Many people have been choosing a different kind of vacation. The population of India is well over one billion. Many may not find that this country would be the place to get away and relax. However the states in the Southern part of India, Kerala and Goa, the scenery and the coasts offer possibilities to do just that. However, many traveling to these cities are opting out of the standard vacations and stays in luxury hotels. Goa is experiencing the benefits of those volunteering for working vacations. One organization that has many programs to offer those, all around the world is, Overseas Working Holidays. Some are longer trips such as 2 months, but some are just two week programs.
There are many projects to chose from. Most donate their energy to teaching English. This is one of the more popular vacations, as there is no experience necessary. There is a one week orientation seminar but that is all. Goa is one of the most popular destinations in India for tourism, and these programs allow those who desire, to give back to the communities they fall in love with while on holiday. Colva Beach is a site with an English school. But there are other locations throughout the town as well. And there is more to it than just teaching the language, time is spent volunteering in the health service industry. And then, the volunteer in turn, learns a bit of the Hindu language, and stay at ashrams practicing meditation and yoga. There is time as well to explore, as to leave Goa without taking in the beaches and the restaurants and the spice shops of downtown would just be a crime. Many find that this type of vacation is very satisfying and worthwhile. There is the exchange of cultural ideas and the formation of friendships. The focus becomes to help those who need help, and this kind of travel puts miles between one and one’s office back home, in more ways than one.