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Teaching English in India’s Princely State of Rajasthan

Program Number: 20821RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/19/2014 - 9/6/2014; 11/11/2014 - 11/29/2014; 1/6/2015 - 1/24/2015; 1/20/2015 - 2/7/2015; 2/3/2015 - 2/21/2015; 2/17/2015 - 3/7/2015; 3/3/2015 - 3/21/2015;
Duration: 18 nights
Location: India
Price starting at: $2,979.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Service Learning
Meals: 42; 16 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 14 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat    

In the northwest of India is the state of Rajasthan, “The Land of Kingdoms,” where once chivalrous warrior princes built hilltop forts and camels raced across the scorched Thar Desert. In the state capital of Jaipur, experience an India beyond the reach of tourists while making a difference in the lives of Indian children. Teach conversational English to students at a traditional Indian public school, experiencing the educational system in classrooms ranging from 6th to 12th grade. Immerse yourself in daily life from savoring delicious meals to riding the bustling metro system.




Highlights

• Immerse yourself in the local community by teaching conversational English to students from 6th to 12th grade in partnership with Indian instructors.
• Set out pre-dawn to watch the rising sun bathe the pristine white marble of the Taj Mahal, and discover Jaipur’s royal past on an expert-led visit to the 11th-century Amber Fort.
• Gain a non-tourist perspective on the daily lives of Rajasthanis, and take part in clay-making and cooking workshops.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day on uneven sidewalks and roads. Some stairs without railings. This program requires navigating the Delhi Metro Rail and first-class Indian trains on your own (your group leaders will offer detailed instruction and directions).



No teaching experience required, only the desire to impart information to enthusiastic young learners. Also, this program is limited to no more than 8 people.

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Delhi, 4 nights; train to Jaipur, 5 nights; train to Agra, 2 nights; train to Jaipur, 5 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Delhi
4 nights
Train to Jaipur
5 nights
Train to Agra
2 nights
Train to Jaipur
5 nights
Departure

Visit the great landmarks of New Delhi, including Gandhi’s home and Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn to navigate the transportation and culture of India in Delhi with the help your group leader. In Jaipur, spend the first day observing a class at the Kalwar Public School before you begin tutoring and working in the classroom with your Indian counterpart. Welcome the routine of teaching children in the morning and then exploring Jaipur and Kalwar in the afternoons. Ride elephants up to the Amber Fort — an 11th-century Maharaja's palace that blends Hindu and Muslim styles. Set out on a camel trek and watch a game of street cricket. Visit an NGO in Kalwar that serves meals to the poor. Take the train to Agra, then set out pre-dawn to watch the rising sun bathe the pristine white marble of one of the world’s most stunning monuments — the Taj Mahal.




India

As a consequence of its size, the history of India is an amalgamation of its individual territories. The natural wealth of India’s territories lured a succession of traders and foreign influences to it, each leaving their imprint on the nation, however faint or localized. Thus, Chinese fishing nets in Kerala are a throwback to that country's ancient maritime trade, while in the north, ancient terracotta figurines bear distinctly Grecian traces.



Accommodations
Delhi: Bed and breakfast. Jaipur: Bed and breakfast with royal theme. Agra: Four-star hotel with beautiful gardens and fountains.
Meals and Lodgings
   Tree of Life
  Delhi, India 4 nights
   Castle Kalwar
  Kalwar 5 nights
   Trident Hotel Agra
  Agra, India 2 nights
   Castle Kalwar
  Kalwar 5 nights
 Tree of Life
Type: Bed and Breakfast
  Description: Yoga Sessions Expansive terrace with a fabulous view of the Qutub Minar Building designed as per VAASTU (the ancient Indian science of architecture) to energise you by ensuring calm and peaceful sleep.
  Contact info: D-193, Saket
New Delhi,   India
phone: +91 -98102-77699
  Room amenities: Private bath with glass shower enclosures R.O. Water System (ensuring bottled water purity) 32” LCD TV, DTH service with over 100 channels Electronic Safe
  Facility amenities: Quiet location Conference and Meeting Lounge DVD and Books Library Complemantary Wireless Broadband Internet 24-hr Running Water 100% Instant Power Backup Elevator with ARD (Automatic Rescue Device) Doctor on call
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Castle Kalwar
Type: Bed and Breakfast
  Description: Each room compliments the character of the Palace that has all modern amenities. Yoga Sessions
  Contact info: Village Post Office- Kalwar
District Jaipur, Rajasthan,   India
phone: +919828539080
  Room amenities: 24-hrs hot & cold water Color Tv mini bar Wi-Fi Facilities Blow dryers Heaters on request Tea and coffee on request
  Facility amenities: Art Gallery Outside Patio and Terrace Doctor on Call Travel Desk Internet Facilities Laundry
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: Shower only
  Additional nights after: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

