GREAT Foundation is a volunteer - driven organization. It has around 40 volunteers under Pehel to teach English, Maths, and Science concepts, Art, Reading and train students for national competitions for two hours on every Saturday. Volunteers have two or more meetings a year with the Executive President. Volunteers have GREAT Foundation two Volunteer Coordinators who monitor Pehel volunteers and their contribution and communicate regularly with the volunteers on weekly basis. They also bring in new volunteers and NGO partners.
Innocence is the key that drives me closer and closer to kids. – Aditya Marathe, Associate at ZS Associates
My experience!!: Awesome, I’d say! I think it was one of the most fun experiences I’ve had. Come to think of it I even think made a fool of myself, since I’d never taught kids before. All their antics reminded me of my school days. I found myself even more interested in teaching; spending time with the children and helping them get a shot at better education and life! That one hour with them is as exhausting as spending a day at work! - Anushya Prasad, Technical Writer with ThoughtWorks
I was really amazed to see the enthusiasm of students attending my classes. They grasp things very fast. However a small hindrance is the communication. Most of the students are comfortable conversing in Marathi. This has given me an opportunity to learn a new language as I understand the language but cannot speak it well. Both the students and I are learning new things from one another - Ankit Singh, Software Professional at Hover Technologies Pvt. Ltd
It is a different and wonderful experience. I say different because sometimes we have to start from scratch as most of the students have little knowledge of Basic English. However, their interest in learning surpasses everything and never makes me feel I am doing a tedious task - Binsy Pillai, Senior Software Engineer at Honeywell Automation India Ltd
Teaching these children is a wonderful experience. The zeal and enthusiasm that the children have, is really admirable. They come with an open mind which helps them learn and adapt to new things very quickly. Initially there was lot of fear and resistance in them when they were told to speak in front of the class. But as the classes progressed they learnt lots of things and were confident enough to speak up in front of everyone. There are lots of games that are part of the teaching activity which make learning more fun. Initially controlling these children was a challenging task. It gradually became easier after I had achieved a certain level of comfort with them. Overall, the experience is lot of fun with lot of learning.- Dhwni Patel, a Dynamic Software Professional at Tata Technologies Ltd.
Teaching is a wonderful experience but also challenging as along with teaching theory, we had to help them develop into confident individuals. We have to help them take their own decisions, be presentable and hone their overall skills - Dilraj Rehal, Assistant HR at Voices HR
I love teaching kids as they make you relive your childhood all over again. The first time I took a class I was very nervous as to how the children would take to me. But after the class got over I felt a feeling of exhiliration sweep over me coupled with a sense of satisfaction. Since then I have never looked back and have always look forward to teaching the enthusiastic group of children - Jaslene Bawa, Financial Research Analyst at ValueNotes Database Ltd
I am more than happy if I can give some thing if not much to society- Pradhuman Singh Kushwah, Senior Software Engineer at Mphasis and EDS
Before my first lecture, I was hell nervous. I have never held a class before. And teaching a class full of 50 kids was like a nightmare. I knew that these kids are not from my part of society, they have a different culture and upbringing. I was warned that some of them were notorious brats. But the day I started teaching, I was in love with them. Though there are a few exceptions, most of the kids have a spark and the will to change their lives. Unlike my childhood days, they are more attentive and eager. They valued my spending time with them - Puneet Goyal, Software Professional at GS Lab
I always wanted to stay as a child but grew into adulthood sometime ago. When I am with children, I really feel the joy and innocence of being childlike once again. Thanks to these children who help me feel this way. In my way I would always like to keep them smiling - Sanket Chourasia, software professional at Infosys Technologies Ltd
Teaching has always been my first love. I have been teaching since I was in Class 9. I have taught from kindergarten kids to engineering students. But after I started working I kind of lost touch with teaching Pehel gave me a chance again to follow my passion. I hope I continue to be a part of this noble cause.- Tarun Singh, Software Professional at Cognizant Technology Solutions