In January 2017 again a GEP was organised in Varanasi in India.

Follow here their experiences.

GEP 2016

Facts and figures of the Global education practicum can you find here .

Our students are looking back on their stay at Varanasi:

Myrte, EUC student

“Only now, after the project already finished, I start to realise how special the past three weeks have been. While being in India, it all seemed to be so normal. The smiling children, the enthusiastic teachers, the staring men, the cows and their shit, the monkeys and the pushing rickshaw drivers were just part of everyday life. It feels as if it was some sort of setup summer camp to keep us busy, but this is how life is for these people, and we helped them.

It was amazing to be part of the Global Education Practicum. Not only the the teaching, but also all the workshops, Hindi, Indian culture, meditation, yoga and Ayurveda medicine. I didn’t really have free time, but when I finally had some more time, I decided to collect all the exercises we made, so next year’s group can use them, that shows how much I liked it.

See you in the future, Varanasi!”

Kalina, EUC student

Stuck at the airport because of the flight delay, I am thinking about the last three weeks and trying to find the right words to express myself. Coming to Varanasi has been an unforgettable journey which I could fully enjoy thanks to the most amazing group leader and guru – Katarina, that looked after us and taught us all the tricks one needs in order to survive in India. Honestly, I cannot imagine coming back here without her and the other girls! For sure, there were some less happy times but we were always there for each other!

The programme involved teaching English to the kids of Little Stars School. As their teacher I learned a lot. They taught me patience, dedication and being true to yourself. What I really liked though was that apart from teaching we could also experience Indian culture by living in host families and by having different workshops like ayurveda medicine, bollywood dancing, meditation, yoga and cooking. We could also learn some Hindi, which was very practical, since it made the communication between us and the kids easier.

Every day was different and brought something new! Being a part of this project is one of those experiences that stay with you forever!

Maike, EUC student

I can’t believe how fast the last weeks have passed. But time flies when you’re having fun! It was an amazing experience for all of us. Seeing the happy faces of the kids every day and seeing them improve was a great thing to see. And we learned so much about the culture, the people, the country… The opportunity to live inside the house of an actual Indian family taught us more than any book ever could. The people that gave us the workshops were fantastic and thanks to them we learned even more.

Our farewell party was great! We all wore a sari and got the chance to see everyone for the last time and to thank them for everything. And ofcourse we had a very nice Indian dinner.

I will never forget how open, friendly and welcoming the Indian people were to us. Our trip was one we will never forget!

Susanne, AUC student

Teaching in India was an incredible experience. Looking back on these past few weeks, I am very happy and surprised with what we were able to achieve in such a short time. The time flew by, and even though it was an intense program (not only teaching, but also doing workshops and taking classes ourselves as well), I enjoyed my time here thoroughly and I am going to miss all the rickshaws, the cows, and mostly, the children and teachers that I gave class to. They all did an incredible job and showed a lot of enthousiasm; they made my time in India very rewarding and memorable.

Irene, UCR student

It all went so fast. One day we arrived and we started teaching and now we are at the airport again to fly back home. Yesterday we ended the program officially with a farwell party at the school. It was a very cool evening, with everyone wearing sari’s, funny anecdotes, and good indian food! The past weeks in India have been the most amazing experience, with the perfect combination of activities. First of all the teaching went great. We had young students who at first did not understand everything we told them but they were eager to learn and they enjoyed our exercises, games and songs. I was surprised that even the naughty boys in the back made us goodbye cards and said that they were going to miss us. I will also miss the students, the teaching, the yoga, meditation, and Hindi classes.

In the end I enjoyed almost everything in India. The air and the streets are very dirty, but the people are extremely nice and hospitable, and the animals are mostly friendly and add to the atmosphere!

I really hope that I can come back one day.

Vera, EUC student

We now are on our way to take our flights. Some of us are heading home others are going to explore india further. Yesterday was a weird and sad day. Leaving our class was hard. When we entered class 4a for the last time the children welcomed us with a surprise. They had made amazing cards for us. In India beauty into the details is very important. You can walk in a filthy and old street and be amazed by the beauty of a temple.

