20821
India
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
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19 days
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18 nights
44 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Delhi, Check In, Welcome Dinner
Delhi
D
Tree of Life

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon: After checking in at the B&B homestay, take some time to freshen up and relax. This program is staffed with an expert teacher who will be our Study Leader and primary information resource, giving presentations and leading field trips, and who will also serve as our Group Leader. The Study Leader will be with us during the day and the owners of the B&B will be with us evenings. We will have cell phones with pre-programmed telephone numbers and review using them during our Orientation session tomorrow morning.

Dinner: At the B&B, we’ll have a buffet welcome dinner with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. All our meals during the program will be buffets, allowing you to choose what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Orientation, Salaam Baalak, Old Delhi
Delhi
B,L,D
Tree of Life

Activity note: Use of Delhi Metro public transportation system, auto rickshaws, and bicycle rickshaws. Extremely crowded market in Old Delhi. At Jama Mosque, many steps; shoes and shorts not permitted; gowns provided for women.

Breakfast: The breakfast buffet includes beverage choices of coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Orientation: Our Study Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Road Scholar Service Learning programs are short-term experiences that engage participants in volunteer projects to benefit the common good. These projects utilize the skills and energy of participants to meet demonstrated needs of the local and/or broader community. In addition to a significant amount of time in the specified Service Learning project and activities, participants will learn about relevant aspects of local history, culture, nature, etc., within the available time and as appropriate to the themes and settings. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Next, we will have a special learning experience through the Salaam Baalak Trust, an NGO (non-governmental organization) that provides care and support to young people living and working on the streets. The Trust has helped and trained more than 50,000 children — some 8,500 a year — providing them with skills and employment leading groups as well as opportunities to improve their communication skills. We will explore the inner city of Pahar Ganj and the New Delhi railway station area. Nobody knows Delhi's streets better than these young people on their new life journeys. We will also see schools that are funded by the Trust.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, the lunch buffet includes beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will set out via bicycle rickshaws on a field trip to explore Old Delhi, with its narrow dirt roads, its myriad people and colorful bazaars that keep alive the traditional workmanship for which Delhi has always been famous. We’ll ride on bicycle rickshaws that will take us into the heart of Chandni Chowk, a centuries old and very crowded market bazaar. We’ll end up at the Jama Masjid, the largest Muslim mosque in India, which we will explore.

Dinner: B&B buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Gandhi Smriti, New Delhi
Delhi
B,L,D
Tree of Life

Activity note: Use of Delhi Metro public transportation system and auto rickshaws.

Breakfast: B&B buffet.

Morning: We’ll start the day with a language lesson from our Study Leader. We’ll then set out on a field trip for an overview of India’s system of government in the world’s largest parliamentary democracy. We’ll drive past India Gate, reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, that commemorates Indian soldiers who died during World War I; the Parliament House (Sansad Bhawan), the nation’s supreme legislative body; and the President House (Rashtrapati Bhavan), a huge complex that serves as the official residence of the President of India. We’ll also visit Humayun's Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the UNESCO inscription, “This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal.”

Lunch: At a local restaurant, the lunch buffet includes beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Next, we will visit Gandhi Smriti where the “Father of the Nation” — Mahatma Gandhi — was assassinated after spending his final 144 days here from September 9, 1947 to January 30, 1948. It has been preserved as a museum that displays Gandhi’s few personal effects as well as paintings, pictures, sculptures and other relics. The memorial perpetuates Gandhi’s legacy, highlights his values and ideals, and offers guidance for those who wish to follow his path. We will have an exclusive presentation on the life and principles of Gandhi by a guest lecturer.

Dinner: B&B buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Qutub Minar, Dilli Haat Market, Free Time
Delhi
B,D
Tree of Life

Activity note: Use of Delhi Metro public transportation system and auto rickshaws.

Breakfast: B&B buffet.

