Teach English volunteer program in the Himalayas

Published

06/25/2018

Start Date

07/01/2018

End Date

02/27/2019

Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

A few hours per week

Duration

Short-Term (few weeks/months)

Address

Uttrakhand Himalayas
c/o yamdagini rishi public school, kharadi
Shri Yamdagini rishi public school, Kharadi
Barkot
UL
249141
India

Description

ABOUT PROGRAM

The importance of the program lies in improving the English educational standard at our school. The local children do not have access to better educational opportunities such as a lack of trained teachers, learning resources, poor infrastructure, financial viability and many others. It is important for the children to learn English comprehension skills for a better future. The volunteers who come give the children a new found confidence in learning English. The volunteers provide a new perspective and methods of teaching to the children.

Our program is about creating new learning opportunities for the children at our school. It focuses on developing English learning strategies, methods, new materials and different resources for a mindful learning. The role of the volunteer is to help provide a new way of thinking and promote English learning skills. Volunteers will also integrate with local teachers to make them more enthusiastic and confident about their work with the students. Volunteers will be expected to be part of the curriculum and daily routine.


location

The school is located in a village in the foothills of the Himalayas. The locals live a basic life and the village has a strong sense of community. You will find most of your needs are provided in a nearby town. The volunteer will be living in a local homestay/hotel. The rooms are comfortable and basic.The basic room provides a bucket shower and Indian squat toilet, however at an additional charge we can provide a western toilet and a regular shower. Meals will be provided by a local family who will cook your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals are basic, but we can provide tailored meals according to your needs at an additional cost as well.


School

The school is a primary school, with the number of students always fluctuating. However, on average each class has about 8-10 students. There are 10 classes, from lower kindergarten to grade 8, 4-14 years old. The school building is basic, and differs between each school we work with. The school runs from 7:30 am-12:00 pm in the summer time. In winter, the school runs from 8:30 am-2:00 pm. In general, up to grade 5 the students learn 6-7 subjects, and after grade 5 they learn 8-10 subjects including English as a compulsory subject, science, maths, social studies, environmental science, sanskrit, general knowledge, drawing, arts and crafts, and of course Hindi.


Volunteer work

The volunteers would be working with Naveen, the volunteer co ordinator, alongside the teachers of the school. Naveen will welcome you and situate you into the classes, explain the educational set up, the local culture, customs and way of living. He will also explain the do's and don'ts of the local culture and living.

The volunteers are expected to be proactive and talk to the teachers, lead a lesson once they have understood the system, create a positive environment for learning. Volunteers can expect to learn Indian education system, method and how it works. They will also get a close purview of the local culture, religion and general way of living. If the volunteers have teaching supplies they would like to bring, they may do so. However it is not required.


Typical day

Typical day starts at 8:00 in the summer and 9:00 in the winter. After breakfast you are expected to arrive at school and start teaching the classes assigned to you according to the schedule. Each period is 45 minutes long before the break at 10:00 am in summer and 11:00 in the winter. After the break each period is 30 minutes.

You are expected to teach only English and each period is a different grade level. There are text books that we use for each class that you can teach out of. Naveen will assist you in the classroom for the beginning until you are comfortable. The school day ends at 12:30 pm in summer and 2:00 pm in winter. From there you will have lunch and have some rest.You can be part of the local culture, get invited for the tea at local houses, and take advantage of your visit by hiking in the mountain trails. Our community is known for celebrating life through festivals, fairs and weddings which you can be welcomed in.


The importance of the program lies in improving the English educational standard at our school. The local children do not have access to better educational opportunities such as a lack of trained teachers, learning resources, poor infrastructure, financial viability and many others. It is important for the children to learn English comprehension skills for a better future. The volunteers who come give the children a new found confidence in learning English. The volunteers provide a new perspective and methods of teaching to the children.

