Volunteering in India: Where to Start?

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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

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Article on volunteering opportunities for older people

While I briefly mentioned it in my first blog post for PledgeBack, I felt the need to further share my thoughts on older people and volunteering.

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I’ve seen first hand – through my father – how fulfilling it can be, but more so because I feel it is an area that doesn’t immediately come to mind when one thinks of volunteering, yet has so much potential and offers many benefits to all involved.

You can read my article here

I Believe In This

While trying to figure out what I want to do with my writing, one thing has become clear – I only want to write about things I’m passionate about.

I have previously taken on content writing or corporate communications projects where I’ve written for companies or products that – I wouldn’t say I didn’t care about, but that perhaps didn’t strike a chord with me – it was just a job to do. I didn’t realise it then, but I think it showed in my writing.

More than that, in hindsight, there were instances when writing became something I didn’t look forward to – a task that somehow had to be completed. It turned something I enjoyed into something that I dreaded!

Today I’ve written my first ever blog post – Is Volunteering For You?

It’s for a company, brand and concept I believe in and support. www.pledgeback.org

I can’t thank you enough, Rohan Abraham for this opportunity.

I see the difference immediately – I am so excited to have written this and I am looking forward to writing more. It is not ‘a job’. I feel that my heart and soul is in it and that kind of a rush is truly amazing!