WRITTEN BY: Yifan Shi
A typical day in the life of a teaching placement in Palampur, India.s.
7 am: Get up and do exercise
In January, daylight doesn’t start until 7:30 am and it could be freezing to get up in Palampur. However, the weather could not stop my craving to watch sunrise on the rooftop. It’s breathtaking to see how sunlight hits the Himalayas in the distance.
8 am: Have breakfast
Breakfasts are served Western-style, such as wheat toasts and corn flakes. We bought some jars of Nutella in Delhi and loved having them with banana on toast. We also love the hot chai tea that keeps us warm in the morning.
9 am: Leave and walk to the childcare centre
The childcare centre I work in is around 35 minutes walking distance from our accommodation. So we usually leave early to make sure we do not get too hurried on the road.
10 am: Start working
Normally kids come to the centre at 10. Most of them are only 1 to 3 years old, and barely understand English. We bought some slide books and colouring books in town yesterday and taught them colours and numbers through engaging them in different activities. They were too young to concentrate on learning things so we play games with them a lot in between, such as thumb wars and spies!
1 pm: Finish working
Kids go home after 1pm so after we finish, we would either walk home or take a bus to Palampur town centre to do some shopping.