Teaching English

My husband and I will be traveling  to India February 11-29 of 2020.   If there is anyone out there planning this trip we would love to hear from you.

We are from the St. Louis area.  Thanks Liz

  • I'm going on the August 2019 program . So wish you were going on this one!
  • In reply to Carol T:

    Carol, change your date and go in February. Are you going alone. Thanks Liz. Great to hear from you!
  • In reply to liz.friederich012313:

    Carol, you can book a room at Tree Of Life and they will pick you up. You can arrange this through Road Scholar. They charge for extra day and pick up. You will be set and not have to worry!
  • In reply to liz.friederich012313:

    I asked them to do that, but RS said there was no available room, so they have booked me in a hotel at the airport. Thanks for your response.  

  • In reply to Carol T:

    I am going on the next trip leaving North America on October 8. I am from the west coast of Canada and am flying alone. I have a dear friend of 50 years who will already be at the Tree of Life so I will bunk down with her until the program starts. We will be sharing during the trip anyway. Will be able to tell you more after October 26, but give me a couple of days to get my breath back!!! Looking forward to this trip.
  • In reply to nikau042705:

    I am just home from the Teaching English program and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. The children were so excited to see us each day
  • In reply to Carol T:

    Carol,
    So glad you enjoyed your trip and loved the students! I would love to hear all about your trip.
    Liz
  • In reply to liz.friederich012313:

    The Teaching English trip was a busy one. Our Delhi guide was excellent. It was great fun riding rickshaws, tuk tuks and the metro. My favorite site was the Sikh Temple where we watched them preparing their meals.

    The Castle in Kalwar was not really ready for guests as they were still doing major renovation. My room with little brown toads and no windows hardly looked like their lovely website, but the staff was welling and the food excellent. I enjoyed our sightseeing trips to Jaipur - my favorite places were the Amber Fort and the Jantar Mantar.

    Teaching English was not what I had expected. I was totally unprepared for this wonderful adventure. There were only 3 of us on this trip, but lots of kids wanting to learn from us. I can't speak any Hindi and I ended up with 44 young, eager and delightful students who spoke very little English. We were quiet the group! After two days of trying to get something educational going, I spent most of our time singing songs, playing games and taking their pictures with my Polaroid camera.

    The weekend trip to Agra was wonderful! All my life I have wanted to see the Taj Mahal and we were there at sunrise. I hope you enjoy your trip in February. By then the Castle (Bara Bungalow) should have all the kinks worked out. It is a great place to stay as it really is an old castle and so close to the school. Anuragk, the group leader, is an interesting man and so crazy about all these kids he is trying to help.
  • In reply to Carol T:

    Carol,
    So glad to hear from you. It sounds like your trip was wonderful! Thank you for your wonderful descriptions. I am also bringing my Polaroid as well. I took to Cuba and the adults loved it along with the kids. I’m bringing small homemade notebooks (50) for students to draw and write in, along with games. I was lucky enough to get my hands on ESL (English as Second Language) materials from school. My only problem is narrowing them down and getting into check on luggage.
    It sounds like you really enjoyed yourself. I hope your travel companions were good company. We are anxious to see all the wonderful sights. I’m looking for homemade quilts and paper mache animals.
    Thank you,
    Liz
    About how many hours did you teach a day? You might look the road scholar program teaching on the reservation.
    We taught in Cameron, Arizona last February and it was wonderful. Not so different from my school. The boys wanted my husband to take them back to Missouri to fish. I was able to teach art all week and work with special education students. We will return. Please send anymore information and tips. So excited you had a great time!
  • In reply to nikau042705:

    I know you will really enjoy this trip. The Tree of Life is a nice place to stay and it is in a safe neighborhood to walk around in. Our Delhi guide was wonderful . I enjoyed using all the different modes of transportation instead of a tour bus. Are you and your traveling friend teachers?
  • In reply to Carol T:

    I am a teacher. My husband is in construction. Were you able to use the swimming pool in village? I have a lot of questions I’ll be asking if you don’t mind? Thanks so much Liz
  • In reply to liz.friederich012313:

    Hi Liz - Bara Bungalow was under major renovation when we were there. They filled up their pool, but the filter system was not working so there was only two days for swimming. I'm sure the pool will be ready when you come. As for the time teaching. We were at the school from 1:00 - 2:30 and then up to Anuragk's home from 3:00 - 4:30 "entertaining" five to ten children from that village. I say "entertaining" because they were all ages, cute, interested, eager for your attention .... it was more like after school day care!
  • In reply to Carol T:

    Carol, I can’t thank you enough for information. I assume on your down time you visited places and had guide with you except for free time. For example time before school and after. Also, did you get your visa through Road Scholar? Did you work or meet with students in Delhi? Appreciate all your information. Also, when going to Agra were you in a van or private car. Thanks Liz