Millions of people volunteer abroad every year, and this trend is becoming more and more popular. From gap year students, family trips to group travel and company mission trips, it’s clear that people are seeking ways to help local communities while they travel, making their experiences more meaningful and sustainable.
As a volunteer organization who focuses on volunteering and immersive travel, we want shed light on Volunteering Trends and Needs that will affect this specific type of experiential travel.
What are the Top 6 Travel Trends that will Influence Volunteering?
32.5% believe that “Sustainable Tourism” is the Number 1 Travel Trend of 2023. Sustainable Tourism can be defined by Wikipedia as “the concept of visiting a place as a tourist and trying to make only a positive impact on the environment, society, and economy”.
“Experiential Travel” comes as a close second with 30%. “Experiential travel, also known as immersive travel, is about travel experiences that resonate on a deeper emotional level. A focus on experiencing a country, city or particular place by connecting to its history, people and culture”.
“Empowerment Work” got third in line with 21.5%. Teaching the young to old with life skills so they can empower themselves to be self-sustainable is especially powerful for disadvantaged communities.
“Solo Travel” was mentioned by 8% and “Family Volunteering” with 5.5% being that these two travel styles have become more popular and accessible.
“Corporate Team Building” came in at 2.5% due to the increasing interest by companies to organize mission-style work trips for leadership and team-building purposes while giving back.
HOW TO APPLY
If you are planning to start the program in less than 3 months from now (start within 12 weeks from date of application), Fill Volunteer application form. If you are planning to start program more than 3 months from now (start within 13 weeks and above – up to 24 months) or if you are not very certain of the exact start dates- just reserve your placement by filling volunteer reservation form. or Simply Make an inquiry here