The following information pertains to a mission trip to Asapalli, India starting between December 5 and December 12, 2017. The exact dates have yet to be determined, but the arrival will be sometime that week. The trip will last for 12 days. The purpose of this trip is to volunteer at the Asapalli school.
Full Names and Addresses of places to be visited in India.
Make a copy of the main page of your passport and keep separately in case your passport is lost or stolen.
Recommended to bring;
Kleenex tissues (small packets), hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes, suntan lotion, sun hat, bug spray (must be travel size if packed in your carry-on bag), ear plugs, small flash light, towel, anti-bacterial cream. Snacks, power bars are good to have.
If possible your second suitcase should be small enough to fit inside your big suitcase to reduce the amount of luggage needing to be transported.
Bring enough clothes for 5 days. Try to stay with light colors as dark colors fade when they dry in the hot sun.
Clothing should be light weight and able to dry quickly as it will be washed by hand and left to dry on the bushes. Try to bring items that don’t wrinkle easily. Weather is 75-85f during the day and 55-65f at night. A sheet or light blanket will keep you warm at night (provided).
Sneakers, sandals or shoes.
Men: Shirts must be worn at all times. T-shirts to dress shirts are acceptable (avoid any t-shirt logos that may be offensive). Indian teachers wear dress/polo shirts and dress pants.
It seems to be acceptable for us to wear shorts (to the knee) and a clean shirt.
Ladies: 95% of Indian ladies wear dresses that come below the knee so we ask that all ladies wear shorts, Bermuda shorts or skirts that come to the knee. Short sleeve shirts are fine, no tank tops or spaghetti straps (shoulders should be covered).
You may want to buy some souvenirs when you are there. You can exchange $20, $50 and $100 bills that are in very good condition (no folds, tears or writing) and were printed from 2006 on.
Any American money printed prior to 2006 will not be accepted due to excessive amounts of forgery.
Schedules do not generally exist in India so we plan our days loosely always ready to go with the flow.
This generally means what we wanted to do today may happen tomorrow instead or not at all. There are also times when we have to be ready at a moment’s notice to do what was planned for tomorrow in the next 30 minutes.
Please do not make any individual plans to leave the group location or miss a meal without permission from team leader. An agenda will be provided.
To help the students get to know you quickly, we are asking you to put together a power point (5-10 pictures) or a video presentation that you can use to show to a class that will tell your story. We may put you in pairs in the classrooms.
Include your family back ground. What you are doing in school, recreation, sports, employment. Why you wanted to come to Asapalli.
Every day you will spend time in the classrooms with the students. You will be asked to prepare in advance some subjects that match what they are already learning. They have a Christian Education course that you can also teach. You can also use some of the apps that are on the iPad to teach a class.
On the weekend you will be at the school to spend time with the boarding students getting to know them, playing with them, soccer & volley ball etc. Teach computer skills.