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Teaching English in India’s Princely State of Rajasthan

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Joanne Fulton Feb 07, 2016 at 09:07 AM

Here right now with Gloria. This is a wonderful program where the children volunteer. They are enthusiastic and earnest. Some are quite fluent, others know very little. Probably depends on when they enter the
program. You only have 2 weeks, an hour per day but you can make a difference. Connecting with the children, validating their efforts can make s huge difference. It is an amazing cultural experience.


Lois Borgenicht Feb 05, 2016 at 08:15 AM

Dear Toni,
The school is a Government Hindi Medium School. We did not have much time to work with the kids but they were enthusiastic and motivated to learn. You may, perhaps, have an opportunity to work at a nearby orphanage. Mysteriously, we were only there one day. Children range from elementary through high school. It's is hard to say just how much English they may have had. Getting the words out in sentences is a challenge for all. Conversation and songs were the way to go for me. I loved it. Lois
Gloria Friedman Feb 05, 2016 at 12:45 PM

The. Orphanage is not part of the program. The school there is excellent and does not need volunteers. Some participants of this tour have sponsored children to attend this school, But you will work at the government school which has a relatively low quality of teaching compared to the private schools. The orphanage school is a private school sponsored largely by an American Christian organization called World Help. You visit it to see the other side of education in Kalwar but you don't volunteer there.


Toni Johnson Feb 05, 2016 at 01:16 AM

I am thinking of joining others on this trip. I have worked extensively with children. What are the ages of the children. In what type of school/enterprise are the children who are taught by the Road Scholar volunteers? How much previous education have they had in English? Do the majority of the children seek this learning?
Gloria Friedman Feb 05, 2016 at 12:48 PM

You will work at a government school with minimal facilities, low quality teaching but you will work with students who are very very eager to learn. The children are generally grade 6-10
Andrea Mitchel Feb 05, 2016 at 04:30 PM

I took the trip in 2015 - I do not have any teaching experience. I found that the children are eager to learn English and flourish if provided with creative ways to learn. We used tongue twisters and songs tried to make the classes fun. I thought most of the children had some level of English the beginners would receive help from their peers.


Lois Borgenicht Jan 07, 2016 at 08:53 AM

Dear Anuragk,
I recall reading somewhere on your page that it would be acceptable to bring candy for children. Is that correct? It's heavy, so I want to be sure it is a good idea! Thanks, Lois
Anuragk Gupta Jan 07, 2016 at 09:09 AM

Namaste Lois, definately its a good idea but please do not carry too much. You shall be having a class size of 5-6 students each so you may plan accorgingly. Happy New Year!
Lois Borgenicht Jan 07, 2016 at 07:34 PM

Oh well, I'll bring it and share it around with other participants to hand out. If it doesn't weigh down my bag it will weigh me down - or weigh me upwards.


Lois Borgenicht Jan 07, 2016 at 08:51 AM

Dear Rajasthan travelers for January 12 - 30 trip,
Might one of you like to share a car service to JFK from Manhattan?
I will be staying in the east 80's, planning to ask for a 10 - 10:30 AM pickup.


Claudia Seyle Dec 20, 2015 at 01:47 PM

Namaste Anuragk,
My husband, David, and enrolled in the Rajasthan program on August 11 and received our preliminary info packet on November 10. This week we received our final packet and were shocked to find substantial changes in the daily itineraries especially in Jaipur, and not the least was the elimination of the weekend trip to Agra. We were so looking forward to our local interaction and working with the children, but to have no local guides and activities is most disappointing. Please let us know the specific person at Road Scholar to whom we should address our grievances. Thank you, Claudia Seyle
Claudia Seyle Dec 22, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Surely this is what happened; thank you for your reassurances. We look forward to meeting you and our time with the students and fellow Road Scholars.
Linda Miller Jan 03, 2016 at 06:05 PM

My husband and I were also dismayed at this first changed itinerary. After 8 days of calls to the home office here in the US and receipt of a revised itinerary, we are looking forward to the trip as originally proposed. It's not long now.


Claudia Seyle Dec 20, 2015 at 01:47 PM

Namaste Anuragk,
My husband, David, and enrolled in the Rajasthan program on August 11 and received our preliminary info packet on November 10. This week we received our final packet and were shocked to find substantial changes in the daily itineraries especially in Jaipur, and not the least was the elimination of the weekend trip to Agra. We were so looking forward to our local interaction and working with the children, but to have no local guides and activities is most disappointing. Please let us know the specific person at Road Scholar to whom we should address our grievances. Thank you, Claudia Seyle


Gloria Friedman Dec 04, 2015 at 02:46 PM

Anuragk-- I got an email saying you had replied to my question but I don't see the response.


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