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Is there a safety box or cupboard in the room where I can keep my valuables?2018-08-29T14:41:49+00:00

Yes, we have the cupboard in both private and shared rooms. You will be provided with a key to keep your valuables safe.

Which is the nearest airport?2018-04-09T06:46:05+00:00

The nearest airport is called Dabolim.

What is the distance between airport and the school?2018-04-28T06:29:15+00:00

It is 60 kilometers, about 38 miles. It takes one and half hour by taxi.

Will Aithein arrange for pick up from airport?2018-08-16T04:51:16+00:00

Once your seat has been confirmed for the course, we will be happy to arrange for pick up from the airport at an extra cost.

If a taxi pickup is required, then please email us the below flight details, much before your arrival :-

 

Arrival date in Goa:

Arrival time in Goa:

Flight Company Name:

Flight Number:

 

Taxi Cost:
The Non-Air Condition Taxi fares are as mentioned below:-

  • if your arrival time is between 7:30 am – 9:00 pm:- INR 1700

  • if your arrival time is between 9:00 pm – 7:30 am:- INR 2500

  • (Air Condition charges: INR 200 extra)

Note: The taxi fare needs to be paid to the taxi driver directly in Indian Rupees, once you reach your destination.

Cancellations or delays to your arrival times have to be notified to avoid Taxi charges.

Is the school’s accommodation in the school premises or outside?2018-08-29T14:43:27+00:00

The school’s accommodation is in the school premises.

Do I need a visa?2018-08-29T14:44:28+00:00

Yes, most passport holders need a visa for India . You can get e-visa for 90 days by applying through this website https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html.  Your visa will start from the date given on e-visa. You can generally get a 6- month tourist visa which you must organize before traveling. Consult your local Indian embassy. Most embassies have an online application form you can download off the internet. Your visa will start from the date it is issued not from the date of your travel. Applying in good time is advisable!

Which Visa I need to apply for?2018-08-29T14:44:38+00:00

Please apply for Tourist Visa and you can come into India to learn courses.

Do I receive a certificate after the course?2018-04-28T06:30:52+00:00

Yes you will receive a certificate at the end of the course from our school which is approved by Govt of India.

Does the course include manual?2018-04-28T06:30:47+00:00

Yes course includes course manual is included in the course fees and also the oils, massage tables, massage sheets are all included.

Will I be able use this certificate or will it be valid in my country?2018-04-28T06:32:14+00:00

Every country has their licensing procedures. Some of the countries like UK and Europe have CIBTAC or other certification boards, but you need to give exam through this particular certification boards to become a licensed massage therapist. When you are a licensed massage therapist our certificate is valid in your country.

United States has their own licensing procedures and if you are planning to add Continuing Education hours (CE hours), our certificate is valid for CE hours.

Can I use any other currency locally?2018-04-28T06:32:59+00:00

You need Indian rupees for eating out, buses, rickshaws and buying small local items. Most of the restaurants accepts international cards.

Can I Pay in Pounds, USD or Euros?2018-04-10T07:19:34+00:00

Aithein accepts Indian Rupees (INR) only.

Are there are ATM machines or Cash machines nearby?2018-04-09T06:59:46+00:00

Yes, there is one ATM machine in Agonda beach and one nearby in Agonda village (5 mins by motorbike or rickshaw – it is 3kms away) Most of the ATM machines are at the nearest town called Chaudi (30mins by bike, tuk-tuk or taxi – it is 10kms away). ATM’s accept most international cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, etc. The maximum you can take out or withdraw per day is 20’000 Indian rupees or sometimes maybe more it depends on your card.

What is the easiest way to withdraw Cash?2018-04-28T06:33:18+00:00

There are many exchange shops nearby

You can bring cash in your currency notes.

You can swipe your credit card at the exchange shops in Agonda. They will charge you 3% – 5% of the transaction fees and give you Indian currency notes.

It sometimes happens that none of the exchange shops have money and the ATM is not working, since we are located in a small village. In that case you can hire a taxi and go to the next village to do so.

In the kitchen facility do the students cook by themselves or do you cook for us?2018-08-29T14:46:44+00:00

The kitchen facility is for the students, you will be provided with cooking pots, spoons, knifes, heating unit, gas, water and fridge. You are requested to cook your own food and buy vegetables, oils, butter and other items needed for your meal. Also you wash your own used utensils or containers, plates used for cooking and eating. Please note the kitchen facility is very basic.

Are there shops nearby where i can buy fruits, vegetables and other daily products?2018-04-28T06:34:33+00:00

There are local shops nearby where you can buy fruits, vegetables and daily products.

Will I be allowed to use the kitchen if I’m not staying in the school’s accommodation?2018-08-29T14:46:38+00:00

You will not be allowed to use the kitchen or sit in the eating area, if you are not staying in the school’s accommodation.

Is there laundry service in the accommodation?2018-08-29T14:46:30+00:00

We do not have laundry service, but there are many places around the school that offer laundry service. Otherwise you can wash your own clothes.

