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Volunteering and Contributing

  • Many travelers ask if there is anything they can bring to help the local people. There is an orphanage nearby, and they are always in need of light-weight children’s clothing and shoes. Also, there are many families in the village of Verla Canca, and light-weight clothing is always appreciated. There is a local animal rescue, and they need supplies like Advantage or Frontline to help keep the animals free of flees and ticks. These products, although available, are price-prohibitive in India.
  • If you are interested in a long-term volunteer position at the children’s orphanage or school, arrangements should be made in advance because of background checks and documentation required. However if you want to make a one-time visit to bring the children something, arrangements can be made while in Goa. For one-time visits, the orphanage directors encourage treats like juice boxes, crackers, cookies or banana chips. The toys they encourage are things like balls and frisbees, toys that all of the children can share and play with together. As mentioned above, light-weight children’s clothing and shoes are also needed, as well as rain coats for the monsoon. There are about 50 children at the orphanage, their ages are between 2 and 10 and visiting hours are between 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. The orphanage also welcomes cash donations, and they have a “Sponsor a Child” program. You can find more information about this program during your visit if you wish.
  • If you would like to volunteer with the local animal rescue, you can also arrange this once in Goa. You must show proof of your rabies vaccination. The rescue always needs volunteer dog walkers.