Animal Welfare

Goa - India

Only 300€ per week!

Participate in maintaining the animal rehabilitation rescue center for cattle, goats, dogs and cats in beautiful Goa!

These animals are invariably affected by life threatening road accidents. Give them a new lease of life by helping them recuperate and maintain their shelter until they find new homes. During monsoon, we go to the beach to feed the hungry animals.

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Program Description

The state of Goa has a large number of cattle freely roaming in the streets. There are also a number of dogs on the beaches due to numerous beach shacks and restaurants lined up on the beaches during the tourist season. When peak summer and monsoon approaches during the months of May to mid September, the restaurants close and the dogs do not have access to food. What we do during this period of time is we take cooked food to stretches of beaches and feed these dogs. All dogs on the beaches are vaccinated and sterilized. As for the cattle, many calves and adult cattle meet with road accidents, we bring the injured animals to the rescue center where they are operated upon, medicated, brought back to stable health conditions, and given away for adoption so that they do not land up on the roads again.

Your work will mainly be to maintain the rescue center, taking care of the injured animals, if need be, going out to rescue injured animals, assist the local veterinarian and also feed the dogs on the beaches during during the months of May to September.

By joining this program you will have an opportunity to make a real contribution to the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned animals. This will be done through a variety of tasks at a network of rescue centres within North Goa region. In your role you will be directed by local rescue experts in daily rescue and rehabilitation tasks, which may include collecting and transporting injured, orphaned and sick animals, animal husbandry duties, basic first aid as well as the construction of animal enclosures. You will play a major role in assisting the process of rehabilitation, recovery and release, especially for the orphaned animals that have had one or both parents killed in a road accident, and would otherwise perish without your assistance.

As a general rule never look an animal directly in the eye, when you first meet them, as this can be seen as a sign of aggression.

With Kittens and Cats

  • Wipe eyes and body with warm salty water, and pat dry. Clean litter trays and cages.
  • Play and spend time stimulating them.

With Puppies and Dogs

  • Wipe with warm salty water and pat dry. Groom and treat for ticks and fleas if any.
  • Give them lots of exercise and then give them “Training lessons”. A rolled up newspaper for when they are naughty and lovely treats when they are good.
  • This is very important for when they go to their new homes.

With Calves

  • Wipe with warm salty water.
  • To bottle feed, make sure your head is away from theirs and your feet are away from “kick distance”. Wipe the calf’s mouth and chin with a damp cloth after feeding.

With Cows

  • Cows are gentle creatures, but always be aware of your surroundings, when with the cows.
  • Grooming: This is very important for calves and cows. Again, make sure you are not in kick distance. Make deep sounds when grooming, this comforts them. Massage circular strokes on the side of the face.

With Goats

  • Love being groomed and are very friendly, but shy.

This project should to be done in the mornings, if you wish you continue on this program in the afternoon, you are more than welcome. If you choose to do any other project, then you can participate only in slum outreach project or at the TGL School.

***Please note; the combination has to be informed to your local coordinator during the introduction week itself, and only if available you can choose a combination, you will not be able to change it until the end of your program***

Aims & Objectives

Provide a safe haven for orphaned, injured, and sick animals.

Schedule

Monday

On your first day of the program, you will have an orientation, to better understand your new environment and program. Our coordinators will take you to an enchanting spice plantation, visit the local market, and a few supermarkets located close to our center. You can also utilize this time of the day to exchange your currency or purchase any of the essential items you might need during your stay.

Tuesday

On the second day of your first week, introduction to the local projects and program will be given through an observation time at the project site, you can also choose to assist as existing participants on the project. Our coordinator's will also theoretically orient and train you on the activities of the project onsite so as to introduce you to the project in a step-by-step manner.

Wednesday to Friday

Your time on the project will commence on Wednesday.

After an early breakfast, travel to the animal rehabilitation center to participate in various activities, you will be helping with the following tasks:

  • Help to feed the animals
  • Daily or hourly m
  • Monitoring, reporting and assessing animals on each day
  • Reporting behavioral changes each day
  • Changing bandages where required
  • Washing and cleaning of animals where required
  • Administer medicine and ointments as required
  • Cleaning enclosures and their environment
  • Animal Enrichment
  • Go on beach feeding for the dogs (during the monsoon season of June to October)
  • Please take treat along with you everyday.

You will have your packed lunch at the shelter and then continue with your work. You will finish your work at about 16:30 and return to the center for a well deserved rest.

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

  • Participants below the age of 18 should have parental consent.
  • Participants above the age of 65 should have medical clearance.
  • Ensure that you have had all the necessary vaccinations before participating on the project.

Additional Equipment

  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Water bottle

Location

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 home to various UNESCO World Heritage sites 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.

About the Accommodation

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.

Food Arrangements

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.

