Fuelled by a desire to do good while on the road rather than just sip mimosas by the poolside, youngsters and middle- aged travellers are taking up volunteering belong side seeing a new place. While, is still a niche category a nascent 10 per cent of those travelling, travellers are getting hooked to the feel- good factor. ” Travelling within a budget and for a cause is a trend that’s still at a nascent stage in India but is slowly picking up,” says Saurabh Srivastava, VP, Ixigo.
Volunteer Tourism is catching with those wanting to give back to society in some way or the other. It allows the unique opportunity to combine an adventurous tour with meaningful volunteering,” says Mohit Gupta, Chief Business Officer, MakeMyTrip.
Most often, travellers set aside four days in a two- week holiday to volunteer with an NGO. There are a number of non- profit organisations that offer volunteer opportunities in India. In some cases, the budget would be just the cost of travel, while in others it could be travel and accommodation,” says Karan Anand, Head-Relationships, Cox & Kings.
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