Whether you intend to take a gap year from studying, or just want to take time to carry out rewarding, voluntary work, this project will help you to grow as an individual through the experiences you will gain. Aiming to develop the participant’s knowledge and understanding of the theories underlying the delivery of the education, the program will challenge you to develop your own vision in the field.
Located in the city of Udaipur, a state of Rajasthan, the program for the role of Education and Community Volunteer adds a unique educational component to the existing Teaching program. Participating in the program will involve working with hearing impaired children from underprivileged backgrounds, as well as children from the local community of Udaipur. The school follows a small academic curriculum comprising of contemporary theories which the participant will be expected to fulfil.
The Rajasthan Education and Community Volunteer program offers an interesting variety of locations educating students between the ages of 5 and 15. Placements include working at a hearing impaired school, a school for children who are mentally challenged, regular kindergarten and primary schools and teaching English classes at our community school. Over the years of working together to provide quality experiences for all involved, we have built strong collaborative relationships with these schools.
In carrying out this role, the attitude of the participant towards the students, and the quality of interactions, holds more importance than the teaching methods used. Although there are requirements to provide excellent experiences for the children, the schools accept a non-formal teaching approach combined in part with a curriculum. As a result, there is variety in the subjects being taught, which are often reflective of activities taking place at the school. Therefore, there is not a need to conform to local Indian teaching methods and participants are encouraged to choose a teaching method which works and is comfortable for them, bringing their own fresh ideas into the classroom.
A rewarding program for both the participant and the children, it provides opportunities for children in rural India to improve their future prospects through raising their knowledge of English, and gives you, the participant, an invaluable insight into the Indian education system and culture. Not to mention building relationships and making memories with students and teachers who will inevitably become friends.
Sharing your own skills and experiences is an important part of the program. While you work alongside the teacher you will help the children to develop skills in English, Mathematics and all other areas of the school curriculum. But they will also be interested in you as a person. The children will love to see pictures from your home, of pets, family, friends, houses or toys which are traditional to your country… if you are thinking of bringing gifts for the students, which can be a good idea, something like this would capture their imagination.
Community Outreach Program, Udaipur
You will be teaching children from the local community who are underprivileged and cannot afford the costs of a good quality education. Classes are held in the evenings after normal school hours. Apart from using conventional teaching methods, you will also be expected to play games and use interactive activities to teach the children.
School for the Mentally Challenged, Udaipur
Here you will assist qualified teachers to create an environment where learning and growth can develop naturally, and which will enable you to teach and interact with mentally impaired children.
School for the Hearing Impaired, Udaipur
In this school you will coordinate with qualified teachers and assist them in various tasks. You will communicate with the students through very basic sign language and through carefully planned activities which will help them in their understanding of the subject matter.
Regular Kindergarten and Primary School, Udaipur
Coordinating with qualified teachers, you will assist them in various educational tasks related to the school’s curriculum for English. This school is an example of a community school with adequate infrastructures.
Each morning begins bright and early with a breakfast at 9am in preparation to depart for your assigned school at 9:30. When you arrive at the school you will spend between 10am and 12pm teaching alongside the class teacher.
You will be given a one-hour lunch break at 1pm, after which you will have 2 hours to prepare for the subjects you will teach at the community school between 4pm and 6pm where you will be providing quality experiences through games and natural interactions with the children as well as regular teaching activities.
Dinner takes place between 6:30 and 7:30pm and from 8pm onwards you will be expected to spend time preparing for the following days subjects and activities to be taught at your designated school.
Mirroring Monday to Thursday, Friday begins with breakfast at 9am with you departing for your assigned school at 9:30. There you will teach between 10am and 12pm before having a lunch break between 1pm and 2pm.
The afternoon will comprise of preparation time between 2pm and 4pm for the activities and subjects which you will deliver at the community school between 4pm and 6pm.
Following delivery of the teaching activities at the community school, you will have dinner between 6:30 and 7:30.
From 8pm onwards there will be a feedback session where you will receive constructive comments and have the chance to be self-reflective about your practice. This will encourage you to develop the quality of your teaching and the experiences you provide for the children.