VOICE creates a learning atmosphere that encourage campers to think critically, confidently speak in English, be reflective, apply creativity, and have fun! We believe long term impact comes from learning by doing and connecting content to real-life situations and challenges. VOICE’s unique activity-based curriculum contains core and elective chapters. Our model allows partners to customize content based on the needs of their girls while ensuring all girls get basic information, life skills, and spoken English. This model allows us to adapt to local needs while still delivering a product that can scale nationally.
VOICE has defined three areas of focus for camps: (1) critical knowledge, (2) life skills, and (3) spoken English. These competencies make up VOICE’s camp curriculum.
Critical Knowledge and Life Skills
VOICE’s curriculum model is comprised of core and additional chapters, which allows us to customize camps We have a core curriculum comprised of basic health, safety, rights, and future planning topics along with relevant life skills. Elective topics are adapted regionally, such as Disaster Response for our campers in Uttarakhand.
- Health: Nutrition, hygiene, common illnesses, first aid, puberty, menstruation, reproduction, childbirth, HIV/AIDS
- Safety: dealing with harassment, preventing and coping with sexual assault, support systems, rights
- Future Planning: higher education, careers, fitting skills and interests to careers, financial literacy and budgeting, goal setting and planning
- Exposure: field trips to local corporations, mentor visits from local professionals, community engagement
English Language Teaching and Learning
English communication is a marketable skill that’s widely valued, increasing education and employment opportunities for girls. VOICE enriches girls’ vocabulary and knowledge on grammar structures by integrating English Snapshots into activities, making learning fun and maximizing their participation in activities. English Snapshots also equip girls with necessary language phrases to articulate thoughts and ideas.
Every chapter in the book is structured around three themes: Past Ideas (What We Know), New Ideas (What We Will Learn) and Application (What We Can Do). VOICE curriculum draws on what girls have already learned, introduces them to new ideas, and facilitates application of information to real-life situations. Short homework tasks ask the girls to share camp knowledge with their family and peers.
Tools and Methods
VOICE uses a variety of interactive techniques and low-cost materials to engage campers. Our activities cater to different learning styles, involve a lot of movement, and promote group work, which is lacking in schools. Camp provides opportunities to think critically and make independent decisions.
- Individual, pair, group work
- Puzzles, quizzes, games
- Skits and role play
- Interviewing and discussions
- Dance and songs
- Case studies and stories
- Ice-breakers and energizers