Tara.Ed is an innovative NGO working to increase teaching capabilities in India and create educational linkages between Australian and Indian schools. You can get involved with Tara.Ed through its Teacher Tours for teaching students, or volunteer opportunities for professionals. Hurry, applications for the next Teacher Tour close 13 September 2015.
Jennifer Star founded Tara.Ed in 2007 following her own volunteer teaching placement in India through World Vision. Jennifer experienced India’s extensive education system and students’ enthusiasm to learn, but saw a need to assist in providing more support to rural teachers.
Recognising that teachers are at the forefront of quality education, Tara.Ed delivers capacity building programs across India and Bangladesh. It primarily focuses on teacher development through its Teacher Training Programs and Teacher Tours.
Tara.Ed’s experienced training team work with local schools and community leaders to provide seminars and training modules as a part of the Teacher Training Program. The Teacher Tours places young Australian teachers in rural schools and facilitates collaborative teaching. Tara.Ed also partners with schools to enhance their resources and infrastructure, and provides scholarships to support girls to continue at school.
Tara.Ed Teacher Tours
Tara.Ed’s flagship programs, Teacher Tours, provide teaching students with the opportunity to take part in a professional teacher exchange program in a rural Indian school. The Tours’ main aim is knowledge sharing. You will learn from the dynamic Indian teaching environment and contribute to the school’s curriculum and teaching capabilities. As well as allowing the exchange of valuable professional skills, the Tours are a great way to experience India and its vibrant culture for the first time.
Each tour generally runs for three to six weeks, led by an experienced Tara.Ed staff member, and incorporates a structured academic program. If you are selected, you will also be provided extensive pre-departure briefings and training.
Remember, participation in a Tara.Ed study tour may also contribute to your teaching degree, so make sure you enquire with their friendly staff when you apply.
2016 Teacher Tours
Dates for Tara.Ed Teacher Tours in 2016 are:
- January Tour – 7 to 23 January 2016
The total cost of a tour is $2,800, which includes airfares, accommodation and in-country travel.
The 2016 Tours have an three week itinerary including a minimum of 12 days teaching in a rural Indian school.
You can apply for the Teacher Tours online.
- have completed at least one year of your teaching degree
- submit a written reference from your university lecturer or tutor
- submit your CV
- respond to the selection criteria.
Don’t forget to check out Asia Options’ 10 important tips for successful applications to help you out.
Tara.Ed also welcomes expressions of interest to volunteer with the organisation at anytime. Tara.Ed is looking for skilled, enthusiastic and committed volunteers to assist in the running of its ongoing programs. If you would like to get involved, contribute to the organisation and learn from the professional team, contact the friendly team at Tara.Ed or email [email protected]