How can I verify Bamboo?

If you haven't yet heard of Bamboo it's not that surprising as this is the result of the recent merger between The Bamboo Project and the Global Volunteer Network.

The Global Volunteer Network is one of the original founders of international volunteer travel and a leader in this field. The Bamboo Project was founded in 2013 by two guys with an extensive background in international volunteer development and travel. The merger between these two industry leaders was decided to form the very best organisation on the planet, to reach more and more international projects that need help and to match volunteers with work around the world.

Now called 'Bamboo' we are one of the largest legitimate travel companies operating in this industry. Bamboo is the outcome of two great organizations coming together to achieve even more than they could have independently, and bring all the verification, trust and general awesomeness which they have established over the years into one amazing team we call the BamFam.

Bamboo is also proud to have the Bamboo Foundation which allows us and others to fundraise and support our projects financially alongside the fantastic work carried out by our travellers on site. We encourage donors and supporters to do their research, and we've compiled a list of independent verification sources you can pass onto your donors.

Remember, we're always available to answer questions about who we are and what we do, and unlike most, we actually have a substantial list of ways that you can verify that we are who we say we are.

Bamboo Reviews

Bamboo is proud to have received over 1000+ reviews across the following independent platforms.

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Tracy Marciniak
Tracy Marciniak5 star — ★★★★★5 hours ago

Did you ever want to take a vacation in a magnificent place and volunteering to leave it in a better state than you found it! Not only for the next group of visitors but also for the environment in which native animals and plants live...

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Sandy Strain
Sandy Strain5 star — ★★★★★21 hours ago
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Sandy Bailey Hough
Sandy Bailey Hough5 star — ★★★★★1 day ago

Returned from 2 weeks in Costa Rica YAH tour and could not be happier! Our group of 11 women were exceptional, supportive, encouraging, and like-minded. The first week of volunteerism and education was eye-opening and heart-warming. We saw very poor villages that were engaged in...

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Beth Stephenson
Beth Stephenson5 star — ★★★★★1 day ago

I’ve just returned from the Costa Rica Young at Heart tour. This was the best vacation I’ve ever had. Our tour leader, Janna, was fabulous, and our driver — Fredy— was amazing. The trip was exceptionally well organized.
From having our very own...

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Cindy Fernow
Cindy Fernow5 star — ★★★★★1 day ago

Great way to give back and to see the countries from a different perspective. Great guides that are very helpful and patient. Modes of transportation great! Had a terrific time with elephants and volunteer work. A “must do!”

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Patricia Hosey
Patricia Hosey5 star — ★★★★★1 day ago

I've just returned from Thailand/Cambodia trip. Absolutely incredible. Elisha, Yong, My, Pym, Tum. Our tour reps way surpassed their jobs. Walking with elephants, rebuilding project in Cambodia. 9 in our group including one sole male, the husband of one of the group. We all bonded...

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Priscilla Frack
Priscilla Frack5 star — ★★★★★2 days ago
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Bamboo has been endorsed and recommended by CNN, Bill Gates and Mashable.


Bamboo Foundation is a registered charitable trust in New Zealand. Our charitable registration number is CC46460.

Our Tourism Authority of Thailand membership number is 11/08634.


Bamboo was awarded the world's best volunteer tour in 2015 by


If you'd like to find out more on how Bamboo works and our approach, you can read more on our website here.