Volunteer Abroad in Kerala India
Kerala – India
Upcoming Group Tour Dates: January 7 – 28, 2017 or August 5 – 26, 2017
Prices: Starting at $1,899 CND for a 3 Week Experience
Group Size: Maximum of 12 people
Travel to beautiful Kerala in South India – With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats in the east and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala’s unique geographical features make it one of the most sought after destinations in Asia. Experience Kerala’s serene beaches, cruise in a traditional houseboat in its tranquil stretches of emerald waters, partake in traditional health and wellness experiences, and indulge in Kerala’s delicious cuisine.
We’ve teamed up with Rainbow Voluntours to offer you an opportunity to experience what Kerala has to offer while giving back to the local communities. Whether you’re looking for some sun, sand and sea, peaceful serenity or a unique cultural experience – Kerala has something to offer you!
Volunteer Program Details :
We run our projects in run down urban slum areas of Mattanchery (in Cochin, Kerala) where most of the community live in difficult conditions which include low family income and conservative societal pressures. Many of the children we work with are the first in their family to be educated. Education is not always a priority for many families and young ones are expected to start earning as soon as possible. Girls in particular have to give into societal pressures of early marriage and end up giving up their career dreams to raise families.
If you volunteer teaching children in India you can expect to work in local schools or community centres helping to coach, mentor and tutor children from 6years up to 16 years.
You will be giving one to one tuitions to weaker students, taking group sessions, assisting the teachers in class or even at times helping with spoken English classes for adults. With English as their second language, the focus for our children and youth is to develop English basics like phonics and grammar through songs, rhymes, story telling, school text books, art or activity based learning . Our Youth learning comprises of spoken English, computer skills and life skills lessons to teenagers.
We will provide some resources and books, topics and a curriculum outline however volunteers are expected to prepare lesson plans using teaching resources available. Our staff will be present on site at all times on the project and guide you. You will be working as a group and individually based on your comfort level.
There are also programs available to work in the Women’s Empowerment Program – inquire about details.
On the weekends the group will have time to explore the amazing region and have a choice of doing a backwaters excursion, exploring the beaches of the south in Varkala, and trekking in the hills of Munnar. There will also be time in the evening to participate in various cultural events such as cooking classes, Kathakali dance performances, and Ayurvedic treatments. The group also has the option to participate in morning yoga classes.