Volunteer Tourism or “Voluntourism” as is the new catch phrase, has been gaining popularity over the past few years and is especially appealing to those with a desire to travel and see the world. It provides the opportunity to travel to exotic destinations such as Thailand, India, Africa and South America to experience fascinating cultures, while at the same time engaging in activities that benefit the less fortunate. The experience can be truly fulfilling.
India, in particular, provides a large variety of options to suit any volunteer’s preference. In terms of types of projects, options range from wildlife and environmental projects to those that aim to empower women and educate rural children. One could choose to work by the seaside, at a hill station, in a jungle, in the desert, in a rural setting or to experience life in a busy Indian metropolitan city. You could choose your volunteer tourism holiday based either on the type of work you want to do or the type of Indian holiday experience you would like to have.
When it comes to volunteering in India, there is something to suit everyone’s requirements and capabilities. But where do you start? With the thousands of NGOs that exist in India, how do you find the one that best suits what you desire? Continue reading “Volunteering in India: Where to Start?”