Use your creativity and enthusiasm to help children in primary and secondary schools in India reach their full potential by teaching them English.
India has made some rapid economic advancement in recent years, yet around 28% of the Indian population lives below the poverty line. The disparity of wealth in India is plain to see. It is quite a shocking view to see a state of the art apartment complex being built next to a slum community living in complete poverty. The slums are a regrettable facett of life in India.
Indian culture places a major emphasis on education, but unfortunately the education system in India is still a work in progress. Class sizes go far beyond suitable capacities and schools are highly understaffed. PMGY supports a number of slum schools located around Faridabad. These NGOs provide free education, school supplies, food and uniforms in order to encourage parents to let their children go to school, rather than being forced to wander the streets begging and collecting rubbish to earn money.
The children at the schools range from 3 years-old right up to the age of 16. We support two main schools in and around Faridabad. The schools are located within the slum areas, due to which the facilities are extremely basic and conditions are cramped. However you will find the spirit of the children and their passion to learn a real joy to behold. Volunteers provide invaluable support to the teaching staff and the presence of a fluent English speaker brings a major boost to the children’s educational development.
Eco Slum School
The Eco school is based in a local slum community. The children are aged between 3 and 15, although the average age is between 7-10. The school was set up by Vishy and Kranti in 2010 to provide children who may not otherwise have the opportunity, with free basic primary education.
Predominately, volunteers are encouraged to teach the children basic English and Maths, however, they are welcome to discuss other teaching ideas with Kranti, who is present at the school on a day to day basis. In addition to teaching, volunteers on this project are expected to carry out the assembly daily, which consist largely of nursery rhymes and dancing.
The majority of volunteers who have signed up for the teaching programme will spend their time working with this school, however, this cannot always be guaranteed.
The Nerhu school is based in a neighbouring community to that of the Eco School. Education here is not free.
You should arrive into Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi (airport code DEL) on the selected Sunday start date. Programmes start on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. You will be met at the airport by one of our local staff or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will spend the rest of your day at leisure.
The programme ends on the Sunday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day.
As we are not medical experts we cannot, unfortunately, tell you exactly what vaccinations you’ll need to obtain so it is vital you consult your local GP or travel clinic a few months before you intend to travel. Your local doctor/nurse will advise you as to what vaccinations and malaria prevention is needed for entry into your volunteer destination.
ESSENTIAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
Like all our projects in India, it is possible to combine this project with any of our other programmes. If this is something you’d like to do, please highlight this in your online application. Alternatively, you can discuss the possibility with our local team during your in-country orientation.
For the majority of our programmes you can apply at any time. However, we advise that you apply as soon as possible to ensure we have availability on the programme – particularly if you’re looking to travel between June and August, as spaces can fill up very quickly during this period.
It is best that you apply sooner rather than later as some of our programmes only have a limited capacity and spaces get filled very quickly.
Can I use this program as part of a university or college placement?
It is certainly possible to use one of PMGY’s programmes as part of your university or college placement. Project staff can sign off any paperwork required by your course tutors. PMGY regularly receives medical, childcare, psychology and nursing placement students at our projects around the world and we have ties with some of the leading universities.
If you’re a course tutor and would like further information about how one of PMGY’s programmes could meet the placement requirements for your degree course then please contact us.
Is it safe to travel to PMGY destinations?
Although our volunteers work in the developing world, we always ensure our host locations are safe. Each programme has been extensively researched and has passed our strict vetting process. Our UK team undergo an extensive routine when establishing our in-country infrastructures and we continue to monitor our safety procedures on a regular basis. Furthermore, we monitor the stability of our volunteer destinations on a daily basis. Through our constant contact with consulates and embassies and our reports from our overseas teams, we are able to ensure that our volunteers are never placed in unstable regions.
The PMGY team have visited and participated in every programme we offer and verified them based on our own independent criteria. We carefully inspect every little detail of our set-up. From inspecting the living conditions, checking out the neighbourhoods you’ll be staying in, to tasting the food you’ll be eating – each and every programme we establish has gone through a lengthy and rigorous vetting process. Risk assessments have been written for all areas in which PMGY operate and our experienced local coordinators are always on-hand to manage any emergencies that may occur. Our UK team are always on the road reviewing our risk management procedures in the field and monitoring local conditions.
In emergency situations we have the necessary protocols and equipment in place and we are able to evacuate our volunteers from potential dangers. Our local coordinators are trained to deal with emergency circumstances.
All volunteers will receive a PMGY Volunteer Handbook once they have paid their deposit and confirmed their place on the programme. We will send you an email entitled ‘Welcome to PMGY’ which will include a link where you can download the Volunteer Handbook. Please note that we DO NOT send a hardcopy of the PMGY Volunteer Handbook.
This Handbook contains literally everything you need to know – from what to pack, to how to obtain a visa, to local language guides. It is really important that you read through the Volunteer Handbook carefully once you’ve downloaded it. If you require any further information not covered in the Volunteer Handbook then our team are always on-hand to assist you.
Each school has a set curriculum that you will follow. You will usually spend your first few days working alongside a local teacher, but due to staff shortages it is appreciated if volunteers can lead their own classes or work alongside a fellow PMGY volunteer. If you do not feel comfortable teaching independently, we will always do our best to make sure you work alongside a local teacher and/or fellow volunteers. If you’ve never taught before then there is no need to worry.
