RELIEF RIDERS INTERNATIONAL

TRAVEL PURPOSE ADVENTURE

VOLUNTEER VACATIONS ON HORSEBACK

Relief Riders International is a humanitarian-based, adventure travel company that designs and leads horseback and motorcycle journeys through remote areas while providing humanitarian aid to rural populations. Since 2004 we have been able to improve the lives of over 25,000 people, including 18,700 children in India, Turkey, and Ecuador.


Delivering aid on horseback – a feel-good adventure through India

"For 15 years, Alexander's company Relief Riders has run humanitarian adventures in India, as well as in Turkey and Ecuador, combining a riding holiday with targeted aid that, to date, has helped more than 25,000 people, most of them children." read more >>
Watch Wesley Brown's heart warming film of the experiences she had while on this past November Pushkar Relief Ride. This is the first time in 15 years, that a film has been able to capture the length, breadth, experiences and feeling of our our Relief Rides in their entirety. I hope you enjoy watching this very stirring and wonderful film.

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The experience of deciding to join one of our rides is best described by Joseph Campbell as "The call to adventure" on The Hero's Journey. It is the moment when the hero feels called away from their routine to venture into the unknown. Like many journeys the initial moments are mixed with indecision, yet somehow filled with a "knowing" that it is the right choice.

Nicki Craddock shares this beautiful moment of wonder, choice and leaping into the unknown with us in her personal account of last November's Pushkar Relief Ride.
Read about Elena Viennet's experiences with us on this past February's Khimsar Relief Ride in her own words. It was a great joy to have such a courageous young rider join us. I hope all of you enjoy reading about her experience in India.
Alumni rider Professor Sue Beeton, a travel and tourism researcher, joined us on our Andes/Amazon Relief Ride and brilliantly shares her experience with us in her piece "Living In A World Without..." We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!



"What a profound and uplifting journey! Relief Riders International has crafted the perfect travel adventure. A rich sense of purpose, a humanitarian mission delivering goats to impoverished villagers, school supplies to hundreds of students, participating in dental and medical camps - it was awesome!" — Peg Steley, Relief Rider   read more...



Testimonials

November 2019 Pushkar Relief Ride

Journey with us on horseback next November to the world's largest horse and camel fair. This 10-day journey on horseback will take us through the ancient landscape of the Thar Desert, from the ancient settlement of Baghsara to the sacred village of Pushkar, ending at the famous Pushkar Fair. read more >

Like the desert nomads of the region, we'll ride due south, traveling seemingly endless sand tracks through breathtaking terrain, from rolling dunes to open plains and a mountain pass through a steep gorge, before arriving in the valley of Pushkar. On the way we'll pass through villages, which travelers rarely experience, let alone on horseback. We'll sleep under the starlit sky in canvas-covered tents, and during the days, we'll hand out educational materials to underserved schools, conduct our Give A Goat program, and set up medical camps, which provide dental, eye, and obstetrics care to populations lacking healthcare.

In Pushkar, on the banks of the lake, Rajasthan's largest camel fair awaits. One of the most sacred pilgrimage destinations for Hindus in India, the usually sleepy Pushkar transforms into a spectacle of color and celebration around November's full moon with livestock traders descending to buy and sell camels, cattle, and horses. But the real fun begins when the games kick off. Think camels brightly adorned in costume racing to the finish line, the drama of only the finest Marwari horses dancing, the infamous longest mustache competition, and the Hindu bridal pageant. All in all, the perfect end to a memorable and transformative experience.

