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IIP-Tushita Foundation India
Jaipur, India (Outgoing Program)
|Partner Institution/Organization Homepage:||Click to visit|
|Restrictions:||Princeton applicants only|
|Dept Offering Program:||IIP, International Internship Program (IIP)||Program Type:||Internship|
|Language Prerequisite:||No||Program Features:||Community Service, Field Work|
|Degree Level:||2 First year Ugrad, 3 Sophomore, 4 Junior||Time Away:||Summer|
|Housing options:||Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization||Program Group:||International Internship Program|
About: The Tushita Foundation is a trust created by the founders of Tushita Travels with the objective to promote betterment in the living conditions of the less fortunate in India. The project's inception has its roots in the realization of the widening gap between the have and the have-not in the country, so that the Tushita Travel has decided to contribute its knowledge, energy and resources striving to improve the situation. In 2009, the Tushita Foundation has acquired a house in the village of Amber, close to Jaipur, one of the major tourists centers in Rajasthan to which the Foundation wanted to show its recognition. The Tushita Foundation believes that given a proper education and opportunities, everyone can have a chance to succeed in a developing country.
Intern Responsibilities: Responsibilities include teaching the children who are ages 5 to 15 years old. IIP interns will also be tasked with finding creative pathways to develop the Foundation's activities aimed at empowering the children. The major objective of the Tushita Foundation is to teach English to the children and the teachers by using both traditional methods and more creative ones. IIP candidates will teach grammar, creative writing, and public speaking with proper pronunciation and will have the opportunity to propose a project of interest based on their personal skills and passions in one of the following fields: Humanities: Languages, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy; Anthropology, Classics, History, Law; Religious Science, Sociology, Psychology; Performing Arts and Visual Arts: Theater, Music, Dance, Drawing, Architecture, Painting, Film; Health, Nutrition and physical activities; and Geoscience, Ecology, Engineering.
Qualifications: Interest in teaching various subjects, artistic skills like music, theater or singing would be an asset. As would an interest in teaching health care and nutrition, as these topics are good vectors to teach English and life skills to the children and the teachers. IIP candidates with interests in education, social responsibility and international development are encouraged to apply.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of a past IIP Intern): I taught at the Foundation and worked with the local teachers to improve their spoken English and provide fun entertaining classes for the children who come to the foundation. I completed a musical performance involving 150 kids that began with a group of 30 teenagers who performed their own original musical. I learned so much about Indian culture...Times aren't as firm, plans change a lot. There was sometimes a cultural barrier in how we were able to communicate which was something I both realized and tried to remember…I felt I made a positive change in the lives of the children I taught at the foundation. For one thing, the lessons I was able to provide made learning much more fun than what they are used to. If anything I hoped I gave the local teachers more ideas and tools that they can use to teach at the foundation…The great part about the Tushita foundation is that you can bring pretty much any creative project and show it to the kids and it makes a difference.
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