 Trident Hotel Agra
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Trident Agra is set among beautiful gardens, fountains, landscaped courtyards and is built of red stone reminiscent of the Mughal Era. The Hotel is, a stone's throw away from one of the new seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal.
  Contact info: Fatehabad Road
Agra 282 001
Agra,   India
phone: +91 562 223 5000
  Room amenities: Central A/C Wired and Wireless Internet Access Direct dial telephones Personal Bar Tea & Coffee Maker 24-Hour Room Service Electronic Safe Hairdryer Voltage 110-220 Satellite television
  Facility amenities: Audio-visual equipment Photocopying service Currency exchange Laundry and valet service Wheelchairs Rooms for the physically challenged Cloakroom for the physically challenged Doctor on call Beauty salon The Restaurant overlooks the pool and serves International and Indian cuisine. Bar serves a selection of spirits, wines and cocktails.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program begins on day 2 at the bed and breakfast in the late evening in Delhi. You will be staying at Tree of Life that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast at the bed and breakfast in Kalwar (near Jaipur). You will be staying at Castle Kalwar the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Required innoculations:
Yes: There are no vaccinations required to enter India unless visitors are coming from a contaminated area. However, it is always a good idea to check with your personal physician before going abroad. Routine vaccines, as they are often called, such as for influenza, chickenpox (or varicella), polio, MMR, and DPT are given at all stages of life should be up to date. Malaria pills are a consideration.
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Delhi
  Transportation to site: If independent flights do not coincide with the designated group transfer, it will be the responsibility of the participant/s to make arrangement to get to the program site. Taxi from New Delhi airport to hotel is available. Airports Authority of India in coordination with Delhi Traffic Police is now providing 'Prepaid Taxi Service' for arriving passengers at Domestic and International Terminals to ensure safe travel up to their destination. Approved rate of fare for various locations in the city are displayed inside the counter. Prepaid taxi counters are located outside customs hall in concessionaire area and outside Arrival Visitors Lounge (West Wing). Payment is made in advance at counters and coupons are issued. Pickup points are located just outside the terminals. No reliable public bus or subway transport available. Please note that the transfer from the airport takes about 40 to 50 minutes. Private arrival and departure transfers -at an additional cost- may be arranged in advance by the calling Road Scholar Travel Services.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Kalwar
  Transportation from site: Private arrival and departure transfers -at an additional cost- may be arranged in advance by the calling Road Scholar Travel Services.


Required innoculations:

Yes: There are no vaccinations required to enter India unless visitors are coming from a contaminated area. However, it is always a good idea to check with your personal physician before going abroad. Routine vaccines, as they are often called, such as for influenza, chickenpox (or varicella), polio, MMR, and DPT are given at all stages of life should be up to date. Malaria pills are a consideration.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Depart the US on an overnight flight to Delhi.
(Tuesday, August 19)
   
 Depart From: Depart for Delhi.

Day 2: Arrival Delhi
(Wednesday, August 20)

Note: Your group leader will not be staying with you at the bed and breakfast in Delhi. However, the owners of the bed and breakfast is there to take care of you during the evening. Your group leader will be there during the day. Note that you will also be given a cell phone during your stay in India. It will have pre programmed phone numbers and your group leader will show you how to use it.