Will there be classes on the weekends?2018-04-28T06:36:03+00:00

All the courses Saturday is half day (10am to 12 noon) and Sunday is off. Only for Aithein healing massage course, both Saturday and Sunday are off days

Can I leave on the last day of the course?2018-04-28T06:36:50+00:00

You cannot leave on the last day as the course finishes around 7pm. It is better to leave the next day, after the course finishes or it is suggested to stay for 2 more days to integrate or digest an intensive course.

What vaccinations do I need?2018-04-28T06:37:24+00:00

There are no compulsory vaccinations for India (unless you are arriving from certain African or South American countries with yellow fever) but it is best to consult your doctor about any personal vaccinations you may need for travelling. Goa is not a high-risk malaria area and none of us take malaria tablets as the side-effects are controversial.

Is it dangerous to travel to Goa alone as a woman?2018-04-09T07:09:27+00:00

Not at all. India is a safe country for Westerners and poses no problem for women travelling on their own. Especially Goa is very used to tourism and one of the only places in India where a woman can get away with wearing a short skirt or shorts, without being stared at.

What languages will I need?2018-04-09T07:10:15+00:00

India’s official language is Hindi but English is used widely and you will be able to travel and communicate perfectly even if your knowledge of English is basic. There are 16 further regionally registered languages in the country. The local language in our area is Concani. Learning a few words is not necessary but it might make you very popular with the locals.

Are there other sports I can do while in Goa?2018-04-30T04:49:59+00:00

Yes, running, jogging and walking along the endless beaches. We are at Agonda beach which is very empty and Palolem beach is also nearby. The Indian beaches are ideal for long walks and runs. Sailing courses, ocean kayaking and kite-surfing are offered at other beach (s). And you can indulge in daily swimming, of course. The sea is very clean; no jellyfish or other nasty surprises.

What do I bring?2018-04-28T07:18:39+00:00

Yoga mat: You can buy a Yoga mat in Agonda / Palolem. It is better having your own mat because it’s more hygienic and you can use it for self-practice.

Electrical adaptor plug: The voltage in India is 230 – 240 V. European two prong plugs work fine but you will need a conversion plug if you are coming from the UK or US. Don’t get alarmed if the lights suddenly go out. Power cuts are very typical in India. However they don’t usually last a long time.

Torch: See above. Also for long midnight walks along the beach, some people prefer to take a torch – more so that they can see the little crabs darting across the wet sand, than anything else. You can also buy torches locally or from beach vendors.

Driving licence: You have to show proof of this if you want to rent a scooter, motorbike or car.

Sunscreen: Although you can buy sunscreen here, if you have a particular brand you like, bring it along. Remember the sun in India is quite strong, especially if you’re coming from the winter. It’s best to avoid the midday sun if possible or cover up with long sleeves. After a few days your skin should be accustomed to the sun and you can move around more freely.

Sunglasses: The sun is bright so don’t forget the shades.

Mosquito repellent or citronella: There are generally not that many mosquitoes on the beach but if you are particularly sensitive to bites bring along repellent and light, long sleeved clothes for the evening. You can also buy local repellent which seems to work.

Flip flops or sandals: The sand can get quite hot around midday so unless you’ve got elephant skin you might want to save going barefoot for sunset. Also for going to the local market and excursions you might find it most comfortable in open shoes. Most people here live in flip flops so you will probably only need your trainers/winter shoes for the flight. The trekkers amongst you, might want to bring walking shoes if you’re planning trips to the forest. You can buy sandals, flip flops and crocs (cheap copies) here for very little money.

What can I buy in Goa?2018-04-30T04:50:23+00:00

You can get most of what you might need in Agonda Beach or nearby Palolem Beach, or in the nearby village of Chaudi. Things like toiletries, postcards, books and snacks can all be found in Agonda. The pharmacies in Chaudi and Palolem are well stocked and you can also find things like contact lens solution and tampons. Chaudi market is very colourful and great for fruit, vegetables, fish and trinkets. There are a few clothes and souvenir shops in Agonda and neighbouring Palolem. The markets in Anjuna and Arpora (North Goa) are very popular and we can organise market trips if you like.

What kind of clothes will I need?2018-04-09T07:13:49+00:00

You will be living on the beach so you’ll be surprised how little you actually need. Bring a beach towel or sarong, bikinis or swimming trunks, vest tops, t-shirts, a jumper for the evening, loose fitting yoga pants, shorts, shoes etc. In Dec and Jan, the nights and early mornings can be cool so bring a jumper or something warm for the early practice. However due to the heat and strong sun you may feel more comfortable in long sleeved shirts and long, cotton pants. Leave some space in your bag for anything you might buy here. India has a wide array of cheap clothes, scarves, jewellery and blankets. As soon as the sun comes up the temperature averages 28 to 30 degrees and you can lie in the sun all day. Goa is a liberal state and the goans are used to Western tourists and you do not need to cover your shoulders and arms unless visiting churches or temples. There is a very affordable laundry service which means you do not have to pack too many items.

What will the weather be like?2018-04-09T07:15:05+00:00

The climate in Goa is the opposite of the European/North American winter. From October until May it is warm and dry. The daytime temperatures range from 28 to 32 degrees. At night the thermometer may sink to 20 degrees in December and January – but it will feel colder due to the humidity – so bring a jumper and long trousers for the early morning practice and the nights. Generally you will encounter blue skies every day from November to April.