Trip Details

A fulfilling way to spend time during a gap year volunteering to improve the lives and futures of people in the local communities of Goa. The project’s main aim is to provide a good education and basic knowledge of health and healthcare to the local people improving their present and future lives. The design of the project incorporates basic informal education, life skills training, arts and crafts activities, and the teaching of subjects such as mathematics, science, geography and also English. Additionally, it raises children’s awareness of environmental issues, basic hygiene methods and behaviour skills.

Essentially, the project is split into three clear sections. As a participant at the project you will be involved in a slum outreach program and work at the women’s shelter.

Slum Outreach Program

This part of the program focuses on providing an education to underprivileged children from the slums as their parents do not have the available funds to send them to school. Participants will be expected to use informal teaching methods including games and activities to teach and interact with them. Through this, you will nurture in them an understanding of the importance, and benefits, of academic learning and the development of life skills.

 

Women’s Shelter Program

Caring for women and young girls from broken families, the women’s shelter houses 10 children and 20 women with their average ages ranging between 4 and 30 years old. Games and interactive activities are used to teach the girls English in fun and interesting ways. Physical exercise and relaxation, coupled with the cultural exchange and interaction, helps to restore their confidence and help them to rebuild themselves after becoming demoralized by their experiences.

 

** Please note that the women’s shelter project should be booked for a minimum period of 4 weeks **

 

Elders Care

Another part of the project involves caring for 8 residents of a local Old Age Home. The experiences you will have here will be pleasant and rewarding. All the inhabitants are above 50 years old. They are very friendly, sweet people who will enjoy spending time with you, sharing stories of your own and their lives.

Trip Itinerary

Monday to Friday

You’ll work at the project during the afternoons. At 2:00 pm each day, you will leave the accommodation site to travel to the project location where you will carry out the tasks listed below. After spending the afternoon at the project, you will depart to your accommodation at 5:00pm.

Activities at the Elders Home

  • Provide care for the elders
  • Clean them and assist them in taking a bath
  • Interact with them, listening and showing an interest in what they have to say
  • Play games with them or read with them
  • Provide assistance to the sisters in cleaning the home and preparing food as required
  • Care for sick elders by administering aid and medications

Slum Outreach Tasks 

  • Develop the children’s knowledge and proficiency in English
  • Provide help with homework tasks
  • Play games with the children
  • Carry out painting and renovation work

Women’s Shelter activities

  • Provide fun and interactive learning activities
  • Encourage the residents to develop their confidence

** 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!

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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