Who we are:
We are 3 volunteer teachers (Arun, Theresa and Thelma) We teach around 30 children at a childrens home run by a local charity. We ourselfs are not part of this charity and are serving only in a private capacity at the request of the charity director. Our intention is to help these children with skills to break the cycle of poverty. We have been teaching these children since Sept 2017. We ourselves were lucky to have good teachers, which is the gift we would like to give back to society / these children.
What we do:
We teach basic maths and english. The children are between 7-17 years old and we divide them up into 3 groups roughly by age / aptitude. Our teaching sessions are 3 times a week i.e. Mon, Wed, Thur 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Besides maths and english we aim to expose them to a variety of experiences / interactions. Hence - Workway. The location where we teach is Kulashekar in Mangalore.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
You will get to make an impression on young children, eager to listen and learn from people all over the world.
You will get a very unique insight into their lives, their family background, educational standard and future prospects. The children are mostly from poorer parts of Karnataka. You will get to see how the system works (or doesn't work) for them and what we can do to tilt the balance in their favour.
You will get to taste some special (many times secret ) old Manglorean food cooked by Lucy-bai
Circumstances and availability permitting - You will meet a lot of my 'dyed in the wool' local friends who will take you / show you things no tourist would ever find by themselves.
We welcome volunteers who can interact with the children during the stipulated time (Mon, Wed, Thur 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm). Volunteers are free to decide what they would like to teach, play, talk with the children. We have had volunteers who have explained their travels and adventures, shown pictures & other things (eg: one showed NYPD police badge). One German volunteer has discussed sex education with the elder children. Acclaimed Poets, Foreign travelers, Artists, Business people and Social workers have already visited the children. We are happy that this wide / international exposure is making a big difference. For those workawayers without any specific skill set or plan, we will be happy to accommodate you next to either Theresa / Thelma so you can assist them during a session. We expect that workawayers will commit to at least 3 teaching sessions (3.30 pm to 6.30 pm x 3 times, spread over approx 1 week). Transport to / from will be provided
Kannada, Hindi, Konkani, Englisch, German
Where to stay:
Arun's flat in Mangalore - spare bedroom with single 2 beds, balcony, separate toilet. They can use all facilities in the flat including kitchen, washing machine etc. The flat is very basic and simple but clean.
How will food work:
Food will be provided by Lucy-bai, a 75year old woman who cooks authentic and awesome Mangalorean food. All food ordered from Lucy-bai will be paid for by us. Lucy-bai cooks both veg and non-veg, you can order what you like. Alternatively you can use Arun's kitchen freely should you wish. There are also plenty of restaurants close by and food can also be ordered in - both at your cost.
Your accommodation (Arun's flat) is centrally located in Mangalore, a boon for those wishing to travel about, visiting beaches, important sites within the city. Close by there are mountains, plantations, rivers etc too.
Transport: To-from the children / classes will be provided. For other purposes you will find wide variety of choice within 100 meters from the flat - Autorickshaw, bus, Uber, train etc that can take you anywhere in the city or further.
It would help if you could write in stating clearly the dates you would like to be here. Please be fairly committed to the dates you provide. Once we agree dates we will reserve that period for you and will turn down any other interests that we receive for those dates.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
9 hours a week (3hrs x 3 days/wk)