GOA INTRODUCTION WEEK 2017
Open all year, starting on Mondays, participation fee 175€ per week. Program runs Mon-Fri (free weekends). Mandatory to start the programme.
- Code : G/IND/GIW2017
- Dispo : 5M / 5F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
Depending on the project you have chosen at a particular destination, you will have your introduction week. In the case if you have chosen Goa as your project, this will be your program. Prior to beginning your work in our projects, you will experience this program, a very important step that will prepare you for your stay in India. Loads of new things will be introduced to you and it will be the time to ask all your questions about the programs, the organization, the country, the culture and anything else that might come to mind. Moreover, there will be language lessons, cooking classes, yoga sessions, sightseeing, visits to authentic Indian homes, workshops that will introduce you to the culture, visits to our project locations and much more! The purpose of this program is to help you get an understanding of the manners, norms, and etiquette that is inherent in Indian society as well as show you around and introduce you to your new surroundings. The week will be action-packed. In your schedule will be: India: Culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, are some of the topics that we will introduce you through group discussions, lectures, debates, visits, outings, etc. Language Lessons: A first contact with an Indian language and you will learn a few phrases to get by in Hindi languages. India has 18 official languages, and more than 1500 dialects and sub-dialects. We will start by teaching you only one! Do not forget that English is widely spoken all throughout the country. Projects: An overview of the projects, and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits on site. Information and lots of new things will be introduced to you including some sessions on yoga, self-defense techniques, cooking, team building, team work, project work, customs &habits, dos &don’ts, technical information, emergency situations, habits &behaviors. Local sightseeing and meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes, and natural sites in groups or individually during free time. Group games and discussions will be the style of operating of our coordinators at the orientation week to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic as possible.
You will be accommodated in rooms that can allocate 4-6 people based on a single-gender basis and you will be sharing the bathroom with your roommates. In our center, there is a mini library, a dining room, a lounge area where you can hang out with fellow participants and a beautiful garden to relax. Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages. Safety lockers are available. We have Wi-Fi at the centre. Unfortunately, the quality of internet is not as we are accustomed to in most western countries and might be slower and irregular occasionally. 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.
Consistently ranked among India’s top tourist destinations, Goa is the ideal place for first time travelers and adventurers alike to acclimatize to a different culture. From caves behind waterfalls to villages hidden in sandy coconut forests, there is always something more waiting to be rediscovered. The mountain ranges and spice plantations enhance the beauty of this glorious state. Apart from its natural beauty, this former capital of Portuguese India and UNESCO World Heritage site has a lot to offer in terms of architecture with churches, cathedrals and forts abounding. Put together, it is all of these aspects and more that make Goa the ultimate travel destination. ATMs: There are ATM?s around our centers. The closest one to our residence is about a 15 minute walk from the house. Shop: The closest local supermarket is a 15 minute walk from the centre. 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
Fee of 175€ is for one week , Program runs Mon-Fri, (free weekends), All volunteer programs start with a one-week introduction program. Compulsory starting dates for 2017: 02/01 – 16/01 – 06/02 – 20/02 – 06/03 – 20/03 – 03/04 – 17/04 – 01/05 – 15/05 – 05/06 – 19/06 – 03/07 – 10/07 – 17/07 – 24/07 – 07/08 – 21/08 – 04/09 – 18/09 – 02/10 – 16/10 – 06/11 – 20/11 – 04/12 – 18/12. Reception at Goa airport at the arrival on Sundays.