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Our Story

About Volunteering Journeys

We are a socially responsible organisation, providing unique volunteering and travel opportunities for likeminded individuals who want to embark on life’s most amazing adventures. Taking our volunteers through India, Thailand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Mozambique and Bali, it’s our mission to touch lives, connect friends and give back to local communities everywhere we go. It’s in our nature to push boundaries and to have purpose, but most of all, we’re just a super friendly bunch to be around. And we can’t wait to have you join us in a new journey together.

WHAT WE BELIEVE IN

We know that everyone looks for ways to enrich their quality of life, and we believe that we can all do this by broadening our horizons as people. Using Volunteer Travel, we can help you to make deeper connections, through close and personal interactions, which enhance your understanding of other people’s lives, of places and situations. These extraordinary insights will lead you to a new and richer world where you may discover ideas and possibilities for a better you. Every volunteer program we offer is designed with four key values in mind:

1. REAL COMMUNITY LIVING

We encourage living in local settlements and sharing space with other volunteers for an immersive experience of life, natural environment, and local flavour.

2. ILLUMINATING DISCOVERIES

We believe the more we learn, the more we grow and our programs help to develop awareness of the people and world around us.

3. BEING RESPONSIBLE

We are responsible for everyone we connect with. Our programs are driven by the community, and we also match our volunteer needs to those of the community.

4. FUN FRIENDS

We enjoy what we do and we keep our itinerary flexible to accommodate for different needs. We want you, the community and anyone working with us to have fun.

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WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

WE ARE SMALL

We don’t try to be big and corporate because that’s not us, and we like to keep it that way. We’re a boutique provider of unique experiences -this is volunteering with a difference.

WE’RE ALWAYS HERE

We work closely with every volunteer so you’ll never be a number to us and we offer you 24/7 support during your time out here.

WE’RE SOCIABLE PEOPLE

We’re a good team who just get other people and their needs, so we’ve tried and tested every single program for ourselves. We also encourage community living so that you can integrate and socialise with ease.

WE’LL HELP YOU GROW

Our programs are designed to encourage personal development. We believe that the more we learn, the more we grow so we’re always focused on providing you with as many learning opportunities as possible.

WE’RE FLEXIBLE

No two people are ever the same so we don’t offer off-the-shelf programs for volunteering abroad. Our flexibility allows us to tailor each programme to suit your needs.

WE’RE RESPONSIBLE

Not only do we promote responsible travel, but we are also responsible for the welfare of all those with whom we connect.

WE’RE FOCUSED

We’ve selectively handpicked locations and program partners and put all our focus into these experiences. This way, you can get the most out of your time with us.

WE’RE JUST LIKE YOU

We strive for quality and we work with those who want to have a good time and help the world, are passionate about life and travel, and share our values.

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FOUNDER’S STORY

Ridhi Patel is the founder of Volunteering Journeys and she has led the development of every project since it all kicked off in 2014. Her story gives us just a glimpse of how hands-on our organisation is. With 5 years of experience working in investment banks plus 5 years in social project development and volunteer management around India, Ridhi has developed the necessary skills to lead and inspire. But what drives her the most is her passion for sharing the importance of responsible travel and life-changing experiences with others.

“My journey started in 2009 when I quit my career in banking in London and took time off to volunteer for three months near the Kruger Park in South Africa. I felt that I had something to offer, I just wanted to give back to society and thought it would be a good idea to see a new place at the same time.

Having travelled a fair amount before that, as a tourist just passing through places, I had never really connected with any place. Living abroad for those three months with people from different cultures and backgrounds, completely out of my comfort zone, changed my perspective on life. I found abilities within me which I never thought I had. And, to be able to give, receive, to share with seemingly different people is a feeling that’s hard to explain. It is almost as if a happier world had sprung forth from within. I started looking at life and its possibilities afresh.

I decided to move back to my home country India and set up volunteering programs for those who wanted to change their lives and those of others. I have worked within the volunteer industry for 6 years now and have never looked back. I hope that the volunteering journeys I have designed for you, will bring you the same happiness, help you grow as a person and inspire you to share what you find with others on the journey.”

Ridhi Patel

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Meet our Awesome Team

The key to our success is the people we choose to work with. Our team has bilingual locals who are experienced in their field, knowledgeable about their local areas and are passionate about helping their community. It’s the people who make us here at Volunteering Journeys and here are some of the friendly faces that you’ll get to meet soon.

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Ridhi
Founder
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Amit
Strategic Advisor
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Geetha
Kerala Program Leader
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Shalini
Kolkata Program Leader
Ribha
Dharmsala Program Leader
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Lindsey
Thailand Program Leader
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Jacky
South Africa Program Leader
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Harsha
Sri Lanka Program Leader
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Anish
Nepal Program Leader
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Brem
Cambodia Program Leader
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Join Us!

If you have a passion for helping your community grow, have expertise or ideas in program development, sales or marketing, or simply love volunteering and experiential travel we would love to hear from you. You can become an ambassador for us or join our team. We are an equal opportunities employer and do not discriminate against race, gender, sex, religion or colour. Mail your details to hello@volunteeringjourneys.com

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