Facebook Pinterest YouTube  Email us     

PAYMENTS LOGIN .

contact us | request a call back | brochure | reviews | login

1-603-574-4935
info@travelersworldwide.org

GAP YEAR | VOLUNTEER ABROAD | WORK EXPERIENCE OVERSEAS

 
SUMMER CAMPS FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN INDIA

INDIA

SUMMER CAMPS FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN INDIA

During the summer vacations many of the schools offer “Summer Camps” to the students. Generally, teaching conversational English during this vacation is made available to approximately 60 students who attend the camp.

These camps normally take place on the school grounds and are an opportunity to give more informal lessons. They can also be combined with playing sports or putting together a play. The camps are much more relaxed and not quite so structured. They a lot of fun! and the kids adore them!

You can combine a Summer Camp placement with any of our other placements in India. For example, you can follow the Summer Camp with a Teaching, Sports or Care placement when the children go back to school.

$275 Off

List of ALL PROJECTS in India BOOK NOW    

SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates Project Dates: The summer camps run between different dates. You can stay for 2 or 4 weeks (or longer, if you combine it with a teaching or sports placement).
Duration From 2 or 4 weeks (or longer, if you combine it with a teaching or sports placement). Subject to visa requirements.
Requirements No qualifications required, just a love of children and a desire to help. 
Price Full Price List / Other Currencies
What's included Arranging your Program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation and Food
Meeting you at Madurai airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup

24-hr emergency support.
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return transfer to the airport
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in caring for children, teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement or short break in India, or for those interested in TEFL teaching.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into the Indian culture

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

WORK CONTENT
This is a special summer project arranged during the children’s vacations in April and May to keep them entertained, have fun and teach them some skills at the same time. The main appeal of the summer camps is that you can give hands-on attention to all the children in an informal setting; it’s an exciting opportunity for us, the children and you!

The summer camps in India are a roaring success; one volunteer has helped out with a special ‘Cricket Camp’ that was arranged at one of the schools. He spent his time practising new skills with the boys and they were enthusiastic, eager to learn and at the end of the camp they had greatly improved.

The activities on offer for the children are so wide-ranging that there is something for everyone: 

  • Many sports, including football, badminton, cricket, karate, yoga, chess, gymnastics
  • A great range of creative activities including dance, art, design, drawing, puzzles, Indian folk music, drums, Western dance, even skating!
  • More academic activities are also available mental maths, handwriting, spoken English, English grammar, computers, current affairs and amazing facts.
  • We also have a ‘kiddies camp’ for those of you who love nurturing the little ones! This is aimed at providing an all-round and total learning and growing environment for them. You can help with story time, audio/ visual, music and dance.

The kids will be learning to use English at the same time, so they'll not only have fun, they'll also benefit from the activity. These activities also benefit the children by improving their team-work skills, social interaction and building their confidence.

The Summer Camp will take place in the grounds of several schools where our teaching volunteers assist during normal school term time. All of these schools are in the delightful and bustling city of Madurai in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. There are normally around 3 hours available each day at each summer camp which last from 2 weeks to 2 months!

During the vacation period it is likely the school will have only a few members of staff present as the rest of the staff are likely to be away on vacation. For this reason you will have the opportunity to become quite involved in the structure, running and development of the camp, which will require you to work on your own initiative for a lot of the time. For this reason, being creative is a must.

You may work with large or small groups of children, so you need to be diverse and organised, but you are encouraged to utilise any skills or passions you have, whether these are playing sport, music, drama or just games. Past volunteers made a real difference by introducing a fun and creative way for the children to express themselves and learn about new things. You’ll be rewarded by how much fun the children will have!

So if you haven't got anything planned and you're free for a couple a weeks or longer from April onwards, why not come to India and have fun with the kids.

Our India team will look after you well. You'll get lots of advice about the do's and don’ts of Indian culture, what to do and where to go.

So if you haven't got anything planned and you're free for a couple a weeks or longer from April onwards, why not come to India and have fun with the kids.

SCHOOL VACATIONS IN THE SOUTH OF INDIA (APPROX):
Please keep in mind that school vacations can change unexpectedly with very little notice given. Although at times this can be quite inconvenient, most of our volunteers use the opportunity to travel around and explore the country.

