from $971.00

Tour style – Local Living

14 days

Goan public services suffer from underfunding and ineffective management, often resulting in poverty and illiteracy. This challenging but massively rewarding project will enrich your travel experience while helping some of Goa’s most needy school children learn new skills and improve their future prospects. You’ll be working with fishing communities, living along beaches and supporting children, teenagers and women with education in English, maths and awareness in matters like health, hygiene and nutrition. There will also be time to enjoy Goa’s natural beauty and sandy beaches!

SPECIAL OFFER: Book min 3 weeks and longer and get one week extension free ! Now for bookings until 28 February with arrival before 30 June 2015

  • Volunteering Project Details

    This volunteering package enables participants to provide education, care and empowerment to the communities they 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. Working in local schools gives volunteers a chance to meet regularly with local children and their families. When schools are not in session, volunteers utilize resources provided by STA`s partner organisation and the community to run independent classes in English and Math. Volunteers also teach at special schools for mentally challenged children, providing much needed emotional support and teaching educational and vocational skills.

    For those volunteers with a professional interest in education, this opportunity offers a chance to hone their skills in a unique environment.

    Volunteers may also assist in local child-care centers, known as Aanganbari. Unfortunately, Aanganbaris suffer from under funding and mismanagement.

    Volunteers share the work load with regular staff and help bring a level of professionalism, dedication and the community’s attention to these important institutions.

    In addition to this work, volunteers will have ample opportunity for experiencing local cultures and lifestyles as well as plenty of free time to travel further a field and combine volunteer work with well-earned R&R!

  • Day 1

    On arrival at Goa airport, keep your eyes peeled for the beaming IDEX paging board accompanied by your bubbly tour leader who will transfer you to your first night`s accommodation at the IDEX camp in Goa.

  • Day 2

    After an early breakfast, take part in a friendly and interesting welcome meeting, which will provide a load of interesting information about India, its culture, do’s & don’t while in country stay. Hindi tutorial classes will also be given. Post-lunch a visit to the local market in Goa & then to the Majorda beach followed by dinner. This is also a great opportunity to meet your fellow volunteer buddies!

  • Day 3

    The day starts with getting ready for Yoga Classes followed by Yoga sessions. After the Yoga sessions, you take your breakfast at the common cafeteria. Then there will be exciting sessions for Bollywood (The Indian Film Industry) dance classes. After the dance classes there will be a tea break. After the break there will be Henna Workshops (Indian Tattoo). After lunch you will head to the local Margao market. The day ends with a dinner with a host family in Goa along with a cultural mix of Indian food & Family values.

  • Day 4

    After the Yoga class sessions & breakfast, workshops on Indian dressing will be organized for the Volunteers. Before lunch, Hindi Language tutorial sessions are also organized. Volunteers get ready for an exciting session on Indian cooking. In the evening, the Volunteers will be taken to a Bollywood movie at a theatre followed by dinner at the camp.

  • Day 5

    The day again starts with a Yoga session and then Breakfast. Orientation on the Idex Projects & the Idex projects are explained to the Volunteers. After lunch, you are free to go to the beach and enjoy your free time at the beach. Return to the Camp and retire for the day after dinner.

  • Day 6 – 14

    These are the days when your weekend is free for your activities.

    The following weeks
    Move to your Volunteer Project work areas and do some Volunteering work. Come back to the Camp for Lunch. Plan & prepare for the next day. Evenings are free to relax & have your own time. Weekends are free for your own activities.

    Final Day of the program
    After breakfast on your final volunteering day, you will be transferred back to Goa and the airport in good time for your onward flight. There will be plenty of opportunity to say the sad goodbyes!

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