Holidaymakers from UK Choosing “Voluntourism” in Kerala

by Ella FAIRCHILD on August 27, 2009

Commander Sam T. Samuel and Commander Thomas Zacharias were called crazy by some when they quit their positions in the Indian Navy to start a travel company.  The two former commanders are the ones laughing now, as their business, Kalypso Adventures, is flourishing, and recently given an award for Most Innovative Travel Company.  The adventure company out of Kerala has been turning heads with its unique “Voluntourism” program, which is popular with travelers from the United Kingdom.

The voluntourism program, which works hand in hand with the World Challenge Youth Organization and Raleigh International, aims to allow customers to do some positive work while visiting exotic locations.    The program specifically targets those in the 18-24 range who might be looking for a little something more than just a standard vacation.

Kalypso Adventures encourages travelers to do volunteer work on their trip, including things like repairs and painting of schools and compounds, helping to build wells for fresh water supplies, or really any type of physical activity. 

Samuel hopes to use adventure as a vehicle for interaction with the local population.  “While a hardcore adventurer would love to climb an ‘un-climbable’ mountain, not bothered about coming across anyone else in the process, we offered climbable mountains, but interacting with lots of people in the process.”

The tour has already seen its first 100 customers and expects steady future growth.

Thanks to Silicon India for the above quote.  For the complete article, please visit their website.

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