing that all of the money put into your trip is going towards benefitting the incredible people and animals that you intend it to help. My group and trip leaders were amazing and I love every one of them to death.
This trip was incomparable to anything I’ve ever done, and I can’t wait to go on my next adventure with ROV ASAP!

By: Shannon McGonagle
Nationality: American
Age: 22

Reach Out Volunteers

I have been to Cambodia, South Africa, and this summer will be going to Peru with ROV. This organization is externally reliable and is filled with people who have the purest hearts. ROV has changed my life in so many ways. They do an amazing job of truly immersing you in the culture that you are surrounded with. All of the people who work for ROV make sure that your experience runs smoothly with no trouble. If you are looking to make a difference in the world this is definitely the organization to travel with.

By: Tori
Nationality: American
Age: 20

Reach Out Volunteers - Peru Project.

In July I went on the volunteer project to Peru! It was two weeks up in the Andes mountains.
One of the beautiful things about ROV is once you help one community you move on to the next to make sure our help is actually making an impact!

In our community we helped redo their classroom and bought them some more supplies, some of the more intense work came from helping rebuild some of their rock walls that had competently fallen over. In this community they are also trying to fix it up to be a place backpackers stop on there hikes, so we got to help build shaded rest stations. during this time we were completely immersed with this community and working side by side with them. Often times a break from meant a soccer game with the kids! At the end of the week all of the volunteers had dinner with the community and it was full of traditional food and they even taught us how to dance!

The Second week was a little more activity based and we went to Machu Picchu, quad biking to salt mines, and zip lining over the sacred valley. by the end of the second week every volunteer said that the best part of the whole project was working in that community they all agreed that the activities were fun but nothing beat getting to help and learn so much about a community.

I loved this project so much! Getting to work and figure out language barriers was surprisingly fun. Being able to feel like you helped make a difference and experience a culture so different then your own is a complete honor.

When it came to the organization of it all ROV also did amazing. You were picked up from the airport by a team leader and every where we stayed was local and had the most amazing Peruvian food. If you are a first time traveler this is perfect for you because everything is handled!

ROV holds a special place in my heart and I cant wait to go on more of their wonderful projects.

By: Kylie
Nationality: United States
Age: 25

Reach Out: South Africa

The 2 weeks I was in SA with this organization were the best two weeks of my life. The work felt good and the people are what made the experience the best it could have been. Never have I ever fallen in love with 20+ people so quickly. Five months later and we all still talk. Even the SA natives who helped us were memorable and I miss them dearly. Reach Out is a pure organization, their work is worthwhile, and you’ll never want to go home even after just 2 weeks of working to make the world a better place one village at a time.

By: Natalie
Nationality: American
Age: 20

Cambodia with ROV

My trip to Cambodia with ROV was one of the most amazing, rewarding and grounding trips I have ever been on. The things I learnt, places I saw and people I helped will stay with me forever. I can not recommend ROV enough, from the amazing team you’ll work with to the lives you’ll help change forever- if your going to do one thing this year, DO THIS!

By: Iona Easton
Nationality: British
Age: 20

Cambodia immersion

I went to Cambodia in 2015 as part of their immersion program. It was a two week program, one in Siem Reap were we built a classroom for a school called KidTea. The next week was at a Cambodian sanctuary were we met rescued Asian elephants and other wildlife. From the moment you stepped off the plane the Cambodian lifestyle was an impact. From their culture, food, spirit and lifestyle, it was an amazing experience. Reach Out made the experience more amazing by organising everything including accomodation, food and just by being able to give me an unforgettable adventure. I can’t wait to go back to Cambodia and explore more of the country and to go on many more reach out adventures, Africa i‘m looking at you next!

By: Hannah Stewart
Nationality: Australian
Age: 22

Peruvian Adventure

I went on a reach out volunteer trip to Peru in May 2017. This trip was honestly one of the best experiences of my entire life thus far. I went by myself hoping to make friends on my team when I got there my team and my trip as a whole far exceeded all my expectations. I made life long friends on my trip, made connections with people in Peru that I will never forget, and got to take part in many activities that I could never even have dreamed of. I would absolutely love to go on another trip with reach out volunteers in future!!

By: Emily Janecek
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 21

Essential Cambodia

I had the opportunity to go to cambodia for two weeks this summer with reach out volunteers and it truly was a trip of a lifetime. I spent one week in Siem Reap building a house for a family and my second week helping out at their elephant sanctuary. I meet truly incredible people and had the best time of my life, all while working on an amazing cause, changing the world one village at a time.

By: Morgan Maness
Nationality: American
Age: 19

Volunteer with ROV!

Hands down the most respectable and life-changing organization. The leaders of the charity are the most inspiring humans you will ever meet. You travel with a purpose when going on an ROV project—benefiting the communities you step foot in and meeting like-minded people from all over the world. ROV is a family that I would highly recommend taking the chance on!

By: Christina
Nationality: American
Age: 23

South African Experience

ROV is such a great company to work with. Being in South Africa for two weeks was such an amazing experience and I would definitely do it again. The company is easy to work with and they are very good with communication. They are well organized and they are very big on keeping everyone safe. 10/10 would recommend to a friend.

By: Haley
Nationality: American
Age: 21

South Africa trip of a liferime

ROV was one of the most welcoming, caring, fun, helping programs I could’ve spent 2 weeks with. I went to South Africa for the African Experience where we slept in the game park for a week to sleeping in St. Lucia helping the natives build crèche sites for the kids and community. It was life changing to see their culture while being there too. From making bonds with the people on the trip I’ll never forget, to spending days with the kids that smiled by doing front flips down the hill of sand, I take those memories and apply them to my every life back home. I would definitely recommend going on a trip with ROV without hesitation.

By: Cassie
Nationality: White
Age: 19

ROV is the most genuine NPO

I have been to Peru and Cambodia with Reach out Volunteers. They provide the perfect mix of travel and volunteering into their programs. I believe that volunteering abroad is the perfect opportunity to see the world from a different perspective. Seeing the impact that your work has on the communities you're working in gives the most rewarding feeling. I will definitely be returning to the communities I've worked in in Peru and Cambodia, as well as volunteering with ROV again in the future!

By: Jordan Howie
Nationality: Canada
Age: 20

Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary

I went to work with the elephants through Reach Out Volunteers in July and had one of the best experiences of my life. RoV made sure I was welcomed at the airport by the lush Jade and escorted me to the sanctuary. All the people are amazing, the food is outstanding and the elephants are mesmerising. Would definitely recommend to people of all ages and backgrounds. I did not want to leave the jungle!!

By: Amelia Thackray
Nationality: British
Age: 34

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