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Our Story

About Volunteering Journeys

Volunteering Journeys is a social enterprise that provides responsible and experiential travel through volunteer programs. Our volunteer opportunities are for those who want personalized and our well-serviced volunteering programs in select destinations in developing communities in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, and Peru. Our flagship and most popular programs are in India, because this is where we started, have the most ground expertise, local knowledge and deep roots to provide safe and truly authentic volunteering programs that serve the dual objective of serving the needs of our communities, while delivering incredibly gratifying experiences for our volunteers.

WHAT WE BELIEVE IN

Using Volunteer Travel, we help our local communities and you to make deeper connections, through close and personal interactions, which enhance understanding of other people’s lives, of places and situations. These extraordinary insights can lead us towards a richer world with possibilities for a better life. Every volunteer program we offer is designed with four key values in mind:

1. Community Living

We encourage living in off beat local areas and sharing space with other volunteers or locals for an immersive experience of life, natural environment, and local flavour.

2. 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.

3. Real Learning

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

4. Good Vibes

We LOVE what we do and we want you, the community and anyone working with us to have fun whilst creating and spreading positive energy.

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WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

WE’RE A BOUTIQUE

We don’t operate like a corporate and we like to keep it that way. We’re a boutique provider of quality experiences and personalised services.

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

Our handpicked volunteer programs are community-led and deliver real impact to the local communities we serve. Our comprehensive on-the-ground training program ensures each volunteer has the opportunity to maximise the individual impact they make on the projects.

SAFETY FIRST

Safety is a huge priority for us. We conduct detailed training on safety procedures for each volunteer during their orientation and have strict local safety guidelines in place for each of our locations. We also provide 24/7 emergency support and escalate any issues that may come up in a timely manner.

TOP NOTCH SUPPORT

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 with us.

WE’RE EXPERIENCED

As passionate and experienced travellers ourselves, we understand that providing a high level of service, both in the planning stages as well as on the ground, can make all the difference. We invest heavily on strong local teams to ensure that when someone comes from the West to the East – they get a true local experience.

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 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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BRINGING THE WEST TO THE EAST

“Having grown up in India spending a considerable part of my adult life in the West (UK) and travelling the world extensively in the process, the value of being global citizens was always important to me. Volunteering Journeys was created to combine my passions of travel and community service to provide truly experiential volunteer programs that are enriching.

At Volunteering Journeys we connect the youth of today who are concerned about rising global and social issues to our well-serviced volunteering programs in developing communities. As a passionate and experienced traveller, I understand that providing a high level of service, both in the planning stages as well as on the ground, can make all the difference. As such, I invest heavily on ground operations to ensure that when someone comes from the West to the East – they get a true local experience, but with western sophistication and service levels.

I hope you will join me on this journey as we seek to make the world a better place … together!”

-Ridhi Patel, Founder Volunteering Journeys

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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. Mail your details to hello@volunteeringjourneys.com

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