In addition to the magic scenery, Goaâ€™s vibrant culture and party scene make it the ideal destination or stop during your gap year. Goa is especially well suited to first time travelers and students because itâ€™s easy to navigate with adequate infrastructure and itâ€™s a place where everyone speaks English.
Short-term visitors and holidaymakers will have a myriad of activities to fill their agenda. To immerse yourself in local culture, go on a multi day trek where youâ€™ll see the native forests, wildlife and stay in tucked-away tribal villages.
For a more relaxing and spiritual experience, spend a few days in an ashram learning the ancient wisdoms of yoga and meditation. And of course leave plenty of time to soak up the sun on the pristine beaches and check out the buzzing bar scene in the nearby Margao and Palolem villages.
If youâ€™re planning to stay long term in Goa, your options include volunteering, doing an internship or working. You can decide which one suits you once you get there, but it never hurts to research in advance.
Volunteer in Goa
Schools, AIDs hospices childcare centers in Goa are always in need of an extra pair of hands. Your time will be greatly appreciate and go a long way to supporting local community.
Intern in Goa
Get some international career experience while youâ€™re abroad. Many agencies can help arrange an internship in your field by placing you within a local business. Popular industries include journalism, film, marketing, PR, law and publishing.
Work in Goa
While you will see foreigners working in the local bars and resorts, many are not legal. There is no easy â€˜working holidayâ€™ visa to get, and the visa would likely have to go through an employer (either before you arrive or after you get there). The government is on the lookout for illegally employed foreigners as they take away jobs from locals.
But donâ€™t be discouraged, the best way to find work is to simply walk around and ask once youâ€™re there. With Goa growing as a holiday destination, more and more resorts will be looking for English speaking westerners to service their guests.
Whatever you choose to do during your time in Goa, you are likely to walk away tanned and smiling. The localsâ€™ happy demeanor is infectious and wonâ€™t take long to get to you!