Our program is about creating new learning opportunities for the children at our school. It focuses on developing English learning strategies, methods, new materials and different resources for a mindful learning. The role of the volunteer is to help provide a new way of thinking and promote English learning skills. Volunteers will also integrate with local teachers to make them more enthusiastic and confident about their work with the students. Volunteers will be expected to be part of the curriculum and daily routine.


Location

The school is located in a village in the foothills of the Himalayas. The locals live a basic life and the village has a strong sense of community. You will find most of your needs are provided in a nearby town. The volunteer will be living in a local homestay/hotel. The rooms are comfortable and basic.The basic room provides a bucket shower and Indian squat toilet, however at an additional charge we can provide a western toilet and a regular shower. Meals will be provided by a local family who will cook your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals are basic, but we can provide tailored meals according to your needs at an additional cost as well.


School

The school is a primary school, with the number of students always fluctuating. However, on average each class has about 8-10 students. There are 10 classes, from lower kindergarten to grade 8, 4-14 years old. The school building is basic, and differs between each school we work with. The school runs from 7:30 am-12:00 pm in the summer time. In winter, the school runs from 8:30 am-2:00 pm. In general, up to grade 5 the students learn 6-7 subjects, and after grade 5 they learn 8-10 subjects including English as a compulsory subject, science, maths, social studies, environmental science, sanskrit, general knowledge, drawing, arts and crafts, and of course Hindi.


Volunteer work

The volunteers would be working with Naveen, the volunteer co ordinator, alongside the teachers of the school. Naveen will welcome you and situate you into the classes, explain the educational set up, the local culture, customs and way of living. He will also explain the do's and don'ts of the local culture and living.

The volunteers are expected to be proactive and talk to the teachers, lead a lesson once they have understood the system, create a positive environment for learning. Volunteers can expect to learn Indian education system, method and how it works. They will also get a close purview of the local culture, religion and general way of living. If the volunteers have teaching supplies they would like to bring, they may do so. However it is not required.


Typical day

Typical day starts at 8:00 in the summer and 9:00 in the winter. After breakfast you are expected to arrive at school and start teaching the classes assigned to you according to the schedule. Each period is 45 minutes long before the break at 10:00 am in summer and 11:00 in the winter. After the break each period is 30 minutes.

You are expected to teach only English and each period is a different grade level. There are text books that we use for each class that you can teach out of. Naveen will assist you in the classroom for the beginning until you are comfortable. The school day ends at 12:30 pm in summer and 2:00 pm in winter. From there you will have lunch and have some rest.You can be part of the local culture, get invited for the tea at local houses, and take advantage of your visit by hiking in the mountain trails. Our community is known for celebrating life through festivals, fairs and weddings which you can be welcomed in.


Accomodation

The rooms would be basic in nature with Indian squat toilets and bucket showers. The rooms are quite spacious, neat and clean. Rooms would be on sharing basis as we accommodate 2 people in one room. One can choose to stay at more comfortable rooms with attached toilet and bathroom on an additional cost.


Food

The food is vegetarian in nature . The food consists of various local grown vegetables, pulses, lentils, grains. The food is absolutely healthy and hygienic as it is cooked. The breakfast usually consists of porridge, Indian bread along with one vegetable, chai, omelette, local pancakes, biscuits, paranthas, french fries and other local cooked snacks.


EXTRA ACTIVITIES

Our community is known for having many festivals and celebrations throughout the year. There are picturesque treks to hike. Also you can visit a popular pilgrim temple Yamunotri, located 10,000 feet above the sea level and a 12th century old Shiva temple. The people at our place are welcoming and they do invite you to visit their homes over a meal or a cup of tea. 


OTHER INFORMATION

You can write us on godiyal83@gmail.com for any other questions or can check the faq section in our website- www.helpinhimalayas.info





Fee Required

Benefits

  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available

Benefits

  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

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you can log on to our website www.helpinhimalayas.info and visit apply section to apply. or you can also directly mail to the director-

To: Naveen Godiyal

email: godiyal83@gmail.com


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