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Highlights of our August 2015 trip to India

September 29, 2015
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Teachers – travel with us to India

November 4, 2014

 

India: Immersion

 

India: Immersion is a three credit graduate course offered by Teach India Project through Cambridge College, Massachusetts. The course includes a travel study tour to India from August 2 to August 15, 2015.This is a wonderful opportunity to travel to India to visit schools, observe local teaching methodologies, stay with local families and visit cultural sites.

 

For complete details about the course click here

 

For more information email us here

 

We are enrolling now.

 

Quick details Course Content and Design

The course has a blended format with online distance learning for Modules I and III and in-seat contact hours in Module II.

  • Module I: April 2015 to July 2015 – Pre-departure orientation, readings and preparation of anticipation guides.
  • Module II: August 2 to 15, 2015 – A 14 day visit to India with the Instructor.
  • Module III: August 16 to 30, 2015 – Post trip sessions to complete the Key Assignment and reflect on travel experiences, learning and impacts.

 

About the Travel Study Tour – Module II: A 14 day visit to India

  • Educators will visit schools in Chennai, Bangalore and nearby locations to observe the methodology that Bridge India Foundationuses to teach empathy and understanding to students.
  • Teachers will participate in home stays with host families in Chennai. At other locations the accommodation will be 3 star hotels.
  • The Instructor will travel with the group. There will be continuing interaction with the Instructor as well as group activities. The group will visit cultural and heritage sites.

 

The cost

  • The cost of the Course is $2400.  This amount includes tuition and the tour costs for accommodation, breakfast and dinner, tours and tour guide, local transportation and domestic rail travel, pre-tour information and Cambridge College course fee for 3 graduate credits.
  •  Airfares and visa fees are additional.  You also need to budget for personal expenses.

 

 

 

 

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Student Volunteers step up for Teach India Project’s Earth Day Celebration

April 26, 2012

Teach India Project hosted an Earth Day Celebration at the Burlington, MA Public Library on Friday April 20th, 2012.  Mrs. Karen Rickershauser, Principal of Memorial Elementary School in Burlington, MA presented the book, “The People Who Hugged the Trees”, an environmental tale from India, to a spell bound audience of first, second and third graders.  Children in the audience and parents who were present were captivated by her expressive presentation and the discussion of environmental concerns that followed.

Through hands-on craft activities at the event, children learnt that they could repurpose and reuse common household recyclables.  They made gift bags out of newspapers and magazine pages and transformed common plastic bottles and jars into usable and fun containers.  Each child wrote out a pledge of what they could change in their own lives to be more environmentally conscious.

Eleven young volunteers guided and supported the Earth Day Celebration and the event would not have been possible without them. They were (in alphabetical order):  Arya Bhat, Jagravi Dave, Kanmani Kabilan, Mathew Jankowski, Niket Patel, Parth Nagraj, Sakshi Gera, Sanjana Iyer, Serina Khalifa, Shishir Bhat and Vibhav Bhat.  Teach India Project will continue to provide volunteer opportunities to students through events, for writing and publishing online and for taking part in all kinds of creative programming for our website www.teachindiaproject.org .

This event was supported by local merchants:  Raja and Rana’s Indian Market, The Mughals, Rita Gandhi (Realtor with Showcase of Homes), Ritu Ki Rasoi, Towne market Inc. and Smita’s Boutique.

Graphic Novels from India

July 11, 2011

Graphic Novels from India-

Here is a list of notable graphic novels from India showcasing a variety of genres http://www.teachindiaproject.org/Graphic_Novels_from_India.htm While the drawing style might be western or japanese, the stories and the feel is all Indian.

Never too early to think about celebrations

June 9, 2011

See photos of Diwali at Children’s Museum from last year.

We helped with this event. It was Boston Children’s Museum first ever Diwali celebration.

Photo album of Diwali at Children’s Museum, Boston 2010

Our website has new design

May 29, 2011

The Teach India Project website is newly redesigned – we launched at the end of March. Visit for a test drive and see for yourself – http://www.teachindiaproject.org
Lessons, videos, links, downloads are much easier to find and there is a new section about your project people.

Republic Day – A Grand National Celebration – video presentation

January 31, 2011

The Republic Day parade in Delhi each year on January 26th is India’s grandest National Celebration.  See a video about the parade in from the Teach India Project-

What do you want your kids to learn about India?

June 26, 2009

No Place for Gandhiji in My Life

September 26, 2008

A thoughtful article by Meenal Pandya:

Anytime we talk about leaders, we think of politicians, business leaders, and spiritual leaders but we forget that just being an adult is being a leader and a role model – especially if you are a parent.  As long as there is someone who looks up to you, depends on your decisions, or follows in your foot steps, you are a leader.  And being a leader is a tough job because your every action – or inaction – brings consequences to those in your life.  You may change the course of the future generations depending upon how big a leader you are.

 

Mahatma Gandhi was, without doubt, one of the most respected leaders in recent times.  He said “my life is my message” and thus when we look closely at his life, we can derive some fundamental principles of being a good leader.

 

  • Govern by principles and not policies. It is natural for a leader to make rules and policies that can be implemented.  Many business locations display a sign, usually a retail store or a small business where they proclaim that “Honesty is the best policy”.  Although it sounds great and policies are needed to run any business, organization or even a family with a clear perspective, the true leader should govern by principles and not by policies.  Honesty is a great principle. Policies can be bent when needed but a principle is something you live by.  Gandhiji always perfected his actions according to his principles and made every decision – political or personal – based on his guiding principles of truth and non-violence. Be clear about what you value and which principles dictate your leadership.

 

  • Integrity is sacred.  When any leader’s integrity is derived from values that are absolute, it becomes sacred and dependable.  A great leader is the one whose integrity is never questionable and rests on absolute principles.  In Gandhiji’s case, his absolute values were truth and non-violence and even during the toughest of times or against the strongest of enemies, his actions always abide by those two values.

 

  • Have one single standard for all your actions.  Gandhiji always believed in a single standard of conduct in his public life and his private life.  When we see today’s leaders behaving very differently while they are in public versus in their private life, we understand why this is a very important aspect of being a good leader.  Having a single standard of conduct creates the kind of persona that others can trust.  There is no distinction between who you are at work with who you are at home, there is no distinction between how you treat a superior and how you treat your inferior.  When this line is erased because you have a single standard of conduct, then you emerge as a leader who is respected by every one.

 

  • Lead by example.  Gandhiji proclaimed that “my life is my message”.  Whether your role as a leader comes from being a parent, a small business owner, a supervisor at work or a leader of a community, lead by your example.  This is easy to say but hard to follow.  As parents we always know that children learn from our actions and not our lectures.  Let people around you see how you conduct yourself and without saying a word, they will understand what the right behavior is.

 

Of course, Gandhiji taught us many things, including brevity, truthfulness, non-violence, resistance to injustice, and service to humanity; traits that are extremely important in a leader.  But these traits can become hollow words if they are not practiced with principled leadership that Gandhiji modeled, the kind that we can all practice.

Finding an authentic voice

March 26, 2008

Our mission is to create, collate, present and distribute community based learning resources about India to parents, teachers and children.  Our teaching materials will be truly community based when they reflect an authentic voice.   We will know our teaching and curricular materials are working when children, parents and teachers feel connected to India because they now know something or have learnt something about that country.  That is why we would like you to give us feedback and tell us what topics you want to study and teach.  When we use your suggestions we will have found an authentic voice.