WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION
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
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
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. If you have a preference for
another sport please let us know at the time of booking and we will try our best
to accommodate you.
During the summer holidays many of the schools offer SUMMER CAMPS to the students. Teaching of conversational English during
this holiday is available to approximately 60 students who attend the camp. These
camps normally take place on the school grounds and are an opportunity to give more
informal lessons. They can also be combined with playing sports or putting together
a play. Therefore the camps are much more relaxed and not quite so structured. They
a lot of fun! and the kids adore them!
Teaching is not available during the other holiday periods, so please take the above
dates into account when planning your placement. On the other hand, if a holiday
falls during your proposed placement, you could use this time to do any independent
travelling and sightseeing.
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.
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