G ood de e ds a nd g o o d b u s in e s s a d ia l o g u e a b o u tv o l u n t e e r in g p r o g r a ms
W h a t is v o lu n t e e r in g ?One possible definition…Volunteering is a form of responsibletravel where the travelers actively engagethemselves in activities of certain social,ecological or economic benefit at the hostdestination.
W h a t c a n p e o p le d o in v o lu n t e e r in g p r o g r a m s ?• Community based• Environment/nature/wildlife related
Community based workTeaching primary level children
Community based workWork with the physically and mentally challenged
Community based workSports coaching and physical health education
Environmental and wildlife conservation work• Reforestation projects• Assistance to wildlife sanctuaries• Work in environmental awareness campaigns• Animal rescue and care
Challenges for Sending Organsiations.oI will save the world!oWhy do I have to pay to volunteer?oWhere does the money go?oWhy should I choose your organization?oIt was different from what I expected, now I want my money back.
Challenges for Sending Organsiations.oA perfect program to combine intercultural learning and globallearning and adventureoA perfect program for underpriviledged youth (if you have theright partners)oA great program if you feel that you want to be more than just atravel provideroA great program where you can offer a rewarding experiencefor all sides involved
Challenges for Receiving organisations• Customers come with too much and often impractical expectations about the impact of their project work.• Senders may charge too much money.• Multiple roles need to be fulfilled: travel provider, social work managements, accommodation management, information providing.• Not all senders are good quality and may overcharge from the client without supporting/informing them properly.• If you are a for-profit, you would have to answer questions about the usage of money.• Poor receivers can spoil the market with poor quality and low prices.
Opportunities for Receiving Organsiations.• Fast growing mode for adventure travel for the young people.• Ride on the wave of volunteer programs for easier market expansion and better profitability.• The experience is unique and destinations untouched even for well travelled people, meaning that even those that have visited your country can come back again.• The older segment is taking notice creating a opportunities in career- break and post-retirement travel.• It can be an economical way for someone to have a holiday and feel good too!! Can be useful in a recessionary market.• You can support those in need and make good profits on it too.