A niche category in the travel segment, coming up at a steady pace: Volunteer travel, popularly known as gap year travels, is hardly into practice in India, whereas it is well-known in most of the American and European companies. High school pass outs, undergraduates, or graduates take gap year breaks and travel abroad for volunteer work.
Volunteering Solutions, an international volunteer placement organization with its Headquarters in India, is one company that provides placement to these international volunteers and travelers at various social welfare projects all over the world. It acts as a bridging gap between these projects and the volunteers. It is the only company in India in this segment of volunteer travel.
The opportunities provided here are immense. Teaching Programs, Childcare Programs, Medical & Healthcare Programs, and Women Empowerment Programs, are some of the major volunteer projects provided by volunteering solutions among various others. Apart from the general volunteer programs, they also provide internship opportunities for Dental and Medical students in India, Nepal, Thailand, and Peru. A specific registration fee along with program charges are applied to all interested candidates, which in return is utilized for their accommodation, eating, local sightseeing and various other amenities; thus, providing a comfortable sojourn for all the volunteers.
The founding director, Mr. Saurabh Sabharwal, started this journey in 2006-07. After living abroad for more than 5 years, he returned to India with an insight of volunteer travel, and transformed that idea into a reality. In the past 8 years, Volunteering Solutions has come a long way, from what started with just two locations in 2007 (India and Nepal), now has its presence in over 33 locations all over the world . Not only the entire service business of Volunteering Solutions is web based, the entire clientele resides outside India, which makes it a unique firm with a prudent approach towards its business strategies. The company also has its own travel and tour package arm , which takes care of tour planning for volunteers, providing a complete one stop shop experience for volunteering and traveling.
I researched so many organizations before I chose VS and discovered that this is the most well organized, structured, accessible and affordable volunteering organization. I am so happy with my journey and have a whole new outlook on life!
says Valerie Wheatley from USA who volunteered in Ghana through Volunteering Solutions.
Summer programs, projects, internships: Volunteering Solutions is a complete package for travel lovers. With almost close to 9000 volunteers placed so far, entire team of Volunteering Solutions thrives to grow exponentially in the future by placing more and more volunteers, and spreading million more smiles.