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


  • Participate in maintaining the animal rehabilitation and rescue centre for cattle, goats, dogs and cats in beautiful Goa!
  • These animals are invariably affected by life-threatening road accidents. Give them a new lease of life by helping them recuperate and maintain their shelter until they find new homes. During monsoon, we go to the beach to feed the hungry animals.
Costs Explained


The state of Goa has a large number of cattle freely roaming in the streets. There are also a number of dogs on the beaches due to numerous beach shacks and restaurants located on the beaches during the tourist season.

During the month of May to mid-September which is also the months of peak summer and monsoon season, the restaurants along the beach close and the dogs do not have access to food. During this time of the year, we take cooked food to the beach and feed the dogs. As for the cattle and also other animals who meet with road accidents, they are brought to the rescue centre. Here they are treated, medicated, and taken to the stable to regain their health, and given away for adoption so that they do not land up on the roads again.

Your work will mainly be to maintain the rescue centre, take care of the injured animals, go out to rescue injured animals when required, assist the local veterinarian and also feed the dogs on the beaches during the months of May to September.

By joining this program you will have an opportunity to make a real contribution to the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned animals. This will be done through a variety of tasks at a network of rescue centres within North Goa region. You will be directed by local rescue experts in daily rescue and rehabilitation tasks, which may include collecting and transporting injured, orphaned and sick animals, animal husbandry duties, basic first aid as well as the construction of animal enclosures.

You will play a major role in assisting the process of rehabilitation, recovery and release, especially for the orphaned animals that have had one or both parents killed in a road accident, and would otherwise perish without your assistance.

As a general rule, we recommend never to look at an animal directly in the eye, when you first meet them, as this can be seen as a sign of aggression. Try to build trust before going near them.

With Kittens and Cats

  • Wipe eyes and body with warm salty water, and pat dry. Clean litter trays and cages.
  • Play and spend time stimulating them.

With Puppies and Dogs

  • Wipe with warm salty water and pat dry. Groom and treat for ticks and fleas if any.
  • Give them lots of exercises and then give them “Training lessons”. You may use a rolled-up newspaper for when they are naughty and lovely treats when they are good. This can be a very important training when they go to their new homes.

With Calves

  • Wipe with warm salty water.
  • Bottle-feeding. Make sure your head is away from theirs and your feet are away from the “kick distance”. Wipe the calf’s mouth and chin with a damp cloth after feeding.

With Cows

  • Cows are gentle creatures, but always be aware of your surroundings, when you are with the cows.
  • Grooming: This is very important for calves and cows. Again, make sure you are not in the kick distance. Make deep sounds when grooming, this comforts them. Massage in circular strokes on the side of their face.

With Goats

  • Love being groomed and are very friendly, but shy.
  • This project would be conducted in the mornings. If you wish, you can continue the program in the afternoon as well.

Daily Life

On your first day of the program, you will have an orientation day to better understand your new environment and program. Our coordinators will take you to an enchanting spice plantation, visit the local market, and a few supermarkets located close to our center. You can also utilize this time of the day to exchange your currency or purchase any of the essential items you might need during your stay.

On the second day of your first week, introduction to the local project and program will be given through an observation time at the project site, you can also choose to assist the existing participants on the project. Our coordinator’s on-site will theoretically orient and train you on the activities of the project tasks to introduce you to the project in a step-by-step manner.

Wednesday to Friday
Your time on the project will commence on Wednesday.

After an early breakfast, travel to the animal rehabilitation center to participate in various activities, you will be helping with the following tasks:

  • Help to feed the animals
  • Daily or hourly monitoring, reporting and assessing animals on each day
  • Reporting behavioural changes each day
  • Changing bandages where required
  • Washing and cleaning of animals were required
  • Administer medicine and ointments as required
  • Cleaning enclosures and their environment
  • Animal Enrichment
  • Go to the beach to feed stray dogs during the monsoon season of June to October
    Please take treats along with you every day.

You will have your packed lunch at the shelter and you may continue with your work after lunch. You will finish your work at about 16:30 and return to the center for a well-deserved rest.

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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