WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.