Travel with purpose
Another day, and yet another blog appearing in the vastness of the internet. A natural question that appears is: Why would anyone pay attention to this particular one?
What we do is not a result of groundbreaking technology or ingenious creativity. In fact, our idea is not a novel one. But we truly believe in what we do, and the only way we can succeed is by sharing our story and have other people joining us.
Our company is called Volentos and we are in the very beginning of a long journey to make the world a little bit more compassionate, a little bit more humane, and hopefully a little bit better.
From personal experience, we know that doing volunteer work abroad is an amazing way to experience another country. It is a great way to bring people together from different parts of the world to make a positive contribution.
However, for anyone who has googled “volunteering abroad” and found themselves in the jungle of placement organisations, it quickly becomes obvious that this industry is much more profit-driven than one would think. It is not uncommon to find companies charging around €2000 for two weeks of volunteer work. Instinctively, this feels wrong.
By shifting away from a highly monetized industry, Volentos seeks to directly facilitate the connection between reliable people and transparent help organisations, ensuring that efforts and money spent serve the intended purpose. This will be done by creating an online platform with a strong focus on affordability and transparency.
We believe that many travellers today want to experience more while also gaining a deeper understanding of the country where they travel. We also think people demand more flexibility and want to independently create their own experience. Volunteering provide unique opportunities for people to give back to local communities and contribute to a more sustainable way of traveling.
We have initially decided to focus on contacting local organisations in the South East Asia region, receiving a lot of positive feedback in the process. However, we are still in the very early stages and any additional input from travellers, volunteers, help-organisations would be received with open arms.
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