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CATHERINE PRITCHARD
British

Teaching English to Children Project in Madurai, India

         

Having done a placement where I have become part of a community and lived in the same way in which they do, I feel I have gained a greater understanding of the Indian culture and people compared to what I would have learnt as a passing tourist. 

The best thing about my placement would be getting to know both the children and staff at my school. They allow a real insight into seeing how friendly and open the Indian culture really is. 

Although hard at times, I found the teaching to be both rewarding and very enjoyable.  The children are very charismatic and desperate to get to know more about you. 

I would recommend this placement to others, especially those with a bit of 'get up and go' as there is the opportunity to travel quite a bit at weekends thus the right person could have an amazing time. In order for someone to really make the most of their placement and to see a bit of India they would have to be adventurous, patient and have a desire to know more about the country and its people.

Can you describe a typical day?

My Auto driver, Ramu, drops me off at school where lessons start at 8.30. On average I have three 45 - minute lessons per day but this does vary. At

2.30pm Ramu is waiting at the school gates to take me home as school has finished for the day. 

In the afternoons we generally go to the 'Akash Club', which has a lovely swimming pool and a gym if you are feeling particularly energetic. From 5 - 6pm we have our yoga lessons on the rooftop of our yoga teacher's house, which is very enlightening! Then we have supper around 8.30pm made for us by our cook Sumiti, which is always very tasty.

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