About Kerala Volunteer

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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!

  5 comments for “About Kerala Volunteer

  1. Wafa Khan
    August 16, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Hi i am interested in being a volunteer online English teacher (from Australia) for these school children

    • Daytona Barker
      September 10, 2015 at 3:16 pm


      You can submit the application or email keralavolunteer@gmail.com with specific questions.

      Thank you,
      Daytona Barker
      Co-Founder, Kerala Volunteer

  2. Matt Draper
    May 14, 2016 at 4:52 pm


    I’m a Non-Resident Citizen of India, currently living and working in New Zealand as a Software Developer. I am interested in being a long term volunteer at R.R.U.P. Do I submit an application as per your standard procedure?

  3. John Black
    October 16, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Dear Daytona Barker,

    Are you still looking for volunteers to teach English? I ask because there seems to have been no activity on your website since Sept 2015.

    • January 9, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Good morning,

      We are always looking for volunteers. Please submit your application through the “Volunteer” tab to be considered.

      Thank you!

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