Volunteering is a basic expression of human relationship. It is not a charitable act but a necessity to fight against social atomization in an ever globalizing world.
We all know how altruism and philanthropy has helped to change the social and economic course of life on Earth. Hence, here is the prevailing accounts of volunteering activities around the world for 2012. GoOverseas compiled a niche report on volunteering activities for 2012, with major online support, Google Search, Adword Keyword Tool.
The #1 Searched Country
India stands as the most desired destination for volunteering. With the 2nd highest population in the world, and ever-rising poverty, malnutrition, crime, and AIDS prevalence India has grabbed the international attention towards it and for its development. Major cities of India, like Mumbai and Delhi consist of Slums bigger than the Vatican City, and the hubs for illegal prostitution.
Traveling and living in India attracts many people around the world. It is known for its exotic locations, colorful people, culture and occasions.
It is followed by South Africa, Thailand and Haiti in the list of most searched volunteering destinations worldwide.
Top Continental Searches for Volunteering destinations.
Common Theme for Volunteering: Disaster Relief
Most searched program is the disaster relief volunteering. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti and 2004 Tsunami were the deadliest of all time, which ignited the spirit of volunteerism worldwide. From online volunteering and rescue package to on-site volunteering, it attracted huge response from international community. Similarly, the earthquake in Japan in 2011 inspired 930,000 people worldwide to get involved in disaster relief.
This may offer another explanation for the popularity of searches for volunteer opportunities in the United States. Tens of thousands of volunteers came from all over the globe to lend a hand during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and even now New Orleans is still recovering and rebuilding with the help of local and international volunteers. (Source: GoOverseas)
Most Inspiring Programs of 2012
Some of the most inspiring programs for volunteering in 2012 have been, Poverty alleviation, Supporting orphanages, Protecting and conserving Endangered Flora and Fauna, and education in orphanage and rural schools.
- Our Report on World’s Volunteering for 2011, UNV’s Report
- GoOverseas’s article on the State of Volunteering for 2012