Teaching children through art and games and participating in the Goa Carnival
Goa February 20 - March 5, 2017
Volunteer project: Situated on the west coast of India, on the shore of the Arabian Sea, Goa was the former Portuguese colony in India. It is one of India's most cherished and prominent locations for travelers since many years for its remarkable palm-fringed beaches.
The aim of this project is to assist in schools and orphanages and to try to create a safer, cleaner and environmentally friendly atmosphere for the children. The volunteers will also support the Goa Carnival with their active participation and creativity.
The international volunteers will teach basic English, Health and Hygiene awareness to children employing creative teaching methods through play, art and music. In addition, the volunteers will help improve the infrastructure of a local school or an orphanage by taking up simple renovation work like wall painting, tree planting, creating a kitchen garden, minor repairs, etc.
The volunteers will take part in the Goa Carnival which is a three day festival. The Carnival was introduced by the Portuguese who ruled over Goa for four centuries. Huge parades are organized throughout the state including colorful floats and troupes of costumed revelers with live bands, dances and non-stop festivities. During the Carnival, the volunteers will help the local people in installing and managing their food stalls, which is a good opportunity for the volunteers to interact with the locals.
Leisure activities: Visits to cultural and religious sites, Indian family visits, intercultural exchange with the local community.
Accommodation: In a guest house, in shared rooms.
Location: Canacona, a seaside village in Goa, 650 km south of Mumbai. The nearest international airports are Mumbai, Bangalore and Panjim. The nearest railway station is Madgaon. Buses operate on a daily basis from Mumbai, Bangalore, Panjim and Madgaon.
Age range: 18 and over
Extra fee: 15,000 Indian Rupees (about $225 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.