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helping kids in goa, india

Goa is a magnet for migrant families from all over India who come seeking employment opportunities and a better life. Often setting up tented camps in the outskirts of towns and cities, and in poor conditions, access to education for their children is never easy.

Education plays a vital role in the development of any child, so here in a village in North Goa a community-operated school has been established to provide free and accessible education for the children of this migrant community. By doing so, the project aims to prevent the pull into child-labour and thereby give these kids a better and more secure future.

The school teaches various subjects to the children, from academic subjects such as English and maths, drama, art, music and sports to more general life skills such as hygiene and sanitation or environmental awareness. The community school also doubles as a venue for kindergarten, sports coaching, adult education, vocational training and much more – the overarching mission being to provide accessible, quality education and coaching for thewhole community.

You will be a great support for the permanent local teaching staff, working each morning as
an assistant in kinder or primary school age classes. Afternoon sessions continue with more
academic classes, then sports and youth and adult education between 4pm and 7pm – if you
have specialist knowledge in computers, accounts or vocational skills then you can add
great value here.

Whether you are a qualified teacher or simply interested in helping disadvantaged
communities overseas, you have an important part to play here at this fantastic community
initiative.


itinerary

Day 1 - (Sunday)

Arrive at Goa airport (airport code GOI) and after clearing customs and immigration, you’ll be met by our local team and taken straight to your accommodation, ajourney of under an hour, depending on traffic.

Days 2 - 6 (Monday to Friday)

During intro week you will be participating in various activities to explore Goa and its beautiful  surrounding countryside, to get acquainted with the local culture, language, religion, customs, history and social issues. The purpose of this week is to provide a gentle introduction to the craziness of India and to help you gain an understanding of the manners, norms and etiquette inherent in Indian society as well as to introduce you to your new surroundings.

Intro week is packed full of exciting adventures, cultural excursions and workshops. It includes yoga sessions, cooking classes, Hindi language lessons, visits to markets and temples, sightseeing opportunities as well as an overview of the different community programs operating here in Goa, and of course visits to our project locations. 

Days 7 & 8 (Saturday & Sunday)

Spend your free time as you please, your weekends are yours to enjoy. With secluded beaches galore, countryside, villages, caves and waterfalls to explore there are so many options to keep you busy. The mountain ranges and spice plantations enhance the beauty of this glorious state, and aside from its natural beauty this UNESCO World Heritage site and former Portuguese colony has heaps of historic churches, cathedrals and forts to discover.

Days 9 -13 (Monday to Friday)

School time! The aim is to show students that learning is fun and volunteers are encouraged to be creative with learning through books, games, songs, art, sport and music. Your role is to encourage and inspire but most importantly for teachers and students alike to enjoy the learning experience. At the school, you will be involved in various activities such as:-

  • Classes for kindergarten ages as their parents go to work 
  • School classes for primary and early secondary aged children aged 5-14 
  • Vocational skills training for young adults, eg accounting or computers 
  • Soccer coaching sessions for the children 
  • Environmental and hygiene sessions for better waste management, general health awareness and clean water protection 
  • Develop infrastructure in the village such as library facilities, roads, sanitation, rainwater harvesting system, etc.

Your last day (Saturday)

Oh no …… no matter how long you’re here for, one of these days it will be time to say goodbye to your newfound friends. All departing volunteers will be transferred to the local bus station from where it is easy to arrange onward travel or a taxi back to the airport.

your digs

Volunteers will be accommodated in the projects volunteer house. Volunteers share a bunk-style room with three to five others with shared bathrooms. There is a fridge for volunteers to use, lockers for your valuables, wifi access, a mini library, a dining room and lounge area and a beautiful garden to relax. There is an ATM and a supermarket around 15 minutes’ walk from your accommodation.

All participants are expected to be environmentally responsible and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and tidy.

meals

You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. Meals are a mix of Western and Indian food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You are welcome to use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local and inexpensive restaurants.

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start date

Sunday's year round

minimum age

18 if travelling solo, younger teens accepted with parents

important info

  • Fly In & Out : Goa (GOI)
  • What’s included: Airport meet-and-greet, accommodation, most meals, arrival
    briefing, local 24/7 support
  • What’s not included in cost: Flights, tourist visa, return airport transfer, travel insurance
  • Accommodation: Multi-share bunk room with shared bathroom 
  • Food: 3 meals provided daily (B/D at weekends)
  • As part of our duty of care to the children, you will need to provide us with a Police Check / Working with Children Check prior to arrival in Goa.
  • *Prices start at £715pp for a 2 week programme. Prices will be confirmed in writing prior to booking. 

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