New Zealand-based International Placement Firm Reports Upsurge of Group Travel Queries as Rugby World Cup Draws to a Close

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Even with the Rugby World Cup 2011 now down to its final matches, locally based International Volunteer HQ placement firm is still getting a lot of inquiries about group volunteer travel opportunities and package offers.

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They wanted to find out more about opportunities for Group Volunteering abroad, what preparations they would have to make, and if we can accommodate all of them on one specific project.

The International Volunteers HQ (IVHQ) office here has been experiencing a significantly increased number of queries about group volunteer programs and group sign-up offers for the past month, possibly due to all the attention that this year’s Rugby World Cup event brought to the host country.

The local IVHQ office has anticipated this from the beginning and made all the necessary preparations for the likely turn of events. As early as last month, IVHQ posted a call to all local staff through the official IVHQ website, saying “In the rugby world, all eyes are on New Zealand for the next two months.”

The increased volume of calls and emails were mostly queries from schools, universities, church groups, corporate groups and even regular groups of friends who wanted to volunteer abroad and to know more about existing packages, schedules and arrangements.

“They wanted to find out more about opportunities for Group Volunteering abroad, what preparations they would have to make, and if we can accommodate all of them on one specific project,” the International Volunteer HQ representative relayed.

The local representative also assured the interested groups that “all our volunteer abroad programs can accommodate groups of all sizes and ages,” and that “we can definitely work closely with them to find a program that aligns with their group's interests.”

International Volunteer HQ has been successfully sending groups to volunteer abroad on various projects in developing countries like Thailand, Costa Rica, Kenya and Tanzania. The firm has consistently handled a lot of volunteer groups since it started operations in 2007 and has been sending anywhere between 200 to 400 groups each year to projects abroad.

Asked about the implications of the great influx of inquiries they have been getting, the representative pointed out that the “calls we have been getting for the past month, in fact, are mostly for next year, 2012 – Group Volunteering projects for 2012.”

Although all the recent calls IVHQ received will definitely bring in a busy year for the firm, the local staff are confident that they can handle all their projects well, as they have consistently done in the previous years. In fact, they even had ample time to relax and watch the Wales vs. Namibia match when they played here.

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