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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 developing communities in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, South Africa and Peru. We specialise in South Asia’s trio of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, because this is where we have deep roots and the most ground expertise, local knowledge and professional networks to provide truly authentic volunteering programs that serve the needs of our communities, while delivering incredibly gratifying experiences for our volunteers. All of our programs, be it teaching children, empowering women, renovating schools, or volunteering in a local hospital or turtle farm, are handpicked to meet this dual objective.

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’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 Asia, spending a considerable part of our adult life in the West (US & Europe) and travelling the world extensively in the process, the value of being global citizens runs in our veins. We created Volunteering Journeys so we could merge our passions of travel and community service to provide truly experiential volunteer programs that are personalized and 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. We specialise in South Asia’s trio of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, because this is where we have deep roots and the most ground expertise, local knowledge and professional networks to provide truly authentic volunteering programs that serve the needs of our communities, while delivering incredibly gratifying experiences for our volunteers. All of our programs, be it teaching children, empowering women, renovating schools, or volunteering in a local hospital or turtle farm, are handpicked to meet this dual objective.

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. As such, we 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.

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

-Ridhi Patel & Amit Sondhi, Partners at Volunteering Journeys

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.

Volunteering-Journeys-Founder-Ridhi-Patel
Ridhi
Partner & Operations Director
Amit Sondhi Director
Amit
Partner
Volunteering Journeys Kerala Team Geetha
Geetha
India Program Manager
Rishad Sri Lanka Team
Rishad
Sri Lanka Operations Manager
Falik
Falik
Sri Lanka Program Manager
Manic Teaching Coordinator in Sri Lanka
Manushi
Sri Lanka Coordinator
Dony Project Coordinator
Dony
India Coordinator
Volunteering-Journeys-Kolkata-Team-Shalini
Shalini
Kolkata Program Leader
Volunteer-in-Nepal-Staff-Anish
Anish
Nepal 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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