Trip Details

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.

 

Trip Itinerary

Monday to Thursday

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.

Friday

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.

** Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances. **

Trip Accommodation

Trip Country Info

India

Capital: New Delhi
Language: Hindi, English and 22 other officially recognized languages
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Time zone: UTC +5:30

India is known for its pyramid-like temples, its colorful streets and it’s crowded cities. This country represents one of the most vivid and the largest cultures in the world. From the golden triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra to the coast where Ayurveda medicine was born, India offers a 360 degree journey through the most magical of lands. Known for being the second most populated country in the world, India will show you the faces of thousands of Hindu gods in its very vast collection of temples all throughout the country. The land of colors and smiles is ready to take you on your next adventure whether road tripping or helping out in local communities, this sub-continent will amaze your senses. India will shift the way you see the world.

India’s literacy rate is around 60% for women and 80% for men. The principal language is Hindi and English is also commonly used in all major cities. New Delhi, the capital of India, is what many would call the real deal when travelling through the country. It is one of the biggest and most populated cities in the whole world with up to 25 million citizens. New Delhi is known for its amazing cuisine and its new modality of “street food”, which means restaurants with every specialty you can imagine are available to you all throughout the city! Chennai is another of the biggest cities in India, known as the “Detroit of India” for its automobile industry. If you are looking for a quieter spot Kerala is the centre of lifestyle, art, architecture, language and literature in all of the country!

Gap year travel to India is enjoyed in a country with wonderful history that dates back several thousand years. In particular, one of the most incredible historical points of India is how four separate world religions originated here – Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism. Beyond this, however, India has only truly been independent as a nation since 1947, just a couple years after World War 2 concluded.

In that time, India has grown to be the eleventh largest economy in the world as well as the second most populous nation, second only to China. This isn’t particularly surprising when you consider that India has been an economic powerhouse for trade routes in the past, but it is very impressive to consider that India has almost reached the status of superpower over the course of 66 years.

The geography of India has been a target for nature lovers for many years but is finally becoming an easy place to visit and explore for foreign tourists. With the Himalayas to the north, the desert in the centre and the luxurious beaches to the west, India has a type of climate that suits the desires of just about anyone. Even if you have a soft spot for snow, you can easily embrace that love by visiting some of the northern mountains which are nearly always capped in snow and ice!

With thousands of years of history and an incredibly diverse climate, India is not a place you can simply read about and understand. You have to visit and immerse yourself within the various Indian cultures before you get an idea of just how amazing India really is. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch now to find out more about our amazing gap year holidays in India or browse the latest experiences below;

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa