GEP 2017

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For the third year in a row a group of volunteers is traveling to Varanasi, India, in January 2017 to participate in the EFKF’s Global Education Practicum – Teaching in India project. This year 8 volunteers were selected to join the project.

We have already started with the  preparations. On Saturday, 12th November A group of volunteers who will participate in the Global Education Practicum – Teaching in India 2017 project met for the first time today. They undertook the full day training which held place in Roosendaal. There were several presenters: Anila presented Indian culture, behaviour, tradition and habits, Katja Kern explained the theory on Teaching English as a Second language, and two project’s participants Myrthe Minnaert and Selina van Luik  from 2016 held the workshop on using materials in the classes, how to deal with the curriculum and gave practical advices about the project itself. Project leader Katarina Kilibarda introduced Indian education system, host schools, leaded the general info session and introduced the teaching materials which were donated by generous sponsors The Little English Library and Anglia Network NL.

Thanks to our sponsors we could already start working on teaching ideas and projects. The girls have already chosen the age group they will teach. We are all looking forward to meet again on 1st January in Varanasi and start giving English lessons at the Little Stars School Varanasi.


Introducing the team:

Anne – Rixt:

‘My name is Anne-Rixt and I am from the Netherlands. Currently I am an anthropology and economics student at University College Roosevelt. Besides my studies I am in the local barbershop choir and I dance salsa twice a week. I am very excited to move beyond the Netherlands to go teach in India!’


‘A qualified TEFL teacher -energetic and enthusiastic to provide a positive educational experience.Self-motivated with a team-work spirit I am fully engaged in teaching middle group students. By going on different challenging teaching adventures I want to make best use of existing skills and take opportunities that foster personal and professional development. ‘


‘My name is Liesbeth Geurts and I am a student at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam. I’m in my second year and I would like to become an English teacher. I travelled through India in 2014 and was overwhelmed by the people and the culture. To have the opportunity to go back again and teach children feels like and enormous privilege. I’m sure this experience will make an ever-lasting impression on me and will give me new insights into teaching and life in general, which I can pass on to my future students.’


‘My name is Brigitte and I am 19 years old. I am currently studying at University College Roosevelt in Middelburg. In my free time I like to play the guitar and do activities such as dancing and hockey. I can’t wait to help the children in Varanasi!’


‘Hi, my name is Laura, I’m 21 years old and I’m currently in my final year of the English teacher training study at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool Rotterdam). I’m very excited about travelling to Varanasi in Januari, since I will get to learn more about India and its culture. Whilst there, my aim is to further improve my teaching skills and to enjoy the rich culture and the great food that India has to offer – although my tongue may be unable to handle the spiciness of certain Indian recipes :). I can’t wait to go to Varanasi!’


‘Hi, my name is Shanice! I am a half German, half America undergraduate student at University College Roosevelt. My degree is based on the following Social Science fields: sociology, anthropology and psychology. I am excited to be joining the upcoming EFKF Practicum and learning about Indian culture and education system. Namaste!’


“Hey everyone! My name Is Tirza and I’m 20 years old. I was born and raised in the Netherlands and recently moved to the city of Rotterdam. I’m really excited about the program and looking forward to January!”


“My name is Ilze, and I come from Latvia. At the moment I am studying biomedical science at University College Roosevelt, but I have a passion for music and sports as well. Therefore, in my free time I practice singing, rowing, running, and yoga for peace of mind.”