Thought that volunteering was all about doing something good for others? Well, it is! But that doesn’t mean that there should be nothing in it for you either. Check out my top five reasons why volunteering is also about you.
1. Volunteers live longer and healthier
Volunteers are happier and healthier than non-volunteers. In fact, during later life, volunteering is even more beneficial for one’s health than exercising and eating well. Most of us know that if we eat our fruit and veggies, exercise often, and avoid smoking, we have a better chance of living longer and healthier lives. But your doctor may not have told you that regularly giving to others should  be added to your healthy checklist. If you want to live a longer, happier, and healthier life, take all the usual precautions that your doctor recommends, and then … get out there and share your time with those who need it the most. That’s the real caring cure.
2. Volunteering establishes strong relationships
Despite all of the online connections that are available at our fingertips, people are lonelier now than ever before. Working alongside people who feel as strongly as you do about supporting a particular cause creates a path to developing strong relationships with others. It isn’t just beneficial for making new friendships either. Volunteering alongside other members of your family strengthens family bonds based in “doing” your values. And these benefits have a ripple effect. Children who volunteer with their parents are more likely to become adults who volunteer.
3. Volunteering is good for your career
People who volunteer make more money, partially because the relationships people create while volunteering which can be leveraged for financial benefit. These relationships are important because they provide access to new information and opportunities. People in your close network provide redundant information—they are already participating in the same kinds of activities and know the same people. Volunteering has long been viewed as a way to create new “weak tie” connections that lead to career opportunities.
4. Volunteering is good for society
We sometimes take for granted the community that we live in. People and societies co-depend on each other for survival but growth of such things as commercialism are seeing traditional values being disregarded. Communities are suffering due to the growth of secular societies but at the same time we can really bridge that expanding gap through volunteering. Volunteering is ultimately about helping others and having an impact on people’s wellbeing. What better way is there to connect with community and give a little back? As a volunteer, you certainly return to society some of the benefits that society gives you.
5. Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose
Although it is not well-understood why volunteering provides such a profound health benefit, a key factor is assumed to be that volunteering serves to express and facilitate opportunities to carry out one’s sense of purpose. The very nature of volunteering means choosing to work without being paid for it. As a result, people choose to spend their time on issues they feel strongly about. If you are greatly concerned about the treatment and well-being of animals, for example, volunteering at an animal shelter will help you address a social problem that is meaningful to you.
Want to give something back to society?
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Than check out our awesome volunteering programs. Choose to travel with purpose! 
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If you are ready and excited to start planning your volunteering, but discouraged by a financial road block, Travel Rural has awesome solution for you. Travel Rural have teamed up with FundMyTravel, who provides us with an online platform where you can fund-raise for your meaningful volunteering experience. You just need to create a campaign page, complete a brief profile to build trust, add a video and tell your story!
REMEMBER: Volunteering not only provides us with the opportunity to get involved in a cause that we are passionate about, but also provides the chance to look beyond our own circumstances and appreciate what others are experiencing. The difference that you’ll make in someone else’s life will make an even bigger difference in yours.
Uganda depends heavily on environment and natural resources. However, the country is subjected to environmental problems which put the economic, environmental and social development at risk. These include soil degradation, deforestation, drainage of wetlands, loss of biodiversity, pollution and unsanitary conditions. On the other hand, small holder farmers face the threat of environmental and economic vulnerability and that is why it is important for the young generation to step up and take on these challenges. Africa Now Initiative for these reasons strongly believe that agriculture which employs the majority in Sub-Saharan Africa is the key to economic transformation of the continent. There is a need to look at farming as a business and not just a subsistence way of living like the way it is now.
Africa Now Initiative (ANI) goal is to accelerate rural development in a bid to ensure Sustainable Development by supporting Nyamigoye Coffee Farmers Group (NCFG). This will be achieved by bringing small holder coffee farmers together in a bid to learn and share with each other ideas about how to improve their rural transformation by adopting sustainable agricultural and ethical trading practices. Organic Soybean is a highly protein crop with a huge potential in improving the livelihoods of rural people therefore, interested farmers will be given seeds for planting. The goal of ANI is to introduce Soybean to the rural citizens which will for sure help in the fight against under nutrition and ensure food and nutrition security.
Africa Now Initiative start this amazing project in south western Uganda in Kanungu District (around 400 Km from the Capital City – Kampala) with a view to expand to other areas in the near future. Africa Now Initiative (ANI) have already registered 250 small holder coffee farmers under Nyamigoye Coffee Farmers Group (NCFG). They are training farmers on the sustainable coffee production aspects. A multipurpose center is under construction. It will serve as headquarters and will be used also as a house stores for storage of coffee and small scale soybean processing area.
Africa Now Initiative welcome everybody to join their journey in quest for socio-economic transformation of their rural community!
By volunteering with Africa Now Initiative (ANI):
  • You will learn about coffee production.
  • You will learn about food crop production such as beans, sweet potatoes, cassava, soybeans and many more.
  • Get a chance to teach/conduct lessons at a rural primary school.
  • You will participate in cooking/preparing a traditional meal.
  • Learn about culture of the local people.

