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Riding with a purpose…

As we have written in the past, one of the most compelling reasons to travel by horseback is the up-close and personal interaction with the wildlife, landscapes and cultures.  Our favorite way to explore!

One such example is a riding safari in India through Relief Riders International.  You might be asking yourself, why are they writing about India, they are an African Tour Operator?  Well the answer is simple, we believe in sharing great work.

About a year and a half ago Robin was introduced to Alexander Souri, the founder of Relief Riders.  A mutual colleague of ours introduced them because she saw that we had shared beliefs in adventure travel for a purpose and Robin is an avid equestrian, so it seemed a natural fit.  As we have learned more and more about their mission and service work through Alexander, we have become big fans of the Relief Rider trips.

Relief Riders International was founded with the mission: to combine an extraordinary adventure travel experience with the opportunity for travelers to deliver life-changing medical care, educational supplies, and livestock to below poverty level villagers in Rajasthan, India.  Alexander will tell you, “I know from my own travels to Rajasthan that for every gift I have given I have received gifts that have changed my life.”

Each trip is about 14 days and combines riding the incredible Marwai horses and service work in some of the most remote hospitals, schools and villages. They have two trips being offered in Feb of 2014.  Robin is personally planning for one of the rides in 2015, so as soon as she knows those dates, she’ll let you know so you can join her!

In the meantime check out the rides for 2014 below:

http://www.reliefridersinternational.com/volunteer_vacation_horseback_rides.html

Also here is a recent write-up they got in the Wall Street Journal:

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304448204579184211602145966