I have always loved travelling, because of which I make it a point to take frequent short trips to destinations around India, specifically hill stations. One of the nearest hill stations to Pune is Mahabaleshwar. The journey by road is not too long, due to which I go there quite often. With lush greenery, magnificent waterfalls, and a beautiful view of the valley the journey is a pleasant one. However, as more tourists travel there, more garbage piles up on the sides of the road. This is harmful to the environment and also takes away from the scenery around. On one of my trips there, I noticed this issue and decided to conduct a cleanup drive on the road from Pune to Mahabaleshwar. This was truly one of the most enriching volunteer trip experiences I have been on.
When looking at the bigger picture, effecting change in a world like ours can seem daunting. However, the key is to start somewhere small. Volunteer trips are a fun way to spend your time and also work towards some social cause. There are many international volunteer opportunities, where people can travel and explore the world, and make a difference at the same time. However, if you are one of those people who have only a weekend free, or do not wish to travel internationally, fear not, there are plenty of ideas to go on a volunteer trip in India as well.
Here are our top 3 ideas, to get your mind jogging:
Visiting a Sanctuary
Wildlife Sanctuaries are a great place to visit, to see various varieties of animals, birds and trees. Going to a sanctuary can be an educational experience, and also a fun one. In most sanctuaries, there are boards that contain information on each species of flora and fauna. These boards generally tell you whether a particular species is endangered, the kind of environment it needs, for it to thrive, etc. This is helpful to determine what steps can be taken to conserve these species.
The Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Murud. The sanctuary is also near Kashid Beach, which you can go to after visiting the sanctuary Renting a car from Pune Tours is a great way to travel there on your own and explore the area as much as you want.
Conducting a Skills Development Workshop
Schools in villages are largely underfunded, because of which the infrastructure and quality of teaching suffer. Most of the students are unaware of the skills needed to function in urban areas, where they ultimately go to look for jobs. Conducting personality development workshops in such schools could help these students prepare for life in urban areas and land a good job. On your next weekend trip, you could take a road trip to these rural areas and tie up with a few schools to conduct short workshops. This will make for a fun road trip with friends and family, and also help change some lives.
There are various schools in Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra that can be considered for this workshop. After the workshop, you could explore the hill station, which has many tourist attractions. You can take a bus from Pune to Mahabaleshwar, but Mahabaleshwar does not have local transport. Kiss the travel anxiety goodbye and rent a car from Pune Tours, so you can travel in comfort.
Clean Up Drive on the Western Ghats
The Western Ghats house various hill stations, due to which they are a major tourist attraction. Many of these tourists tend to throw garbage from the vehicles, on the road, and dirty the area. The cleanup crews are not frequent, and this garbage accumulates. You could go on a road trip with your friends or family, to one of the hill stations, and also conduct a cleanup drive on the way. This is a good way to have fun and also help the environment.
Road trips are fun with friends and family around, but cramped cars can put a damper on everyone’s mood. Pune Tours provides spacious cars available for rent at an affordable price.
It is up to each one of us to do our bit for the environment. A volunteer trip experience ensures you have fun and also makes you feel good that you have affected some change. So on your next summer trip or weekend holiday, you know what to do.