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INDIA: TEACH ENGLISH AND OTHER SUBJECTS TO CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS IN MADURAI

SUMMARY OVERVIEW

Teach conversational English and/or combine your teaching with Music, Drama, French, German, Arts and Crafts or Sports. All teaching is very much appreciated!

You can work in nursery, primary and secondary schools, with delightful children who are very keen to learn. The secondary schools are mainly ‘Matriculation’ schools where it is compulsory that all lessons are taught in English. You may also be able to incorporate your own interests and specialities into your teaching schedule. This project is totally flexible.

Price:
Please see the Prices Page. Prices for all projects are listed and you can choose which currency you'd like to see them in. Prices exclude flights.
Duration:
From 1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates:
Projects are available all year round, subject to school holidays. You choose your own start and finish dates.
Requirements:
Minimum age 17, or younger if accompanied by a parent or guardian. No qualifications or experience required, but if you're teaching English, you should be fluent in English.
What's included:
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Payment Protection insurance
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Personalised online project portal where you'll access all information your programme, health & safety and country advice.
  • Your own dedicated Project Co-ordinator to help you throughout the pre-departure process
  • Meeting you at the Airport
  • Accommodation
  • Food (excluding lunch)
  • Full safety, support and back up from our local in-country team.
  • Project orientation & induction on your arrival.
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included: Flights, Travel Insurance, Cost of Visas, Daily transport to and from your project, Return to the airport (but we can arrange this for you).
Who can do this Programme?
All projects are open to all nationalities. Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in working with children or education, or care.

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PROJECT CONTENT

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!

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS:

In India school holidays can change unexpectedly with very little notice given. Although at times this can be quite inconvenient, most of our volunteers use the opportunity to travel around and explore the country.

2018 SCHOOL HOLIDAY DATES

• Pongal Holiday: 13 to 17 January 2018
• Republic Day: 26 January 2018
• Mahavir Jeyanthi: 3 March 2018
• Good Friday: 30 March 2018
• Summer Vacation: 22 April to 5 June 2018
• Independence Day: 15 August 2018
• Bakrid: 22-23 August 2018
• Vinayakar Chathuri: 12 September 2018
• First Term Vacation: 24-30 September 2018
• Gandhi’s birthday: 2 October 2018
• Diwali Holiday: 17-19 October 2018
• Thevar Jayanthi: 30 October 2017
• Second Term Vacation: 24 December 2018 to 2 January 2019

Exam Periods: (approx):
• Annual Exams: 8 to 21 April 2018
• Quarterly Exams: 11 to 23 September 2018
• Half Yearly Exams: 11 to 23 December 2018

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ACCOMMODATION

For a complete Indian experience we arrange for you to stay with one of wonderful host families. All of our hosts are very welcoming and 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 families 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. Most of the showers in our host accommodation are cold water only – however your hosts will boil water for you on request.

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.

All of our host family houses are close together and just a few minutes’ walk away from internet cafes, banks and snack shops and just a short auto ride into the centre of town.

FOOD:

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.

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REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

Vincent Bonetto:
"Madurai is a wonderful city. When I arrived, I immediately noticed all the colors present everywhere. Very different from Montreal where it is mostly grey. In Madurai, I fell like there is life everywhere. About the placement, everyone we meet is extremely nice and welcoming. A truly great experience.

I am becoming more capable to handle and teach relatively large groups of children. I felt more organised in the sense that I know more what I have to do and when I have to do it.

Everything has been great, but I really enjoy the fact that we are free to do what we want in our free time. If we are tired, we can rest and if we are feeling adventurous, we can go explore the city out of the tourist areas.

I would recommend this placement. This was an amazing experience for me and I would definitively, recommend this placement to anyone who wants to do a similar project. The type of person this placement would suit is someone who is open to new experiences and who is active and energetic. Since everyone is so accommodating, this placement can suit anyone as long as they enjoy sports or fitness activities ... The host family is welcoming and understanding. When you start knowing them better, the trip becomes much more fun since they recommended more things and activities to do. It essentially become living with friends."

Geraldine Borg:
"For one month, I taught conversational English at an underprivileged primary school every morning; and worked at an Orphanage every afternoon. At the school I taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th standards everyday. Each lesson was approximately 40 minutes and through a variety of topics, the children would practise saying different things. I used to buy materials from the stationer in our road and the supermarket close by. I especially enjoyed topics that allowed me to introduce different cultures, such as the lessons on manners and customs; and lifestyles, with 4th and 5th standards; and those that allowed me to refer to India, such as when using famous Indian people to talk about different professions.

My placement at the Orphanage was an eye-opener into the different standards of medical care in the East. As a psychology graduate and psychotherapist it was very interesting for me to observe the children's relational and attachment patterns, form of play, and milestones reached. There were other volunteers at the orphanage, and their company and their teaching me how to change 'napkins', bottle feed and burp the babies, made all the difference! It may seem like a cliché, but in India, I forgot myself – my problems and the life I no longer recognised back home – and found myself. Meaning that I embraced a new way of being and a new purpose to my life. For me there is nothing more rewarding than teaching children who are genuinely hungry to learn.

My Indian students’ politeness, respect and eagerness touched my heart everyday. The orphans taught me how one can have nothing and be happy, because indeed we don’t actually need anything to be happy. Happiness is after all, an internal state of being. Furthermore, having the opportunity to travel both throughout my placement (with my kid sisters, the other three volunteers who lived with me :), and for two weeks after, on my own, enabled me to truly experience the awe-inspiring diversity and contrasts India is so known for.

Feeling joyful and peaceful inside, everyday; and being honestly happy with all that I am and have, was one of my main personal experiences in India. Returning to Malta was extremely hard for me and I believe part of me is still there, in South Street, Singarayar Colony - greeting the barefooted-children, admiring the colourful saris and absorbing every aspect of fascinating India.

I will never forget my warm host mother and the wonderful volunteers, who became my new family; the welcoming, friendly school principal and teachers; all the amazing students and resilient orphans; and the very helpful [Adventure Volunteering] staff. It's these people who made my time in Madurai so very special."

VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS

As well as protecting all our volunteers, Budget Volunteering is committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm.

LOCATION: MADURAI:

Many of our projects are based in the bustling city of Madurai in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Madurai is known by many names; ‘Jasmine city’ for the famous jasmine flowers that are cultivated here, ‘the city of Nectar’, Legend tells of a river of nectar that flowed after blessing from Lord Shiva, and the ‘Temple City’.

Madurai really does have a temple or shrine on practically every street but it is most famed for the Sri Meenakshi Sundeswarar Temple. Pilgrims and tourists alike flock to visit the temple and approximately 10,000 visit every day! The temple is named after goddess Meenakshi. It was built in the 17th century and is an enormous structure with 5 outer towers crammed full of idols and animals. The inner courtyard contains another 7 towers, again all highly adorned. It will take your breath away.

Madurai is located on Vaigai River and was the capital of Pandyan rulers till the 14th century. It is full of cultural diversity and life revolves around the awe inspiring Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple, awash with pilgrims, market stalls and tourist shops.

Children will stop you on the streets to chat to you and shake your hand and even ask for your autograph! You will be in demand everywhere you go and you’ll feel like a celebrity, such is the warmth of the Indian people. If you’re after an overwhelming experience, then Madurai is a certainty for this!

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