India Goa Volunteer and Adventure

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Highlights

Markets in India

Trip Highlights

  • Uncover the Asian delights of Southern India
  • Take pleasure knowing that you’re making a big difference volunteering
  • Spice up your life with the distinctive flavours of India
  • Bronze yourself on the beautiful beaches of Goa
  • Relax with Yoga sessions
  • Weekend excursions to Palolem Beach and North Goa 

Trip Summary

Spending time on this option is a great way to sample the essence of India all in one go. You’ll see the pick of the best places to visit in Goa with sight-seeing excursions, a spiritual experience and trekking, combined with really important volunteer work close to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Despite Goa’s reputation as a prominent tourist destination, much of the region remains extremely poor. By donating your time to volunteer in India, you’ll be giving invaluable help to children and adults in deprived communities.

This isn’t all about volunteering it’s also about experiencing what Goa has to offer. Therefore as part of your time in India we have included some great activities including; weekend trips to Palolem Beach and North Goa, the great opportunity to relax with two morning yoga sessions during your first week. You will also have a chance to see and learn more about Indian culture with a visit to a local host family for dinner as well as including Indian clothing and henna workshops. 

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Trip itinerary

Day

Goa needs the assistance of volunteers, as a lot of the region remains extremely poor and untouched by international money, despite its' prominent tourist industry. By taking part in volunteer work in India, you will give invaluable help to children and adults in deprived communities.

Days 1 - Arrival in Goa

Personally met at Goa Airport and transferred your accommodation to refresh and chill out.

Day  2 - Orientation

After breakfast you’ll have a welcome meeting and a detailed orientation that will cover Indian culture, introduction to the projects and the facilities at your accommodation, project activities, cultural responsibility, how to do volunteer work, as well as many other topics. This is a great time to highlight any other questions you may have for the team.  You will then have the chance to learn some basic Hindi in a tutorial which should help you settle in with the local people.

It’s then time to have lunch before starting to prepare for your first day of volunteering. To help with this you will be able to go through the records of the project to see what previous volunteers have done and have a meeting with the main project coordinator to make sure you are on the right track.

Day 3 to 5 – Start the volunteering

Before you actually get stuck into the volunteering you will start days 3 and 4 with a morning yoga session, the perfect way to get your mind and body prepared for your first couple of days of volunteering. During day 3 you will you will be given a local food cooking demonstration and the best bit you get to taste some of it too! Day 4 also includes a couple of unique activities where you get to try on local traditional dress and a Henna workshop and in the evening have dinner with a local host family to get a true insight into local life. The rest of your time will be spent volunteering at the project.

Day 6 to 7 – Time to hit the beach

Today is time to relax and enjoy the beach as you head on a weekend excursion to Palolem Beach in South Goa. It is a mile long picturesque beach enclosed by a thick forest of coconut palm trees and the perfect place to unwind for a couple of days. You will return the volunteer house in the late evening on day 7.

Day 8 to 12 - Volunteering at the Project

Time to get back into the projects and continuing the great work you started before the weekend with you doing approximately 5 hours of volunteering a day.

Day 13 to 14 – Beach and culture

The weekend comes around again and you have another excursion to go on, this time to North Goa where you will get to visit some more of Goa’s great beaches as well as explore some of the areas beautiful churches and see the Portuguese influence on much of the areas architecture.

Day 15 onwards

The rest of your weeks on the project will be volunteering Monday to Friday with the weekends free for you to either relax or go out and explore the local area. 

The general pattern is to work five days a week for approximately three to five hours per day. Most work occurs in the morning before lunch. But some placements require afternoon work as well.

If you choose the 4-week project your morning volunteer options are:

  1. Day care centre work with children
  2. Special education camps and bridge courses to children of immigrant and slum dwelling families
  3. Computer education to the children for a variety of population segments which may include orphanages, groups of local women and adolescent girls

If you choose the 6 or 8-week project your morning volunteer options are:

  1. Day care centre work with children
  2. Special education camps and bridge courses to children of immigrant and slum-dwelling families
  3. Computer education to the children for a variety of population segments which may include orphanages, groups of local women and adolescent girls
  4. Teaching in schools
  5. Working in the school for mentally challenged.

Volunteer activities in this field include:

  • Regularly teaching children English and Mathematics in the schools. No prior teaching experience is necessary.
  • Creating a playful environment and enhance the creativity of the children through painting, playing games, singing etc.
  • Working in creating low cost teaching material in making education more fun for the children
  • Ensuring regular health check ups of the children in each school through co-operating with the local doctors and hospital staff.
  • Each volunteer will be expected to take responsibility for everyday attendance of a few children to the school, aimed at improving overall interest in the school and reduce drop-out rate.

Early childhood care and education is an important area of work. Also called "Anganwari", these centres carry out holistic childcare in the area.

