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TEACH UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN MADURAI IN INDIA

INDIA

TEACH UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN MADURAI IN INDIA

Teaching in India is a sheer joy. The children are enthusiastic, polite and eager to learn! You can teach English or Art and combine this with Science, Drama, French, Maths, Computer Science, Art & Crafts, and Sports. This is a completely flexible project; we place you in the most suitable school depending on your specifications and interests.

You'll assist a teacher for up to a week and once you gain confidence and feel comfortable in the classroom, you'll be able to become involved in lesson planning and take classes on your own. We provide you with a Teaching Guide and suggestions on resources to take with you.

You can teach a range of subjects in combination, or teach English or Art only. The choice is yours.

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates! (subject to school vacations – see dates below.
Duration From 1 week up to 1 year, 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!

TEACH UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN MADURAI IN INDIA 

TEACH UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN MADURAI IN INDIA

WORK CONTENT
Our teaching projects are based in nursery, primary and secondary schools in Madurai. Our secondary schools are mainly ‘Matriculation’ schools where it is compulsory that all lessons are taught in English. You will be introduced to the Principal on your first day and they will discuss your teaching program with you and try to incorporate your own interests and specialities into your teaching schedule. All the children will be waiting to meet you with wide smiles!

"I have gained so much from teaching the children.  I have learned some of the subtleties of teaching – how to get the best out of both the confident and quiet students and how to keep a class motivated by using a wide range of activities from writing on the board to role-playing and singing.”  Kirsty McIver

You'll assist a teacher for up to a week and once you gain confidence and feel comfortable in the classroom, you'll be able to become involved in lesson planning and take classes on your own. We provide you with a Teaching Guide and suggestions on inexpensive resources to take with you.

You can teach a range of subjects in combination, or teach English or Art only. The choice is yours.

Children are always fascinated with volunteers and want to learn as much as possible about you. They love to hear stories about you, your family and where you are from so it is ideal to take pictures, maps, magazine articles and photos of your family and friends with you. You can also use these as excellent resources for a lesson to promote discussion and interest.

"The children at the school have been the best thing about my placement. They are polite, courteous and so interested in me and my life in England. They have worked so well in lessons and they treat me like a celebrity! I shall really miss them”  Johanne Steward

Our schools in Madurai are desperate for your help and are overwhelmingly appreciative and grateful to all volunteers. Not only will you be giving invaluable teaching and education to the school, your involvement with the children will bring immense satisfaction and enjoyment!

TEACHING DRAMA, SPORTS AND OTHER SUBJECTS:
If you have some know-how, some initiative and lots of enthusiasm, you can also get involved with teaching Drama. You can choose to teach for an hour per day and combine this with teaching English or you can teach this as a full time project, Click here for more details.

Teaching art subjects is an excellent way of engaging children’s imaginations and encourages them to communicate with few constraints. What’s more, it is very satisfying to watch their confidence grow as they learn and develop new skills.

You may also have the opportunity to teach sport for an hour each day at one of our larger schools. The sports on offer are badminton, volleyball, throw ball, football, cricket and even swimming! Please state your interest at the time of booking and we will try our best to accommodate you.

If you would like to spend more time teaching sports, we have a full time football coaching project. For full details click here:

Teaching is not available during the vacation periods, so please take the dates below into account when planning your placement. On the other hand, if a vacation falls during your proposed placement, you could use this time to do any independent travelling and sightseeing.

"I’m going to state the obvious and tell you that I’ve had an absolutely amazing time, I don’t want to leave.  I’ve loved Anbagam, “Hello, how-are-you-fine!” and Faisel’s Yorkshire ‘Hallooo’ made me feel right at home, Emo boy, cute boy, Jayne’s boy, Nandri boy, downs boy, and all of them.  I’ve loved shaking their sticky hands and made to feel really wanted! I’ve loved my evenings & weekends, freezing in the concrete tent in Kodaikanal, catching waves in Pondicherry, candle-lit chats. Loved it all!  Isabelle Detscharner Vischer

SCHOOL VACATIONS IN THE SOUTH OF INDIA (APPROX):
Please keep in mind that school holidays 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: 26 September to 6 October 2015
  • Gandhi’s birthday: 2 October 2015
  • Bakrid: 3 October 2015
  • Diwali Holiday: 21 to 23 October 2015
  • Second Term Vacation: 24 December 2015 to 3 January 2016
  • Pongal Holiday: 14 to 17 January 2016
  • Republic Day: 26 January 2016
  • Good Friday: 25 March 2016
  • Summer Vacation: 11 April to 4 June 2016
  • Idu’l Fitr : 5 July 2016
  • Independence Day: 15 August 2016

Exam Periods: (approx):

  • Quarterly Exams: 18 to 25 September 2015
  • Half Yearly Exams: 10 to 23 December 2015
  • Annual Exams: 2 to 11 April 2016 (although teaching is limited from Mid March)

TEACH UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN MADURAI IN INDIA

TEACH UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN MADURAI IN INDIA

TEACH UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN MADURAI IN INDIA

TEACH UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN MADURAI 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.

  

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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.





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