Educational Programs

Communities Rising provides out of school programs in the underserved rural villages of the Villupuram District, of Tamil Nadu, India. We focus on Tamil, math, English and computer education, and also have classes in music and art.

Our innovative On Target curriculum is designed to close the gap between our students’ learning levels and grade levels. The program focuses on targeting learning outcomes, ongoing professional development for our teaching staff and regular assessment of our students on both a formal and informal basis.

Our Resilience Initiative is a combination of social and emotional learning, character development and training in the practice of mindfulness. The object of the program is to provide our students with various problem solving skills and decision making strategies that they can use to address they challenges they face living in severe poverty. We believe that by helping our students to develop a mindfulness practice they will be better equipped to face the stress in their lives.

Both the On Target and Resilience Initiatives were introduced in June 2014. They are a direct outgrowth of an impact study conducted in partnership with the University of Delaware. The study showed that like most rural Indian students, our students’ learning levels are about 3 years behind grade level. In addition, the majority of our students exhibit symptoms of PTSD, caused primarily by violence in their homes and villages. These initiatives are designed to address these issues and further data will be collected through ongoing surveys of CR and other area students.


Volunteer and Internship Programs

Communities Rising’s provides short-term volunteer opportunities and long-term internships working with our programs in India. Anyone over the age of 16 is welcome. Short-term trips are generally two weeks in length, and are scheduled during school holidays and summer months. Interns teach in our educational programs and stay from 2 to 6 months.

Read more about our service learning programs.