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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Brian Nicholson
Brian Nicholson5 star — ★★★★★13 hours ago

What a brilliant tour in Costa Rica with a group of fantastic people. All made possible by our amazing guides Elisha, Steve and Marco, not forgetting Papillo the best driver ever!
Hard work but so rewarding in the first week, great fun ‘with challenges’...

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Yvonne Boldizs
Yvonne Boldizs4 star — ★★★★18 hours ago

First for our guides:
TT you were fantastic. It's too bad Bamboo didn't give you all the information as we all sent medical information to the company before we went on this trip.
Vireak you always smiled. You were definitely a wonderful person...

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Dawn Nicholson
Dawn Nicholson5 star — ★★★★★22 hours ago

Just returned from an amazing tour of Costa Rica with Elisha Bamboo, my hubby Brian and 14 other wonderful human beings from all over the world! The experience was unforgettable. Everything was well organised, the volunteering was physical but fun and rewarding and any small...

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Julie Castle
Julie Castle5 star — ★★★★★3 days ago

I have just completed the Thailand tour and am eagerly awaiting the bolt on to visit the elephant village. It was an amazing experience and I can't recommend it enough. The guides, New and Kayla. were awesome, very friendly and eager to ensure that everything...

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Ginny Plume
Ginny Plume5 star — ★★★★★4 days ago

I just returned from the turtle project in Costa Rica, which ran from 11Nov - 25Nov. It was such a phenomenal trip that I wish that I could still be there helping with the various projects in addition to collecting freshly-laid eggs and releasing hatchlings....

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Deborah Phillips
Deborah Phillips5 star — ★★★★★4 days ago

I went on the 2-week Costa Rica tour with other over 50 year olds (Young at Heart tour). It was, by far, the most amazing trip I have ever been on! Working with the turtles was fascinating, and I am so glad that we were...

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Steve Schutze
Steve Schutze4 star — ★★★★4 days ago

I recently returned from an amazing trip to Costa Rica and I was extremely fortunate to have had an amazing tour coordinator in Elisha and our local tour guide in Marco, Elisha was incredibly professional but also knew when to have fun as well, Marco...

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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.