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Anuragk Gupta Nov 29, 2015 at 03:37 AM

Dear Participants,

Namaste and Thank you for making our attempt to this service a success!

This is to add an update on the teaching process being continued here as follows :
1. As part of hearing process :reading english story books, speaking about good habits, telling
the students about culture and festivals, making them listen the accent of US English is proving
2. Reading: teaching them to read fluently with stress to pronunciation and expressions.
3. speaking: help increase their vocabulary with new words and make proper sentences. Though
they are now good with basic words but yet need a lot of practice for forming sentences.
4. writing skills: helping them with their creative writings, writing a short story or composition,
letter writing both formal and informal letters, writing essays and poetry have also proven
5. Singing: children have shown their interest to learn new songs, they have been introduced to
rhythm and notes by our previous participants.They also love to learn tongue twisters.
6. You may also like to be instrumental in process developing their new playground, help students paint some art on the school walls, help them to develop a biology and physics laboratory by contributing your extra hour at school.
Please feel free to ask any questions you may
The students are eagerly waiting to meet you soon.

Kindest Regards,

Anne Foley Nov 12, 2015 at 01:02 PM

I am traveling to India with this program in January. I would be interested I hearing from others who have participated in the teaching experience. Also I am looking for a roommate for this trip as I'm traveling on my own.
Anuragk Gupta Nov 13, 2015 at 04:08 AM

Namaste Anne, Please feel free to ask me regarding this program. I am in process to connect you with previous participants. Please let me know the dates you have enrolled for this program. I can try to get you connect to other participants enrolled. Kindest Regards
Anne Foley Nov 13, 2015 at 09:15 AM

Thanks for responding. I am traveling from January 12-30, 2016. The time is fast approaching.
Nancy Giannos Nov 13, 2015 at 04:31 PM

Greetings Anne -- Anuragk contacted me and asked if I would convey any info you might be wanting to know about the program. I just returned home from my second time doing the program and my heart remains with the children there. I would love to go back yet again if my finances allow. Please tell me what Iquestions you have about the program and I will do my best to answer them. Look forward to hearing from you¿¿
Anne Foley Nov 13, 2015 at 09:39 PM

Hi Nancy - I do have a few questions. How many students do you teach? Do you teach with another teacher? How formal are the lesson plans? Do you plan with other teachers? What materials did you use most? What materials do you wish you had brought? I'll probably think of more questions later Thanks Anne
Nancy Giannos Nov 14, 2015 at 09:17 AM

Hi Anne-- we generally have 12-15 students depending on how many participants there are.We each have our own class.It is very informal !! The three of us had been on the together before so we worked very well together as far as lesson planning .We did meet every day either after school or in the evening depending on the schedule.As far as materials go Road Scholar already has a lot of things that were left by others so unless you want to bring something special there really is no need to bring any.we worked on making sentences with random flash card words--sentence structure is something that needs work.Also using hangman for vocabulary is great too. Just TALKING is what they love too.They need to hear English spoken.If you have any other questions please feel free to connect again. I know you will LOVE the trip !! Everything about it is outstanding.
Nancy Giannos Nov 14, 2015 at 06:13 PM

Hi Anne-- I was wondering if I might ask a favor of you? I would love to send the students in my class a card but the mail delivery to India is SLOOW at best and there is no guarantee it will arrive at all.Would you be so kind as to take it with you and hand deliver it to them? I would be so appreciative ¿¿However that would mean I would need your address.you could PM me at my e-mail address njgiannos@yahoo.com.I totally understand if you don't feel comfortable doing this.Regardless of your answer have a wonderful trip but be careful-- those kids have a way of stealing a little piece of your heart¿¿

Anne Foley Nov 12, 2015 at 01:02 PM

I am traveling to India with this program in January. I would be interested I hearing from others who have participated in the teaching experience. Also I am looking for a roommate for this trip as I'm traveling on my own.

Amy OBrien Oct 08, 2015 at 11:18 PM

What local dialects are spoken where I could/would be teaching? Basic Hindi? Gujarati? I have deep interest in India in general and would love to teach there long-term. This would be a good chance for me to see what it would be like! Also, if I did join this program, could it help me get a long-term job there or somewhere similar? It will be a while before I can save up enough money to go, but I can't wait until I can finally sign up for this!
Anuragk Gupta Oct 09, 2015 at 01:58 AM

Namaste Amy, the local dialects spoken is Rajasthani and Hindi. If you are interested being an expat please speak to our travel desk. You are at anytime welcome to join this program and explore the possibilities. kindest Regards Anuragk
Amy OBrien Oct 09, 2015 at 01:38 PM

Dhanyavaad, Anuragk! I just hope I am not too young for these programs. I don't think I could convince the elders in my family to do something like this. If I CAN go, though, I will save money and practice the dialects and one day join this program!

Anuragk Gupta Sep 27, 2015 at 07:39 AM

Some important information we would like to provide you based on frequently asked Questions.
1. Weather: September and October are moderate and sunny. Say 88’F in noon. November onwards it gets cooler. For those visiting in January, February- light woollens are recommended.
2. Dress code in School: Sober decent dressing which may include skirts, trousers, Jeans.
3. Suggestive: In the cities like Delhi, Jaipur city and Agra use mosquito repelling cream or spray. Precautionary measures also suggest not eating raw cut salads and fruits from streets and hotels. Please drink bottled water only while in India.
4. Supplies: Presently we have ample supplies, no need to carry books etc. if you feel that somethings are required after observing the school. Road Scholar provides INR 500 to each of you to buy required supplies. Yet if you feel to bring something for the children, the most praised gift is candy.
5. Cell Phones: Road scholar provides you with a cell-phone in Delhi which you would be carrying throughout the program. You can contact us anytime 24x7 whenever you need our assistance.
6. For Revisiting Participants: From this year Road Scholar has designed a new itinerary so that you are not repeating the whole thing. Please do contact the Travel desk for more information.

leslie manning Aug 13, 2015 at 08:18 PM

Is anyone signed up for the trip in September?
Sherma Erholm Aug 28, 2015 at 08:04 PM

Yes--Sherma Erholm, leaving from Denver through Chicago to Delhi. Anyone else on that Chicago flight?
leslie manning Aug 28, 2015 at 08:24 PM

Sherma. I fly through Chicago to Delhi. Hi. I have your picture and you have mine so lets talk at the airport. Leslie

Trudy Todd Jul 06, 2015 at 11:52 PM

Hi Judy, Yes, I've signed up for that time frame. I will be in India for a couple of weeks before the program starts and will go home after.

Judy V. Schmidt Jun 26, 2015 at 03:30 PM

Is anyone thinking about this trip from November 10-28, 2015?
Gloria Friedman Jul 04, 2015 at 06:47 PM

Whenever you go you will have a fabulous time. One of the best trips I've ever taken. I'm happy to answer any questions.

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