   
 Afternoon: Join your other group members for a program orientation.
 Afternoon: Upon arrival at the Delhi Airport, transfer to accommodations and check-in.
 Dinner: Light dinner and welcome drink.
   
Accommodations: Tree of Life
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Old Delhi / Qutub Minar/ Lecture on Public Education in India
(Thursday, August 21)

Note: Moderately Challenging Day. The group will be required to use the metro system in Delhi as well as some walking.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at accommodation. Then join your group leader for a brief language lesson.
 Morning: Then depart for your first visit to Old Delhi, with its narrow dirt roads, its myriad people and inexpensive and colorful bazaars that keep alive the traditional workmanship for which Delhi has always been famous. Ride on the bicycle rickshaws, which takes you into the heart of Chandni Chowk. Negotiating alleyways, which seemingly get narrower and narrower, you end up at the Jama Masjid, the largest Muslim mosque in India. Then spend some time with the guides of the NGO Salaam Baalak Trust, who have developed an exciting city walk through the enchanting streets of the inner-city of Paharganj and the New Delhi railway station area. Nobody knows Delhi's streets better than the young people who are fully trained as guides. These spirited youngsters will share their life journey and take you on a guided walk by visiting the schools that are funded by this walk.
 Lunch: Lunch in Old Delhi.
 Afternoon: Lecture:Public education systems in India and group discussion on cultural differences and learning styles.
 Afternoon: Visit Qutub Minar, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Qutub Minar was constructed with red sandstone and marble, and is the tallest minaret in India, with a height of 237.8 ft and has 379 stairs to reach the top. Then walk back to your accommodation.
 Dinner: Dinner at accommodation.
   
Accommodations: Tree of Life
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Discovering Gandhi Smriti / Salaam-Baalak Trust / Discovering New Delhi
(Friday, August 22)

Note: Moderately Challenging Day. The group will be required to use the metro system in Delhi.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at accommodation.
 Morning: Discovering Gandhi Smriti: This house is where the Father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi lived, received most of his famous visitors and it was here on January 30, 1949,that he was assassinated. The house has since been converted into a museum. Enjoy an exclusive presentation on the life and principles of Gandhi by a guest lecturer.
 Lunch: Lunch at restaurant in New Delhi.
 Afternoon: Visit Humayun's tomb which is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562 AD. It was the first garden tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Explore Connaught Place which is the heart of New Delhi
 Dinner: Dinner as a group in New Delhi.
   
Accommodations: Tree of Life
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Visit a local pottery studio/ market activity/ free time
(Saturday, August 23)

Note: Moderately Challenging Day. The group will be required to use the metro system independently in Delhi.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at accommodation.
 Morning: Visit local pottery studio and learn about the process of making clay, glazing and have a chance to work with Indian experts.
 Morning: Explore Dilli Haat an open-air food and craft bazaar located in Delhi. Dilli Haat has permanent food and craft stalls representing each state of India, giving a complete variety of tastes available all over India.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own to sample local fare.
 Afternoon: Free Time this afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at accommodation.
   
Accommodations: Tree of Life
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Train to Jaipur/Introduction to International Service Learning
(Sunday, August 24)

Note: Moderately Challenging Day. The group will be required to take a local train from Delhi to Jaipur on your own. You will be dropped off at the train station and your luggage will be taken to your cabin for you. Upon arrival in Jaipur, there will be someone to meet you at the train station and take you to the bed and breakfast.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at accommodation.
 Morning: Take train from Delhi to Jaipur.
 Lunch: Lunch at accommodation.
 Afternoon: Introduction to your service learning program, formulate group goals and norms.
 Dinner: Dinner at accommodation.
   
