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This project is designed to support, educate and care for Goa’s community members who need it most, from young children to abused women to elderly people without families. This project sends volunteers to different locations where they can provide assistance to these disadvantaged individuals and help them gain a sense of security and stability.
Your Schedule at a Glance (Minimum two-week commitment):
Day 1, Sunday: Arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). You will be picked up from the airport and taken to settle in to your accommodations in Goa and meet fellow volunteers.
Day 2, Monday: Volunteers will receive an introduction to Goa, complete with visits to a spice plantation and local market.
Day 3, Tuesday: Volunteers will be given an introduction to their selected volunteer placement by observing and partaking in a training session.
Days 4-6, Wednesday- Friday: Rewarding volunteer work at volunteer placement.
Days 7-8, Saturday and Sunday: The weekend is free for volunteers who are extending to spend how they wish.
Remaining Weeks: Remaining weeks will follow the pattern of volunteering Monday-Friday and having weekends free. Departures are on a Saturday.
Location of the Project: Goa, India
Project length: Min 2 weeks – Max 8 weeks
Arrival Airport: Goa International Airport (GOI)
Volunteer Work: Teaching and community work
Age: 18 – 70 (This project may accept volunteers who are under 18 with a letter of consent from a parent or guardian. And there is an option for families to join together.)
Number of Volunteers: Up to 10 international volunteers
Important Note: A tourist visa is required to enter India and most volunteers apply online. A visa cannot be obtained for a stay exceeding 180 days. Families must upgrade to private accommodations for an additional fee.
Accommodations: Shared rooms in a volunteer house
Food: Three meals a day during the week; 2 meals a day on the weekend
Airport Transfers: Airport pickup is provided upon arrival
Orientation: Volunteers will receive a walking tour of Goa and be trained before beginning volunteer work
Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.
What’s not Included
Flights, visa (required), travel health insurance, some weekend meals, personal expenses
Goa is one of India’s most cherished states. Located on India’s western coast, Goa has long been renowned for its natural beauty and warm, humid climate throughout the year. It’s no mystery why Goa is consistently ranked among India’s top tourist destinations, with its golden sandy beaches, coconut groves, vibrant green paddy fields and dense forests. This project is located in North Goa, in a small countryside village called Saligao, which is about 20 minutes away from the coast.
Volunteers will be assigned to a morning project, depending on your preference and the needs of the community. All volunteers will participate in the Slums Outreach project in the afternoons. Please see below for project details:
Slums Outreach Project: Many of the children living in the slums around Goa cannot afford to go to school. This project aims to organize fun, educational activities for these children in order to inspire them to learn and give them some much needed attention. You’ll play games and sports, sing songs and do some arts-and-crafts, all aimed at teaching the kids basic English, while giving them the attention and love they need and deserve. You might also expect to prepare and teach your own lessons as well, depending on the local need. Some volunteers may also be asked to assist with some painting and renovation work as well.
Women’s Shelter: The women and children that live at this shelter have left abusive or unhealthy home environments in the hopes of finding a better life. Here, your efforts will be geared towards providing support for the women and children in different ways. This can include supporting the women while their children are at school, and then helping the kids with their homework when they return, helping the women find employment, and teaching them computer skills.
Please note: This placement has a minimum 4-week committment. There are not many women at the project during April and May, as they are usually visiting their families during this time.
Elders Care: Public services for the elderly are limited in India, which makes this Senior Home special. As a volunteer, you will not only provide the residents with basic care such as cleaning the home, preparing food, distributing medicine and bathing the residents; you will also act as a friend, talking with the residents, listening to their stories and helping to keep them entertained.
Animal Welfare: At the animal rescue center, volunteers make a lasting contribution by caring for injured cows, dogs, cats, and goats. The center’s patients are mainly animals injured in motor accidents and orphaned young animals who could not survive on their own. The rescue center provides emergency surgeries, medication and rehabilitation as well as adoption services. Volunteers have a range of possible tasks, including rescue and rehabilitation, animal husbandry, construction of enclosures, animal transportation, preparing meals, first aid and more. During monsoon season, between the months of June and October, volunteers may also be involved in feeding the wild dogs on the beach. Since the beachside restaurants are closed, the dogs have less available food during this time of year.
Teaching Project: This indoor/outdoor school provides free education in a local village for the children of migrant families. The children who attend this school attend for only a few months and then migrant elsewhere, and are between the ages of 5 and 14. Volunteer tasks may include teaching English and other basic classes, leading sports activities, leading environmental awareness campaigns within the village and more.
Please note: During the months of April and May, summer camps are organized for the children.
Construction and Renovation: Help under served communities by constructing and renovating community buildings such as schools! Please note that this particular placement has a $50 USD supplemental fee per week.
A typical day: You will go to your preferred morning project from about 9:30am until 12:00 and then return to volunteer house for lunch. From approximately 2:00 until 5:00pm, all volunteers will participate in the Slums Outreach project. At the end of your volunteering day, you will return to the volunteer house for dinner and time to relax and spend as you please.
Holidays: During school break (December, January and February) the children will be out of school and the Teaching Project will not be running. During this time, volunteers will be primarily involved in repairs and renovations and other outreach programs. Projects may also be affected by monsoon season, between the months of June and October.
Volunteer work does not take place during national holidays, but you are always welcome to join in the local celebration.
Please note these consecutive holidays, which may impact short-term placements, before registering:
Internet: WiFi and Internet access are available at the volunteer center.
Laundry: Volunteers can wash clothes by hand. There are laundry services available for an additional fee.
Accommodations: You will stay at the volunteer house in Goa, a beautiful Portuguese-style house, which includes a garden, kitchen, western toilets, hot showers and a computer. The single-gender rooms with en-suite bathrooms are shared with up to 6 people. There are fans but no air conditioning. Upgrades to double or private rooms are available for an additional fee, pending availability. Families must upgrade to private accommodations for an additional fee.
Food: You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Indian foods, consisting mainly of vegetarian foods including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice per week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants.
Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:
Culture Week (Highly Recommended):
Before your volunteer placement begins, you will enjoy an exciting orientation week designed to familiarize you with the rich Indian art, culture, climate and customs. During this week, you will participate in yoga, language and cooking lessons, join two self defense classes, as well as travel to many of Goa’s cultural and historical sites, including Old Goa, local temples, a spice plantation and traditional markets. This introduction week covers issues such as adapting to a new culture and culture shock and helps volunteers ease into Indian culture. This is also a great opportunity for you to bond with your fellow volunteers and get to know your surroundings. The orientation program runs from Monday through Friday, giving you the weekend to relax or explore the area on your own before you start volunteering at your project. Please note that there is an additional fee for this week.
Consider joining this special program (at an additional fee) before or after your volunteer placement to add another dimension to your experience in India:
Body and Mind Week: Learn about yoga, meditation practices and Ayurveda treatments to improve your health and well-being.
Please note that there is an additional fee for this program.
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