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Who is Escape to goa in India hosted by?

The  trip is hosted by Erin Doppelt, a prominent yoga and meditation teacher who leads travelers around the world on educational and immersive retreats and Escape To..., a social enterprise that has hosted over 600 international travelers in India on volunteering and experiential programs over the last 7 years. 

What's Included? 

Total pre-departure support (orientation on health, culture, safety and arrival details, what to pack, etc.), airport pick up and drop off in Goa, India, accommodation, 3 meals per day (except two dinners), transportation, entrance fees to places of interest as per itinerary, one group yoga class, all activities as per itinerary and unlimited fresh coffee at the plantations. 

What's Not Included? 

Round trip airfare, visa, travel insurance, laundry while in India, alcohol, activities you may do in your own free time, hot air balloon rides, massages, shopping and personal expenses, extra snacks and drinks outside of meals.

Do I have to be KNOW YOGA OR MEDITATION in order to participate? 

Nope. We encourage travelers who are interested in exploring yoga and meditation to participate. However, you can certainly take part without a background in yoga or background, with the understanding that we have slotted sessions allocated for yoga and meditation classes. 

I’VE NEVER TRAVELED OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY. IS INDIA A SAFE PLACE FOR ME?

That’s okay! We host all people—those that have or haven’t traveled abroad before. Our trip is designed to provide 24/7 support with experienced travelers and local experts to make your trip as safe as possible. We travel, live and do daily activities together so you do not have to feel nervous about being alone. India is a safe country with a growing tourism market. We have scouted out all the locations and activities on the trip in advance to ensure safe experiences. 

CAN I BRING A FRIEND?

Definitely! We encourage traveling solo with us or registering with a friend(s).

WILL I GET SICK?

Most travelers to India often get stomach upset and mild diarrhea. We will provide meals at trusted, hygienic restaurants that we have tried and tested over 7 years and you will always have access to bottled, mineral water. We will be with you at every step in case you get ill. 

I HEAR INDIA IS CONSERVATIVE...WHAT DO I WEAR?

We recommend wearing loose-fitted clothing (khakis, long skirts and capris) during the day. For women, we recommend wearing short sleeved, 3/4 or long sleeved shirts and dresses. For early mornings and evenings, always have a light cardigan or sweater available. Our volunteer put together a great video to help you with how to pack! Although India is quite conservative, Goa sees tons of international tourists every year and the locals are used to seeing people in bathing suits, short skirts, tank tops and shorts. 

WHO WILL THE OTHER TRAVELERS BE?

Our trip is meant for travelers over 18, from around the world who want to travel to India through a meaningful and culturally responsible experience. We will form a Whatsapp group around 15 days prior to the event so we can all learn about each other before we arrive in India.

WILL WE ALL FLY TOGETHER?

Not necessarily. We will get participants from around the world so everyone is responsible to fly on their own in India. Whenever possible, we will connect those of you who are flying from the same city.

HOW MANY people WILL BE ON THE TRIP?

We are capping our program at 16 travelers (in addition to 2 trip leaders).

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

We ask you to fill out a 3 minute application form as well as chat with us over phone or Skype. We will send you a confirmation letter around 2-3 days after that.

WHERE DO MY TRIP FEES GO?

Your trip fees help provide on-ground support in the form of airport pickups, accommodation, food, transportation, all activities as per itinerary, and 24/hour staff to guide the group through the experience. Through our activities, we are supporting the work of impactful non-profits and causes along the way. 

WHAT ARE THE PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION DEADLINES?

August 26th 2018: $300 deposit
October 26: $500 balance
December 26th: $1,700 final balance

You may pay in full for a $100 discount by June 26th. 

YOU HAVE NOT ANSWERED MY QUESTION. WHO DO I CONTACT?

Please email prachi@fairkonnect.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible!