Help inspire the children of rural village in the Himalayan mountains by teaching English and promoting confidence at our schools. Previous experience is not required.
The importance of the program lies in improving the English educational standard at our school. The local children do not have access to better educational opportunities such as a lack of trained teachers, learning resources, poor infrastructure, financial viability and many others. It is important for the children to learn English comprehension skills for a better future. The volunteers who come give the children a new found confidence in learning English. The volunteers provide a new perspective and methods of teaching to the children.
Our program is about creating new learning opportunities for the children at our school. It focuses on developing English learning strategies, methods, new materials and different resources for a mindful learning. The role of the volunteer is to help provide a new way of thinking and promote English learning skills. Volunteers will also integrate with local teachers to make them more enthusiastic and confident about their work with the students. Volunteers will be expected to be part of the curriculum and daily routine.
The school is located in a village in the foothills of the Himalayas. The locals live a basic life and the village has a strong sense of community. You will find most of your needs are provided in a nearby town. The volunteer will be living in a local homestay/hotel. The rooms are comfortable and basic.The basic room provides a bucket shower and Indian squat toilet, however, at an additional charge we can provide a western toilet and a regular shower. Meals will be provided by a local family who will cook your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals are basic, but we can provide tailored meals according to your needs at an additional cost as well.
The school is a primary school, with the number of students always fluctuating. However, on average each class has about 8-10 students. There are 10 classes, from lower kindergarten to grade 8, 4-14 years old. The school building is basic and differs from each school we work with. The school runs from 7:30 am-12:00 pm in the summertime. In winter, the school runs from 8:30 am-2:00 pm. In general, up to grade 5, the students learn 6-7 subjects, and after grade 5 they learn 8-10 subjects including English as a compulsory subject, science, maths, social studies, environmental science, Sanskrit, general knowledge, drawing, arts and crafts, and of course Hindi.
The volunteers would be working with Naveen, the volunteer coordinator, alongside the teachers of the school. Naveen will welcome you and situate you into the classes, explain the educational set up, the local culture, customs and way of living. He will also explain the do’s and don’ts of the local culture and living.
The volunteers are expected to be proactive and talk to the teachers, lead a lesson once they have understood the system, create a positive environment for learning. Volunteers can expect to learn Indian education system, method and how it works. They will also get a close purview of the local culture, religion and general way of living. If the volunteers have teaching supplies they would like to bring, they may do so. However, it is not required.
A typical day starts at 8:00 in the summer and 9:00 in the winter. After breakfast you are expected to arrive at school and start teaching the classes assigned to you according to the schedule. Each period is 45 minutes long before the break at 10:00 am in summer and 11:00 in the winter. After the break each period is 30 minutes.
You are expected to teach only English and each period is a different grade level. There are text books that we use for each class that you can teach out of. Naveen will assist you in the classroom for the beginning until you are comfortable. The school day ends at 12:30 pm in summer and 2:00 pm in winter. From there you will have lunch and have some rest.
You can be part of the local culture, get invited for the tea at local houses, and take advantage of your visit by hiking in the mountain trails. Our community is known for celebrating life through festivals, fairs and weddings which you can be welcomed in.
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