November 1 - 10, 2019

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February 2020 Bhagsara Relief Ride

This adventure filled Relief Ride will take us though the breathtaking dune landscapes of northwestern Rajasthan. Starting from the historic village of Bhagsara, an ancient oasis for traders traveling by camel along the routes of central Asia and the coast of Gujarat. We will then travel through the remote, stunning landscapes on a northerly route to Khimsar Desert camp. A beautiful campsite nestled by dunes and surrounding a fresh water oasis. The region has been inhabited for centuries by the Bishnoi tribes. read more >

Bishnois are renowned animal and nature lovers, due to their protection there is an abundance of animal life in their ancestral territories, deer, antelope (including blue bulls, black bucks, chinkaras, and chowsinghas) are seen grazing in fields despite the fact that the State of Rajasthan faces severe water shortages.

As we traverse some of the most remote regions of India navigating the dunes and encountering lost temples, we will bring free dentistry, gynaecology, and cataract eye surgery programs to local communities. We will also be delivering livestock to widows and below poverty level families, as well as educational materials, sporting equipment, and paediatric programs to young children at the five schools we visit on the ride.

February 24 - March 4, 2020

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March 2020 Yoga Amongst the Dunes

We are excited to announce the launch of a new type of experiential trip in partnership with One Verse Yoga (NYC) that will give you the opportunity to put your Yogic principles into action through service for those in need. It is the Yogi's path realized. read more >

Step into a world of Hindu Goddess Temples, mesmerizing wildlife and the flavors of ancient India. Our journey will take us into the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, encamped amongst the dunes, and immersing ourselves in village life, meeting with local tribes, while taking our yoga practice to new levels.

A purposeful blending of Yoga and service, where you will be able to volunteer in One Verse Yoga's free medical camp, offering eye surgeries and dental care to a rural population that has no heath-care. Witness firsthand the joy and gratitude of school children receiving much needed school supplies and sporting equipment.

Join us on this remarkable journey as it will leave you and the people you meet transformed.

March 17 - March 26, 2020

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Bespoke Humanitarian Motorcycle Relief Rides through the Thar desert of Rajasthan

Join us on an incredible journey as we ride India's legendary Royal Enfield Motorcycles across the Thar desert of Rajasthan. This magnificent expedition weaves our signature brand of adventure and humanitarian work on an awe inspiring 1800 km road trip that spans most of the length and breathe of the land of the Maharajas. Riding through the Aravelli hills into the Thar desert, from stunning serpentine hill climbs to single lane rural desert roads, and staying in remarkable ancient forts and tented camps. read more >

As if all this fun was not enough, we also have the opportunity to give back with our free eye and dental camp near Pushkar and our well dig and bathroom build at a poor school in Ajeetgarh. This purposeful adventure promises to be an experience of a lifetime!

August 2020 Andes/Amazon Relief Ride

Next August, discover Ecuador's spectacular beauty and ancient spirituality on the back of a Criollo horse. Over 13 days, we'll journey across valleys and paramos against the backdrop of the snow-capped Andes, fly to the Amazon to experience the mystical properties of the jungle, and relax in hot thermal pools in the shadow of Ecuador's otherworldly volcanoes. Along the way we'll work in conjunction with the Ecuadorian Red Cross to set up a two-day medical camp, offering dentistry, eye care, CPR training, and obstetrics treatment to both the people of Piñan in the Andes and the Sapara tribe in the Amazon. read more >

At the foothills of the Andes Mountains, we'll spend our mornings sipping coca tea in storied 17th century haciendas, while the rest of our days will be spent traversing stunning valleys at 9600 feet. In between riding through miles of swirling grasslands, visiting a condor sanctuary, and touring a famed free-trade coffee plantation, we'll deliver much-needed dental and obstetrics care to a remote village in the sky.

In the Amazon Rainforest, as guests of the Sapara tribe, known as the "healers" of the jungle, we'll learn firsthand about traditional medicine, the wisdom of the forest, and have the opportunity to take part in shamanic ceremonies. We'll kayak and swim in the river, hike with indigenous guides, exchange gifts with the community, and gather around the fire with the elders in the evening. Even with so much to see and do, there will be ample time to rest, whether in a hammock serenaded by the jungle chorus, or in one of the therapeutic thermal pools on our way back to Quito.