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Why volunteer to teach English in India?

John Lena

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With a shrinking world and growing economy, English has evolved in an international language that facilitates not only commercial transactions but also acts as a communication bridge between people from opposite parts of the globe. Learning English has become more important in developing and underdeveloped countries to facilitate economic growth, better job opportunities and sustained growth. This has definitely impacted the need to learn English and has opened avenues of volunteering abroad while teaching a class of primary or middle school.

India is a upcoming economy with lots of potential in the economic market. Though there are many Indian companies that feature among the world business leaders, and a rising number of English Medium schools for the affluent classes, there is a dearth of teachers in government run schools which primarily serve children from underprivileged classes.

To bridge the gap and provide better learning opportunities that currently exist, schools accept volunteers to help the permanent staff in teaching English to the children. Often, volunteers extend their teaching hours at schools which end mid afternoon with some personal coaching of children from more backward sections of society who cannot afford to go to schools. The typical laborer who subsists on daily wages choose to employ their children in minor jobs to supplement the household earning.

Teaching English in a volunteer program can come easily for those hailing from English speaking countries. A good grasp on the basics of language, an inclination to teach and a love for children these are all the required skill set to get started on a teaching English volunteer program. Teaching in a foreign nation can come handy when applying for teaching positions in your own country. Though there are options of paid teaching jobs, volunteering sets apart the volunteer from the rest.

Volunteers stay in volunteering houses with fellow volunteers who might hail from different countries. This gives them a chance of meeting and befriending people from different cultures. India is a culture magnet for people from all countries and ages. This presents a nice amalgamation of people in one place. You not only see a foreign country, but also get the chance of observing people from other countries who respond differently to the country. At the end, peoples are very warm and open to all kinds of experiences.

India is a great experience before starting college life. Cows blocking the roads, beggars abound, along with many holy men can be seen going about for alms. India is the land of Yoga. So make sure to make most out of it and learn one or two impossible postures to be in. One of the best parts of volunteering in India is the different food that you get to experience. Right from sweets to spiciest of food, from five star gourmet affairs to cheap lip smacking street food. And yes, beware of the Delhi belly and carry a personal horde of antacids.

Volunteering abroad has it's own set of hassles. Like finding right organization, arranging proper visa, list of documents that are required, travelling to the destination on top of that, an alien environment that can any first timer. It helps to have some one who can ease some of the load off. Volunteering India is one such organization based out New Delhi with dedicated interest in felicitating most affordable volunteering for all that are interested in venturing to foreign shores and helping out ones in need. VI coordinates to provide the right placement for volunteers. With teaching programs in Delhi and South India, VI has conducted more than 3000 volunteers. Like VI facebook page to get in touch in former volunteers.


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