Reviews

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  • Margo Vinney

    margoMargo Vinney

    My first solo trip outside of the U.S. was in the summer of 2012 to Sabi Sand in South Africa. Although I had been to Africa several times before, I was leery about going alone and I knew I wanted to give something back as well. I am delighted to have discovered Chris and Hands Up Holidays online. I spent 8 days on safari and also volunteered at Dumphries Village Creche--pre-primary school.

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  • Irene Mitchell

    ireneIrene Mitchell

    New Delhi, New Year 2008, and a life-changing volunteering experience. A last minute change of plan took us to Project Why in the heart of the slums where we were welcomed with warmth and love and spent a few happy days renovating the floor of a school-room on a garbage dump, aided by a gang of enthusiastic young boys. We learnt so much about life in those few days and still have a wonderfully close relationship with the charity.

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  • Bill Quirke

    billBill Quirke

    My wife and I wanted to travel through Chile, Bolivia and Peru and were slightly daunted by the logistics of organising such a varied trip. Chris was incredibly helpful not only mapping out the most exciting and engaging trip, but also using his extensive personal knowledge of the best things to do. Hands Up were reassuringly efficient in organising the trip, monitoring how we were doing during the trip and making adjustments to improve the trip.

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  • Sara Martz

    saraSara Martz

    My family and I were lucky enough to work with Chris for our 30 day adventure in SE Asia specifically Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. I must of changed or added to the itinerary a dozen times before finally confirming. He never missed a beat. Our groups age ranged from 35 -72 and somehow everyday was filled with activities, meals and sites that we all were in awe of!

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  • Suzanne Cohen

    suzanneSuzanne Cohen Gould

    I researched many different travel opportunities that would incorporate family, community service and high end travel and they simply did not exist until I found Hands up Holidays. Chris, was extremely efficient and provided an amazing itinerary that my 14-year old daughter and myself enjoyed thoroughly. We visited Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador.

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What our clients say about our Luxury Voluntourism Adventures

Family trip from the UK to India

“We had a fantastic volunteering experience thanks and felt that when we were at the project we were well looked after. We thought it was a great project and fell in love with the children, they’re adorable.” Mel, travelled to India with her family, from the UK

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TOMS Shoes Shoe Drop Trip to South Africa

Working with Hands Up Holidays to coordinate our TOMS volunteer trip in South Africa was a great experience. They were very attentive to our particular needs for transportation, lodging, and scheduling. It was with their logistical help that TOMS volunteers were able to personally give shoes to children in need and learn all about South […]

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Jody, family trip to Guatemala, from the US

“We had wanted to give back in some way and rather than take just another wonderful trip, we contacted Hands Up Holidays about mixing luxury vacation with volunteering. We had no idea at the start where we wanted to go or what we wanted to do. Our planner at Hands Up gave our family endless […]

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Luxury Voluntourism Reviews by the Media

Hands Up Holidays featured in The New York Times

Hands Up Holidays was recently featured in The New York Times: “Hands Up Holidays combines luxury travel with “a ‘taste’ of volunteering” through tailor-made volunteer vacations in 26 countries, ranging from building classrooms in a Berber village while staying in luxury riads in Morocco ($1,950 a person, not including airfare, for 10 days) to helping […]

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Family trip from the US to Cambodia

“It was wonderful! We absolutely loved Cambodia – hotel was a perfect choice, guide, “T” and Suy were so nice and it all was enjoyable. We all wished that we had stayed in Cambodia and gone south to the beaches as well. As usual, you handled every detail flawlessly, so all went very smoothly!” Stephanie, […]

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Building Memories

Building Memories For five out of 10 days of Hands Up Holidays’ “Mayans & Mountains” trip to Guatemala, you help build a home in an impoverished village by day, and hang in the romantic colonial town of Antigua by night. Other highlights: Hiking a volcano and boating on Lake Atitlán.

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Real life: Holidaying with teens

Have you run out of ideas when it comes to holidaying with hard-to-please teenagers? We find out what excites teens when it comes to getaways and reveal how such holidays can actually bring the family closer together.

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