‘Circle of Stories’ is a specially designed programme for adolescents to provide them with an opportunity
to have fun, participate in out-bound adventure by experiencing a rural community, while living in that space to
learn about a completely different lifestyle and reality. This exposure enables them to question and analyse many
aspects of themselves; What are my choices? What are my values? What is my role as a citizen of any community that
I may be a part of [even friends and family]? What are my opinions influenced by? What do I know about friendships
and relationships? What are the issues I’m passionate about?
As part of this immersive process, they learn about themselves, their leadership styles, and what it means to work with others.
This outbound camp camp is customised with the partner institution’s needs and can be contextualized with diverse thematics. Our group size varies from a minimum of 30 students to not more than 80 students at one time. The camp is spread over 3-6 days with a mix of fun, learning, and social action.
The in-turn-ship programme is integrated within school curricula especially for students of Grade 10 and above,
and facilitates an intensive learning journey that aims to not only challenge their comfort zone but simultaneously
learn about themselves and social issues all around them.
The In-turn-ship offers Service Learning, Community Volunteering, and Community Exposure opportunities for institutions keen to offer programmes to students during winter or summer breaks.
This programme is designed with safety and security of students in mind, with a comprehensive risk assessment, child-centric policies in place, and are co-created in partnership with academies. Rubaroo has grassroot partner organizations across the country, where students are placed for a 4-6 week period.
The three phases to this in-turn-ship programme are :
1. The Orientation Camp (OC): Participants begin this journey with a 4-6 day orientation camp in partnership with a grassroots organization in Telangana or Andhra Pradesh, to prepare them for the journey ahead. The OC community is a different setting, and the team of Rubaroo holds varied sessions to explore issues of stereotypes, identities, sustainable development, and the need to be open to learning.
2. In-turn-ship placement: As part of the programme, we place students for a period of 4-6 weeks with grass-root level organizations across India. This exposure component is a reflection of our belief in experiential learning as one of the best ways of learning, which allows individuals to form their own opinions, differentiate facts from fiction, and at the same time, provides the host organization with a helping hand on different projects through specific skills of the student.
3. Debriefing: Post their exposures, students are part of a debrief exercise to share their experiences and the learning that they may have gained, to put them into action for the future.
The Rural In-Turn-ship programme has been integrated within the CAS component at Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad since 2015. 180 students have been part of Orientation Camp processes, and 93 students have been placed through 15 partner organizations across the country.
Get in touch with us to set up the in-turn-ship process within your institution. We would love to discuss how this programme can be designed for students in your Institution.
The curriculum is meant to impart a set of ‘Social, Emotional, Thinking’ (SET) skills to equip the students in this phase of adolescence.
This is a 4-year programme where adolescents explore components of:
c. Community Exposure,
d. Action Project Implementation.
This curriculum also includes tools and life skills of Problem Solving, Creative Thinking, Team building, Exposure to Social issues, and Leadership through Social Action Projects. Each year, the students travel a grade higher in their learning and exploration of each of the SET skills. This programme is run with a duration of 52 hours covered over a year and additional 2-3 days of outbound/exposure visit each year to partner organisations or camp sites.
This programme is built into academic curricula of grades 7, 8, 9, and 10. The components focus on engaging with classroom curricula and contextualizing them with realities around.
Connect with us to integrate this programme within each grade's academic curricula of your academic institution. Run it as a pilot project in the first year, or as a full programme across 4 years.
This programme is designed along with schools to work on specific themes of Gender, Leadership, Civics and Politics, Social Identities, Ecology, Environment, Culture, Economics, Development, Media, among many others. All the issues are designed with students at the core, and building an understanding with them on social issues. This programme also enables students to understand each social issue from a personal lens to analyse the role that they play in either bridging or perpetuating the gap in their communities.
Rubaroo has run this programme with students at Ecolé Mondiale World School, Bombay, as a weekly curriculum where participants explored issues of Identity Based Discrimination through simulation activities in classrooms.
This programme is meant for students from grade 9 and above, and can be customized based on the time that institutions choose to take on. The duration of the programme would range from 16 to 30 hours, spread over a minimum of two months.
This is a year-long programme, where adolescents engage with various components of leadership. These are intensive programmes that are built into the academic calendar with schools. These long-term interventions enable young people to be participants in a journey for sustainable growth. Through this journey, a young person is better equipped to handle real-time challenges, social pressures, and make informed choices.
Over the last 4 years, Rubaroo has run this programme with diverse schools in Hyderabad, especially focussing on issues of Early and Child Marriage. Based on the needs identified by the school, this intervention focussed on reducing dropout rates of girl children in schools to be able to negotiate with their parents to pursue their identified dreams and ambitions.
This programme is run with students from Grade 8 and above, and is customized and co-created with schools and institutions. This 52-hour curriculum is spread across a year and can be run in phases or other durations of engagement, as decided with institutions.