International Internship Program FAQ

General Internship Questions

How much will living expenses be?

The total living expenses for the entire program will cost $1,780. This cost covers transportation within India to all necessary ITSA and community service sites; home stay with an Indian family including a host sibling; lectures by NGOs and other guest lecturers, housing, three home-cooked meals a day; and mobile service for ITSA-related calls. The costs for the retreat trip are included. Colleges often have grants/scholarships available to take on summer opportunities/summer internships abroad. The ITSA internship can also qualify for a research grant from your college if you indicate on your application that you are interested in doing research with us since we have research positions available as well. Check with your college’s summer opportunities office/career services. ITSA internship allows interns to truly make a difference in the lives of students and to experience India from the perspective of Indian families and while forming friendships with Indian peers and school children. Check out our Outside Funding Resources page for ideas to fund your living costs while in India (Under International internships Tab).

What does the program cost not cover?

The cost mentioned above does not cover transportation to and from Rajkot/India, personal spending money, any personal travel you want to do, health insurance costs, and visa application fees.

Will there be an orientation to India and ITSA?

Yes, the first few weeks of your time in Rajkot will consist of training. Initial training will focus on acclimatizing you to India in general and Rajkot specifically. After this, you take part in scheduled visits to local schools NGOs and to further orient you to the work you will engage in for the rest of the summer. Interspersed during all this training will be scheduled sightseeing trips as well as plenty of free time for you to explore Rajkot and different parts of Gujarat.

Where will ITSA’s work be located?

The ITSA Internship will be located in the city of Rajkot, which is in Western State of India called Gujarat. Interns can fly in and out of Rajkot Airport. Interns can also fly into Ahmedabad during a specific time window and we can arrange transportation from there.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Feel free to email us at intern@itsainternational.org if you have any questions at all.

Teaching Position-Specific Questions

What ages/grades will attend workshops?

There are two age group options. Interns can work with children in the K-12 range depending on the interns’ preference.

Do I have to be an Education major?

No, but any experience with Education classes might be helpful with creating lesson plans. ITSA will spend a lot of time training so education experience is really not necessary.

How often will you be teaching or facilitating workshops?

Interns will determine their teaching schedule with the teacher they are paired up with the program director. If you have more specific questions about this, feel free to contact us and we can give more details to you depending on your interest.

Why do you mention “workshop facilitation” and not “teaching”?

“Teaching” implies that knowledge is being transferred in one direction: teacher to student. However, ITSA truly believes that the workshops and classes are a learning experience for not only the participants but our interns as well. As they “facilitate” a workshop, ITSA hopes our interns will challenge their own thoughts and assumptions just as much as they challenge the participants’.

Who designs the curriculum?

There is a lot of freedom and room to be creative and to implement your ideas. Curriculum design will happen in coordination with the program director and the teacher you are working with. There will be a lot of independence and autonomy in the age-specific curricula you want to design.

What have curricula covered in the past?

In the past we have had different workshop leaders creating and leading different types of curricula. One group of interns, led a series titled Human Rights and Peace, where they examined human rights from various angles and explored their implications for the mainstream versus the marginalized. The Public Methods of Creating Change workshop group explored how art can bring about social change before producing their own zine of socially charged artwork. The Social Action and Justice group explored the specific issues of corruption, environmentalism, gender discrimination, and modern-day slavery to understand of how different levels of activism can bring about change.

What does “curriculum research and development” entail?

Development simply means actually writing down and honing your curriculum, your lesson plans. To do this, you will need to do research. This may entail reading up on historical and modern-day Indian social issues in order to weave them into your lesson plans. We will provide you with many resources through an ITSA Library as well as through NGO activists that you meet and work with.

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