"10/10 I loved every second of it including the cultural challenges. The volunteers I worked with were brilliant, the local team was excellent and the accommodation in Saligao was very nice. I felt as though I made a real difference to the projects I worked on plus I learned so much from the experience."
Kirsten, Jan 2019
Goa is a magnet for migrant families from all over India who come seeking employment opportunities and a better life. Often setting up tented camps in the outskirts of towns and cities, and in poor conditions, access to education for their children is never easy.
Education plays a vital role in the development of any child, so here in a village in North Goa a community-operated school has been established to provide free and accessible education for the children of this migrant community. By doing so, the project aims to prevent the pull into child-labour and thereby give these kids a better and more secure future.
The school teaches various subjects to the children, from academic subjects such as English and maths, drama, art, music and sports to more general life skills such as hygiene and sanitation or environmental awareness. The community school also doubles as a venue for kindergarten, sports coaching, adult education, vocational training and much more – the overarching mission being to provide accessible, quality education and coaching for the whole community.
You will be a great support for the permanent local teaching staff, working each morning as an assistant in kinder or primary school age classes. Afternoons sessions continue with more academic classes, then sports and youth and adult education between 4pm and 7pm – if you have specialist knowledge in computers, accounts or vocational skills then you can add great value here.
Whether you are a qualified teacher or simply interested in helping disadvantaged communities overseas, you have an important part to play here at this fantastic community initiative.