Uganda National Park Why Support Africa Now Initiative?

While volunteering with Africa Now Initiative you will have a chance to explore the most astonish places. In Uganda, tourism is the key industry that has the huge potential for rural transformation by opening up rural communities to the outside world. Kanungu is uniquely located in the pearl of Africa (Uganda). It is close to 2 key National Parks that is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park that are famous for the rare mountain gorillas and tree climbing lions respectively. The attractions of Uganda were identified by Sir Winston Churchill, in his book “My African Journey’’ who wrote about this amazing country; For magnificence, for variety of form and color, for profusion of brilliant life – plant, bird, insect, reptile, and beast – for vast scale…Uganda is truly the pearl of Africa.
If you would like to contribute Africa Now Initiative as a volunteer but you have a cost barrier we have a solution. There is possibility for fundraising it through our website. 
Show your support to Africa Now Initiative in their efforts to contribute to Sustainable Rural Development in Uganda!

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Nowadays, we are more aware of environment itself and environmental protection as the primary importance of Sustainable Development, but I must ask You: Is it really enough just to protect only our natural resources? From the Sustainable Rural Development point of view, it is not enough, there is more that can be done.

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According to the definition for Sustainable Development, there is not just natural resources that should be preserved. Cultural and Social resources have to be preserved too.
Natural resources are important, but the goal of the Rural Travel Creator® is to protect traditional heritage and we will continue to promote it because the feeling of our identity and belonging to the country is not the question of our genetics, but the question of our culture, something that we except and learn it.
That is why we need to respect cultural and social authenticity of our citizens in the rural area and preserve their cultural, tradition and architectural values. Still “Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations”.
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Having all above in mind, Rural Travel Creator® is focusing on giving the opportunity to Socially Responsible Tourists to participate in the festivals and events, to explore villages, UNESCO World heritage sites as well as templates, monasteries, historical sites and traditional rural architecture.
So that is why You should get involved in rural tourism and contribute to Sustainable Rural Development by focusing on preserving not only natural resources but social and cultural resources also.

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First, by focusing on diversified offer for socially responsible tourists who are looking for the unique experience you can experience life in the countryside.
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Second, by exploring villages socially responsible tourists can meet locals and discover their way of living, their tradition and their heritage but the most important fact is that you can by visiting their villages contribute to sustainable rural development.

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Nowadays, we are more aware of environment itself and environmental protection as the primary importance of sustainable development. That is true, but we are keep forgetting the fact that we need to Be Socially Responsible Traveler, too. So, why should you involve yourself in the rural tourism?

Rural tourism dates back to the beginning of the 1950s with the introduction of the concept of underdevelopment. Rural tourism is related on tourism and agriculture, which together form a specific tourist offer. It is also one of of the main drivers of agricultural development. Rural tourism refers to the combination of natural and cultural heritage, relax and enjoying in the nature and activities that take place in rural areas where visitors can enjoy the peace, simplicity and authenticity of the selected destinations.

On the other hand we are witnesses that these rural areas are systematically abandoned and from them disappears every economic activity. The development of rural areas can influence the general level of development of the wider area and enhance standard of living of rural people. Yet the crisis of rurality is reflection of the economic crisis in every modern society.

The development of rural tourism has an impact on stopping the emigration from rural areas because it allows the creation of new jobs, stopping the emigration of young people and/or their return, increasing agricultural production and raising the general level of development of the wider area. Still residents of the rural areas may not be aware of the term of sustainable development, but they always knew and know what it means sustainable way of living.

For this reason, it is important to be socially responsible tourists since the rural tourism can bring a significant source of income for rural areas. Still sense of identity and belonging to the country or lifestyle is not a matter of genetics, but a question of culture, something that we accepted it and learned it. Therefore we should respect more socio-cultural authenticity of the local population, to preserve their culture, architectural, environmental resources and traditional values.

That is exactly what the definition of sustainable rural development telling us because “Sustainability creates and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exits in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations”.

This blog will be about undiscovered rural destinations and their tourist attractions. Rural tourism is complex and involves different kinds of tourism which is offered at rural destinations, such as eco tourism, gastro tourism, cultural tourism, adventure tourism and much more.

Therefore offer in this site is for that reason divided in categories which will be carefully explore in this Blog to give you more reasons why you should visit this amazing undiscovered rural destinations.

Our goal is to contribute to sustainable rural development and therefore we are focus on socially responsible tourists. This Blog will have also special chepters about direct positive influence of the rural tourism on sustainable rural development. If you want to find out how can you and why should you contribute to sustainable rural development you are at the right place because socially responsible tourists should respect cultural and social authenticity of citizens in the rural areas and therefore should contribute to sustainable rural development. Still “Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations”.

Explore rural destinations with us.