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Student teacher / Volunteer Ambassador

at the Laksh Foundation Schools near Delhi, India


Voluntary, fully funded but with responsibility to fundraise £500 towards the further development of volunteering in India projects.


Noon Friday 31 January 2014


Laksh is a small NGO farm, sewing cooperative and school network near Delhi. Since summer 2013, the school network has consisted of three small schools which run tutorial classes for 200+ children from the surrounding villages, aged 3 – 18. The children attend state schools during the morning, and the tutorial classes offer much needed additional teaching support focusing on English, Maths and Hindi during the afternoon. Eight local women take the classes, passing on their knowledge to the children. The Warwick student volunteer role includes working with the teachers as well delivering teaching to the children.


  • Develop the teaching of English language and maths at the schools;

  • Provide guidance to help the teachers develop more interactive methods of teaching, for example starter activities and group working;

  • Work with the school teachers to develop the quality of their written and spoken English language skills;

  • Provide support and input for some course materials and curriculum structure;

  • Participate fully in the life of the schools.


  • You must be an undergraduate, postgraduate or PGCE student currently registered on a Warwick degree course (any subject/discipline);

  • You must be competent in spoken and written English;

  • You must have some teaching experience (i.e.taught in schools in UK/abroad, undertaking PGCE, GTP, Teach First, Warwick in Schools, Warwick Inspire, TEFL or other demonstrable teaching experience).

Please note that preference will be given to those applicants who will have a formal link with the University after placement as there will be an ongoing need for their input and advice.

You must also have the ability to devise and implement fundraising ideas to raise at least £500 towards the continuation and further development of volunteering in India projects.

Please note, if offered a place, you will be asked to complete an acceptance and code of conduct form. If you accept a place on the programme and subsequently do not take up your place for reasons which are within your control, you will be liable to pay for any costs incurred to date. These costs are likely to include flight costs. Therefore, please ensure you think carefully before accepting a place on the programme particularly having regard to other commitments such as internships.


  • Work each Monday - Friday teaching multiple classes each day to the local school children at the Laksh schools, in maths or English.

  • Duties will also include lesson planning, lesson preparation and marking.

  • Identify learners’ lack of knowledge and teach background topics to allow the introduction of more advanced topics.

  • Coach small groups of children on specific topics.

  • Develop the teaching of English language at the school, linking it to the basic TEFL or TESOL principles, and providing ideas to develop the English teaching curriculum.

  • Work with the teachers to further develop their written and spoken English.

  • Work with the teachers to develop more interactive methods of teaching at the schools.

  • Develop course materials as and where appropriate and use them to deliver chosen topics

  • Identify opportunities for and initiate extra-curricular activities and additional subjects (e.g. Sports, Language, Science, Arts activities), giving a framework, motivation and possibly resources for continuation after your departure.

  • Complete and return the standard report to the Warwick based Project Officer on all activities within 2 weeks of returning to the UK.

  • Participate fully in the organisation of the trip and to provide promptly any information requested by trip organisers. This will include obtaining advice on vaccinations from your local doctor and evidence thereof to fulfil any country entry requirements.

  • Attend the compulsory recruitment and training days at Warwick and on arrival in Delhi.

  • Recognise your responsibility as a Volunteer Ambassador of the University and ensure appropriate conduct to fulfil this role as set out in the Code of Conduct.

  • To be aware and responsible for yourself and for other members of the team in a challenging environment.

  • To take a proactive part in any evaluation of the programme carried out by internal or external assessors and return results electronically.


POST TITLE: Student teachers / Volunteer Ambassador

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively.


The postholder must be able
to demonstrate:





a) Application Form

b) Selection Day

Successfully completed or expect to complete this academic year (2013/14) the Warwick in Schools programme or be currently enrolled on a Warwick PGCE/GTP course or TeachFirst programme or have relevant teaching experience ideally in an international context.



Evidence of excellent teaching skills to be able to teach Maths or related subjects or English to mixed age/ability school pupils.



Evidence of excellent written and spoken English



Ability to devise and implement fundraising ideas to raise at least £500 towards the continuation and further development of volunteering in India projects.


Previous experience of volunteering activity or participation in extracurricular activities (e.g. a sports team / orchestra or other).



Previous experience of successfully undertaking challenges.



Proven ability to work in a team and independently with tact and sensitivity.


a, b

Ability to use own initiative to research educational, cultural and historical background in destination country.


a, b

Self-motivation, flexibility and drive.


a, b

Ability to think laterally and deliver innovative solutions to complex problems.


a, b

Excellent communication skills: written, verbal and presentational.


a, b

An understanding of the objectives of the project and issues facing destination countries.



Basic knowledge of Hindi


a, b


Safety and Conduct

Teaching will take place at the Laksh Foundation Schools, Haryana region, India (25 miles from Delhi) /lakshfd.html Applicants should be aware that the farm and schools are in a remote location and should take some time researching the school and surrounding area before submitting an application.

