Charlie on her volunteer holiday in Goa, India.

Charlie on her volunteer holiday in Goa, India.

Teaching Traveling: Ever wanted to spend part of your vacation doing something to give back?

For inspiration, listen to the experience of Charlie, a young woman who just volunteered abroad during her holiday with a program that YOU can do, too.

Charlie, tell us about your experience.

Charlie: I just got back from Goa, where I spent two weeks. I had an amazing time in this part of India, and did a number of different things, including making the most of the many beaches. However my favourite experience of the trip, by far, was participating in a Holiday with a Heart volunteer experience.

Charlie having fun with kids while volunteering in Goa.

Charlie having fun with kids while volunteering in Goa.

With this program, I spent one day volunteering in one of the day centres of the Charity “Child Rescue” in Calangute, North Goa. This charity works with children with little or no access to education and provides them with a safe day centre where they are fed, taught and looked after.

Here I helped teach both a fun arts and craft lesson and an English lesson to the children in the centre. It was challenging as there were many children and they all spoke little English. However, I was provided with lesson plans to follow and the Holiday with a Heart representative was there to help. In the afternoon we took the children to the beach where a number of different games were played. The day really was amazing and rewarding. The children were so eager to learn and welcoming that you really can’t help but love the day and want to do more.

Learning from each other during the volunteer experience.

Learning from each other during the volunteer experience.

TT: How did you find this volunteer opportunity?

C: I found this travel opportunity though searching on Google. I typed in searches for volunteering and found Holiday with a Heart’s website, which offers a number of volunteer opportunities in different countries.

TT: How did you find the money to fund this travel?

C: I funded this experience through savings. However it did not make a big dent in my budget as it was only ?99 and is for charity!

TT: Tell us one moment from your travels that was particularly powerful.

C: Seeing how eager the children are to learn, and how happy and grateful they are about small things truly was very touching.

TT: How have your travels impacted you in your career?

Want to spend a day volunteering with sweet kids like this?

Want to spend a day volunteering with sweet kids like this?

C: I’m not a teacher, however it is something that I may look into. That one day was so rewarding and knowing you have made a positive impact on children’s lives seems to me to be a very worthy profession.

TT: How have your travels impacted you as a person?

C: The whole experience has made me much more grateful for everything I have and has made me realise the importance and the enjoyment of giving back.

TT: What advice do you have for other teachers who are dreaming of travel, or travelers dreaming of teaching?

C: Don’t think… DO! And you can also combine both travel and teaching by taking part in one of Holiday with a Heart’s volunteer opportunities. You will have a wonderful day and meet some truly inspirational people.

TT: Thanks, Charlie! Readers, what questions or comments do you have?

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Posted by Lillie

Lillie started TeachingTraveling.com in 2010 to share the infinite ways to combine education and world exploration. Lillie has been a Boston teacher since 2003, and chronicles her own travels at AroundTheWorldL.com.

6 Comments

  1. Thanks for this Charlie! Just the reason I love coming to the blog – for these interviews of people doing such unique things and working with programs I’ve never heard of! (or would never have come across in the sea of volunteer information I find from Google). So thanks! I’m going to look into this one too!

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  2. Luvina malicsi July 7, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I want to do this volunteering teaching traveling for a short term. What is needed to do this ? Where do you gett your assignment and what are the requirements. I have a Masters degree in Education from the Philippines and I have seven years teaching experience in the Philippies, too. I want to do this sometime in September of this year.Please get in touch with me. Looking forward to hear from you soon.
    Best regards to all!!!

    Luvina Malicsi

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    1. Luvina,
      I wish you the best of luck. The best thing to do is click through the links in articles which talk about programs that interest you. That will take you the official website of the program with their contact information.

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  3. Volunteering in a humanitarian program is a double score activity for a young activist- you are helping other people while you are exploring and exotic culture. I love the Indian saris and have been captivated by them since I was a child- and the one of the first picture looks exactly like watermelon. One can explore a certain culture through the traditional clothing, which reflects attitude toward the body, the relationships between men and women etc.

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  4. What a great win-win. Checking that site for details now!

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