Accommodations: Castle Kalwar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Service Learning / Indian culture and festivals presentation / cultural performance
(Monday, August 25)
   
 Breakfast: Brefore breakfast, enjoy a Yoga lesson. Breakfast at accommodation.
 Morning: The first day at the Public School will be used as an observation day.
 Lunch: Lunch at accommodation.
 Afternoon: Indian Culture and Festivals Presentation: The role of Festivals in Indian culture led by your coordinator and learn about the cultural and social importance of festival in Indian society.
 Dinner: Dinner at accommodation.
 Evening: Cultural program and folk music at accommodation.
   
Accommodations: Castle Kalwar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Service Learning/Discovering Jaipur/City Palace/ Amber Fort
(Tuesday, August 26)

Note: Local group leader will pick you up at Castle Kalwar and take you through the sites of Jaipur.



   
 Breakfast: Brefore breakfast, enjoy a yoga sesson. Breakfast at accommodation.
 Morning: Start your day by tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. You will be immersed in a large Rajasthani school with students in grades 6th-12th. After tutoring prepare lesson plans.
 Lunch: Lunch at accommodation.
 Afternoon: Jaipur is popularly known as the "Pink City", from the pink-colored sandstone of the buildings in the old walled city. On your exploration of this afternoon, visit: The City Palace which stands in the centre of the city. Part of it is still the Maharaja's residence, while most of the complex has been developed into a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings, back scratchers, royal apparel and an armory. The observatories, or "Jantar Mantars" as they are commonly known, incorporate multiple buildings of unique form, each with a specialized function for astronomical measurement. These structures with their striking combinations of geometric forms, have captivated the attention of architects, artists, and art historians world-wide.
 Afternoon: Discovering the Amber Fort: Enjoy an afternoon exploring the Amber Fort. Amber, the capital of Rajasthan for 6 centuries before Jaipur was built, lies 11 km north of Jaipur. Rising majestically on the slopes of a hill, this 11th century fort and palace complex is a blend of Hindu and Muslim styles. Ride elephants up to the Amber Fort (use jeeps for the descent).
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Coach depart Jaipur for home-stay.
   
Accommodations: Castle Kalwar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Service Learning / Cultural Exploration on your own
(Wednesday, August 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at accommodation.
 Morning: Continue Service Project. Start your day tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. After tutoring prepare lesson plans.
 Lunch: Lunch at accommodation.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon in Jaipur. Transfer to Jaipur and spend the afternoon exploring Jaipur to your liking. Take in the riot of colors on a walk with your local group leader through the local markets of Jaipur.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own in Jaipur.
 Evening: Transfer back to your accommodation.
   
Accommodations: Castle Kalwar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Service Learning/ Cricket Game/ Camel Cart Ride/ Visit NGO
(Thursday, August 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at accommodation.
 Morning: Service Learning: Continue Service Project. Start your day tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. After tutoring prepare lesson plans.
 Lunch: Lunch at accommodation.
 Afternoon: Set out on a camel trek and watch a game of street Cricket. Later that afternoon visit an NGO in Kalwar that serves meals for the poor.
 Dinner: Dinner at accommodation.
   
Accommodations: Castle Kalwar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Service Learning/ Train to Agra
(Friday, August 29)

Note: The group will be required to take a local train from Jaipur to Agra. Please note that you will be taking a train on your own again. You will be dropped off at the train station and you will be picked up from the train station. You will only need to take a overnight bag with you for this trip.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at accommodation.
 Morning: Service Learning: Continue Service Project. Start your day tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. After tutoring prepare lesson plans.
 Lunch: Lunch at home-stay.
 Afternoon: Coach Transfer to Jaipur.
 Dinner: Dinner in Jaipur.
 Evening: After dinner take a train to Agra. Duration about 4.5 hours.
   
