Why not experience one of Indias most popular destination, while you are makeing a difference?Goa is described as a coastal paradise, famed for its white beaches and balmy waters. As a volunteer you will be involved in one of the following projects: Women empowerment, school, child care or care for special needs children
Project fee from EUR 710
Your Role as a Volunteer
Depending on the duration of your stay, you can choose which projects to be involved with.
- Basic education for English literacy
- Income generation skills
- Awareness towards personal health, hygiene, civil rights etc.
- Confidence building activities
Day-care activities :
- Play and take care of the children who come to the day-care.
- Help keep the day-care clean.
- Plan excursions and other activities for the children.
- Help cook meals for the children.
- Organise activities at the day care such as singing, music and dancing.
Day-cares in India are almost like the first year of school, in that the children are taught to read and write.
School activities :
- Assist local teachers with teaching English and Mathematics.
- Creating a playful environment, therefore encouraging the children’s creativity through educational games, singing, drawing and more.
- Assist in developing appropriate training materials at low cost to help teachers make learning fun for the children.
School for disabled children:
- Assist the teachers with their lessons.
- Assist the children with their homework.
- Organise fun and exciting activities for the children.
- Organise simple crafts for the children.
- Assist with hygiene and healthcare.
For all the above projects you will work alongside a teacher, who will guide you in your volunteer position.
The Workplace and Work Hours
The different projects are scattered in the south of Goa. You will be driven to the project you choose each morning using the centre’s bus. Total hours of work is 5-6 hours a day and you will work at two different projects, one in the morning and after lunch you go to the other project. On your sparetime there will be opportunities for you to explore Goa and India on your own.
The Project’s Mission
The aim is to help promote a cultural exchange between India and foreign volunteers, and in doing so, you benefit the local community with uplifting projects.
The projects are run in collaboration with our Indian partner. Our partner has received volunteers since 2002 and thanks to their cooperation with Volunteer Travels; we can offer you a well-organized and safe experience as a volunteer.
This partner has great experience in welcoming participants to their programme in India and can with confidence assure that they have happy travellers every week on their project placements. Their dedication to give the best experience for their participants is refected in the Complete Satisfaction Garantee that they offer to support each and every volunteer with comfort and quality.
Tours and Workshops
In your free time, you can explore the surroundings on your own or simply just enjoy life in India. Our partners on the ground are happy to book you on various tours and activities. On location in Goa includes three yoga and meditation sessions, an evening cruise including dinner and a workshop in Indian cooking for both options A and B.
Holidays for 2018
The project will be closed the following dates:
1st of april to the 3 of juni
23-39th oh augusti
16-28th of october
22nd december to the 2nd january
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected]. When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
On arrival in Goa, you will be met by a staff member from Idex and proceed straight to the volunteer centre where you will be staying. For the following two days you will visit each of the projects and be given more information about them and what work is involved.
Accommodation and Food
Volunteers stay at a volunteer camp/centre in Goa. It is located in the south of Goa approximately 2 km from Colva beach. Showers and toilets are next to the rooms that you will share with 1 other volunteer. The rooms have separate balconies. All meals are cooked for you at the camp. The volunteer house includes a common area with free wifi.
In terms of population, India is the largest country in the world after China. It is a country where all world religions have been represented for centuries, but Hinduism is by far the largest, making Hindi the official language of India (together with English), as approximately 80% of its people are Hindu. India, known as the world’s largest democracy, gained independence from Britain in 1947, yet despite this still have many old British touches in their culture and country even today. India boasts incredible natural wonders and wildlife, with beautiful varieties of birds and other animals not found anywhere else. In the north are the Himalayas, a well-known mountain range, while in the south beautiful beaches stretch for miles. In the north-west are deserts probably unlike any you have seen before, that you can explore by camel. India is an extremely colourful country, in people, culture, food and scenery. India is also unique in that it has 6 seasons with the additional, summer monsoon and winter monsoon.
Famed for white sandy beaches and balmy waters, Goa offers not only the ideal beach holiday, but a healthy dose of colourful culture, hidden natural treasures and mouth-watering cuisine. Goa’s 130 km (82 miles) of coastline offers everything, from secluded silken sands tucked among soaring cliffs, to bustling beach resorts with the latest facilities and exciting water sport options. With its Portuguese heritage, Hindu and Muslim influences, Goa is a fascinating blend of east and west, tempered with a laid-back style (locally known as sossegado) entirely unique to its own.
Monsoon season in Goa runs from the end of June through to August, then again from December to March. While this means fewer places to swim, it also means experiencing the most amazing tropical storms.
Flight tickets are not included in the tour price. You could book your tickets from any travel agency of your choice.
Your ticket must be booked so that you arrive in Goa between Monday (the first day at the project) at 10 am until Tuesday at 6 am.
Your home tickets sholuld be booked after midnight on Sunday, after the number of weeks you have chosen to work as a volunteer, or until 11:59 pm on Monday.
If you arrive earlier you will be responsible to cover any costs involved for transfer.
It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.
You are responsible for your insurance covers, such as sickness, damage and theft while working as a volunteer. You can get the travel insurance from your ticketing agent who will be able to suggest the best options, regarding the type of travel insurance that you need. However, included in the tour price is liability insurance, covering you for times when you as an individual are required to pay for damages, if you have unintentionally hurt someone or damaged someone else’s property.
Please contact your nearest vaccination centre or general doctor regarding questions about vaccinations need to travel to India. Volunteer Travels recommends that you get Hepatitis A and B, as well as tetanus for traveling abroad.