One of our local coordinators runs one of the slum schools in which our volunteers work, so she can guide you as to how to prepare lessons and what to teach. This training will be incorporated into your in-country orientation. Volunteers prepare for lessons in their free time, so you have a clear structure to each class. You’ll find that your confidence grows massively once you have taught a couple of lessons.
Your primary role as a volunteer will be to improve the children’s English. However, the schools value the positive influence volunteers have on the children, so there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved in other activities. Volunteers are welcome to teach other subjects such as Maths, Science and Geography should you wish to. In addition, telling the children about life in your country will also increase their global awareness and teach them about life outside the slums.
IN & AROUND FARIDABAD
PMGY volunteers are based in Faridabad, a satellite city of Delhi located In the National Capital Region (NCR) of New Delhi. Just 25km from Delhi, volunteers are far enough away to enjoy a quieter setting (by Indian standards!) but close enough to absorb all the magic, mystery and mayhem that Delhi has to offer.
Faridabad is a comfortable, well-connected location to live and work in. There are a few tourist spots worth a visit such as: Baba Farid’s tomb (its believed Faridabad was named after him); Badhkal Lake and Raja Nahar Singh Palace. There are also some interesting temples and local parks for you to visit as well as markets and shopping malls, including a cinema if you fancy going to see some Bollywood flicks!
Our participants are situated in a great location to explore the local sites and also travel further afield.
Delhi is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and home to 25 million people. Despite this it is a relatively easy city to find your way around in and made infinitely easier by its gleaming, cheap and efficient metro. The city is split into two parts: Old Delhi, a 17th Century walled city with narrow alleys, constant traffic and main tourist sites and the spacious, planned areas of New Delhi.
Old Delhi is littered with the relics of lost empires such as the imposing Mughal-era Red Fort, a symbol of India, and the sprawling Jama Masjid mosque, the largest in India, whose courtyard accommodates 25,000 people! Nearby is Chandni Chowk, the main street of Old Delhi and a vibrant bazaar filled with food carts, sweets shops and spice stalls.
The magical allure of the Taj Mahal draws tourists to Agra like moths to a wondrous flame. Widely considered to be the most beautiful building in the world, despite the hype, it is every bit as good as you’ve heard.
The Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. The death of Mumtaz left the emperor so heartbroken that his hair is said to have turned grey virtually overnight. Construction of the Taj began the following year but the whole complex was not completed until 1653, 22 years later. Not long after it was finished Shah Jahan was overthrown by his son Aurangzeb and imprisoned in Agra Fort where, for the rest of his days, he could only gaze out at his creation through a window. Following his death in 1666, Shah Jahan was buried here alongside Mumtaz.
’JAIPUR - 'PINK CITY'
Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’ for its trademark building colour in the wonderful old city. This buzzing metropolis is certainly a place of wild contrasts and is a feast for the eyes. Vegetable-laden camel carts thread their way through streets jam-packed with cars, cows, rickshaws, bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians frantically dodging the incessant traffic!
On-arrival into Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi (DEL) you will be met at arrivals by one of PMGY’s appointed and trusted drivers who will speak a decent level of English. They will be holding a PMGY sign. It is advised that volunteers purchase a PMGY volunteer t-shirt and wear it on their flight, as this makes it easier for us to identify you at the airport.
Once you’ve located the driver, they will introduce themselves to you and drive you straight to the Volunteer House where you will be staying. The journey takes around 1 to 1.5 hours. On-arrival at the Volunteer House, you will be met by one of our local coordinators and your fellow volunteers.
All volunteers live in a Volunteer House accommodation in Faridabad during their time on the programme. Volunteers are housed with a wonderful host family who coordinate our projects in India. The Volunteer House is large, clean, and has all essential facilities you need. Volunteers have their own separate living quarters, but still have regular interaction with our local coordinator and his family. This accommodation setup offers volunteers the unique experience of living with lots of other volunteers as well as getting the cultural immersion of staying with a host family. It really is the best of both worlds!
You will share a room with fellow volunteers (sometimes rooms are mixed gender). All bathrooms have western toilets and showers. Wi-Fi is available free of charge, although it is intermittent. There are facilities for volunteers to hand-wash and dry their clothes. A laundry service is also available for a nominal fee. You will find all the amenities you require such as supermarkets, pharmacies, and banks etc all within walking distance of the Volunteer House.
During the summer months, we run multiple Volunteer Houses as we receive a high number of volunteers during this period. All Volunteer Houses are of similar quality and are located within a short drive of each other. A member of the PMGY team will live at the house to support volunteers, prepare meals, and manage the upkeep of the house.
You will be provided with three meals a day. All meals are freshly prepared and made up of vegetarian ingredients. Furthermore, most meals are typical Indian dishes, although pasta and other such western dishes are prepared every now and then. If you are not a huge lover of spicy food don’t worry, there will always be a more mild option available!
Volunteers are advised to notify our local team if the food is not to their taste who will aim to adjust the food appropriately.
* Please inform us in your application if you have any specific dietary requirements.