Enjoy home stay, local life and teach English with me to local community students near Kolkata, India

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  • Last activity: 05/02/2023



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    I have a beautiful rooftop and we are planning to tun this into a terrace garden. At this moment we are looking for someone for short term basis who can help in the house and help in transforming the rooftop into a beautiful garden. someone who will stay for 7 days minimum will be a good fit. Thanks 😊

    Hello Workawayers, Thanks for reading my profile. I have been helping Students (All age groups) from my local community to develop their English speaking skills. I have left my job in order to devote my time and passion permanently to this cause

    People who have the ability to speak English well, please join me on this journey to educate, motivate and inspire people in my community to improve their English. In exchange, you will be welcomed into my family home, experiencing our rich culture in an authentic atmosphere.
    We look forward to experiencing this culturally diverse adventure with you, with great anticipation.

    My name is Sk Saif Ali. I am 25 years old and come from a small town called Panskura where very few people speak English. As a child I was bullied and belittled for being inept at English, so I became determined to study hard and master the ability to speak this language. There are not sufficient schools in Panskura to teach English, and since I didn’t want others to have the same traumatic experience I faced in my youth, I decided to become pro-active and open a spoken English Institute of my own! I hope you can now understand my passion and motivation behind this project.

    I would enjoy hearing from you. I have been described as hardworking, passionate, determined, honest, kind, considerate, flexible, adventurous, and fun-loving!😁

    My town is very rural and very few people speak English. Unfortunately, there were few volunteers in the past who have had bad experiences connecting with random local people. Would prefer it if you don’t walk around alone or connect with locals in anyway. You can ask me or my brother to take you out. You can go with my family also. Also, they don’t know how I am bringing foreigners to help me in school so every term and condition has to be private and shouldn’t be disclosed to anyone. My volunteers represent my school in my town so there is a bit of restriction ( due to local customs and culture). You are welcome to ask questions and be sure before you decide to come. If In case you are looking for fun and entertainment and travel then, unfortunately, this town is not for you.

    Profession- I have worked in various IT companies and digital marketing companies in the past, but now I am devoting all my time and energy to my English speaking institution as a full-time English teacher.

    Nearest City: Kolkata is one of the largest cities in India and is known as the cultural hub of India. Many foreigners from every corner of the world come to visit. Kolkata is 80 km from Panskura.

    Family: My family and I reside together in Panskura.

    Vision- Currently my school is running well but my dream is to provide quality English education and expand even further to afford everyone in the community, an opportunity to better their communication skills. This will, in turn, give them self-confidence whether it be in a social setting or a job opportunity.
    My dream can become a reality with your valuable assistance. I will provide the syllabus, all I need are capable, passionate, energetic English speaking mentors and motivators!

    School structure: It's one room of 150 sq feet. where students come to learn spoken English. We don't have a big infrastructure but we have a goal to build a big auditorium hall with the audio-visual system in the near future. We have a total of 40 students who are separated into small groups of 10 people. Besides that, we are trying to collaborate with a few kindergarten schools and other educational institutes and if they agree then we will go to teach their students also soon. Since the fees are relatively low, expanding into a large, modern facility will take some time, but I hope to accomplish this in the near future.

    NOTE: Since teaching currently takes place 4 days a week, you will enjoy a lot of leisure time too.
    Even though Panskura is not a big City( like Kolkata), and there may not be malls, parks or hiking opportunities, there is a beach 2 hours away. Safe guided tours of neighboring towns and communities will be provided. As well as many sightseeing outings and trips to our scenic markets and local restaurants. The rest of the time volunteers may help us with household chores if they so choose.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Panskura is well connected by train with Howrah and Kharagpur from where you can go to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Amritsar and rest of the country.

    In your free time, you will learn about our local culture and customs; a tour of flower cultivation; join me in shopping at the local market; learn Hindi and Bengali other house works with me if you wish.

    just to let you know that Since our class would be maximum 3 days in a week so there could be a lot of downtimes I will definitely take you to the places nearby according to our time but might happen that you would get lots of time for your own. I have unlimited internet access and WiFi so if you can spend time on the internet then well and good.

    You can join our social gatherings and even can attend weddings with us.

    I can take you to Kolkata anytime. It takes only two hours by train from Panskura. Kolkata is one of the biggest metro cities of India. A city with five million people known as the ‘City of Joy’, Kolkata holds an important place in the economy, politics and culture of India. The capital of West Bengal, Kolkata is one of the four metropolitan cities in India and has retained its quintessential charm despite modernization.

    “What Bengal thought today, India thought tomorrow”, is a famous line associated with the city for having produced some of the greatest thinkers, artists, filmmakers, and writers like Rabindranath Tagore, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay and Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay and Satyajit Ray. Indeed, ideas in Kolkata in the fields of art, literature, cinema and theater have provided inspiration to rest of the country.

    It is more a learning experience for you, having fun and your involvement in my family.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We have started our class successfully in May 2018. We do not have many students right now so we are trying to get more students, however, as of now, the plan is to hold classes for three days a week for a maximum five hours per day. Maybe 2-3 meetings with local schools or tutor for the promotion of our classes ( you just need to be with the host, you would not have to convince anyone o dont worry).

    My wish for the future is to expand my classes to accommodate all age groups so that they receive quality instruction from a fluent English speaker. I will be present and available in all classes to provide teaching material and assistance with translation when required. If you are confident and capable in your ability to teach English, your help will be greatly appreciated!

    Students pay a very small amount of money to us and we try to use that for the WorkAwayer’s expenses and for some needy students who can't afford the fees.

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  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Bengali (Bangla): Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Hindi: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I’m interested in learning the language Spanish or french and sharing mine ( English, Hindi, Bengali ).

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation - large bedroom with king size bed and a small table and ceiling fan. There is a balcony outside of the bedroom with an Indian toilet.

    Meal and breakfast details:

    We are not vegetarian but if you are a vegetarian we respect your decision and will provide you with what you want.
    guest won't have any access to the kitchen and will follow the family meal times (of course I will accommodate as much as I can regarding the timing).

    You will get two meals a day along with breakfast and snacks in the evening time.

    Breakfast is tea and biscuit/puri and vegetable curry/muri and chop (local snacks).

    Lunch is rice, dal, vegetable (egg/chicken/fish). Rice, dal, and veg will be in the meal for sure along with that there could be egg or chicken or fish depending on what is available that day. You will eat whatever we eat on that day because once you are with us we are a family.

    Dinner is roti, dal, vegetables along with that an omelet/egg curry/chicken,

    Information about our locality: You will get to see flower cultivation and the amazing flower fields which are around 15 minutes by car from the Panskura station.

    A local snack called "chop'' is famous in Panskura.

    Digha sea beach is nearby. A train from Panskura to Digha is available almost every morning and evening which takes 2 hours travel times. That is the only sea beach nearby.

    The livelihood of the common people is dependent on business/job/agriculture. Many varieties of flowers and green vegetable are grown and are supplied to Kolkata from here. A local vegetable wholesale market is the main trade for this town. This vegetable market is the second largest market in West Bengal. The first governmental cold storage and market for the flower is situated at Panskura.

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    What else ...

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    Kolkata with my eyes.

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    NOTE: In our locality, no one speaks English so you won't be able to communicate with them and that could be a problem for you to be on your own in my locality so, i will be there with you always If you need anything I will be more than happy to bring that for you or I can take you to the market with me. I am not a bad accompany anyways. 😁😁

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    It would be great if I can connect with someone who can teach me french at their spare time.

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    Hours expected

    4 hours per day for 4 Days a week

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