Teaching English in India’s Princely State of Rajasthan

Immerse yourself in the wonders of India as you teach English to schoolchildren, discovering UNESCO Heritage Sites, sacred monuments, traditional cuisines and vibrant culture.
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Program No. 20821RJ
19 days
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At a Glance

In the northwest of India is the state of Rajasthan, discover “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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
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).
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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 cooking workshop.

General Notes

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.
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