At these centres health monitoring, improvement of motor skills, nutritional supplements, vaccination etc. are provided for children from poor or uneducated families.

Volunteer activities include:

  • Personal attention and care to the children coming to the centre everyday.
  • Assistance to the local worker to maintain records for each child based on health, vaccination, growth and nutritional condition
  • Making and feeding the children a specially prepared nutritious meal everyday with the help of a local worker.
  • Continuous survey of all pregnant women and newborn babies in the area for regular health check ups and vaccination.
  • Creating a colourful and enjoyable environment for the children with games, stories and other creative activities (all material support and training for such activities would be provided.

Please be aware that while corporal punishment is now illegal in India and in no way condoned by Real Gap Experience, it is still a common occurrence at many schools and childcare centres. Although we are continuing to work with some of these projects it is with the aim of helping to educate those involved to alternative ways of disciplining children through the involvement of our volunteers and in country teams. 

Destination Information

India is the second most populated country in the world, just behind China. Its slogan, ‘Unity in Diversity’ sums up the country rather well, and its citizens are deeply proud of this fact. All of the world’s major religions put in an appearance here, the best represented being Hindu (hence the many ‘sacred’ cows causing traffic jams in the capital, New Delhi!) as well as Muslims, Christians and Buddhists. The hustle and bustle is virtually constant, but there are always peaceful, spiritual spots that you can escape to easily. With a population of over 1.1 billion (2007 est.) it’s not really a surprise that it’s a bit noisy!

Goa, India’s smallest but richest state, is famous for its beaches, churches, temples and architecture. It was ruled by the Portuguese for more than 450 years so has a very different feel to other parts of the country.

Trip Notes

What's Included

  • Transfer from Goa airport
  • Authentic Indian Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • All accommodation
  • 2 Yoga sessions
  • Weekend excursions to Palolem Beach and North Goa
  • Volunteering coordinator
  • Cultural Workshops
  • Transport to and from the projects

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa

Additional Information & FAQ's

Minimum Age & Eligibility

The minimum age for this programme is 18 years.

Accomodation & Meals

When doing your volunteer work you will staying in an old-style Portuguese house with a spacious recreation (hang out) hall, a dining area and computer centre. In addition, spacious rooms that will comfortably accommodate up to 6 participants in bunk beds per room with private bathroom facilities. There is also a small cafe that will be run and maintained in the campus for volunteers to buy any additional things for their everyday need at the campus itself.

The campus is 2 km from the beautiful Colva beach, which has been our “main beach” for all these years in Goa. A short distance from the camp, are cafes and utility shops that can also help volunteers fulfil their everyday requirements.

Volunteers are required to be responsible for the up keep of your own room as well as helping out with washing up dishes after meals etc. Meals are all included and consist mainly of vegetable and sometimes fish curries, Indian breads, rice and fruit. 

FAQs

What Is The Difference Between This And The Other Programmes In Goa?

This programmes offers you the opportunity to volunteer and also includes a 2 day adventure plus a 2 day Ashram Experience!

How Fit Do I Need To Be To Do The Trek?

You don't need to do any special training, however, you do need to ensure that you are fit & healthy.

How Much Spending Money Will I Need?

We recommend that you take around £70 per week.

Do I Need To Wear Particular Clothing?

Whilst volunteering you will need clothes that cover your shoulders, mid-rif and length should be to at least your knees.

Do I Need A Visa To Visit India?

You will need to obtain an Indian Tourist visa before you leave the UK.

Do I Need To Take A Sleeping Bag?

No, you don’t need to take a sleeping bag as the quilts & mattresses are provided at all the accommodation & during excursions.

Do I Need To Take A Mosquito Net?

All the rooms at the Camps are equipped with mosquito nets.

Will There Be A Safety Deposit Box/safe Available?

There is locker facility at all the Camps where you can keep your valuables & the keys will remain with you.

Extra Notes

Visa Information

The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. It is your responsibility to arrange the correct visa/s for your time away. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself.

As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.

e-Tourist Visa Facility is available for holders of passport of following countries/territories

Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Island,Chile, China, China- SAR Hong Kong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand,Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Turks & Caicos Island, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela, Vietnam

Please follow the instructions at - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html to complete the application for your e-Tourist Visa. Please be aware of strict conditions regarding application and travel (check under ELIGIBILITY section). E-visas are only available for entries of up to 30 days. If you plan to be in India longer you will need to apply through an Indian visa application centre in your home country.

All other passport holders should consult their relevant embassy to find out whether they need a visa for India.

Visa courier service

If you prefer to use a specialist visa courier service to apply for your Indian visa on your behalf, we recommend Visa Central who can offer you assistance and advice, making your visa application straight forward.

To investigate costs for this service click here to select the country or countries that you wish to travel to.

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the people on our programme, the children we taught, the local area in Goa, the 2 days trekking

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