LRTT India

Bangalore, Southeast India

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South India Fellowship

India is a nation of diversity and home to over 440 million children. Join a team of inspiring educators facilitating teacher training in schools in culture-rich Bangalore. As a Fellow, you'll work closely with teachers, using a combination of observations, workshops, and instructional coaching to help them achieve their goals.

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Ideal for Teachers

  • With experience in primary/elementary or secondary/high school education
  • Excited to work with teachers from a variety of different cultural backgrounds
  • Interested in seeing the workings of inner-city schools with big class sizes

Training

Workshops and instructional coaching

As an India Fellow, you'll be trained and equipped to play a crucial role as a workshop facilitator and instructional coach. You will contribute to a three-year program of support that helps principals, lead teachers and classroom teachers sustainably improve their teaching practice.

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Teachers

Primary and secondary school teachers in Bangalore

Teachers in Bangalore teach large classes in cramped and noisy environments. Despite these challenges, they are dedicated to their profession and maintain incredibly strong relationships with their students.

Schools

Government and low-cost private schools

For many teachers in Bangalore, having their own classroom is considered a luxury. Large class sizes combined with a noisy environment makes creating a conducive learning experience a real challenge.

Context

Learning outcome improvements have been evasive

India is one of the biggest and most diverse countries in the world, which provides its own educational challenges. Whilst enrollment into primary schools is high, 65% of students leave school without basic literacy and numeracy skills and 1 in 4 children drop out of school.

Partner

Mantra4Change, a leading teacher development NGO

You will be working alongside Mantra4Change, a local NGO, which aims to develop high-quality teaching content using an initiative called STEP - School Transformation and Empowerment Project. Our partnership helps to both facilitate and strengthen this initiative, supporting teachers and leaders to get every child in their classroom learning.

Region

Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is one of India's most progressive cities, often referred to as the "Silicon Valley of India" due to its status as a rising technology hub. It is also called the "Garden City of India" because of the large number of parks and gardens. As a melting pot of cultures, religions, and ethnicities, you will meet people from various walks of life here.

Itinerary

Your Journey

Week 1

"Namaste", Welcome to India!

Welcome to India - The Land of Colours. After arrival into Bangalore Airport, transfer to Grand Continent Hotel. Get inducted into the Fellowship with a welcome ceremony that covers program orientation and a chance to get to know other inspiring Fellows of your cohort.

Coaching in Schools

Kick-start the process of improving teacher effectiveness by conducting school visits and multiple observations of the local teachers in action, coupled with providing actionable feedback.

Co-facilitate a Workshop

Co-facilitate a full-day workshop on teaching practices with all the partner teachers, organized centrally.

Weekend - Explore Bangalore

Bangalore, India’s ‘Silicon Valley’, is famed for its large IT parks, vibrant nightlife, and historical buildings. Get a taste of the fast-growing city covering palaces, gardens, markets, pubs, and temples.

Week 2

Coaching in Schools

Continue to conduct observations and provide in-person feedback with action steps that will improve the teacher’s instructional effectiveness.

Co-facilitate a Workshop

Co-facilitate a second full-day workshop on teaching practices with all the partner teachers, organized centrally.

Weekend - Discover Mysore

After a week of coaching, head out to Mysore for a couple of days - the cultural capital of Karnataka, famed for its royal palace. As the home of “Ashtanga Yoga”, there will also be an opportunity to take a class.

Week 3

Coaching in Schools

Continue to conduct observations and provide in-person feedback with action steps that will improve the teacher’s instructional effectiveness.

Co-facilitate a Workshop

Co-facilitate a final full-day workshop on teaching practices with all the partner teachers, organized centrally.

Week 4

Coaching in Schools

For the final time, conduct observations and provide in-person feedback with action steps that will improve the teacher’s instructional effectiveness.

Weekend - Hampi Getaway

Top off your Fellowship with a trip to Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in East-Central Karnataka. The spectacular ruins and boulders, an ode to a forgotten Empire, will have you catching your jaw.

Celebrate Success

The closing ceremony provides a fitting finale to the Fellowship - a celebration of your success. Collect all the memories and transfer to Bangalore Airport for your journey back home.

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Excursions

The Land of Colour

Experience this tradition-rich region, with its incredible variety of cultures, experiences and stunning architecture.

You will get the chance to

  • Soak up the sights & sounds of Bangalore
  • Visit a range of historical temples
  • Escape the city to relax and see the historic elephant stables of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage site

India Experience

India Experience

Immerse yourself in the local culture, sample the rich cuisines, and wander through impressive historic monuments with all three excursions in one: Mysore Weekend, Experience Bangalore, and Hampi Getaway.

Mysore Weekend

Mysore Weekend

Home to Ashtanga yoga and famous for its magnificent Royal Palace, Mysore makes for a great weekend trip. Sample the famous Masala Dosa, visit the Chamundeshwari Temple and marvel at the Palace illuminated and reflected in the river by night. Accommodation, transport, meals, and entrance to the palace are all included.

Explore Bangalore

Explore Bangalore

Visit the top sights of the city including the Palaces, botanical gardens, markets and temples that the metropolis has to offer. Learn about the history of this thriving city as well as enjoy delicious traditional dishes. Transport, guide, food, and entrance are all included.

Hampi Getaway

Hampi Getaway

On this 3-night trip to Hampi in Karnataka you will visit ancient ruins, Hindu temples, and Elephant Stables. The Monuments of Hampi are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You also have the option to visit the Daroji sloth-bear sanctuary. In the evenings you can relax hotel's pool and spa, and eat out in one of the nearby restaurants.

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You might be wondering

Where do we stay?

You will stay at a hotel in central Bangalore, where you will share a room with another Fellow. With a restaurant and bar, the hotel is a great place to wind down after a day in schools or as a base to explore the local area.

How do we get around?

All in-country transport is included. In Bangalore, transport will be in the form of a tuk-tuk. All the schools are a short ride away from where the team stays. For weekend excursions we hire private buses for the whole team. In your free time, you can explore the local area on foot, by tuk-tuk, or taxi.

What's the food like?

You will enjoy traditional Southern Indian cuisine which is famous for its variety of curries and dosas, and its use of coconut, lentils, and vegetables. In India, food is an essential part of community and bringing people together, providing a special team-building experience with your teammates.

What's nearby to see and do?

Bangalore is a cosmopolitan city with hundreds of restaurants and bars to experience the best food South Indian has to offer. There are lots of shopping malls and shops to visit, and many fellows have had their own clothes tailored. In the past, Fellows have attended cooking courses, yoga classes, and visited temples and historic sites of interest around Bangalore.

What's the weather like?

The climate in Bangalore is typical of a tropical savannah climate, which means warm to hot weather all year with a rainy monsoon period between May and October and dry months between November and April. Because our LRTT Fellowships take place during the monsoon period, we encourage all Fellows to pack a rain jacket!

What else should I know?

There is a philosophy in India known as “Atithi Devo Bhava” which means “guest is god”. Our teams of Fellows are always met with warmth, appreciation, and kindness. If you’ve never been to India, there really is nowhere else like it.

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  • Lifetime Membership

    Pay less in future years as return Fellow.
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    We'll support you in engaging your school.
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