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KIRSTY McIVER
British

Teaching English to Children Project in Madurai, India

         

I woke up the morning after Boxing Day and knew two things: that I wanted to go to India very soon, and that I wanted to teach English. Travellers Worldwide made that happen for me and in the space of 6 weeks from making the initial phone call, I was being met at Madurai airport by Karen and Pradeep.

From that moment I had an Indian family, and from the moment I was welcomed into school I had an Indian life.

I woke up in an Indian home to the sound of early morning street sellers and the calling to prayer at the local mosque, I travelled the morning streets with the rest of Madurai in an auto (driven daily by Ramu, the wonderful Travellers auto driver), I spent all day surrounded by children beside themselves with excitement to learn from me, learning more from them than they could ever know.

I spent the afternoons and evenings strolling the bazaars or round the neighbourhood, seeing our friends in the tailor's market or the juice stall or the internet cafe, then home for dinner and family time in the house with Anitha's family and the other volunteers.

Every other day Karen [Travellers' India Co-ordinator] popped round to Anitha's, I popped round to Karen's (just down the road), we went to Coffee Day (when you go, you'll know) with Karen or Karen met us in town for a leisurely dinner on one of the rooftop restaurants.

At the weekends, I went away, to the coast (Varkala, Mamallapuram) or the mountains (Kodai), to escape the intense heat and crowds of the city.

With Travellers, I really lived in India. With the lifestyle and routine described above, I never felt like a tourist trying to scratch under the surface, because I was already there. I lived and taught in Madurai for a month. I did it because I wanted to really get to know India through the eyes of an Indian, and because I wanted to help the children speak the best English possible.

What I got out of it was so much more than that, because the Indian people and the children gave so much back. I can't recommend it enough!  

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