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.
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.
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 **
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.
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
Slum Outreach Tasks
Women’s Shelter activities