Stephanie, from the USA – family trip 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!”
Kenneth, from the USA – family trip to Kenya:
“Our trip was fabulous and we will have memories to cherish forever. We saw more animals and from much closer proximity than any of us anticipated and our expectations were far exceeded. However what was even more impressive than the animals was the kindness and warmness of the people we met. The Masai community made us feel like old friends and when we left we felt we were leaving “home”. The teachers at the school were very welcoming and gave us all plenty of opportunity to teach. … and the school children were amazing and wonderful. We came away with a strong desire to do more for the school and we truly miss the children we worked with.”
Ana Maria, from TOMS Shoes – 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 Africa’s history and culture! Great local guide and great support!”
Jody, from the USA – family trip to Guatemala:
“We had wanted to give back in some way and rather than take just another wonderful trip, we contacted Hands Up Holidays about mixing 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 options.
He was patient and helpful and created the perfect trip for our family. When we finally selected a destination, Guatemala, he put the whole thing together for us.
We spent a week building a home for an indigenous Mayan family, yet we also got to see and experience Guatemala — thanks to Hands Up’s planning.
When traveling in areas that are perhaps not as comfortable as what we are all used to, it was reassuring to know that we were in good hands.”
Emily, from the USA – honeymoon to India:
Our trip was wonderful. It really felt planned to the most minute detail without being overly planned, which was perfect. The best part by far was the volunteering. I could have done that for the entire trip!
Our guide was exceptional. Everyone, everywhere was exceptionally pleasant. It makes coming home to the states feel like a rude shock.
Isabelle, from the USA – family trip to Morocco:
“It is hard to know where to start, as the whole trip was filled with such great experiences. First of all, I must commend your guides, Hassan and Abdellah, who went above and beyond, and then further still, to try to make our vacation enjoyable and fulfilling. What a pleasure it was to spend time with such interesting people. We talked about everything from Algerian politics to the poetry of Baudelaire. They always treated us more like friends than clients. To see Morocco with them was a truly enriching experience that would be hard to replicate, even on the most expensive tour. Despite the fact that we were there for such a short time, they found a way to take us up into the mountains and on an overnight trip to the coast. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing these areas.
Working on the project and staying with the local family was an equally wonderful experience. The family was so hospitable and made us welcome in every way. It was fascinating to be part of such a different way of life. Our host, Abderrahim, tried to make sure that we felt included in every stage of the work. It was great fun to interact with the teachers and the children, and we only wished that we could have stayed longer with them. It was so sad to leave, but I am trying to get together a large box of school supplies to send to them. I think of the village and the school every day. The riad in Marrakech was wonderful, full of charm and atmosphere, and ideally located. The riad in Essaouira was also very comfortable, and we loved looking out at the beach.
There were absolutely no negative elements in this trip, and we thank you for creating an organization that does so much to enrich the lives of both your clients and the communities that they help. Hope you enjoy the photo. We have so many more!”