Morning: After a language lesson, we will take a field trip with our Group Leader to Qutub Minar, a “tower of victory” and great masterpiece of Mughal architecture, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tall minaret, made of red sandstone and marble, was constructed in 1192 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, and later completed by his successor Iltutmish. The soaring conical tower is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture that has survived the ravages of time impressively. It is the tallest minaret in India, with a height of 237.8 feet and 379 stairs to reach the top! We’ll then walk back to the B&B and explore Dilli Haat, an open-air food and craft bazaar. Dilli Haat has permanent food and craft stalls representing each state of India, giving a complete variety of tastes available all over this vast country.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You might like to visit the Lotus Temple, National Gallery of Modern Art, the Lodi Garden, or Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (Sikh Temple).

Dinner: B&B buffet.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for early morning check-out and train transfer in the morning.

DAY
6
Train to Jaipur, Intro to International Service Learning
Kalwar
B,L,D
Castle Kalwar

Activity note: Road Scholars will be transferred to the train station with luggage taken to train cars for the unaccompanied ride from Delhi to Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur, a local representative will meet the group at the train station and provide a transfer to the bed and breakfast in Kalwar.

Breakfast: After an early morning wake up call, we will have a packed breakfast that can be eaten on the train.

Morning: We will take a very early train from Delhi to Jaipur. After arriving at the train station in Jaipur, a local representative will meet us and we will then transfer to Kalwar. Arrival is expected mid-morning for check in at the bed and breakfast. Then take some time to freshen up and relax.

Lunch: At the hotel, the lunch buffet includes beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: With our Study Leader, we will have an introduction to our service learning program and formulate group goals.

Dinner: At the hotel, the dinner buffet includes beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
School Observation Day, Indian Culture & Festivals
Kalwar
B,L,D
Castle Kalwar

Activity note: We will have a yoga session before breakfast. Walking 1/2 mile to/from school; teaching in a classroom approximately 1.5 hours; fan, no A/C.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Here in the state capital of Jaipur, we will experience India beyond the reach of tourists while making a difference in the lives of Indian children. We will teach conversational English to students at a traditional Indian public school, experiencing the educational system in classrooms ranging from 6th to 12th grade. Our first morning at the Kalwar Public School will be for observation. We will also be introduced to students, faculty, and the school grounds.

Lunch: Hotel buffet.

Afternoon: We will have a presentation on Indian culture and festivals and learn about their importance in Indian society. We will then visit local artisans such as the village potter, goldsmith, blacksmith, to observe and learn about their work.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Service Learning, Amber Fort
Kalwar
B,L,D
Castle Kalwar

Activity note: Walking 1/2 mile to/from school; teaching in a classroom approximately 1.5 hours; fan, no A/C. Walking through old forts with 2 flights of steps.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will have our first session of tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. We will be immersed in this large Rajasthani school with students in grades 6-12. After tutoring we will prepare lesson plans.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, the lunch buffet includes beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: A local expert will pick us up at the hotel and lead us on a field trip to the 11th century Amber (pronounced Amer) Fort. Situated a few miles north of Jaipur, it was established as the original capital of Rajasthan, six centuries before the construction of Jaipur. Amber Fort is an example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass work complemented by exquisite wall paintings. We will then see more of Jaipur and take in the riot of colors on a walk with our local expert through the local markets. Jaipur is popularly known as the "Pink City," from the pink-colored sandstone of the buildings in the old walled city.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
9
Service Learning, City Palace, Jantar Mantar
Kalwar
B,D
Castle Kalwar

Activity note: Walking 1/2 mile to/from school; teaching in a classroom approximately 1.5 hours; fan, no A/C.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will continue our Service Learning work tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. After tutoring, we will prepare our lesson plans.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: On our field trip this afternoon, we will visit the City Palace that stands in the center 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. We will also visit a local bazaar.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Service Learning
Kalwar
B,L,D
Castle Kalwar

Activity note: Walking 1/2 mile to/from school; teaching in a classroom approximately 1.5 hours; fan, no A/C.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will continue our Service Learning work tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. After tutoring, we will prepare our lesson plans.

Lunch: Hotel buffet.

Afternoon: We will visit a local village and watch a game of street cricket.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for our overnight field trip and transfer to Agra tomorrow.

DAY
11
Service Learning, Agra
Agra
B,L,D
Trident Hotel Agra

Activity note: The drive from Kalwar to Agra by car is about 160 miles (256 km), approximately 6.5 hours with stops along the way.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will continue our Service Learning work tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. After tutoring, we will prepare our lesson plans.

