Trip Details

Are you the kind of person who loves animals? Why not volunteer to take the time to participate in a project aimed at providing a safe haven for orphaned, injured and sick animals? Located in the North Goa region, the Goa Animal Welfare project requires participants to carry out a range of tasks across a network of rescue centres. In the beautiful state of Goa, there are a large number of cattle roaming freely on the streets. As a result, many of these animals are involved in life threatening road accidents. Taking on a role in maintaining the animal rehabilitation rescue centre, you will make a difference to the cattle, goats, dogs and cats that are treated there. Those animals injured by road traffic incidents are brought to the centre where they receive necessary treatment, such as operations or medications, to stabilise their condition. Your work will provide the animals with a safe place to recuperate until they are re-homed.

Additionally, there are often a number of dogs wandering on the beaches due to the volume of beach shacks and restaurants on the beaches during the touristic season. When the restaurants close between May and September, the dogs no longer have access to food. Work carried out at the project is not confined to the rescue centre as during the monsoon season, visits to these beaches take place to feed the hungry dogs.

While at the project, your role will involve carrying out all tasks at the rescue centre as the need arises. This could include maintaining the premises, taking care of the injured animals, assisting the local veterinarian and visiting the beach to feed the dogs during Monsoon season.

Direction will be provided by local rescue experts, instructing you on carrying out daily rescue and rehabilitation tasks. You will learn how to collect and transport animals in need of help, how to carry out animal husbandry duties and basic first aid. Although a major part of your role will be taken up with assisting in the process of rehabilitation, recovery and release, you will also be required to learn about the construction of animal enclosures.

 

Trip Itinerary

Your regular Monday to Friday routine will involve an Australian breakfast at 8:00 am followed by a journey to the rescue centre at 9:30 am. Throughout each day you will assist with the following tasks:

  • feeding the animals
  • carrying out daily or hourly monitoring of the animals, assessing them and reporting on their condition
  • observing and reporting any changes in behaviour
  • changing dressings and bandages as required
  • washing and cleansing animals as required
  • administering medicine and ointments as necessary
  • maintaining the cleanliness of enclosures and the overall environment
  • Enriching the lives of the animals
  • Visiting the beaches to feed the dogs

You’ll have a break to rest and have a light lunch at 12:00, and resume the daily tasks between 2:00pm and 4:30pm. Finishing your duties at 4:30 pm you will then have a 30 minute journey to the accommodation centre. After taking the chance to rest, you will enjoy a dinner consisting of local Indian Cuisine and vegetarian dishes. Each day will end with a light entertainment session, possibly a movie, and some free time.

Saturday and Sunday

These days will be free for you to use to explore the local area.

** Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances. **

Trip Accommodation

Trip Country Info

India

Capital: New Delhi
Language: Hindi, English and 22 other officially recognized languages
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Time zone: UTC +5:30

India is known for its pyramid-like temples, its colorful streets and it’s crowded cities. This country represents one of the most vivid and the largest cultures in the world. From the golden triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra to the coast where Ayurveda medicine was born, India offers a 360 degree journey through the most magical of lands. Known for being the second most populated country in the world, India will show you the faces of thousands of Hindu gods in its very vast collection of temples all throughout the country. The land of colors and smiles is ready to take you on your next adventure whether road tripping or helping out in local communities, this sub-continent will amaze your senses. India will shift the way you see the world.

India’s literacy rate is around 60% for women and 80% for men. The principal language is Hindi and English is also commonly used in all major cities. New Delhi, the capital of India, is what many would call the real deal when travelling through the country. It is one of the biggest and most populated cities in the whole world with up to 25 million citizens. New Delhi is known for its amazing cuisine and its new modality of “street food”, which means restaurants with every specialty you can imagine are available to you all throughout the city! Chennai is another of the biggest cities in India, known as the “Detroit of India” for its automobile industry. If you are looking for a quieter spot Kerala is the centre of lifestyle, art, architecture, language and literature in all of the country!

Gap year travel to India is enjoyed in a country with wonderful history that dates back several thousand years. In particular, one of the most incredible historical points of India is how four separate world religions originated here – Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism. Beyond this, however, India has only truly been independent as a nation since 1947, just a couple years after World War 2 concluded.

In that time, India has grown to be the eleventh largest economy in the world as well as the second most populous nation, second only to China. This isn’t particularly surprising when you consider that India has been an economic powerhouse for trade routes in the past, but it is very impressive to consider that India has almost reached the status of superpower over the course of 66 years.

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With thousands of years of history and an incredibly diverse climate, India is not a place you can simply read about and understand. You have to visit and immerse yourself within the various Indian cultures before you get an idea of just how amazing India really is. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch now to find out more about our amazing gap year holidays in India or browse the latest experiences below;

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa