Last updated: 09:00 PM ET, Fri October 14 2016

Uniworld Offers Volontourism Program on the Ganges

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Janeen Christoff | October 14, 2016

Uniworld Offers Volontourism Program on the Ganges

PHOTO: Ganges River, India. (Photo courtesy Thinkstock) 

In response to a number of costumers looking for the chance to give back, river cruise operator Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will begin offering voluntourism programs pre- and post-cruise on its exotic Ganges River sailings. 

“Through a partnership with the social impact tour company Me to We, the Uniworld trips will be held as four-day extensions before or after its 13-night itinerary on the Ganges River. The trip will take passengers from Delhi and fly them to Udapair, located in the rural Indian state of Rajasthan,” writes Chris Gray Faust on Cruise Critic

While enjoying luxury accommodations at Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp, visitors can give back by participating in the local community. 

“They will spend time visiting local community projects, talk with women about their daily lives and take part in a sustainable project, such as laying bricks for a new classroom or helping dig a new water system,” Faust reports. 

The program begins with the Jan. 8, 2017, sailing and will be offered through 2018.

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“While Me to We trips emphasize participants' comfort, co-founder Craig Kielburger tells Cruise Critic that the projects the company gets involved with are long-term ones that have an impact on the community; a typical project lasts about five years. The areas that Me to We concentrates on are primary and secondary education; clean water; health care; food safety and economic empowerment of women,” Faust says. 

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