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TEACH DRAMA TO CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS IN MADURAI IN INDIA

Teach drama to children from the ages of 5 to 12, mainly at matriculation schools where English is taught as the main language. The Principals at the schools are very keen for the children to develop their acting skills and you'll have free rein to devise your own lessons. You may even be able to put on a production at the school.

Teaching Drama is a great way for children to practice their English in a creative way. If you have a passion for acting and a love of children, this is an excellent project for you!

CELEBRATE THE PONGAL FESTIVAL AND GET 10% DISCOUNT TO SPEND!

The Pongal Festival is from 14 to 17 January 2018. If you book a placement so that you are there for the Festival, we'll give you 10% discount off your project to spend :-)

Yes, 10% OFF ALL PROJECTS if you book to be in Madurai at the time of the Festival!

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If you book online, the regular price will appear, but don't worry, the discount will be applied on your invoice on confirmation of booking. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount. Terms & Conditions apply. E&OE Excepted.

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price: £945 (approx. US$1,175) for 2 weeks
£1,095 (approx. US$1,360) for 3 weeks
£1,245 (approx. US$1,545) for 4 weeks
£125 (US$160) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 2 weeks to 12 weeks or longer. Subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: All year round - you choose your start and finish dates (subject to school holidays – see dates below).
Requirements: Minimum age 17. You don't need any qualifications to do this project, just a good love of children and a desire to help them.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation and Food (excluding lunch)
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Daily transport to and from your Project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return transfer to the airport.
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in caring for children, teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement or short break in India, or for those interested in TEFL teaching.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign 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!
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

Drama projects are based in primary and secondary schools in Madurai. You'll be introduced to the Principal on your first day and they will discuss your teaching programme with you.

Teaching drama 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. Dance, drama and music can help teach children life skills, help with their communication and socialisation. Children in India love to perform, whether it is singing or acting on stage, so they will be eagerly awaiting their every lesson with you!

You'll teach Drama to children from the ages of 5 to 12, mainly at matriculation schools where English is taught as the main language. The Principals at the schools are very keen for the children to develop their acting skills and you'll have free rein on devising your own lessons. You may even be able to put on a production at the school. This can be discussed with the Principal at your induction. You'll normally teach 4 to 5 classes per day.

At some of our schools in our other destinations, volunteers and pupils together have produced plays and concerts, and performances have been put on in the evenings for parents, students and visitors. The parents have loved it! Because the schools are poor, the volunteers and children have had to be very creative in putting together costumes and sets, but all productions have been a resounding success!

Volunteers have found that producing short plays written by the children that address local social issues has been a successful means of educating the children on issues such as AIDS awareness, cultural relationships, peer pressures and bullying. It gives the children an informal forum and a means of sharing their concerns and learning to deal with issues.

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

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS:
Please keep in mind that 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.

  • Bakrid: 13 September 2016
  • First Term Vacation: 24-28 October 2016
  • Gandhi’s birthday: 2 October 2016
  • Pooja Holiday: 10 - 11 October 2016
  • Muharram Holiday: 12 October 2016
  • Diwali Holiday: 26 October to 1 November 2016
  • Second Term Vacation: 24 December 2016 to 3 January 2017
  • Pongal Holiday: 14 to 17 January 2017
  • Republic Day: 26 January 2017
  • Good Friday: 14 April 2016
  • Summer Vacation: 22 April to 6 June 2017
  • Independence Day: 15 August 2017

Exam Periods: (approx):

  • Quarterly Exams: 3 to 15 October
  • Half Yearly Exams: 5 to 24 December
  • Annual Exams: 6 to 10 March

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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Accommodation host family house on the India Volunteering Projects
This beautiful Host Family home, seen from the outside, is the one most used for our volunteers in India.
Teaching a volunteer some Indian cooking
Anitha (left), Travellers' India Manager, shows one of our volunteers some of the arts of Indian cooking!
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country:
When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our team who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
As well as protecting all our volunteers, Travellers Worldwide is committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. Read Travellers' Child Care and Vulnerable Adults Policy.

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A volunteer in front of the amazing Meenakshi Temple in Madurai
A volunteer in front of the amazing Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. It's stunning and not fully appreciated until you get there and see it.!
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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Rickshaw Tour of the City in India

CYCLE RICKSHAW TOUR OF MADURAI:
Prices:
One person: £18 for the 3-hour tour
Two people sharing: £11 for the 3-hour tour.

Relax and take in the sights with your personal rickshaw driver! You'll be picked up from your accommodation at 10am and you'll visit the Gandhi Museum, the Palace and take in the beautiful flower market, vegetable market, bamboo market and also get to see basket weaving. This is a fun way to see some of the cultural sights of Madurai that you wouldn't see otherwise.

The tour will last for 3 hours and you will be dropped back at your accommodation at 1pm. The tour doesn't allow time to enter the Palace or the Gandhi Museum, but you can arrange to visit these at another time.

Don’t forget to take your camera - your carriage awaits!

