Greeting from India,
The team lives in a convent in Gopalpur and after lunch drives to an hour to Markandi. Tuesday through Friday the team teaches English for four hours: two hours in the morning in Gopalpur and two hours in the afternoon in Markandi. Sam and Ramya teach the lower division class where Ramya’s fluency in Telegu is incredibly helpful. Ena and I teach the upper division class where the class size is smaller, the students need more individual attention due to the complexity of the topics. Both classes incorporate intriguing games to make learning a foreign language more fun and engaging.
After class, it is not uncommon for a few of the students to hang around and play a game of Karem, similar to billiards but uses a square board and small disks that are flicked into the holes at the four corners. During these times English and Telegu are intermixed. The teachers become the students as pointers are given freely from the students to help us teachers who are new to the game.
On the weekends, Self-Help Group seminars for women are held in Markandi. The first seminar covered a variety of topics, including the importance of educating girl children, personal finances, and public health. In addition to the professional speakers, each of the team members spoke at the seminar.
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