India Goa Volunteer and Adventure

From $2,079, 28 days, India Trip code: INGE

  • Adventure 4 out of 5
  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
  • Culture 3 out of 5
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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 Dandeli, Karnataka and North Goa 

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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 Dandeli, Karnataka 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 market, an orientation tour of the local area taking in Goa's best sights and workshops including Indian clothing and henna workshops as well as Bollywood dance classes. All this and you'll even get to see a Bollywood movie. 


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What will I be doing?

  • Your typical itinerary (4 - 8 weeks)

  • Volunteer Role (4 - 8 weeks)

  • Teaching (4, 6 or 8 weeks)

  • Childcare (4, 6 , 8 weeks)

  • ASRO- Shelter for HIV/AIDS affected patients (6, 8 weeks)

Your typical itinerary: 4 - 8 weeks

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Destination info

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.

  • Location: Goa

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.

The Volunteer and Adventure programme has the following structure:

 

  1. You will be met at Goa Airport and will will be transfered to your accommodation to relax after your flight.
  2. Your first 3 full days in Goa will be spent getting to know the local culture, meeting your fellow volunteers and learning about what you'll be doing during your time in India.
  3. You'll be up early for your first Yoga session. Afterwards there'll be visits to your projects, a local market and even some Bollywood dance classes.
  4. You will have a tour of the local area and you'll get to see a Bollywood movie. There will also be free time for your own activities.
  5. You will have included weekend excursions to Dandeli and Karnatake.
  6. You will spend the next five days volunteering.
  7. Volunteer work varies, you could teach at a local school, care for young children at a day care centre or help with computer education depending on your preference and the needs of the local people.

Volunteer Role: 4 - 8 weeks

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Destination info

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.

  • Location: Goa

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 ASRO HIV home (medical background preferred)
  6. Working in the school for mentally challenged.

Teaching : 4, 6 or 8 weeks

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Destination info

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.

  • Location: Goa

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.

   

Childcare: 4, 6 , 8 weeks

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Destination info

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.

  • Location: Goa

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, 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. 

ASRO- Shelter for HIV/AIDS affected patients: 6, 8 weeks

Destination info

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.

  • Location: Goa

ASRO is a Community Care and Support Centre( CCSC), for people living with HIV/AIDS. As a transitional shelter for AIDS patients, ASRO acts as a bridge between health care institutions and patients' families to create awareness in the community. Volunteer intervention (limited placements and medical background preferred, for longer term volunteers only) is required to help care for the patients who have often been left out of the social circle due to their condition.


Volunteer activities would include:

  •  Everyday care for the patients and assisting nurses in the centre
  • Maintenance of the facilities for the patients
  • To improve and look and feel of the centre through decorations etc.

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What's included?

  • Transfer from Goa airport
  • All meals
  • All accommodation
  • 2 Yoga sessions
  • Weekend excursions to Dandeli, Karnataka and North Goa
  • Sightseeing tour of Goa
  • Volunteering coordinator

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist Visa

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

18 years.

 

Accommodation

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, 3 wings of housing consist of spacious rooms that will comfortably accommodate up to 6 participants 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 3 km from the beautiful and tranquil Majorda beach, which is adjacent and very similar to 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. 

 

Meals

Please see accommodation.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

FAQ

1. 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!

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2. 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.

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3. How much spending money will I need?

We recommend that you take around £70 per week.

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4. 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.

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5. Do I need a visa to visit India?

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

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6. 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.

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7. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

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

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8. 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.

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DBS

This trip requires a Police Check to be carried out - please contact us for further information on how to do this. 

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Overall rating: (7/10) (3 reviews)
India Goa Volunteer and Adventure

Daniel Snook - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(7/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

great new friends, poor preperation for teaching

Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(4/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(6/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The other people on the trip, goa was a nice place

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Always agree on a price before you get in a taxi. Always haggle the prices down. Always get a reciept.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

India Goa Volunteer and Adventure2011-07-04

Hannah Ridley - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Amazing place, awesome people, brilliant children.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(6/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(4/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(4/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

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

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Always get the reciept for hotels. Haggle down the prices by at least 50% Pay for the slightly more expensive trains or risk waiting hours because of delays.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

India Goa Volunteer and Adventure2011-07-04

Carla Thompson - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(7/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Wicked time in Goa, met lots of new friends will go back to goa but not woth a company!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(4/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(4/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Trekking and Absailing Goa the beaches Working with the kids at fisherman school

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take plenty on immodium, Deet and something to amuse yourself with!

India Goa Volunteer and Adventure2011-07-04

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