How can you plan group travel to give back?
Why plan a group trip to give back?
Giving back and doing little things for the communities you travel to is just a small way to thank the locals for their hospitality and help to ensure that you’ll be able to return in the future. Volunteering by yourself is fun, but it’s so much more fun when you involve a group of people. There is no better way to bond with people than to spend time together giving back and making a difference. Group trips are a fun experience, so planning an activity that allows everyone to bond a little more while giving back just ups the level of fun everyone will have.
Where should you go?
You can go anywhere, so the opportunities for giving back are endless. If you and some friends are already in the process of planning a trip to Europe, do a little research and find some areas you’ll be visiting that could provide fun volunteer opportunities. There are even organizations that help arrange volunteer opportunities for groups traveling abroad, so you can always reach out to them for help with finalizing your plans.
Do you need to fundraise?
Fundraising isn’t necessary, but if you plan on dedicating a good portion of your trip to helping others, then fundraising might be a good idea. Not only will this help to reduce some of the travel expenses but it will also raise awareness of your plans and could help to encourage others to consider giving back while they travel, as well.
What do you need to get started?
Once you know where you’re going and what you will be doing to give back, you’re going to want to make sure everyone has all of the proper documentation. If you’re traveling abroad, you will need to allow time for everyone to get the proper travel documents, passports, or visas. Also, in some cases, depending on where you are going and what you’ll be doing, some vaccines might be required. You’ll want to do all of this research before finalizing the trip to allow everyone adequate time to meet the necessary deadlines.
Group philanthropy trips are a great way to strengthen bonds and give back, but they do require a little bit of effort and planning. If you are interested in giving back while you travel, contact us and we can help plan your group travel experience.