Teach in the delightful temple town of Madurai where you’ll assist with teaching English, and, if you’d like to, you can combine this with Art, Science, Drama, Maths, Computer Science, Art & Crafts, or Sports. 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.
Teaching in India is a sheer joy. The children are enthusiastic, polite and eager to learn! 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. This is a completely flexible project; we place you in the most suitable school depending on your specifications and interests.
“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
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 programme with you and try to incorporate your own interests and specialities into your teaching schedule.
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 need the 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. 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.
We also offer a full time football coaching project and an exclusive full time sports project where you are able to coach badminton, volleyball, throw ball, cricket, football and tennis.
ACCOMMODATION and FOOD
You’ll stay with a wonderful host family and you’ll 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 family 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. 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.
Wi-Fi / Internet: There are no internet facilities in the host family accommodation, but less than 1 minute walk away there is an internet café and costs less than £1 an hour.
WHAT YOU’LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT
- An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience this amazing culture first-hand!
- New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
- The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
- An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
- An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
- Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
- Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
- And best of all … an unforgettable experience!