Niharika Shukla – New Delhi
Go Discover Abroad, an online and offline travel agency started by the founders of Volunteersolutions.com, is offering travellers with an option to volunteer in a country and travel at the same time. Being a three to four month old company, Go Discover Abroad offers flexible schedule, unique destinations, customised holidays and accomodation choices.
“We provide seven destinations under the volunteer and travel option. These destinations include Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Kenya, Peru, South Africa and Thailand. Each destination enables the traveller to choose from a different project to volunteer for. The programme involves people coming from different countries volunteering as a group. This not only provides for a cultural interaction but also gives travellers a chance to know about other traveller’s experiences. The minimum time period is one week. Even though this is a niche segment we are developing at a fast pace,” said Saurabh Sabharwal, CEO and founder, Go Discover Abroad.
He further added, “This concept today is also very safe for women and till date we have received 80 per cent of single women travellers. Most of the people engaging in this kind of travelling are NRI’s and Indians. Also, we are helping 300 girls receive education through our volunteer project in a village in Northern Ghana.”
Other than this the company also offers different types of holidays such as beach holidays, cultural holidays, spa and wellness holidays, historic tours, special fairs and festival tours, spiritual and pilgrimage holidays, and adventure destinations can be customised as per requirement. The adventure packages include activities such as biking holidays, paragliding, safari tours, trekking, water sports holidays and wildlife tourism.
Sahil Sabharwal, co-founder, Go Discover Abroad said, “Our facilities include looking at everything, from booking of flight and accomodation to on arrival requirements of the traveller. Our entire team is present at the destination to look into any issues of the volunteer travellers. We also provide visa on arrival which many people do not know about. Our website is a Geo-targeted website enabling customers from different parts of the world to use it according to their requirements.”