Visiting students teach classes in a rural school over several days and interact with the school children outside the classroom.
Through this unique experience, they get to build multiple skills and values. They learn how to cope with an unfamiliar environment and to harness their talents and strengths to be effective. They learn how to plan for their classes, adapt their communication to be effective with children who are not fluent in English, they learn to be creative in the way they present their classes, they learn to problem solve as they come up against difficult situations, and most importantly they revel in the joy of making a difference.
Students come away from the whole teaching experience with much better awareness and confidence in themselves, a sense of gratitude for what they often take for granted back home, and a heightened resolve to make a difference through whatever they choose to do in their lives. An additional insight is how they realise how much alike they are to the Indian children, and this creates the foundation understanding to excel in an increasingly diverse work environment.
Almost without exception, every student who has been through this experience has called it life-changing and transformational.