Facilities

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.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

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

Goa has a pleasant climate all around the year. Monsoon season is from June to September which is the rainy season for Goa. Goa gets an average rainfall of 330 cm annually which is about 90% of its annual rainfall. This season also happens to be the favorite of the travelers coming to Goa with its various celebrations happening. And from October to March it gets a very pleasant climate with clear skies and nights being busy with the festivals and sky full of fireworks. Summer starts in April and the long sandy beaches and the sunshine are so welcoming.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: Republic of India (Bhārat Gaṇarājya)

Population: 1.252 billion

Capital: New Delhi

Language: Hindi, English and 22 other officially recognized languages

Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)

Time zone: UTC +5:30

Country Information

India is known for its pyramid-like temples, its colorful streets and it’s crowded cities. This country represents one of the most vivid and the largest cultures in the world. From the golden triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra to the coast where Ayurveda medicine was born, India offers a 360 degree journey through the most magical of lands. Known for being the second most populated country in the world, India will show you the faces of thousands of Hindu gods in its very vast collection of temples all throughout the country. The land of colors and smiles is ready to take you on your next adventure whether road tripping or helping out in local communities, this sub-continent will amaze your senses. India will shift the way you see the world.

India’s literacy rate is around 60% for women and 80% for men. The principal language is Hindi and English is also commonly used in all major cities. New Delhi, the capital of India, is what many would call the real deal when travelling through the country. It is one of the biggest and most populated cities in the whole world with up to 25 million citizens. New Delhi is known for its amazing cuisine and its new modality of “street food”, which means restaurants with every specialty you can imagine are available to you all throughout the city! Chennai is another of the biggest cities in India, known as the “Detroit of India” for its automobile industry. If you are looking for a quieter spot Kerala is the centre of lifestyle, art, architecture, language and literature in all of the country!

Climate

India is so vast that climatic conditions in the far north have little relation to those of the extreme south. While the heat is building up to breaking point on the plains, the people of Ladakh, in the Himalaya, will still be waiting for the snow to melt on the high passes.

India has a three-season year – the hot, the wet and the cool. Generally, the best time to visit is during winter (November to February) although there are regional variations.

Summer (hot): The heat starts to build up on the northern plains of India from around February, and by April or May it really heats up. In central India temperatures of 45 °C and above are commonplace. Later in May, the first signs of the monsoon are visible in some areas – high humidity, violent electrical storms, short rain-storms and dust storms that turn day into night. The hot season is the time to leave the plains and retreat to the hills, and this is when Himalayan hill stations are at their best (and busiest). By early June, the snow on the passes into Ladakh melts and the roads reopen.

Monsoon (wet): When the monsoon finally arrives, it does not just suddenly appear. After some advance warning, the rain comes in steadily, generally starting around 1 June in the extreme south and sweeping north to cover the whole country by early July. The monsoon doesn’t really cool things down: at first hot dry and dusty weather is simply replaced by hot, humid, muddy conditions. Even so, it’s a welcome relief, not least for farmers who face their busiest time of year as they prepare fields for planting. It doesn’t rain solidly all day during the monsoon, but certainly rains virtually every day and the water tends to come down in buckets for a while followed by the sun. The main monsoon comes from the southwest, but the southeast coast is affected by the short and surprisingly wet northeast monsoon, which brings rain from mid-October to the end of December.

Winter (cool): Finally, around October, the monsoon ends for most of the country, and this is when most tourists visit. Generally, it’s not too hot and not too cool (although in October it can still be surprisingly humid in some regions). Delhi and other northern cities become quite cold at night in December and January. It certainly becomes cold in the far north. In the far south, where it never gets truly cool, the temperatures become comfortably warm.

Culture

Hinduism is a big part of the story and construction of Indian culture. India is known for its distinctive arts such as architecture, literature and performing arts but in the modern era it has shifted towards the film industry. Bollywood is followed by the Middle East, South Asia and even Russia! Their movies are known for its musical intake and beautiful stories and characters, all, native Indian. One of the things that characterize India the most is its caste system; this model includes the old tradition of arranged marriages and very traditional family values throughout castes and the country. Don’t miss a cricket match when you visit! It is the nation’s favourite sport and a beloved pastime in the country.

Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism and Zoroastrianism are the major religious communities in the country. According to the 1990 census, Hindus constitute about 83% of the population followed by Muslims with 11% and Christians with 2%. Sikhs constitute about 1.6 %. Buddhists 0.6% Jains 0.3% and Zoroastrians (Parsees) 0.085%, of the 1 billion population. The rest constitute other minor religions. The population of all the 6 major religions has increased but Jainism has increased only marginally. India is a land of bewildering diversity. It is a jigsaw puzzle of people of every faith and religion, living together creating a unique and colorful mosaic. There is a festival for every reason and season. Many festivals celebrate the various harvests, signifying great historical figures and events while much express devotion to the deities of different religions. Every celebration revolves around rituals of prayer, seeking blessings, exchanging goodwill, and decorating houses, wearing new clothes, music, dance and feasts.

Transportation

The Indian railways are one of the largest undertakings in the world. The network covers a distance of over 60,000 Km. Road covers 5.5 million kilometers and over 10,000 km of inland navigable waterways. Using rail and bus services, one can reach almost any point on the Indian map though not always on time. All large cities are also connected with domestic air services.

Buses operate frequently to all smaller towns to/from major cities. There are also inter-state buses that take you from one city to the other (non stop). Before booking your bus tickets, always check the time it would take from one point to the other. For the local buses, you buy the ticket once you get on. For the lines that go between cities you will have to book and pay in advance.

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