TAFE Community Services students embark on an expedition to India

INAUGURAL JOURNEY: TAFE NSW Community Services students and their teacher Sharna Dean, fourth from back right, are gaining experience in India. Photo: SUPPLIED
INAUGURAL JOURNEY: TAFE NSW Community Services students and their teacher Sharna Dean, fourth from back right, are gaining experience in India. Photo: SUPPLIED

A group of 10 TAFE NSW Community Services students have embarked on a learning expedition to India.

The students from Orange and Bathurst were the first students from TAFE NSW in the Central West to study in India as part of the Outbound Mobility Program.

Along with Community Services teacher Sharna Dean, participants are spending 10 days working with students from remote and disadvantaged areas in India.

They will introduce them to the English language, as well as host a number of social activities."

“The students will immerse themselves in the ways of another country and need to find strategies to work effectively with diverse people who have low-level English skills, Ms Dean said.

“It will also teach the participants about being non-judgmental and the ability to work with diverse people, regardless of their background.”

PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE: TAFE NSW Community Services student Scott Dorin, teacher Sharna Dean and student Kelly Rodwell are gaining community services experience in remote and disadvantaged areas of India. Photo: SUPPLIED

PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE: TAFE NSW Community Services student Scott Dorin, teacher Sharna Dean and student Kelly Rodwell are gaining community services experience in remote and disadvantaged areas of India. Photo: SUPPLIED

TAFE NSW Orange Community Services student Kelly Rodwell said she was excited about the prospect of learning in India.

“I am looking forward to expanding my understanding of differences in cultural diversity and sociology,” Ms Rodwell said.

“I want to learn the differences between Australian and Indian culture in education, religion, along with community experiences and ways of living.

“This is an excellent opportunity provided by TAFE NSW. If TAFE NSW did not offer the Outbound Mobility Program, it is something that I would never have experienced.”