Volunteer Experience | Environmental & Wildlife

India: Animal Welfare Project

Goa, India


Location: Goa, India

Duration: Minimum 2 weeks commitment

Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday

Cost: €350 Euros per week – see Costs section for further details

Includes: all food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations


  • Animal rescue and rehabilitation is critical in Goa, India, where numerous dogs and cattle roam the streets.
  • Program participants will help to maintain the rescue centre, care for injured animals, and feed dogs during the summer and monsoon seasons.
  • Local rescue experts will guide volunteers in daily rescue and rehabilitation tasks such as animal husbandry, basic first aid, and constructing animal enclosures.
  • Volunteers will contribute to rehabilitating and releasing orphaned animals whose parents were killed in road accidents.
  • Participants will receive instructions on interacting with various animals, including treating for ticks and fleas and grooming cows and goats.
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Are you passionate about animal welfare and want to make a difference in the world? Then our Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation program in Goa is perfect for you!

The state of Goa has a large number of cattle and dogs roaming the streets and beaches, making animal rescue and rehabilitation a critical need. During the summer and monsoon seasons, restaurants along the beaches close, and the dogs lose access to food. Our program provides cooked food to the dogs during this period and brings injured animals to our rescue centre for treatment and rehabilitation.

By joining our program, you’ll play a crucial role in maintaining the rescue centre, caring for injured animals, rescuing animals when needed, and feeding dogs on the beaches during the summer and monsoon seasons. Our local rescue experts will direct you in daily rescue and rehabilitation tasks, including collecting and transporting injured animals, animal husbandry, basic first aid, and constructing animal enclosures.

You’ll make a real contribution to the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured, and orphaned animals, including playing a significant role in rehabilitating and releasing orphaned animals whose parents have been killed in road accidents.

To ensure you’re prepared for your work, we’ll provide you with instructions on how to interact with different animals, including wiping eyes and bodies with warm salty water, treating for ticks and fleas, bottle-feeding calves, and grooming cows and goats.

This project will be conducted in the mornings, but you’re welcome to continue in the afternoons if you wish. Join us today and be part of the solution for animal welfare in Goa!

Daily Life

Experience a fulfilling journey through our animal rehabilitation program in India. Join us as we provide care and rehabilitation to sick and injured animals. From day one, we will guide you through a series of activities that will not only help you immerse yourself in the local culture but also train you to be a competent member of our team.

On your first day, you will be introduced to your new environment and program through a day trip to a local spice plantation, market and supermarket. Our coordinators will be with you every step of the way, ensuring you feel comfortable and prepared for the journey ahead.

During the second day of the program, you will be given an introduction to the local project through observation time at the project site, allowing you to assist existing participants. Our on-site coordinators will provide step-by-step theoretical training to better acquaint you with the tasks and activities of the project.

From Wednesday to Friday, your time on the project will begin. Starting with an early breakfast, you will travel to the animal rehabilitation center and engage in a variety of tasks such as feeding the animals, monitoring their behavior, changing bandages, administering medication and cleaning their enclosures. You will also have the opportunity to go to the beach to feed stray dogs during the monsoon season of June to October.

At the center, we provide a packed lunch for you to enjoy before you continue with your work in the afternoon. The workday ends at around 16:30, after which you can return to the center and relax, ready to take on the next day’s work.

Join us in making a meaningful difference in the lives of animals and experience the fulfillment of caring for the voiceless.

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Travel & Accom.

You’ll be staying in guesthouses during your stay, but the facilities each one provides might vary, depending on where your placement is. Typically, you’ll be sharing a room with two or three other adventurers, and have access to hot water 24 hours a day. All your meals will be provided during your trip, and will be local dishes.

The meals are a mix of Western and Indian food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice per week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants.

Laundry facilities vary between our guesthouses, and you should expect to wash your clothes by hand during your stay. All our guest are expected to keep their rooms clean, and use resources like water, paper, and electricity sparingly.

Sights & Surroundings
Goa has a very long coastline with an almost unbroken sand cover. So, if you’ve come looking for sun, sand and sea without the crowds and the fuss you’ll be pleased to discover these beaches tucked away in quiet recesses where you can go to truly escape the world. Here is our list of secluded beaches to try during your Goa weekend getaways. You might have to take your own food and water as there are no eateries or accommodation near some of them. And though some of them may seem out of their way, you’ll be glad for the peace and quiet when you get there.

Butterfly Beach
Kakolem Beach
Galjibag Beach
Hollant Beach
Betul Beach
Arambol Beach
Agonda Beach
Cola Beach
Velsao Beach
Sinquerim Beach
Siridao Beach

Goa has a pleasant climate all around the year. Monsoon season is from June to September which is the rainy season for Goa. Goa gets an average rainfall of 330 cm annually which is about 90% of its annual rainfall. This season also happens to be the favourite of the travellers coming to Goa with its various celebrations happening. And from October to March it gets a very pleasant climate with clear skies and nights being busy with the festivals and sky full of fireworks. Summer starts in April and the long sandy beaches and the sunshine are so welcoming.

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  • Minimum age 18.
  • Not afraid to get your hands dirty
  • No previous skills are necessary, however you will need to speak English at a native or near-native level.
  • Minimum 2 weeks commitment
  • Necessary vaccinations.
  • Necessary flights & visas.
  • Full travel & medical insurance.
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€350 Euros per week

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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee.
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit, minimum 2 weeks booking

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and project activities.

Private rooms are available for an additional €100 per week.

What’s not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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Note: Map coordinates are approximate