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Goa Culture Week

Get familiarized with the customs, culture, surroundings and more of this rich and colorful country.

Experience the beauty and culture of Goa, get to know the people, explore its natural treasures, relax on its pristine beaches, visit local markets, historic forts and churches and learn about Goan history and heritage. Learn to cook an Indian meal and take home with you an unforgettable experience.

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Description

Program Description

This program lets you explore the life and style of the Goan people. This is 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 organization, the programs, 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, and workshops that will introduce you to the culture.

Local language communication will be part of this program along with hands-on Indian cooking classes, yoga sessions, and visiting scenic sights and surroundings. All these encompassing this week will make you ready to enter Goan life. Also, please note that all transportation will only be by public transport, to give you an authentic local experience

Finally, during outdoor activities, In order to make sure of your  safety and security, you need to keep the following considerations and requirements while taking this spectacular experience. You are expected to be on time, follow all the instructions of your local coordinator and local tour guides, be attentive of your personal belongings and valuables, be more mindful of the marine environment and use environmentally friendly sunblocks and sunscreen.

It is also advised to bring extra cash and your container bottled water at all times. In addition, if you have medical conditions, just inform us in advance in order to take necessary precautions and measures. However, alcohol consumption is strictly prohibited during your program schedules particularly during the outdoor activities. Finally, enjoy and make the most of your stay and make memorable learning experiences.

Immerse yourself in Goan rich culture and history and experience its hidden beauty and make memorable experiences. Besides that, you may also have the best time throughout your stay as you will engage in fun, relaxing and recreational activities held after a long day of your program alongside other participants.

Finally, you can not miss every single weekend experiencing nearby scenic views and historic places. Thus, we will make sure to assist you in organizing your weekend getaways and enjoy every bit of your time.

Aims & Objectives

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.

Schedule

Monday

  • Breakfast at the Center
  • Introduction to the program which includes code of conduct, house rules and Do’s and Don’ts
  • Making Indian Traditional “Chai Tea”
  • Introduction to Goa
  • Lunch
  • Mapusa city visit and the local Market
  • Dinner at the Center
  • Relax for the evening

Tuesday

  • Self Defense classes
  • Breakfast
  • Tour to Main city of Goa “Pnajim “ and you will get a chance to see the
  • Visit to Protguese Colony and Historic colonial buildings.
  • Special Goan Vegetarian Lunch called “ Veggi Thali”
  • Dinner at the Center
  • Discussion about safety, transport and Indian culture

Wednesday

  • Yoga session
  • Breakfast
  • Local Language Lesson
  • Goan cooking Lesson
  • Enjoy the meal prepared by you for the lunch
  • Anjuna Beach and market visit
  • Dinner at the Center

Thursday

  • Breakfast at the Center
  • Visit to SINQURIM beach and a Goan bakery
  • Lunch at the Center
  • Bollywood movie
  • Dinner at the Center

Friday

  • Breakfast at the Center
  • Visit to Old Goa and Goan Spice Garden
  • Traditional Gaon Lunch at the spice garden and proceed back to the accommodation
  • Feedback time for the culture week
  • Dinner at the center

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

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                –

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

The following are further necessary in order for both the participants, local staff and everyones involved to have a meaningful, enjoyable and safe culture experience..

  • Older participants or over 65 years are required to have a medical clearance as proof of their physical fitness as they may perform various activities.
  • Participants below 18 years old need a signed parental consent as proof of involvement of their children for the program. If possible, accompaniment by an adult is highly advised.
  • Due to the length and active nature of this program and as there are lots of outdoor activities under the heat of the sun, a decent level of fitness is required.
  • Excellent time management and self – organizing and strong desire to take on new challenges and learn as much as possible.
  • Recommended a COVID – 19 Vaccination, purchase travel insurance, medical and Covid – 19  insurance prior to your arrival.
  • Have completed or recommended the following vaccines: Polio, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria/Tetanus, Typhoid, Malaria, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis.

 Additional Equipment

Personal belongings such as:

  • There is a lot of walking and exploring, so bring with you comfortable  shoes  so you can move comfortably and easily.
  • Bring Personal toiletries such as basic soap, shampoo, toothpaste and towels.
  • Bring also hat, sunglasses to protect from the heat of the sun particularly during the beach day.
  • You may also bring extra toiletries, towels, extra clothes, swimming attire, extra foods during beach day.
  • An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun and please carry with you preventive agents during outdoor activities, such as mosquito repellents for insect bites or other insects that may irritate your skin.
  • Moreover, bring Medicines with you especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis as well as other medicines for headaches and stomach aches.
  • Refillable water bottles and hydration packs to stay hydrated throughout the day particularly during exploration and outdoor activities.

Dress Code:

  • India is a Conservative Country, please wear modest clothing covering knees and shoulders. Loose and long clothing is both respectful and tends to keep you cooler in hot climates. Cover up as much as possible in the spirit of the local culture to avoid embarrassment.
  • Your clothes must not be too short, too tight, or too revealing. Kindly make sure your shoulders and legs are covered.
  • It is completely fine to wear western clothes as long as they fit the local standards.
  • Be thoughtful of the graphics, symbols or text printed on your clothing and avoid wearing clothing styles that might be inappropriate most especially when visiting temples, monasteries and schools during your spare time.