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India has a spiritual side that is not found in all countries.
India has a vibrant, colourful culture with something to suit everybody’s tastes. It has a huge geographical size so you can expect wide variation between the different regions, resulting in different climates, customs and cuisines. It also means that there is a lot to see and do!
Historically a region of trade routes, India is now a thriving economic power, though you can expect to see your fair share of poverty. Don’t be surprised to see tradition and religion sitting comfortably next to technology and business, poverty and homelessness next to well-dressed businessmen and fancy cars. If you can get over the sensory overload, you will start to realise how much India has to offer.
Culturally speaking, there are so many places to go and things to see: stand in awe of the splendour of the Taj Mahal, relax with a fruit shake on the beaches of Goa or hire a houseboat and float lazily down the backwaters of Kerala. For something extremely special, head to the River Ganges. This spiritual home is both beautiful and jarring: while you cruise down the river you will see the locals going about their everyday routines in the river with their buffalo, and on the shore you will notice the ritual cremations – not for the faint-hearted!
India has a spiritual side that is not found in all countries. The Indian population is a religious mix of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. India is a popular choice for travellers who want to get away from the rat race for a while and become more mindful and focused on their inner selves.
India is home to one of the oldest inhabited places in the world, Varanasi. Hindu Mythology suggest that Lord Shiva found this city over 5000 years ago. One thing is for sure Varanasu is at least 3000 years old as it's been represented in the Parliament by one of the country's PM Narendra Modi. Varanasu also known as the holy city of Banaras is distinctly iconic as it's situated on the banks of the River Ganges.
Something you don't hear about everyday in India is it's home to the 'Anti-Gravity road' it's a stretch of road found near Tulsi Shyam in Gujarat. The road was found to have an unusual gravitational pull where cars left in free gear can travel uphill!
India as a population boasts some incredible statistics. For example did you know that India is the 2nd largest English speaking country in the world? Only to be behind the US, it's around 10% of the population who are fluent in English and they are expected to drastically increase this percentage over the next decade. To add with the vast majority of the Indian population following Hinduism, India has the worlds largest amount of vegetarians with almost 30-40% believe to be a vegetarian.
As India was once a part of the Commonwealth, English is widely spoken and the TEFL market is not particularly strong. However, you should be able to find a job in a language school or a private international school, especially in the bigger cities of New Delhi, Jaipur, Bangalore or Mumbai. It is especially helpful if you have a business background or a teaching degree. Schools don’t usually offer flights or accommodation and teaching in India is more for the experience than for saving money as the salaries are quite low. There are numerous volunteering opportunities and these offer you the chance to experience the more traditional side of India.
|Degree Requirement||Typical Contract Length||Peak Hiring Seasons||Visa Info||Typical Students||Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency||Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency|
|Not required||6 – 12 months||Year-round||Work permit||Students, professionals||36 000 INR – 55 000 INR (£100 – £ 600)||32 000 INR – 59 000 INR (£ 350 – £680)|