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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4.8 ★
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Sarah Hiles
Sarah Hiles5 star — ★★★★★7 hours ago

I met some amazing people and had an amazing time beyond my expectations...and coming away from them all was harder than you can imagine...bamboo gave enough balance of touring, work and downtime...unforgettable experience....Thanks to Boo our tour guide for two weeks who was incredibly hardworking,...

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Lydia Z Myjavy
Lydia Z Myjavy5 star — ★★★★★11 hours ago

Returned from 2 countries Young @heart trip to Thailand and Cambodia. Great, great experience. Very well organized and "D" proved that he is the best tour guide.
...till next trip with Bamboo

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Laurie Little
Laurie Little5 star — ★★★★★14 hours ago

Just returned from the 2 Countries 2 Weeks Tour through Thailand & Cambodia with the Young @ Heart (age 50+) Group. Most fulfilling vacation of my life to date!!! Between the elephants, temples, school children, and the opportunity to build a house - yes -...

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Britney Leaann Nash
Britney Leaann Nash5 star — ★★★★★23 hours ago
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Trish Moore
Trish Moore5 star — ★★★★★1 day ago
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Estelle Marie Durbec
Estelle Marie Durbec5 star — ★★★★★2 days ago

I’m volunteering at the elephant village in surin and each day is better than the next. Everyone is warm and welcoming, the staff at bamboo are great. Our team leader Panpan is particularly amazing!

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Claire Bowe
Claire Bowe4 star — ★★★★2 days ago

This was an amazing experience and I am so glad I did it
The tour guides were beautiful people and did their best to help us
A couple of things went wrong but they were only minor
We did not have enough...

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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.