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Education Developer

This program offers volunteers a genuinely rich heritage experience while they work to support primary education in some of the economically poor villages of Rajasthan.

About the Program

Volunteers joining this program will be working at Chitardai Upper Primary School in rural Rajasthan, sharing their skills with the teachers there, in particular focusing on ways of learning in active ways and helping to show that learning English can be fun and enjoyable.  The principal and staff of the school have in particular asked for volunteers with the following areas of expertise:

  • teaching basic English literacy - school is the children's first exposure to the language
  • lesson planning and teaching methodologies - these are fundamental areas of modern education in which many teachers have received no training - these skills can be shared through team-teaching and teachers' workshops
  • information technology - the school has computers but IT literacy among teachers is low
  • experiential learning - techniques for learning through play
  • sports, arts and crafts practitioners to work with the children to build confidence and enhance life skills
  • making teaching aids - quality educational materials are seldom available.

About the School

The school provides education for 230 children from several local villages identified as below the poverty line by the Indian government.  Most families in these villages are subsistence farmers – not always easy in a region where shortage of water is a regular problem.  As has been the case for hundreds of years, the royal family who live in the nearby town of Deogarh take responsibility for the education and health of the local communities – they provide some resources for the school, including extra teachers when necessary, and give the school a lot of support. 

The school is an upper primary school, providing education for children from the age of 6 to 14.  At age 14 children take state examinations and if successful they move on to the secondary school in a nearby village; however some children finish their education at this stage.  Five other small village primary schools feed into Chitardai for the final three years of primary education.  The school offers equal education opportunities to boys and girls from all castes and socio-economic groups.

Why this is important

The former principal, Mr Devender Singh (now governor and advisor to 14 local schools) and his team of 6 teachers want to increase their own knowledge of best practice teaching techniques in order to improve and enhance the children’s learning experience.  Standard teaching methods in Rajasthan are closely based on the textbook and revolve around rote learning.  However the school motto is “Learn Through Play” – an inspired and visionary concept for a small rural school working within the local education system.

Resources are limited and unpredictable – there are simple desks and chairs in some classrooms but many children still have to sit on the floor.  There are text books but very few teaching aids and craft materials.  However Mr Singh and his team have created a stimulating environment for the children – an educational play area has been built from mud, and the classroom walls have been painted as blackboards so that children can write and draw.  The children enjoy coming to school – many children below the age of 6 come to school with their older siblings and are looked after in class 1. 

In the last few years the school has seen improved results in end of year exams; this has led to rising numbers of children enrolling in the school.  Mr Singh attributes this, at least in part, to the volunteer programme.  

The school is situated in a small village about 20 minutes by road from the town of Deogarh.  Volunteers will stay in Deogarh and will travel to school every day by jeep, an interesting journey through this rural landscape and a chance to get an everyday view of village life.  

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
50+

Typical day

There are two school timetables in Rajasthan, one for the summer months and one for the winter. The summer timetable runs from April 1st to September 30th. School begins at 8.00 and ends at 14.10.  

From 8.00 until 8.30 children do chores around the school and attend assembly. There are then four lessons of about 40 minutes, and volunteers will work with the teachers and classes they have been attached to during this time.  

From 11.15 – 11.40 is lunchtime when all the children are provided with a meal according to a menu used across the whole of Rajasthan. There are then four more lessons until 14.10, and again volunteers will be with the teachers and classes according to the volunteer timetable they have been given. The winter timetable runs from October 1st to March 31st.  

School begins at 9.30 and ends at 3.40.  Chores and assembly are from 9.30 – 10.05. There are three lessons of about 45 minutes until 12.30 when lunch is provided, with a 10 minute break between lessons 2 and 3. In the afternoon there are three further 45 minute lessons, with a short break between lessons 5 and 6. In reality times of lessons are quite flexible.  

Exactly what volunteers will do depends on their individual placement outlines. They will certainly spend some time teaching English, aiming to demonstrate fun and active ways of teaching the language to help the school towards their aim of 'learning through play'. They may teach other subjects if they have the skills and experience to do so, always working with the teachers to share their skills. 

Details on Arrival

Volunteers can join at any time during the school year, although we do not usually place volunteers from mid-March until the end of the school year in May when exams are taking place.  

The school is closed in June when the temperature is very hot.  There are holidays at other times of the year, notably in October around the festival of Divali - precise dates will be made available to volunteers during the application process. 



Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High school level
Required Documents
Life story and references
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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Free-time activities

Free time activities listed here are not available in this remote area.  

However, volunteers will be living in the town of Deogarh, where they can enjoy visiting the markets and temples and experiencing all the cultural differences of living in this part of India.  

There are frequently cultural festivals going on in the town - in October it is the location of a big cattle fair during the festival of Dasshera, and volunteers may be lucky enough to be there for other festivals such as Holi.  

The heritage hotel where they stay has an interesting audio-tour telling the history of the building when it was the royal palace, and the members of the royal family who still run the hotel come every night to meet their guests - volunteers will certainly get to know them well. There are one or two tours run by the hotel which volunteers can participate it - in particular a ride on the local train up into the Aravali Hills.  

Any volunteers who want to take advantage of being in Rajasthan to visit a wider area can ask our local partner to help them organise trips - Udaipur, Jaipur and Jodphur are all within reach for a weekend trip

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$886
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$886
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4 - 12
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18+
age
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Housing
Food
Internet
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Included:

  • Single room at the luxury Deogarh Mahal heritage hotel (NB: double or twin rooms are available at a lower cost)
  • All meals
  • Bed and breakfast in New Delhi on arrival in India
  • airport transfers 
  • road and/or rail transfers in-country
  • local orientation
  • project and placement liaison
  • contribution to project, used to purchase essential equipment for the school

Airport Pickup at Dabok

Arrangements depend on which airport volunteers choose to arrive at.  Some volunteers fly to Udaipur, which is the nearest airport. 

For these volunteers a car will meet them at the airport - someone from the hotel will be waiting just outside the arrival hall - and it is a drive of about two hours on a new road to Deogarh.  

Other volunteers arrive in Delhi, which is about six hours away.  In this case volunteers will be met at the airport and taken to overnight accommodation in New Delhi.  

The following day they will travel, accompanied, to Deogarh by rail and road.

Accommodation

Heritage hotel.  

Volunteers will have a small bedroom with an en suite shower room. There is room for storage and a work space in each room. The hotel has two large dining rooms and a roof terrace where meals are served in the hot weather. There is a pool. 

Every room in this hotel shows the luxurious furnishings which date from when it was the royal palace - it is possible to still see the separate section where women lived, the large mirrored state rooms and the well-worn stairs where people came to petition the Rawat. This is an opportunity to experience a unique form of accommodation at a very discounted price!

Hotel
Food & Beverages

Includes packed lunch on work days. Meals are traditional Indian food, with a good choice. Most people living in this area are vegetarians, so although meat dishes are served as well vegetarians have the biggest choice!  

If the hotel has a good number of guests meals are all buffet style, meaning volunteers can choose fro the full menu; if there are fewer guests volunteers choose from the menu - and the chefs are always willing to make you a sandwich is you have had your fill of Indian food! 

Water is provided for volunteers as part of the costs they have paid. Alcoholic drinks are available at the hotel, but be warned - they are expensive!

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
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Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$3,700.00
5 weeks
$4,508.00
6 weeks
$5,317.00
7 weeks
$6,125.00
8 weeks
$6,934.00
9 weeks
$7,742.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$10,167.00
Average fees
$886.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Deogarh/India between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. people and places will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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