In the begining I had a little aversion for Indian streets because of the chaos. Now I can feel relaxed in the middle of this chaos.

I will miss all the cows with their bad ass attitude, the goats with their shirts and the little pupies . European street will be so boring!

First the teaching seemed like a huge challenge since we hadn’t any experience and we didn’t know any Hindi. After a week it seemed a bit more natural. Not knotwing any hindi made the lessons more interesting since the students wanted to commicate with us.

This journey was long, there were some less rhappy days for everyone (thank you indian sickness). Katarina was relieved she didnt have to solve any girl fights. I would recommend this programme with commitment and eagerness to discover. I cannot imagine a nicer way to discover india than with Katarina. She was an excellent guru.


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Report from India Week 1 by Vera

Dealing with India

“Since the culture shock is so huge I am happy I came to India one week before coming to Varanasi. Now I know at least a bit of the Indian norms and values. I like that the program is dynamic, because we are really getting the most out of this experience. Still I like that we had a trip on Sunday since it forced us to enjoy India instead of laying in bed. Of course I got sick but that is something you have to except when coming to India.”


Dealing with teaching

“The first time standing in front of 35 students is intimidating but I got comfortable quite fast. Because off all advices the teachers (Katarina, Pierre, Carmen …) gave us, we were able to handle the class easily. Teaching, conveying knowledge however was harder. I have difficulties explaining grammar for example. Furthermore since we can’t translate to Hindi I am afraid the class doesn’t understand me all the time. Making lesson plans is easier than I expected. Especially since the children need recap. We want our students to work as fast and good as possible, therefore I agreed with Selina, my co-teacher, that we should print exercises.”


In January 2016, a group of nine EFKF volunteers will travel to Varanasi to join the Global Education Practicum project. The group has already undertaken the teacher training, held the presentation at the Anglia Members Meeting. They are recently working on the lesson plans anteaching at Little Stars School and AshaDiya Centre. Girls are very excited, motivated, enthusiastic and looking forward to their experience in India.

My name is Susanne DoeleSusanneman and I am a pre-med student of Amsterdam University College.

I am very excited to become a part of the Global Education Practicum in Varanasi, India, as it promises to be an incredibly interesting and enlightening experience.

I see it as a great initiative that benefits not only the students, but us, the teachers, as well.




My name is Selina van Luik, and this August I started studying at University College Roosevelt, all the way in Zeeland. I haven’t decided my major yet, but this project is a great opportunity nonetheless. Since I was little I have travelled a lot, and mostly to Asia. During these holidays we would usually visit a school, and there wasn’t enough time to actually  teach but we would always try to donate school supplies and such. So this time I want to teach these children properly for 3 weeks, and I think India  is a wonderful place to do so.





My name is Kenzy and I’m an Egyptian studying in the Netherlands!  I grew up in Cairo and have lived there my entire life, but a year and a half ago I moved to the Netherlands to study at Erasmus University College. I’m doing a double major in international relations and law, and I’m very interested in starting up my own NGO one day, so volunteering in India seemed like a great opportunity for me! I currently teach Arabic, my native tongue, at a student run organisation at my university and so I’m looking forward to furthering my skills by teaching English in India to younger students. I love sharing and engaging with different cultures so I’m very excited for this trip!




I am Fabienne, from the Erasmus University College. My big pasion is horseriding. I love to teach and would like to contribute to society through teaching to less fortunate children in India.






Maike-gep16Hello! My name is Maike Jager. I was born in the east of the Netherlands, but right now I am studying at University College Rotterdam. The last few years I have seen some really beautiful countries around the world already, but travelling to India will be a whole new adventure. I am really excited about learning about the culture, the country, the language and basically everything that we’ll encounter in India. I  feel like this is a great opportunity not only to do something good for the world,  but also for myself. The group is amazing and I can’t wait until we actually take off to India!




