The Goa Volunteer and Travel program offers opportunities for volunteering in the fields of health care, childcare, teaching, construction and women's empowerment. It is guaranteed to suit anyone wanting to make a contribution to socially deprived areas in Goa while enjoying the beautiful beaches of this famous destination. Despite the apparent benefits of large-scale tourism, Goa remains a stark reminder of many social issues like poor education, inadequate infrastructure and HIV/AIDS that still face the Indian society in general. Combine valuable volunteering with a chance to discover the real India, at a volunteer camp located a short distance from a stunning sandy beach.
The Goa Community Volunteer and Travel program enables you to provide education, care and empowerment to the communities you visit. Working in local schools, volunteers offer much needed support to local teachers, adding to the children’s educational experience by instructing classes while helping to develop students’ positive attitudes about personal hygiene and school attendance. When schools are not in session, volunteers can assist the volunteer organization and the community to run independent classes in English and maths. Volunteers also teach at special schools for mentally challenged children, providing much needed emotional support and teaching educational as well as job related skills. For those volunteers with a professional interest in education, this opportunity offers a chance to improve their skills in a unique environment.
Volunteers may also assist in local childcare centers, known as Aanganbari. Unfortunately, Aanganbaris suffer from underfunding and mismanagement. Volunteers share the workload with regular staff and help bring a level of professionalism, dedication and the community’s attention to these important institutions. In addition to working at the projects, volunteers will have ample opportunity to experience the local cultures and lifestyles as well as plenty of free time to explore the surrounding areas.
Known as the cultural bridge between the east and the west, Goa is home to a wide variety of ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic varieties. What was once a former Portuguese colony is now the smallest geographical Indian state, but one of the most diverse and appealing. Goa is particularly famous among foreign travelers for its great climate and fantastic white sandy beaches. The inland, with its plentiful flora and fauna, is internationally recognized as a biodiversity hotspot and compared to the Amazon and Congo basins for its rich tropical diversity. Finally, authentic Indian food and dance, influenced by its wealth of cultural and religious varieties, offer a distinct and enriching cultural experience for any traveler.
On arrival at Goa airport, keep your eyes peeled for a contact board held by your welcoming tour leader who will transfer you to your first night`s accommodation at the camp in Goa. (No meals)
After an early breakfast take part in a welcome meeting that will provide a lot of interesting information about volunteer work and the projects, India, its culture and do’s & don’ts, personal safety and conduct. Hindi tutorial classes will also be given. (B,L,D)
The day will start with yoga sessions, followed by breakfast. You will be introduced to the volunteer projects and the rest of the day will be spent working at your chosen project. (B,L,D)
Your volunteer accommodation is situated just 15 km from Goa International Airport and 2 km from the most beautiful Colva beach with easy access to the nearby markets, shops and restaurants. The nearest bus stop to the beach is about a 5-10 min walk from the volunteer camp.
There are 4 clean, comfortable rooms, each room including two bunkbeds, a wardrobe and fans. 3 out of the 4 rooms have an ensuite bathroom with a hot shower that you share with the other volunteers. The rooms have separate balconies, and you can also hang out in the small garden area outside the house with the other volunteers. Other facilities include Wi-Fi, a mini library, a separate refrigerator for the volunteers, a rooftop hangout area, 24-hour electricity supply, TV & DVD’s, darts and computers. There is also a washing machine and a hanging area for drying your clothes. Your accommodation is safe and secure with 1-2 staff members present at all times.
The volunteer camp is where volunteers and other program participants from all over the world will stay which makes it a very rich, international environment. Enjoy the social aspects of the communal dining area with all meals prepared by a talented cook every day. There is housekeeping of common areas, and any required maintenance. Volunteers are expected to clean their own rooms and wash their dishes after meals.
- We offer an airport transfer between Monday morning 10:00 (Day 1) and Tuesday morning 6:00 (Day 2). Arrival pick-ups outside of these times are available at an extra charge.
- We will pick you you up at Goa airport, just look for a contact board in the arrivals hall.
- Check-in at the accommodation is available from 12:00, but we do our best to arrange this earlier if possible.
Airport departure transfer is available from 00:00 hrs on the previous date until 11:59 Hrs. on the program ending date as mentioned. E.g. if the end date is 15st Jan then 00:00 on 14th Jan to 23:59 on the 15th Jan.
- The check-out time is 12:00 on the last day of the program.
Meals included as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner). Purified drinking water is available at the volunteer accommodation. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions or intolerances during your application. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible and accommodating to the local food.
How long should I volunteer?
Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities.
CLOSED DATES IN 2017
No volunteers during the periods for the following projects:
- Teaching projects: Closed 01 Apr - 03 Jun
- Childcare projects: Closed 15-31 May
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN 2017
All projects are closed on the following national holidays:
- 26 January
- 24 February
- 12 March
- 4 and 14 April
- 01 and 28 May
- 15 and 25 August
- 2 and 30 September
- 02, 05, 19-20 October
- 04 November
- 03, 19, 25 December