Rural Reconstruction Upper Primary (R.R.U.P.) School was established in 1936 in the village of Ullannur in the southern Indian state, Kerala.  The school was started as part of a rural development effort headed by the late visionary Sri. M.K.Varghese, the first graduate from that village.  R.R.U.P. began as a vocational school with students learning trades such as bee keeping, weaving, poultry farming, book binding, carpentry, and agriculture, to name a few. Following the Second World War, the school shifted to a more traditional education system and remains that way today.  R.R.U.P. is a private school with a current student body of about 50-60 students from low-middle income families.  Unlike schools that charge tuition, R.R.U.P. is free for students to attend, but because of this, it is not an English medium school, which is why the need for volunteer English teachers is high.  In today’s global economy, to obtain a job outside of their small village, a good grasp of the English language is a necessity for the students. The students’ primary language is Malayalam and their English level is low to medium, but they are well-behaved, respectful, and extremely eager to learn.  Come join the welcoming Indian teachers at R.R.U.P. and help make a difference in these children’s lives!

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  1. arathi
    December 2, 2014 at 5:44 am

    I like to be part of this group. How will I contact with you?

  2. Donna Bucklow
    December 26, 2014 at 12:23 am

    I will be in Kerala in January and would love to volunteer (I am a primary teacher from Australia). What do I need to know?

    May 24, 2015 at 6:47 am


    • Daytona Barker
      June 7, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      Yes- more details can be found on the FAQ portion of the website. Please email keralavolunteer@gmail.com should you have any questions after visiting that section.

    • Daytona Barker
      September 10, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      There are more details on in the FAQ section of the website. Please let me know specifically what you’d like to know..

  4. claire brown
    June 28, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Hi I’m trying to trace a girl who my father use to sponsor through world vision many years ago her name is lekshmi nagappan she’s aged between 20-25 she live in a village in Kerala. Many thanks Claire brown

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  6. Noufal Nazar
    January 19, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I just completed my engineering and I’m currently looking for masters in good colleges. So I’m free for a while , is there any help that I can do for them?

  7. ASHA.M
    January 23, 2016 at 8:25 am

    I like to be part of this group.How can i contact you

  8. Arathy Robert
    January 24, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    I’m a MBA student. I would like to help.

  9. Barbara Bennett
    March 6, 2016 at 1:00 am

    I have much experience in teaching ESL, and almost taught in or near Kerala three years ago.
    I will be in Delhi and other major cities in India, and have thoughts of visiting for 1-2 days at your school,
    to teach, share for a few hours and perhaps stay at your facility.
    Thank you.
    From Portland, Oregon

    • Daytona Barker
      July 12, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      Dear Barbara,
      Please let me know if you like to revisit Kerala.

  10. Stephen Fountain
    May 3, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I have been teaching in Thailand as a volunteer for several years, I am thinking of visiting Kerala soon and I thought why break the habit, I normally get the students involved with IT and fix up things like zip wires, and making science projects.

    • Daytona Barker
      July 12, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      Dear Stephen,
      Please let me know if you are still interested to visit Kerala.
      Jacob Cherian

    June 10, 2017 at 7:45 am

    i have completed my 12th grade in Kerala and waiting for my entrance results. there is a 3 month gap for the results. i was wondering whether i could spend that time by working with your group. i really want to share my knowledge with others. i am eagerly waiting for your reply.

  12. Malu
    July 11, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Hi…I would like to work vit ur group..Am a bsc nurse..Preparing fo ielts .How I can connect you..

  13. Shaliha Naufal
    August 2, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Hello I am interested in traveling and volunteering in Kerala for December 2017. Please e-mail me with any 2-3 week opportunities you have.


    Shaliha Naufal

    • Daytona Barker
      November 30, 2017 at 4:33 am

      Welcome to Kerala Volunteer Program. Please complete the application in keralavolunteer.com and submit the application.
      Thanks and regards
      Jacob Cherian

  14. Anusree Vs
    September 22, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Am also interested in this. To join you what I need? At present am an engineering student .

    • Daytona Barker
      November 30, 2017 at 4:34 am

      Welcome to Kerala Volunteer Program. Please complete the application in keralavolunteer.com and submit the application.
      Thanks and regards
      Jacob Cherian

  15. September 28, 2017 at 4:27 am


    We are running as school near In Malappuram, Kerala. And we would like to get some volunteers for teaching at our School. We would like to know if you can help us in this regard.


    • Daytona Barker
      November 30, 2017 at 4:35 am

      We do not have any volunteer at present. We will let you know in future.

  16. Marynor Pacleb
    November 30, 2017 at 1:10 am

    what is the program fee and registration fees?

    • Daytona Barker
      November 30, 2017 at 4:31 am

      There is no program fee or registration fee. Please complete the application in keralavolunteer.com and submit your application.
      Thanks and regards
      Jacob Cherian

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