Facts about Volunteering Teaching in India
Feb 20, 2018 Teaching 938 Views
Facts about Volunteering Teaching in India.
Volunteering teaching is one of the noblest acts anyone with proper education can do for others. The best gift you can give to anyone is knowledge; this gift abides forever with whomever it has been given. Every other thing can be lost in this world but the education that one acquires can never be lost – it abides forever. When you volunteer in India as a teacher you are offering the most precious ruby that can never be lost to the young ones, which will be passed from one generation to another.
If you are interested in volunteering as a teacher in India, there are some facts you should consider to prepare yourself beforehand. Obviously your fluency in English and some level of education is a necessary asset, but there are some other important facts that will determine your success as a volunteer in this third world country. I have seen a lot of volunteers start out with a lot of zeal and excitement and end up in frustration, just because they were not armed with these major facts to be released now.
Poorly Equipped Classrooms and Schools.
India is a third world country that is impoverished. So, as a volunteer coming to such a country, you should prepare yourself for some surprises. One of such experiences is that of poorly equipped classrooms and schools with little or no social amenities. I don’t know what is obtainable from where you are coming – maybe you are used to teaching in air-conditioned classroom well furnished with tables and chairs for every student.
Maybe you have been used to teaching in schools with very equipped library that contained all resources needed for proper instruction. You could have been used to seeing every child in your class come in with all the required learning materials. However, all these will not be the case in your new assignment post as a volunteer teacher in India. You will most likely be sent to teach in the villages in the really impoverished zones without adequate amenities for the children and even for you the teacher.
So, it will be good to prepare your mind towards this, to be able to cope with the circumstances within the environment you are sent to teach. It will be great fun having to enjoy life the way the natives do – that’s the joy of being a volunteer.
All Eyes will be on you!
You should know up front that once you arrive at the location of your assignment as a volunteer teacher you will be treated as a celebrity. The special attention will be enormous, just as if you are a queen or king visiting from a foreign land. This is the novelty of receiving a foreigner in the remote parts of India.
The children will welcome you with so much joy and excitement, eager and ready to learn all you have got to teach them with wide eyes all set on you. This will be a remarkable experience for any teacher to have pupils that are all set with rapt attention.
The white foreigner’s effect will also come from other staff in the school, from traders in the market, from transporters that will carry you from one point to another – it is really a case of “All Eyes on you”. But you’ll get used to it and they will too with time – what an awesome feeling of being accepted and appreciated by all.
Teaching Involves More Than Academic Work.
Most of the children you will encounter from your volunteer teaching in India know little or nothing about the world around them. They are oblivious of all the concepts of the civilized society you are coming from, they are from very poor background and need to see the world, through your eyes, they need to hear what is going on around the world from your lips. You will have to be their guide into an adventurous journey of the real world outside of their confined backward location.
They really need the academic work, but you should give them more than just academic teaching. You should be set to teach good manners, and every other fun and important thing that are not in the textbook to these young ones.
Play fun games with them that will help them understand. The whole point is to have a vision to pour your whole self, all the knowledge you have within, into these little ones in a way that they would understand and appreciate.
Be Set to Serve in Several Positions in the School.
One of the major problems that plague schools in the poor local areas in India is shortage of staff. And you will be taught by your volunteer service program to be willing to serve in different capacities at the school you are posted to. This is an effort to help out and provide all that is needed to make the school run its programs smoothly for the benefit of the children.
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As a teacher, you should be prepared to serve sometimes as an administrative staff, whenever there is a shortage or you could help stand in for any absent teacher. This might require a little more from you, it could cause you to close later than expected for the day. Not to worry, it is all about giving your best to help others. This is what it takes to be a volunteer teacher in India.