What has the world learned from India
SCHOOLWARD! in India
India - the land of contrasts! To describe the most populous democracy and the seventh largest country in the world in a few sentences is actually an impossibility. The subcontinent is as diverse as hardly any other country on earth, whether geographically, socially or religiously. Over a billion people live in India, which on the one hand is developing into one of the most important trading powers in the world and on the other hand has to face new challenges along the way. With SCHULWÄRTS! you have the opportunity to get to know this exciting country and its inhabitants.
The role of German
Indian students often grow up multilingual and are therefore very linguistic. They are very interested in German, especially since Germany is a popular future study location. Almost 150,000 students learn German, mostly as their first foreign language and from grade 6, i.e. at the age of ten.
With its six institutes in New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune, the Goethe-Institut looks after over 800 Indian schools.
Life in india
It is the contrasts that make India special. North and South are rich in culinary delights and cultural wonders. From beautiful beaches in Kerala and Goa to breathtaking Ladakh with the Himalayas, India cannot be surpassed in terms of landscape either. The people are very friendly and helpful. They take everyone in like family and take care of their guests. They spare no effort and expense.
The major cities and cultural centers are Mumbai, home of Bollywood; Delhi and Agra with the Taj Mahal, arguably mankind's greatest token of love; Chennai with the center of carnatic music and the Indian dance Bharatanatyam; Calcutta on the Ganges with the critical cultural spirit of India; Kochi and Trivandrum in Kerala; Bangalore, a young and lively IT city; Jaipur, the royal city, as well as Pune with the Aga Khan Palace and the memorial for Mahatma Gandhi.
Religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Islam shaped the country's culture. Hindi and English are the national languages. But there are 22 other languages enshrined in the constitution. Over 90% of the population has one of these languages as their mother tongue. In total, however, there are more than 19,500 languages and dialects in India.
The traces of European colonialism are also still present in the country, which can be seen in the most popular sport, cricket, which was brought to India by the English.
Last but not least, it is the land of the healthy lifestyle, because yoga and Ayurveda, the healing art known and practiced all over the world, can be traced back to the Indian tradition.
The cost of living in India is low compared to Germany. A meal in the inexpensive restaurant costs around INR 150, which is around 2 euros. Imported goods, on the other hand, are very expensive.
The possible internship period
Voices of the SCHOOLWARD! Alumni"Through my work in the field of special education, I assumed that my intercultural skills were already well developed. India showed me that you can develop your intercultural skills to an infinite degree.
Once you get to know the working methods and the school system in India, you can go your own way relatively quickly. This certainly consists of adapting to something on the one hand and being able to enrich the school insanely with your own culture on the other. In relation to the lessons, the students managed to motivate me even more for my teaching profession, as they were usually extremely interested and very happy. "(Käthe - Sonderpädagogik)
"When I packed my suitcase a year ago, I couldn't imagine that a country would impress me so much. India is just amazing - wherever you travel, you will find new traditions and cultures, delicious food, impressive landscapes and so on a lot of diversity. Western societies could learn so much from India, for example showing emotions;) I will really miss this country, my new friends and my great students. Thank you all for your enthusiasm in my workshops, your help with everyday problems, that you taught me new things and gave me the opportunity to experience your great country like a local. I really enjoyed my time. Hopefully we'll see each other again soon, whether in Germany or India! Dhanyavad, Shukriya & Nandi! " (Raphael - German and Art)
"In none of my previous internships I was valued as much as in my SCHULWÄRTS! Internship in New Delhi. The teachers at the school were very courteous, supported me as much as they could and welcomed me with a warmth that couldn't have been better It was very instructive for me to get to know the lessons in another country, as I now also value teaching in Germany more. The lessons in India are louder and more restless, which I don't know from Germany - but which is not called The internship and the entire stay have not only helped me in my future teaching position, but also on a personal level. But there is also a lot to experience outside of school, as India is a very diverse and colorful country that I have come to love. I have never felt unsafe and can recommend everyone to do their internship in India. " (Natascha - English and Mathematics)
"At the beginning of my internship, I was sitting on a Sunday evening with other SCHULWÄRTS! Interns in front of the Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India. The muezzin had just called out to prayer. There was a lot going on in the streets: believers tried to cross the street Passing the mosque, there was a great crush between cows, rickshaws, bicycles, people, mopeds, street vendors and bull carts. The light was orange-warm from the street lamps that flickered above us. The weather was still warm and humid, as before you Great summer rain in Germany. Occasionally you wiped the annoying flies from your arm or sipped your warm, far too sweet chai - most of the time, however, you watched the goings-on that surrounded you. The sentence tore me out of my quiet thoughts: "You can imagine that we will be in front of the class again tomorrow? "I, who normally spend their Sundays thinking of Monday, feel totally caught because I don't have one wasted umpteen thoughts thinking about tomorrow! In India I learned exactly what is nowadays described as "mindfulness": Be in the moment! Live in the here and now! This is exactly what happens to you in India! You have so much to do with observing everything new and exciting and different that you completely forget yourself and the time! When I was back in Germany, by the way, I thought of Monday again on Sunday, but sometimes this story helps me to focus again on what is really important: now. To live! And that's something you learn wonderfully in India! "(Dorit - German and Sport)
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