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Introduction To Hindi Language
» Introduction
Hindi is a modern Indo-Aryan language spoken in South Asian countries (India, Pakistan, and Nepal) and also in other countries outside Asia (Mauritius, Trinidad, Fiji, Surinam, Guyana, South Africa and other countries). Approximately six hundred million people speak Hindi, as either a first or second language. It is ranked among the five most widely spoken languages of the world. Along with English, it is the official language of India.

Our Introduction to Hindi language will provide you with an overview of the language that you would need during your travel to India. In the overview, you will find interesting information on the origins of the language, the Hindi alphabets, Hindi vocabulary, and Hindi grammar.

There would be two levels of this program, depending on the number of weeks applied for.

Level-1: This level will focus on the classroom level, where you will learn the alphabets, pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary.

Level-2: This level will have students interact in conversations with local Nature Quest staff in Hindi. This level will help you to build upon the basic skills studied in Level - 1.

Since communication in a foreign language requires an understanding of the cultural context, our aim is to teach you the living language through carefully selected textbooks, newspaper and magazine articles and other relevant materials, rather than have you repeat and memorize tourist phrases.

Our teachers usually provide suggestions for texts and supplementary materials before the beginning of a program, both group and Individual.

» Learning
Lectures on the educational system of India; state of education after 50 years of independence; gender inequalities in literacy; background on government, state and grassroots level initiatives in the field of education.

Introduction to Ayurveda and principles of Naturopathy. Workshops on home remedies for common illnesses and introduction to the NQ medicinal garden. Cooking classes based on holistic philosophy for healthy eating.

» Eligibility
This program is open to all levels of students and professionals who want to volunteer and learn about India. Participants must be over 20 years of age easygoing and flexible. They must enjoy working with children and be able to live in the mountains. Volunteers must be open minded, willing to take initiative to contribute and learn from their environment and be respectful to their surroundings.

This program focuses equally on all the students with twin goals of service and learning. In addition to learning Hindi, Visitors can also sometimes volunteer at the Nature Quest School to teach English.

No prior teaching experience required. Our local coordinator and the school staff will be at hand to provide guidance and support.

» Orientation
Nature Quest staff will meet you on arrival at New Delhi International Airport. From here, you will be transported to a Hotel/Guest house for overnight stay. Nature Quest will arrange all accommodations, and provide orientation on issues around diet, safety, transport, currency conversion, communication, travel, norms and culture. Our coordinators will hold weekly meetings to monitor and evaluate the program and will provide 24-hour emergency support.

» Accommodation
In New Delhi, volunteers stay at a local guesthouse /Hotel when they arrive. While in Than Gaon Village, accommodation is provided in simple cottages built at the Nature Quest site. Please note that the accommodation does not include facilities like air conditioning and Internet. The food provided in the program is traditional Indian vegetarian cuisine. In Dehradun city volunteers can experience the Indian Culture at grass root level by staying with an Indian Family and exchange their cultural experience.

» Communication
You will be assigned a mobile phone (with free unlimited incoming calls) for the duration of your stay. All-important phone numbers will have been pre-programmed along with a limited amount of airtime for emergencies. To make calls over and above the airtime included, you can purchase pre-paid phone cards locally.

You will be required to sign a $100 release form in order to receive the cell phone. You will not be charged the $100 fee if the phone is returned in good working order to your program coordinator.

» Program Cost
The cost of the program is $720.00 for 2 weeks and includes the following services:











Pre-departure orientation and support
Airport pickup on arrival
Overnight stay in a New Delhi Guest house / Hotel
Transport from New Delhi to the rural school
Yoga classes, lectures etc
Volunteer work support and monitoring
Cultural adjustment, health and safety orientation
Shared accommodation with three meals a day
Weekly monitoring of the program
24 Hour emergency support
Cellular phone for incoming calls and emergency use

The cost will NOT include:




Daily local transportation around Dehradun during your free time. However, proper guidance will be provided to participants on how to use local transport systems.
Air ticket to New Delhi, India, visa fees and any travel insurance will be the responsibility of the volunteer.
Weekend and overnight excursions outside the program activities will have to be paid by the students directly.

Expenses of personal nature like table drinks, mineral water, international telephone calls, or any other expenses which are not included in the above list as included.

» Fees & Schedules
Minimum duration 4 weeks
Can be extended upto 30 weeks
Registration fees $50
Program fees $720 (2 weeks)
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Additional weeks fee per week: $200
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