New Volunteer Video

Thanks to all our Thai volunteers who sent in photos and videos of their experiences during 2013.  

Your feedback has been invaluable to us and we really appreciate it.  

We've tried to bring together a selection of some of that content  for you here...  Hope you enjoy...

VESL provides worthwhile volunteering opportunities from 4 weeks to 12 months in Thailand, India & Sri Lanka.

Learn more about OUR PROJECTS

Please note – all available projects have now been filled and applications are now closed.

We are a UK based charity, run by a dedicated team of experienced past volunteers.

We run well-supported projects providing opportunities to volunteer abroad throughout the year, helping support rural schools teaching English in Thailand, Sri Lanka and India.

We are passionate about making each project a success and aim for every volunteer to feel proud of their achievement.

Why should I volunteer with VESL?

  • VESL is a registered charity and is not run for profit
  • VESL is run by a dedicated team with extensive overseas experience, all of whom have been past volunteers themselves and have a passionate commitment to run projects that are not only rewarding but beneficial to host communities.
  • VESL works closely with host communities, regional authorities, local NGOs to identify worthwhile projects that have a clear need and desire to host volunteers before matching volunteers’ skills and experience to them.
  • VESL expects every single volunteer to return feeling proud of their achievement and to have had an experience they will never forget.


The projects focus on volunteers teaching English or working as language assistants in rural primary or secondary schools.

We also have a small number of community development / orphanage support roles in Southern India.


4-6 weeks projects run through June-Sept.

3-12 month projects can run throughout the year – Jan, Jun & Sept start dates are preferred.


People of all ages (18 – 80) who have energy, enthusiasm and a commitment to do their best.

Our application process is open to all.  We’ll give you honest feedback so, even if your not 100% sure yet, please apply and we can discuss things with you.

For more details go to >>> OUR PROJECTS

Latest News

  • VESL’s future beyond 2014 (3/21/2014) - An important announcement regarding the future of VESL’s volunteer programme from Ian Livingstone, VESL’s CEO.  Some of you may already be aware that Lauren Pluss, our Programme Manager and sole full-time employee, will be leaving VESL at the end of April and moving to a new job. We have therefore been required to re-evaluate how […]
  • What was your VESL moment? (1/30/2014) - Storify by vesl Thu, Jan 30 2014 12:43:08 What was your VESL moment? We asked our past volunteers to share their #VESLmoments with us and these are the responses we had! If, after you’ve seen our volunteers’ #VESLmoments, you want to join the programme head to our website to download the application form (deadline for […]
  • Bob WF Wild Fund: English Signs in Sri Lanka (1/13/2014) - Our volunteer, Bob, who is currently in Sri Lanka applied to the Wild Fund for money to create English signs to go around the school he is volunteering in. It was felt by the staff and by Bob that exposure to English on a daily basis would benefit the children in their studying of the […]
  • Katie from Edgehill at her project this summer A Review of 2013 (12/19/2013) - 2013 has been a busy year here at VESL, we sent our highest ever number of volunteers overseas and we are continuing to see an increase in demand for our volunteers to teach English in the countries we work in. So we feel that it is about time that we updated you in a bit more […]
  • int-vol-day-logo International Volunteer Day 2013 (12/5/2013) - December 5th is the UN’s International Volunteer Day… This is a great opportunity for all of our volunteers to remember the challenging and valued work they were involved in (or are still involved in) this year or previously in India, Thailand & Sri Lanka. We have received amazing feedback this year from various stakeholders, so […]

Latest Blog Posts

  • 109452829_e4288fa899_o Travel Advice: Homesickness (4/23/2014) - Even the most seasoned travellers get homesick at some point, it may be for 5 minutes, it may for a few days… so don’t worry when you have that wobble and want to go home, it happens to the best of us and normally passes very quickly! Homesickness is a common worry, whether that be […]
  • 1239103_10200947960086566_561663415_o Volunteer Co-ordinator: Dhanya (4/15/2014) - Dhanya is leading our team of volunteers going to India on June 7th for 4-6 weeks. Dhanya is from Kerala and grew up there until she moved to the UK to complete higher secondary school. Dhanya will be a great source of information for anyone who has questions about Keralan culture! Hi, my name is […]
  • 86847631_bd5ec1e4dd_o Teaching Advice: New Ideas (4/14/2014) - We have just completed a successful week of training with our volunteers who are going overseas this summer, as part of the workshop we ask volunteers to think about teaching and planning lessons. We had some great suggestions from different people throughout the week that we thought it would be nice to share, check them […]
  • 1979382_10152259296100520_443951361_o Volunteer Co-ordinator: Renata (4/8/2014) - Renata is the Volunteer Co-ordinator for our team of volunteers heading out to Thailand on the 7th June. Find out more about Renata below… I am a 3rd year forensic science student at Keele University. I have volunteered in the past mostly participating and helping out in sport events but also with a few small organisations […]
  • 1208851_10201925512009422_592918585_n (1) Volunteer Co-ordinator: Ola (4/1/2014) - Ola is another of our Volunteer Co-ordinators, she will be heading out to Thailand this summer with her team of volunteers. Last year Ola spent four weeks in India with VESL teaching English in a primary school, check out her advice on going overseas below. I’m in my second year of LLB (Law) at MMU. […]