Hi guys! I am Myrthe Minnaert, I’m 18 years old and I’ve always lived in the Netherlands. This September I started studying Liberal Arts and Sciences at Erasmus University College in Rotterdam and so far I really like it. After studying, I would like to do international research based development work. People are trying really  hard to make this world a better place, but they don’t always do what is good for  the world. That’s why I decided to sign up for this project, this is not three weeks of volunteering, this is three weeks of teaching. It might be voluntarily, but we are expected to work professionally. This is a project that can actually help communities and I’m really excited about participating in it!




Hello! My name is Irene Marcic and I am a 19-year-old student from the Netherlands.  I study economics and law at University College Roosevelt. I will go to India this January to teach English, because I love working with children and I have always been interested in teaching and education.





HI, everyone! My name is Kalina and I am from Sofia, Bulgaria! Although I have taken myself to a dozen of cities, I have never had the opportunity to travel outside of Europe. However, this is about to change, since this winter-term I received the amazing opportunity to teach English in India! I am more than sure that this is going to be an unforgettable experience, both culturally and personally enriching, which I can’t wait to share with all the others.




Vera-GEP16My name is Véra Neven Scharnigg. I was born and grew up in France within a Dutch family. My friends had another culture and native language than my family. This made me aware, early on, of the different cultures in the world. This is why, I was interested in learning languages at a young age. I now am in my first year at the Erasmus University College. I have always been wondering about a career in education. When I was little I wanted to become either a language teacher or a sports teacher. The languages I learned enabled me to work at campsites where I organised activities for children. Working with children takes a lot of energy but I really enjoy it! Teaching English to the children of the AshaDiya Center and the Little Stars School combines both my accrued interest for education and working with children.   I really look forward teaching in India. I strongly believe that providing an education to children is empowering them to have a better future especially in a country which in known for its rough living conditions. Education has always been important to me, I expect it to be the same for the children in Varanasi.


TeachinGEP-logog in India – Global Education Practicum’ gives students a unique opportunity to leave a mark on  their personal as well as their professional development. This three-week long EFKF project in Varanasi, India, gives the students the insight to the education system in India by being directly involved in the system.

Teachingin India – Global Education Practicum is an academic internship in partnership with University College Roosevelt, Middelburg. Four selected students will work closely together with an experienced, professionally-trained teachers. They will form a team, especially during their stay and work in India. During the spring semester, students will start with their internship at EFKF.

Global Eduaction Practicum in 2015

The project took place from 5 – 24 January 2015. We  selected 8 candidates, four students and four experienced teachers.out of 20 applications. Next year new chances. Here some pictures of their experiences

October 2014 > Candidates selected!

Since we had over 20 applications and room for just 8 people; the other candidates are on a waiting list and we’re planning a second India Project.

September 2014 > Application for India Project still possible

Last day of application: 10 October.

On Thursday 18 September there will be an informative meeting at Zinc Roosendaal. Katarina will present the project and answer any questions. Please let us know if you want to join at

June 2014 > First group to Varanasi in January 2015

On Monday 5 January 2015 the first group of teachers and tutors is scheduled to start their four weeks programme at Little Stars School in Varanasi, India. In those four weeks the group will be teaching and training, guided by project leader Katarina Kilibarda, who has been volunteering at the Little Stars Schools for several years. It all started in Breda in 2010, when she was an exchange student at Avans Pabo and heard about EFKF.

Over the past 5 months Katarina has been working out the plans with Pierre Satijn, who has been our contact at LSS Varanasi since 2009. Katarina has written an informative leaflet about the project, you can find it here.

March 2013 > Extra Support in India
Some people would call it serendipity that Gerda Kappert and Pierre Satijn happened to meet at our EFKF Conference in 2011. It turned out that these two Dutch Teachers both had a project in Varanasi.

Two years later, Pierre has returned to the Netherlands, but Gerda is still there, working hard at her Wallabi School. We have now agreed that Gerda will start supporting the teachers at Little Stars School as well. We are looking forward to her first reports.

December 2012
After a short stay in Holland, early november Gerda Kappert left for India again. After the holidays the school started with 50 pupils, a growth of 20 students in 18 months! Thanks to a successful fundraiser, School for Kids India was able to buy new schoolbanks and will be able to buy some computers and sportswear in the near future.

