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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Jane Stainthorpe
Jane Stainthorpe5 star — ★★★★★1 day ago

The union of a new BamFam began with lots of laughs and an introduction to a man I will forever hold in my heart John... What an amazing Family - John and Ray went over and well above expectations... Their passion to create a better...

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Beth Lacy
Beth Lacy5 star — ★★★★★2 days ago

Just got back from a bamboo Costa Rica save the turtles tour this tour exceeded my expectations in every way each day I thought that it couldn’t get better and it did the first week was an in-depth endeavor into helping to build helping to...

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Ashley May
Ashley May5 star — ★★★★★2 days ago

Absolutely LOVED my Discover Costa Rica Bamboo experience! I went on this trip solo, as many other people in our BamFam did, and we made such strong bonds in the 2 weeks we travelled together that it never felt as if I was traveling by...

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Laura Talbot
Laura Talbot5 star — ★★★★★2 days ago

I’ve recently returned from the Costa Rica tour and wow! From turtle conservation in a beautiful little fishing village to stunning wildlife to salsa dancing this trip had everything! Our guides: Janna, Jorge and Kim are all wonderful, helpful and knowledgeable (I don’t think we...

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Amanda Whittaker
Amanda Whittaker5 star — ★★★★★5 days ago

Hello all
I have just been on the Young at heart Thailand and Cambodia tour. It was, without doubt, the best trip of my life! It was challenging, moving, awe inspiring, humbling and fantastic fun! Ordinary holidays will not be enough from now on....

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Michael Friday
Michael Friday5 star — ★★★★★2 weeks ago

My bamboo tour was awesome. It was incredible living a different life with people you didn't really know for two weeks and becoming incredibly close to them in the end. They made my adventure great. Our tour guide Sary Ly opened right up to us...

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Carol Ayer
Carol Ayer5 star — ★★★★★2 weeks ago

My Bamboo Young at Heart journey to Costa Rica was in March 2018. I was a bit nervous about traveling alone to a foreign country and not knowing anyone that I would be there with. But, I went into this adventure with no expectations wanting...

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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.