Students who are chosen to take part at the compulsory Recruitment Session on Tuesday 25 February 2014, are also required to attend compulsory training sessions in summer term (dates to be confirmed).

Any students with ongoing health considerations should discuss their fitness to travel to such an area with their doctor before applying and should only apply if they and their doctor are confident that they will not be likely to require medical attention and that their travel to India will not cause any health considerations to be adversely affected or pose a threat to their health. All students chosen to take part must also be able to provide satisfactory references from their academic departments.

At all times while in India you will be representing the University. Your own personal safety and that of the group during your time on the programme are of paramount importance. We expect all involved to take these considerations very seriously and we therefore require all programme participants to sign up and adhere to a Code of Conduct (see below for information) before their place on the programme is confirmed. Any breach of that Code will be taken very seriously and will be subject to the University’s disciplinary procedures. For this reason, and for security reasons, excessive consumption of alcohol during the trip is prohibited.

Travel arrangements are made centrally from a UK airport and students will not be able to extend their trip.

Selection Process and Provisional Dates

  • A selection and training afternoon will be held on Tuesday 25 February 2014. If you are invited to attend the selection session you must attend in order for your application to be considered further.

  • All applicants must be available to travel from 18 July 2014. Dates will be confirmed as soon as possible after selection. All applicants must be available until the beginning of the 2012/13 Warwick term.

  • All students who are invited to and attend the selection session will be informed if they have been successful in provisionally being offered a place by Tuesday 4 March 2014.

  • All students offered a provisional place will be required to sign and return the Code of Conduct and provide additional information as requested to confirm their place by Friday 14 March 2014.

Subsistence and Expenses

  • Insurance (University travel insurance will be arranged for you)

  • Flights (travel from your home to UK airport (most likely Heathrow) is not covered)

  • Transfers in India

  • Accommodation in India

  • Flexible board – some days full board, for other days, a stipend to cover basic meal costs will be provided

  • Refund of essential vaccinations

  • Refund of required Visa

Visa Requirements

All applicants must be eligible to enter India with a tourist visa.


This Code of Conduct applies to students undertaking programmes of study or work outside the UK. It may be supplemented by further rules, regulations and agreements relevant to the programme of study or work and circumstances in the particular country or countries visited, either before travel or during the Warwick Laksh teaching programme (the programme).

[This should also be read in conjunction with the University’s policy on Dignity at Work and Study: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/humanresources/newpolicies/dignity and the Disciplinary Regulations: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/gov/calendar/regulations/disciplinary/ ]


The University actively encourages all its students to take advantage of opportunities to study and work overseas, to gain a broader international experience during their course of study. It recognises students as responsible adult learners and as such expects standards of behaviour appropriate to representatives of the University. The University also has a duty of care to all its students and will provide support services, advice and guidance on matters related to health, safety, security, travel, work, study and living overseas which it expects students to follow. This Code of Conduct has been introduced to help ensure that all students have an enjoyable, enriching and safe experience during their time abroad.


Both during travel to/from your overseas destination(s) and during your time on the programme, you are responsible for your conduct as a representative or ambassador of the University. As such, the University expects all students to recognise their responsibilities and at all times to:

  • behave in a way that respects the rights and dignity of others, the local culture diversity, customs and laws;

  • use each social interaction to display courtesy and good manners;

  • work and study on a co-operative basis;

  • attend all prescribed training and preparatory courses and briefings and adhere to appropriate health and safety guidelines and advice given, whether provided prior to travel or during the course of the programme and take appropriate and sensible precautions;

  • behave in a way that will not jeopardise the future of the programme or other students’ ability to experience the programme;

  • behave in a way that will not compromise their personal safety and security or that of others which may arise, for example, through consumption of alcohol or use of drugs.

Any form of behaviour which offends others, puts you and/or others at risk or in danger, or seriously disrupts or prejudices the work or study of others, or could be deemed to, will not be tolerated. Any behaviour of this nature may lead to you being withdrawn from the programme, and also may result in action taken under the University’s Disciplinary Regulations: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/gov/calendar/regulations/disciplinary/

You may also incur additional costs relating to your early departure from the programme.

It is also important that you respect the accommodation you are staying in, and are mindful of others, unrelated to your programme of study or work, who may also be sharing that accommodation and refrain from anti-social or disruptive behaviour, for example, excessive noise levels, particularly late at night.

Safety and Security

Your safety and security at all times are of paramount importance. If you are in a group, you have responsibilities to the whole group. It is vital that you appreciate that your behaviour could have an impact not just on your own safety but also put others at risk or in danger as a result. You should look out for others in your group and be clear on safety procedures and contacts in the event of an incident or an emergency.

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