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INDIA GOA UPCOMING TRIPS - COST: $1,870 - Program starts on Sunday

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What Is Included With Your Globe Aware Trip

  • Meals
  • Accommodations
  • Medical insurance
  • Volunteer coordination
  • Orientation package
  • Project funding/donations

Globe Aware trips are professionally planned and led. You do not need special skills or the ability to speak a foreign language. Globe Aware employees lay the groundwork prior to your arrival, accompany you during your volunteer vacation, and assist with transfers and departures.

Vibrant and Tropical Goa

Goa, situated on the southwestern coast of India, is a small state celebrated for its enchanting beaches, lively nightlife, and rich cultural legacy. Having been a Portuguese colony for over 450 years, it became a part of India in 1961. The architectural style, churches, and festivals of Goa distinctly reflect the enduring influence of Portuguese culture. Renowned globally for its diverse festivals like Carnival, Shigmo, and the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, as well as its stunning beaches like Baga, Anjuna, and Palolem, Goa captivates visitors with its distinctive amalgamation of history, culture, and natural splendor. This unique blend makes it a favored destination for those seeking a tranquil beach holiday infused with both Indian and Portuguese flavors.

The ideal period for a week-long stay in Goa is from November to March. Temperatures tend to increase in late spring, with the monsoon season lasting from July to September.

Work

Although there is a considerable journey ahead to attain complete equality for those with disabilities in India, different Indian organizations have made strides to improve access to education, employment opportunities, and other essential resources, empowering the community to initiate a transformative path toward overcoming poverty.

Get ready to create a significant difference by volunteering at a social initiative committed to empowering visually and hearing-impaired students in the Porvorim region. During your three days there, you'll get the opportunity to interact with children and/or adults, support educational activities, and play a role in fostering their holistic development. Experience firsthand the resilience and determination of these exceptional individuals as you collaborate to bring about positive change.

SAMPLE INDIA GOA ITINERARY

There's plenty of time to appreciate stunning architecture, chill beaches, fun shopping trips, and experience the authentic Goan way of life.

Your itinerary includes visits to iconic landmarks in the North and South of Goa, such as the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Fort Aguada, and the vibrant markets of Mapusa and Margao. Cultural activities may also include:

  • Coconut plucking
  • Fishing
  • Cooking Class
  • Hindi Classes
  • Lounging at the beach ( there may be additional costs if you want to use another hotel's lounge facilities/restaurants).
  • Water activities such as kayaking and snorkeling ( some activities may come with additional costs).

Optional Activities

Additional activities incurring extra charges, including transportation, are available as options. Please notify us in advance if you wish to partake in any of these activities, enabling our coordinator to check for availability and feasibility within your schedule. Should you extend your stay in Goa beyond a week, your coordinator will gladly guide you toward services and resources for your assistance.

  • Explore Spice Plantations: Take a guided tour of spice plantations in the countryside. Immerse yourself in the aromas of cardamom, cinnamon, and vanilla while learning about the region's rich agricultural practices.
  • Dudhsagar Waterfall Trek: Embark on a trek to Dudhsagar Waterfall, one of India's tallest waterfalls. The journey through lush forests offers breathtaking views, and you can take a refreshing dip in the natural pool below.
  • River Cruise on Mandovi River: Experience the vibrant culture of Goa with a scenic river cruise on the Mandovi River. Enjoy traditional Goan music, dance, and a delightful dinner aboard

Food and Lodging

Volunteers will be accommodated in a modest hotel. All have running hot water, flushing western-style toilets, and electricity. Though the accommodations cannot be labeled luxurious, you will find that they are more than sufficient. Each hotel room can accommodate two individuals. Hotels may not be beachfront or in immediate proximity to the beach, but still close by.

Transportation will be provided to your work site from the hotel.

Goan cuisine includes rice, fresh seafood, coconut, vegetables, meat, bread, pork, and indigenous spices. Notably, kokum and vinegar add a distinctive touch to the culinary repertoire.

Being a coastal region, seafood is a significant part of Goan cuisine. Dishes like fish curry rice, prawn balchão, and fisherman's wharf are popular. Breakfast will be provided at the hotel. Lunch will be a packed tiffin on volunteering days.

Arranging Your Airfare

All U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport and valid Indian visa to enter and exit India.

Verify whether your departure airport offers direct flight routes to Goa. As an alternative option, consider booking a flight to a major international airport in India and then opting for a connecting domestic flight to reach Goa.

Upon arrival at Dabolim airport, you will be greeted by a Globe Aware coordinator and transferred to your accommodation.

Safety and Security

While Goa is generally considered safe, it is advisable to avoid venturing into less-traveled or poorly lit areas. The influx of partygoers in certain parts of Goa has led to the emergence of some folks being under the influence of substances, which is illegal.

Exercise caution, don't flash expensive items around, and practice common sense.

While India captivates the senses and volunteers may be enthusiastic about capturing it in photos, be mindful that Goans prefer you seek permission before taking any of their pictures.

INDIA GOA UPCOMING TRIPS - COST: $1,870

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