Want to know more? Please visit the school website at

December 2011 – newsletter from the Little Stars schoolIndia2011
Dear Friends, Namaste, Merry Christmas! Please enjoy our newsletter.
Newsletter sep – nov 2011

June 2011 – newsletter from the Little Stars school
Please,take some time to witness Little Stars School in action.On behalf of more then 600 girls and boys, I thank you for your attention and support.
newsletter May-June 2011

April 2011
Friday 15 April we received a cheque of € 3600 from Lions Club Halderberge to support our India Project in Varanasi.

March 2011
Read the newsletter of the Benare schoolfund foundation.
In this newsletter you can read more about Sylvia’s work at the Little Stars school. Download the newsletter: newsletter May-June 2011

20 December 2010  Little Stars school - Varanasi
Sylvia returned home last week. Her fifth and final report can be found here: LSSreport5
The photos made during her work at the Little Stars School are published in our photo-album.

December 2010  
We received the fourth report about Sylvia’s work in Varanasi – India: LSSreport4

November 2010  
Sylvia sent us a second and third report.
Second report:LSSreport2
Third report: LSSreport3

October 2010  
Read Sylvia Livingstone’s first report about her work at the Little Stars School.:

Summer 2010  
Matilde and Maria Dolores visited Varansai and made an impressive video about their stay and visit to the Little Stars School. You can download this video: click *here* with your right mouse button, save target as… and open it after downloading. Warning: the video is 80 Mb!

May 2009
When Gijs Ooteman visited KW1C (Koning Willem I College) in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in November last year, his former primary school pupil, Rob de Vrind, now teacher at this college, informed him about the yearly Community Week. During this week students help persons, institutions and organisations to get things done. Gijs had already the very nice results by the pupils of the Zeldenrust-Steeland College in Terneuzen, now being used in India. That in mind Gijs introduced the idea of a Picture-Word LOTTO-play. Special in this play is, that the words are also on a CD, so the children have the picture, the word on a card ánd they hear the word. The students: Moen, Tarlan, Elif,Jeroen and Salma were very enthusiastic and did the job with great pleasure. Hannah did the, very difficult,  speaking part. As an extra they produced also a picture/word Memory, also related to the Anglia method: Cool! English at school.

Click * here * to see the students working and their results.

March 2009
In February 2009 we were approached by Asha Pandey and Pierre Satijn of the Little Stars School (Rishi Pragtisheel Shikshan Sansthan) in Varanasi. Two days later they had a very constructive meeting with our India Project Leader Gijs Ooteman. In the next few months plans will be worked out to start new projects. In Andhra Pradesh we work with a foundation that wants to support small scale concrete projects in India. The projects aim to improve the living circumstances of under-privileged children and/or their parents.  All their projects aim for long term independence and self support. Our contact person in Holland is Anja Heesters who founded the group.The contact person in India is father Bellamkonda Sudhakar. He is looking for possibilities to help these children to improve their English.

January 2009
Gijs Ooteman paid a supporting visit to ZSC Terneuzen The group of 9 pupils of the Zeldenrust-Steelant College is working very enthusiastic for  the school in Mangalagiri (India). Fr. Thomas Palakuzha sent the group a letter of acquaintance.

Winter 2008 > College students in action The Zeldenrust-Steelant College (ZSC) in Terneuzen is very busy, working on the India project. Rose-Marie wrote a short report. Read more about their actions.

Autumn 2008
College students in action The Zeldenrust-Steelant College (ZSC) in Terneuzen is involved in the India project.

April 2008
India project in the newspaper On 27 April 2008 an article was published about Gijs’ work in India.

February 2008
Gijs Ooteman visited Hyderabad. Gijs finished his report .

November 2007
Father Antony in the Netherlands   Father Antony from India arrived Saturday 24 November in Amsterdam. We welcomed him at Schiphol Airport to talk about our plans. Next week we will have another meeting with him to work out plans for supporting the start of an HRD centre for teenage children in Hyderabad.

The EFKF project will focus on improving the English language skills of the students to make it easier for them to find a job.