  • First Term Vacation: 27 September to 6 October 2014

  • Gandhi’s birthday: 2 October 2014

  • Bakrid: 3 October 2014

  • Diwali Holiday: 21 to 23 October 2014

  • Thevar Jayanthi: 30 October 2014

  • Second Term Vacation: 21 December 2014 to 1 January 2015

  • Pongal Holiday: 13 to 17 January 2015

  • Summer Vacation: 11 April to 4 June 2015

Exam Periods: (approx):

  • Quarterly Exams: 15 to 22 September 2014

  • Half Yearly Exams: 10 to 20 December 2014

  • Annual Exams: 2 to 11 April 2015

SUMMER CAMPS FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN INDIA

SUMMER CAMPS FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN INDIA

ACCOMMODATION:

Host Family
For a complete Indian experience we can arrange for you to stay with one of wonderful host families. All of our hosts are very welcoming and not only will be made to feel part of the family, you’ll also gain a great insight into Indian culture and customs. Many of our volunteers remain friends with their host families long after they leave India and in some cases they return to the country later especially to visit their family.

You may share a room with up to 2 other volunteers and in most of the houses you'll have an en-suite, Western-style bathroom. Most of the showers in our host accommodation are cold water only – however your hosts will boil water for you on request.

All of our host family houses are close together and just a few minutes’ walk away from internet cafes, banks and snack shops and just a short auto ride into the center of town.

Food:
Breakfast and dinner will be provided and prepared for you by the family and  is mainly local fare allowing you to taste a varied selection of delicious south Indian dishes and exotic fruits. You will need to make provision for your own lunch.

 

Caare for Children with Learning and Physical Disabilities in India
Cooking together in the host family accommodation

Caare for Children with Learning and Physical Disabilities in India

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our team who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

  

Feedback on Teaching Projects in India

SUMMER CAMPS FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN INDIA

Madurai Photo Gallery
Madurai Activities & Fun Photo Gallery
Travelling around India Photo Gallery

OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

Bollywood Dance Classes
Cookery Classes
Tamil Language Lessons
Yoga & Meditation Lessons 

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in India, or you could even do a second project in a different country in South-East Asia (or elsewhere) - thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!

Optional Add-Ons in India

LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

INDIA REALLY HAS IT ALL, from the hot sultry deserts of Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal and the majestic Himalayas in the north, to the idyllic palm fringed beaches and ancient temples of the south, plus a multitude of wildlife parks! The way to best enjoy India is to absorb it - the warmth of the people, the beauty, the smells, the food, and the wonderful hospitality!

MADURAI
Many of our projects are based in the bustling city of Madurai in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Madurai is known by many names; ‘Jasmine city’ for the famous jasmine flowers that are cultivated here, ‘the city of Nectar’, Legend tells of a river of nectar that flowed after blessing from Lord Shiva, and the ‘Temple City’,

Madurai really does have a temple or shrine on practically every street but it is most famed for the Sri Meenakshi Sundeswarar Temple. Pilgrims and tourists alike flock to visit the temple and approximately 10,000 visit every day! The temple is named after goddess Meenakshi. It was built in the 17th century and is an enormous structure with 5 outer towers crammed full of idols and animals. The inner courtyard contains another 7 towers, again all highly adorned. It will take your breath away.

Madurai is located on Vaigai River and was the capital of Pandyan rulers till the 14th century. It is full of cultural diversity and life revolves around the awe inspiring Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple, awash with pilgrims, market stalls and tourist shops.

Children will stop you on the streets to chat to you and shake your hand and even ask for your autograph! You will be in demand everywhere you go and you’ll feel like a celebrity, such is the warmth of the Indian people.

If you’re after an overwhelming experience, then Madurai is a certainty for this!

KERALA has been named ""Gods own Country" by the locals for its stunning scenery, wildlife, beautiful beaches, picture postcard towns and the breaktaking backwaters.  It is also the home of Ayurveda medicine, an ancient system using essential oils and vigorous massage to aid medical complaints or just for pampering - a one hour massage is an unforgettably relaxing experience.

Kerala also has one of the best wildlife parks in the country; Periyar. A huge array of activities are on offer, jungle trekking and jeep safari’s which take you off the beaten track in the hope of spotting an elusive tiger although you are more likely to see elephants, boar, monkeys and many species of birds. You can also take an elephant ride, boat ride, visit spice and tea plantations, watch martial arts – it’s an action packed weekend and only 4 hours from Madurai!

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.





.
 

IF YOU LIKED THIS, YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN THIS PROJECT TOO ...
SUMMER CAMP IN GHANA:
Turn their school vacations into an enjoyable learning experience using games, hobbies and any creative activities at a Travellers Summer Camp that is free for the children.

If you've got nothing planned and you have anything from a couple a weeks or longer free this summer, why not come to Ghana and have fun with the kids!