As a teacher, deciding how I’m going to spend my precious summer breaks is a responsibility I don’t take lightly. Usually, travel wins out. Since I’ve become a teacher, I’ve spent summers everywhere from the East Coast of the U.S. to East Africa. I love exploring new places and discovering things I didn’t know about the world’s diverse cultures.
Volunteer travel is rapidly on the rise, and for good reason. This past summer, I was fortunate to have an opportunity to direct a volunteer vacation in northern India for high school students. It was one of those experiences that truly changed me for the better, and I couldn’t be more grateful for my time working there.
I walked away from my summer volunteering in India completely transformed. For travelers who want to gain a deep understanding of the subcontinent and what it’s like for the 1.2 billion people who call it home, a volunteer vacation is the perfect way to do so.
Here’s why I think India is the perfect place for a life-changing voluntourism experience.