Initially, a large number of individuals from developed countries were touring developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to enjoy the sun, see the physical features, and witness the different culture in these countries. However, recent trends show that a considerable number of individuals are traveling with the same aim of exploring the world but also providing services to the local communities. These service trips, have proved to be very important to the communities in developing countries.
Recent studies show that a huge number of individuals engaged in service trips have constructed learning institutions in the areas they visit. Some communities in developing countries have poor infrastructure that they use as institutions of learning. The visitors have realized these problems, and they are giving back to the community by building schools. These undertakings have changed many communities in developing countries as children have good facilities that they are now using as learning facilities.
It has not only stopped at building infrastructure and other institutions of learning. Service trip groups have gone to the extent of equipping these institutions with the necessary learning materials. People are donating computers, library books, and other stationery. This gesture has shaped education in developing countries to the extent that the literacy levels have tremendously improved.
Free Medical Camps
Health has always been a problem to the communities living outside the urban areas in developing countries. This explains why there is a high prevalence of curable diseases such as malaria, common cold, and typhoid in these countries. Service trips have significantly changed the medical sector in some of the communities. Some have used their own and borrowed money to build medical facilities in rural villages, which have played a significant role in enhancing the life of the people in developing countries.
Service trip groups have not only provided the necessary resources to build infrastructure, but they are also building human capacity. Some people have decided to spend their gap year programs after high school helping individuals in developing countries. Most of those interesting in medical careers are already helping with general health practices in the medical facilities. Students in developing countries are also spending their gap years in developing countries where they are learning essential skills that they can take back to their countries.
Social Welfare Improvements
In developing countries, there is little concern for the old people and orphans. Old members of the family are left helpless at the rural areas while orphans stay in urban areas as street children where they struggle to get food and drinks. Service trip groups have proved to be very important to these members of society by building social welfare homes. The homes act as nursing homes for older people where they can get food, medication, and nursing assistants. It is also the place where many of the orphans and street children use as homes.
Currently, environmental conservation is an essential aspect in the world today. In societies where basic needs remain the issues of concern, taking care of the environment is a secondary undertaking. This explains why most of the rivers and other drainage systems, in developed countries, have been blocked by plastic materials. Service trips have proved to be very important in environmental conservation. Individuals touring in developed countries are no longer interested in the beautiful natural rivers, but they are also playing a vital role in cleaning these rivers by removing all the plastic materials.
The killing of world animals for food, hide and skin, and other animal products have always been an issue of concern in developing countries. Tourists have been visiting these countries to see the wild animals only to find that poaching has taken the center stage. Some of them have formed conservation groups that specifically focused on ensuring that poaching is stopped. Some of these conservation groups have gone further to work with local governments to enhance the welfare of wild animals.