Accommodations: Trident Hotel Agra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Taj Mahal/ Agra Fort/ Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s tomb
(Saturday, August 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Set out pre-dawn to watch the rising sun bathe the pristine white marble of the Taj Mahal in warm hues of gold, ochre and orange. Take some time to explore the exquisite grounds and view the highly decorated inner chamber. Return to the hotel for breakfast, then explore Itmad-Ud-Daulah's tomb.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Exploring Agra Fort and Itmad-Ud-Daulah's tomb, led by your Study Leader visit Itmad-Ud-Daulah's tomb, popularly known as "baby Taj", this is the tomb of Mirza Ghiyash Begh. He became a very powerful person, more so when the Emperor Jahangir married his daughter Noor Jahan. The tomb was designed by Noor Jahan and was the first Mughal building using marble inlay work. Next visit Agra Fort, Originally planned as an impregnable military structure by Akbar, the Agra Fort, over a period of time, acquired all the elegance, lavishness and majesty of an imperial palace. Situated 3 km upstream of the Taj Mahal on the right bank of the Yamuna.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel (buffet) with bottled water, coffee/tea.
   
Accommodations: Trident Hotel Agra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Free Time/ Train to Jaipur/ Documentary on Indian Music
(Sunday, August 31)

Note: The group will be required to take a local train from Agra to Jaipur. Please note that you will be taking a train on your own again. You will be dropped off at the train station and you will be picked up from the train station.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Free time until train departs for Jaipur.
 Lunch: Lunch on own to explore local fare.
 Afternoon: Train from Agra to Jaipur.
 Dinner: Dinner at accommodation.
 Evening: Watch a Documentary on Indian Music.
   
Accommodations: Castle Kalwar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: Service Learning/ Reflection Discussion / Snake Charmer
(Monday, September 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at accommodation.
 Morning: Service Learning: Continue Service Project. Start your day tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. After tutoring prepare lesson plans.
 Lunch: Lunch at accommodation.
 Afternoon: First enjoy a reflection discussion, then visit a local college in Kalwar and play a game of cricket or volleyball with the students.
 Dinner: Dinner at accommodation.
 Evening: Enjoy a visit from the village snake charmers after dinner
   
Accommodations: Castle Kalwar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Service Learning/ Rajasthani Cooking Class/ Free Time/ Visit with Social Workers
(Tuesday, September 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at accommodation.
 Morning: Service Learning: Continue Service Project. Start your day tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. After tutoring prepare lesson plans.
 Lunch: Lunch at accommodation.
 Afternoon: Head into the kitchen to learn about Rajasthani cooking! Try making chapati and learn about the beautiful spices that make up the color and taste of the local cuisine.
 Afternoon: Visit with Local Social Workers at Castle Kalwar.
 Dinner: Dinner at accommodation.
   
Accommodations: Castle Kalwar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Service Learning/ Free Time in Jaipur
(Wednesday, September 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at accommodation.
 Morning: Service Learning: Continue Service Project. Start your day tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. After tutoring prepare lesson plans.
 Afternoon: Transfer to Jaipur.
 Afternoon: Free Time This Afternoon with Options Below To Explore On Own, or enjoy an optional activity and head into Jaipur and visit with local Block printers, Carpet designers, Blue Pottery or Free Time
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare.
 Evening: Transfer back to the home-stay.
   
Accommodations: Castle Kalwar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 17: Last Day of Service Project/ Reflection and Feedback/Farewell Dinner
(Thursday, September 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at accommodation.
 Morning: Service Learning: Farewell Project/Presentation with students and staff at public school.
 Lunch: Lunch at accommodation.
 Afternoon: Free time followed by a reflection and feedback discussion with host family.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner and Social Evening: This evening enjoy a flavorful farewell dinner featuring the dishes of Rajasthan with bottled water, coffee/tea, beer & wine.
   
Accommodations: Castle Kalwar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Transfer to Jaipur/ Flight back to US
(Friday, September 5)

Note: Please note that this is a forced layover in Delhi because of your late flight out of Delhi. There is no programming on this day nor are there any meals planned.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at accommodation.
 Morning: Program ends in Jaipur at Castle Kalwar. If you booked your overseas flight through RSTS you will be provided with a day room at the airport hotel in Delhi until your return flight home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 19: Early morning departure / Arrival home
(Saturday, September 6)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive home.
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