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India Goa Volunteer Work

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A land of sensory overload, cultural extremes, and extraordinary beauty and mystery, India has become one of the most desirable destinations to travel and volunteer. Its sheer size, and dynamic, complex population combine with fascinating wildlife and a mystical and pervasive heritage filled with tales of ancient gods, kings and queens, to make it a place that will transform your perspectives and realign your priorities.

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Experience Goa, the popular travellers' destination renowned for its luscious landscapes, dense palm groves, whitewashed churches and sandy beaches. Here you will find an intriguing blend of East and West as 450 years of Portuguese rule is still evident in a mix of religion, cuisine and architecture, with baroque churches and grand mansions that dot the landscape. In your time off spend your days relaxing on the beaches or, if you have the energy, you can rent a bike and explore your surroundings, or simply read a book and relax your days away, bathing in the unique atmosphere of India.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience Goa's bewitching landscapes
  • Delve into the enrapturing culture of India
  • Return with a multitude of lifelong memories
Airport Pickup Community Emergency Ground Transport Hotel Meals Teaching Family
FAST FACTS
Location Goa, India
Activities Trip to Old Goa
Cooking lessons
Yoga
Teaching
Games
Workshops
Sports
Construction & renovation work
Singing & dancing
Decoration
Maintenance work
Gardening
Transport Airport pick-up
Public transport to project site - bus, taxi or even rickshaw!
Accommodation Shared volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Dsicounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Introduction week

Your first week is designed to give you an opportunity to explore the history and culture of India through a dedicated orientation week. Taking in local sites of special interest, cooking lessons, and possibly your first taste of yoga and meditation, you will learn practices that are central to Indian philosophy and way of life. Following this wonderful opportunity to fully immerse yourself in your new surroundings, you will receive your briefings for the volunteer work to begin.

Volunteer work

Your work programme and schedule will vary depending on the time of your visit and any personal interest or experience, but with a little flexibility and enthusiasm you are sure to have a wonderful experience. All volunteers are encouraged to leave their own personal mark on the project work, and the range of activities available to you includes:

Teaching

Experience the heartbeat of the future generation of Goa, as you bring your own teaching style to the classroom. Make a difference to the lives of the children who will hang on your every word, and make friends for life with the teachers and students alike.

Orphanage work

Whilst not an orphanage in the Western sense of the word, you will find the children for whom the orphanage is a home to be from an underprivileged background and yearning for support and stability. Involve yourself in teaching, games, workshops, and construction and renovation work, and indeed anything else in which you have experience. Bring care and affection to the lives of poor outcasts.

Kindergarten work

With patience and creativity you will soon find bonds of trust developing between yourself and the youngest children of Goa. Limited only by your imagination your time with the kids could be spent giving general care and affection or you may be involved in activities like drawing and colouring arts and crafts, teaching, games and sports, reading, teaching basic English and singing and dancing.

Womens Shelter

Our volunteers help out at a shelter that has been set up specifically to support women and young girls coming from broken homes. This safe and caring environment gives these women an incredible opportunity to rebuild their confidence, further their education and regain their independence so that they are able to secure jobs or return to their family.

Elderly care work

Contribute to the everyday running of a local care home for the elderly with infrastructural maintenance and improvement work, decoration and gardening work, and learn about the India of the past from the residents who will be eager to learn about your life and home.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be greeted upon arrival at Goa Airport by a representative from Frontier-India and escorted by bus, taxi or even rickshaw, on the short journey to the centre where you will be based for the duration of your stay. Please aim to arrive on the Sunday in time for the project start on the Monday.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will find all of your accommodation to be basic, but of course clean and comfortable. The rooms will be single sex and shared, and participants are expected to be environmentally responsible and use precious resources with restraint, and to help by keeping the living areas clean and tidy. The doors and windows are not mosquito proofed, so don't forget your mosquito net!

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

All three meals during the day will generally be taken together and will be typical of the region. Breakfast will vary from rice to Indian breads, and lunch and dinner will include a range of Indian dishes, characterised by rice, vegetables and sauces. You should be prepared for some of the food to be spicy, it being India after all, but you will find that there are tastes to suit all palates.

Definitely the best experience of my life so far  | 12 Aug 2014
Volunteering in Goa has really been an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life....

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TEACHING AT THE ORPHANAGE IS A LOT OF FUN!  | 3 Apr 2013
I am really enjoying my project here in Goa and had a great time celebrating holi! I met Lyn...

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Give it a Goa and you’ll never look back!  | 4 Dec 2012
Frontier have so many projects, so I really wanted to find one that was perfect for me. Luckily, ...

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Magical Times in India!  | 26 Jul 2011
  The project was hard work but very rewarding.  It allows volunteers the oppo...

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Teaching, culture and crazy buses  | 22 Sep 2010
I spent about two weeks in Goa with Ashtead Youth Group and had an amazing time. I have really en...

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The greatest experience of my life  | 14 Sep 2010
Before I went to India with Frontier I had no idea what to expect. I didn't know anything abo...

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Group Reflections  | 13 Sep 2010
"Lots of fun" "The accommodation was better than expected" "Br...

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Fun in Goa  | 10 Sep 2010
"Trip went very well, organised and fun. Maggie was a great help and got on with the childre...

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Snippets from a volunteer group  | 7 Sep 2010
"The staff got on great with the group. Went the extra mile. 100% happy!" "Th...

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Not getting lost in Goa!  | 4 Sep 2010
"Maggie made every day full of activities and surprises and with DMan helping we didn’...

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your free time, or after your placement has finished, you may have the opportunity to engage in a number of cultural and adventure activities. Attend Bollywood festivals and theatre performances, explore remote villages and visit magnificent ancient temples, test your nerve as you rock climb high above coffee and tea plantations and spot tigers and monkeys from the back of an elephant as you trek through the jungle.

COSTS

2 weeks US$ 1,095

Extra week US$ 495

DEPARTURE DATES

Twice monthly on Sunday

DURATION

From 2 weeks

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Comprehensive pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 4-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Goa (GOI)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (UK) or +44 800 082 9994 (US) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk.

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel protection so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel protection at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.


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If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.