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Bollywood Dancing Lessons in India

BOLLYWOOD DANCE CLASSES:
Price: £39 for 4-Week dance course (12 hrs), concurrent with your main project. 12 lessons in total (3 x 1-hour lessons a week), excludes transport.

Bollywood dance classes - a fun way of learning some fantastic moves, whilst at the same keep keeping fit! All levels are catered for and the lessons are taken at one of Madurai’s leading dance studios. Three private Bollywood classes per week, each lasting one hour. The course location is only 20 minutes by auto from your accommodation. By the end of the course you will have learnt a dance routine to a whole song from an Indian movie.

Bollywood is the largest film producer in India and one of the largest in the world. Bride and Prejudice is typical of the modern day films, with love, romance, singing, flamboyant costumes and hypnotic dancing. The teacher has over 10 years' experience teaching Bollywood Dance and has put on a number of productions in Madurai and around Tamil Nadu.

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Indian Cookery Lessons

INDIAN COOKERY CLASSES:
Prices:
1 Cookery class running concurrently with your project (1 Lesson spread over two days): £38.
A One Month Cookery Course (4 Lessons, one a week): £115

Our cooking classes are held by a local trained cook who currently teaches cooking in a school in Madurai. Classes are held after 3.30pm and for one cooking session, 2 days are required. You'll make a total of 8 dishes consisting of a rice or bread dish; a meat and a vegetable dish and a dessert. Vegetarians can choose 2 vegetable dishes.

You'll choose your menu beforehand and the teacher will take you shopping to the local market. You'll prepare and eat the first of your 4 dishes. The following day you'll again make 4 dishes of your choice and then enjoy tucking into your sumptuous meal.

If you're interested in discovering more about cooking, you can take a month of classes (one session each week for 4 weeks). If food is one of life’s pleasures for you, then this opportunity is not to be missed!

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Tamil Language Lessons

TAMIL LANGUAGE COURSES:

  • 2-Week Tamil course: Price: £40
  • 4-Week Tamil course: Price: £80
  • 8-Week Tamil course: Price: £160
  • 12-Week Tamil course: Price: £240

Vanakam - Welcome! Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn Tamil, the official language of Tamil Nadu with one to one lessons with a private tutor. These language lessons are available to do at the same time as your main project. Learning a little Tamil will enrich your time here immeasurably, enabling you to converse with the locals, order a drink in a restaurant and not forgetting watching all the Tamil dramas on TV!

Your lessons will be individually tailored to your requirements and are conducted at the home of a local retired Lecturer who worked at Madurai Kamaraj University in Madurai for 27 years. Whatever your level/requirements, the teacher is dedicated in helping you achieve your goals. For the 2-Week or longer course, lessons will normally be held Monday to Friday for one hour each day. All you need to take is your own notebook and stationery. Please note that transport to and from the class is not included in the cost.

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Yoga and Meditation Classes

YOGA AND MEDITATION COURSES:
Prices:
2-Week Yoga and Meditation Combined Course: £44
4-Week Yoga and Meditation Combined Course: £88
8-Week Yoga and Meditation Combined Course: £176
Excludes transport.

Meditation is a mind-body practice and you'll learn to relax your body and mind and create a focused awareness to bring you stillness and inner peace. Your lessons will be conducted at the home of a lady teacher who has more than 7 years' experience as a Yoga Practitioner and Trainer. The courses comprise one x 1-hour lesson per day, Monday to Friday only. The 2 week course will consist of the following:

  • Asanas (posture)
  • Pranayama
  • Kriya
  • Meditation

The 4 and 8 week courses will consist of the same as above, but includes Surya Namaskar.

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LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

INDIA REALLY HAS IT ALL, from the hot sultry deserts of Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal and the majestic Himalayas in the north, to the idyllic palm fringed beaches and ancient temples of the south, plus a multitude of wildlife parks! The way to best enjoy India is to absorb it - the warmth of the people, the beauty, the smells, the food, and the wonderful hospitality!

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!

KERALA:
KERALA has been named ""Gods own Country" by the locals for its stunning scenery, wildlife, beautiful beaches, picture postcard towns and the breaktaking backwaters. It is also the home of Ayurveda medicine, an ancient system using essential oils and vigorous massage to aid medical complaints or just for pampering - a one hour massage is an unforgettably relaxing experience.

Kerala also has one of the best wildlife parks in the country; Periyar. A huge array of activities are on offer, jungle trekking and jeep safari’s which take you off the beaten track in the hope of spotting an elusive tiger although you are more likely to see elephants, boar, monkeys and many species of birds. You can also take an elephant ride, boat ride, visit spice and tea plantations, watch martial arts – it’s an action packed weekend and only 4 hours from Madurai!

TRAVEL:

Read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country.

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These volunteers found one of the many amazing waterfalls in the region. They're all beautiful, but some are spectacular!
India is a country of colourful temples, like this one which our vounteers visited.
The Tailors Market in Madurai is a must on your list. They'll tailor-make anything you want, from shirts to dresses to ... anything. And the prices are ridiculously cheap!!
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