Lunch: Hotel buffet.

Afternoon: We will travel to Agra by car, arriving in the evening and checking in to our hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel, we will have a buffet dinner with beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Get a good night’s rest for our pre-dawn visit to the Taj Mahal early in the morning.

DAY
12
Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itmad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb, Free Time
Agra
B,L,D
Trident Hotel Agra

Activity note: Walking approximately 2 miles during the day.

Breakfast: At the hotel after our pre-dawn visit to the Taj Mahal.

Morning: We will set out before dawn to watch the rising sun bathe the pristine white marble of the Taj Mahal in warm hues of gold, ochre, and orange (subject to weather conditions). As the UNESCO World Heritage inscription states, “An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.” The building is unique due to its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, and medium of construction and ornamentation. We will have some time to explore the exquisite grounds and view the highly decorated inner chamber before returning to the hotel for breakfast. At mid-morning, we will set out on a field trip to 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. Next, we will visit the mausoleum of Itmad-ud-Daulah, popularly known as the “Baby Taj” — the first monument in India built entirely in marble rather than red sandstone. The tomb was built between1622 and 1628 by the Queen of Jahangir, Nurjahan as a memorial to her father, Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Its fascinating history chronicles the “rag to riches” saga of a poor merchant who rose to become chief minister of the Mughal emperor. The elaborately carved tomb in the Islamic style — like a jewel box set in a tranquil garden on the banks of the Yamuna River — was an inspiration for the Taj Mahal years later.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, the lunch buffet includes beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free Time. See and do what interests you most.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Return to Kalwar
Kalwar
B,L,D
Castle Kalwar

Activity note: The drive from Agra to Kalwar by car is about 160 miles (256 km), approximately 6.5 hours with stops along the way.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will return to Kalwar with a stop for lunch en route, arriving late afternoon.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a buffet lunch.

Afternoon: We will check back in at the hotel.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Service Learning, Ancient Indian History & Vedic Analysis
Kalwar
B,L,D
Castle Kalwar

Activity note: Walking 1/2 mile to/from school; teaching in a classroom approximately 1.5 hours; fan, no A/C.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will continue our Service Learning work tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. After tutoring, we will prepare our lesson plans.

Lunch: Hotel buffet.

Afternoon: We will watch a documentary on ancient Indian history and Vedic analysis and have a discussion with our Study Leader.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
15
Service Learning, Indian Music, Cooking Class, Free Time
Kalwar
B,L,D
Castle Kalwar

Activity note: Walking 1/2 mile to/from school; teaching in a classroom approximately 1.5 hours; fan, no A/C.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will continue our Service Learning work tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. After tutoring, we will prepare our lesson plans.

Lunch: Hotel buffet.

Afternoon: We will watch a documentary on Indian Music followed by a discussion with our Study Leader. We’ll then head into the kitchen to learn about Rajasthani cooking with the chef. We will try our hands at making chapati and learn about the beautiful spices that make up the color and taste of local cuisine.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
16
Service Learning, Free Time
Kalwar
B,D
Castle Kalwar

Activity note: Walking 1/2 mile to/from school; teaching in a classroom approximately 1.5 hours; fan, no A/C.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Service Learning: Continue Service Project. Start your day tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. After tutoring prepare lesson plans.

Lunch: On your own in Jaipur.

Afternoon: Free Time.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
17
Last Day of Service Project, Reflection & Feedback
Kalwar
B,L,D
Castle Kalwar

Activity note: Walking 1/2 mile to/from school; teaching in a classroom approximately 1.5 hours; fan, no A/C.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Service Learning. We’ll have a final presentation with students and staff at the school, then attend an Indian Republic Day celebration.

Lunch: Hotel buffet.

Afternoon: In the late afternoon, we will share in a reflection and feedback discussion with our Study Leader.

Dinner: At the hotel, we will enjoy a flavorful farewell dinner buffet featuring Rajasthani dishes with beverage choices of wine, beer, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll enjoy a cultural program and folk music at the homestay. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
18
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!