Cultural Exchange

EXPLORING THE CULTURE IN RURAL AREAS :

This programme provides volunteers with a challenging, yet amazing opportunity to live and teach in a rural community in India

1. Educational Life Style

They can teach computer or organize art, craft or other activities for the children. Volunteers can have a wide knowledge of the educational pattern followed in rural areas in India by paying frequent visits to the schools where our children are studying.

2. Kitchen garden & Biogas Maintenance

We have started a small Kid's kitchen garden to teach them about nutrition, nature, recycling and organic farming. This holds vegetables and fruits like tomato, pumpkin, green chillies, radish, bottle gourd, snake gourd, pomegranate and herbal plants like holy basil, shrubby basil, heliotrope & Bishop week. The volunteers can explore it and held the children in its maintenance too.

A mini biogas plant using kitchen, animal and material waste is installed in our Children's Home for producing a fuel called biogas and this is used for cooking purposes. The volunteers can get to know the procedure and held in maintaining the same during their stay.

3. Rural Children Life Style

The volunteers can have direct interactions with our students, learn their family profile, behavioural pattern of life, examine the socio-economic status of the people and children in the rural areas.

4. Educational Status

They can travel to schools of our children where they will experience the Indian education system, the joys and strains of an Indian classroom, the student's energy and creativity, the staff's warmth and enthusiasm, greetings and smiles and a very different pace of life and sense of time.

Besides the programme hours, the volunteers have the opportunity to explore the other sides of life in India.

1. Cookery class

The staff at the kitchen will showcase to them the preparation of simple, easy and delicious Indian recipes and also demonstrate the different methods handled in cooking without using electrical equipment like mixie, grinder, etc.

2. Learning the native language

Our facilitator will teach the volunteers the native language (Tamil). They will be taught small sentences and words both orally and in writing. We make sure that the volunteers understood what has been explained.

3. Places of Interest

They can have an exposure visit to many historical places like...

 

Rockfort Temple, Trichy - Ucchi Pillaiyar kovil :- is a 7th century Hindu temple, dedicated to Lord Ganesh located at the top of Rock fort Trichy. The temple is mystic in nature with awe-inspiring rock architecture.

 

St.Lourdes Church, Trichy :- is one of the most elegant structures in Tamilnadu, the interior furnished with magnificient woodworks and stained glass paintings.

Mukkombu :- is a beautiful and perfect picnic spot located in the outskirts of Trichirappalli. It has various tourist attractions such as amusement park, children's garden, sports facilities, fishing facilities, etc. The upper dam constructed across the river Cauvery and Kolladam is an added attraction.

Meenakshi Temple, Madurai:- is a historic Hindu temple located in the south side of River Vaigai in the temple city of Madurai, dedicated to Parvathi who is known as Meenakshi and her consort Shiva who is named here as Sundareeshwarar.

Brahadeeshwarar Temple, Tanjore:- or popularly known as the 'Big Temple' (Thanjai Periya Kovil) built by Raja Raja Chola, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and also said to be one among the best temples in South India.

4. Market / Shandy

They can also make a visit to the market or shandy, a common place with a distinct rural flavour, where farmer and other vendors sell produces directly to the consumer.

5. Self and native discussion

A day will be scheduled to the volunteers to give a brief introductory about self as well as the country and culture from where they hail. They can also share their experiences, views and suggestions they had gained during their stay at SPPD.