Volunteer Experience | Community Development

India: Community Engagement Project

Goa, India

Description

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: €450 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

Benefits:

  • Help improve the quality of life of the women and their families
  • Provide vocational training and training material for women
  • Inspire them to start their own business
Costs Explained

Introduction

By lending your time and effort you will help in improving the quality of life of the local communities in Goa.

Participate in our endeavour to empower the local women through education and life skills, assist in help at a disability care home, and provide social support to elderly people at home for the aged. Join us in this program to inspire the less privileged and help the community to build on their own.

ELDERLY CARE
Who the Project serves:
With modernization, people are at a race for achievements which puts the concept of the nuclear family in focus. When the grown children in the family are pursuing their dream jobs and leave their family behind, there is no one to look after their parents. Therefore, they are placed in an Elders care home.

In this program, you would visit an old age home and spend time with its residents as they need someone to listen or talk to and it is all that they need sometimes. Your visits would make them feel happier and less lonely. You will spend time as a companion to the residents where you can talk to them, play games, do reading, colouring and various other exercises with them.

Working Hours: Monday to Friday 09.30 to 1200
Your role:

  • To engage the residents at the Old Age Home in different activities
  • Play games and entertain them
  • Talk to them and listen to what they have to say
  • Read to them
  • Organize recreational and entertainment evenings for the elderly
  • Arrange sharing and discussion sessions on interesting topics
  • Teach the residents skills such as how to use their mobile phones better to store numbers, send text messages, take pictures, etc
  • Take the residents to museums and other places of interest
  • Celebrate festivals and birthdays with the elderly

SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION AND CARE
Who the Project serves:
It is a home for adults with different levels of abilities. This Home was born out of a need to create an inclusive place where adults with intellectual disabilities feel welcome. With your help, we hope to create a healthier society for these differently-abled individuals.

Working Hours: Monday to Friday 09.00 to 1200
Your role:

  • Assist the members to learn and improve their skills as per their abilities and interests
  • Share moments of happiness and love with the young and old in the free time
  • Assist them physically with basic tasks like walking them to the garden, having lunch or helping out at the work table
  • Give them a sense of value in their lives and the attention they seek
  • Teach them simple singalong songs
  • Assist the residents with physical exercises

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM
Who the Project serves:
We have recently started the “Women Empowerment Program”. The objective of this program is to make the women self-reliant and to make them able to support their families. This program aims to empower women in various ways such as financially (in the beginning), mentally as well as physically. The target group of the program are women from less privileged backgrounds residing in various villages Goa.

Most of them are illiterate and work as housemaids and other unskilled jobs. In the mornings, some of them work as maids, cooks or engage in other small jobs where they are able to earn a living. And in the afternoon, they join our program to learn new skills and improve their lives better for a brighter future. In this program, through a step-by-step process, our main task is to give them English education (communicative and written English), awareness on health and hygiene, vocational training so that they can be financially stable in the future with their own businesses.

This project has started with teaching basic communicative and written English so that the women can read signboards, news papers, magazines and also help their children in their homework.

The project is conducted on a one-to-one basis where each participant takes part to teach women at the project.

Working hours: Monday to Friday 14.30 to 17.00

Your role

  • Help improve the quality of life of the women and their families
  • Provide vocational training and training material for women
  • Inspire them to start their own business
  • Throughout the year there are various courses being conducted in this program such as baking, honey harvesting, tailoring and computer skills.

Daily Life

Monday
On your first day of the program, you will have an orientation in order to better understand your new environment and the program. Our coordinators will take you to an enchanting spice plantation, 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.

Tuesday
On the second day of your first week, an introduction to the local projects and programs will be given through an observation time at the project site. During this project introduction, you can also choose to assist the existing participants on the project. Our coordinator will also theoretically describe and train you on the activities of the project onsite so that it is easy for you to understand the project in a step-by-step manner. Your time on the project will commence on Wednesday.

Wednesday to Friday
Morning

In the morning, you can choose to join either the Elderly Care program or Special Needs Education and Care program.

09:00 – Departure to Elderly Care program /Special Needs Education and Care program

13:00 – Lunch

Afternoon

In the afternoon, you can choose to join the Women Empowerment program or continue at the Special Needs Education and Care program.

14:00 – Departure to Women Empowerment program

14:30 – Engage in tasks and activities at the project

17:00 – Return to your accommodation

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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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Requirements

  • Minimum age 18.
  • 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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Costs

€400 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