Community Support & Education Programs - Goa | Udaipur | Sikkim

Provide care, support and teaching to communities desperately in need of assistance in either Goa, Udaipur or Sikkim areas. Choose from various options such as slum outreach, community development, woman's shelter, elder care, rubbish removal and much more...

Community Support Programs – Goa, Udaipur or Sikkim

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Project Type

Standard Placement – Volunteer Center accommodation shared rooms

Duration

1 Week+

Start Dates

1st & 3rd Monday of every month (Cultural orientation week)

Location

Goa, Udaipur or Sikkim

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Whats Included

  • Arrival  Airport Transfer
  • Domestic Airfares as per itinerary
  • Touring & excursions as per itinerary
  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
  • Training & Supervision as required
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Touring & excursions as per itinerary
  • Certificate of Completion

Whats Not Included

  • Travel Insurance (Mandatory)
  • International airfares & Visa fees
  • Additional Tours, Souvenirs, Spending Money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

Application Procedure

  • Click ‘apply now’ to complete your online application.
  • Click ‘pay deposit’ to pay the US$275 fee to secure your placement.
  • A confirmation and invoice will be sent via email within 48 hours.
  • Final payment will be due 30 days prior to departure, after which a full program pack will be sent including all necessary information

Background Information

Volunteers are needed to support various on-going community and school based projects designed to help underprivileged families and communities in various parts of India.  Depending on your preference you may choose between with Goa, Udaipur or Sikkim.   Here you will be encouraged to be creative and apply your specific passions such as art, music, dance etc to help intercultural learning and interaction with people from all walks of life.

The projects are designed to provide basic informal education and life skills through teaching subjects such as English, maths, science, geography, hygienic standards and behavior skills etc.  There is a wide range of projects to be involved with.  You can choose from the below options.

All projects are centered around education mainly english language skills for underprivileged children of the local community who cannot afford to get good quality education.  Volunteers will work as an assistant to a teacher with whatever skills you may have.  You’ll be surprised what skills you never new you had!   You will make an important contribution by improving students’ spoken English, Mathematics, Geography, Science and other subjects in the school curriculum. It is an experience and memories neither you nor they will ever forget.

Projects

  • Slum Outreach (Goa)
    The project focuses on teaching underprivileged children from slums, whose parents cannot afford to send to school.  The main aim is to interact with children using games and activities to try and instill the importance of academics.
  • Woman’s shelter (Goa)
    Help women and young girls from broken families. Aged between 10 and 30 years old, you’ll help teach the girls English in fun and interesting ways. The cultural exchange and interaction provides the girls & women with much needed confidence and exposure to new ways of thinking to break old habits and form new opportunities to better their lives.
  • Old age Home (Goa)
    Give back to the over 50 year old’s.  They love to laugh and spend time talking about life and experience alternative viewpoints.
  • Kindergarten Teaching (Goa, Updaipur, Sikkim)
    Regular Kindergarten and Primary School, Udaipur – Coordinate with qualified teachers and assist them in various tasks in education combined with syllabus and curriculum in English.  It can be nice to bring presents with you for students. In our experience, the students are less interested in toys (some typical toys of your country might be interesting), but pictures of your family/house/pets are always well received.
  • Primary School Teaching (Goa, Udaipur, Sikkim)
    These schools accept a non-formal approach to teaching and also followed partly with a curriculum. This means that we will not have to conform to the local Indian teaching methods or style, but everyone will be free to choose their own way of teaching and may bring their own ideas into class.  The subjects to be taught can alter, depending on current activities in the schools which might include, for example, environmental issues or geography.
  • Special Needs Teaching (Udaipur)

    In the schools for the mentally challenged and hearing impaired, you’ll create an atmosphere conducive to learning and growth in which you can teach and interact these beautiful children under qualified supervision from regular teachers.  Communicate with students using very basic sign language and through activities which will help them understand their subject matter better.

Udaipur Accommodation Overview

The volunteer center is located five kilometers from the heart of Udaipur’s where you’ll find all the standard things like ATM’s, gyms, shops etc, There is a mini library where you can read, a beautiful garden to relax in and dining and lounge areas where you can hang out with fellow volunteers.  The house is equipped with all standard western style amenities (eg. Fridge, running water, Wifi toilets etc).  Please note the quality of Wi-Fi will be slower than you’re used to!

You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. 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.

Basic Amenities include 4-6 persons p/room, Wifi in public areas, laundry facilities (at a small fee), safety deposit box, lockable rooms, hot showers, private bathroom, bed linen provided, bring your own towel.

Goa Accommodation Overview

The Goa Volunteer center is a large western style house with a lovely garden and large outdoor area.  The house features and hot water (solar powered), WiFi, dining room, mini library and travel desk, lounge areas, television with satellite connection, safety lockers and lockable rooms, fridge and western style toilets and purified water.  Bed linen is provided, however you should bring your own towel.  You’ll be sharing a room with max of 4-6 volunteers at any one time in single gender rooms. You can wash your clothes by hand otherwise there is laundry services available for an additional fee.

The center is located located about 1 hour from the airport and about a 15 min walk to the nearest supermarket with ATM and personal SIM card for additional Wifi if desired as the quality of internet is not the greatest!   The closest city is Mapusa.

You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Indian foods, consisting mainly of vegetarian foods 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.