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SCHOOL OF INDIA FOR LANGUAGES AND CULTURE
October 17, 2012

I have been a volunteer with SILC for over 12 years and still feels like a new experience every week. You have taught thousands of children and adults to speak, read and write multiple Indian languages, helped them become healthier via Yoga classes, perform Indian dances at various poplar events and of course taught Indian cooking - yummy food tasting for volunteers every week ! You have participated in History Projects and sharing the culture of India with the wider community via talks in Colleges and schools and presentation to Govt. on cultural sensitivities. Thank you SILC volunteers and Board Members for all that you do for "Celebrating and Preserving the Heritage of India in the Heart of America" !

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In seeing the improved language skills of my two children, and their love for dancing found expression with SILC

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them market themselves better. SILC is a very low-profile organization. After 34 years, still not many people, even of Indian origin are aware of it.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Offer tea to volunteers more regularly! Right now it is a bit iffy - if the the volunteer tea maker does not show, there is no tea :-(

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

As a volunteer Board Member of SILC, I learned much about how to lead Non-Profit organization and the kinds of challenges faced by them. As a volunteer Social Studies teacher, I learned a lot more about India's History, Geography and Arts than I had learned in school!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel valued and productive.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & At various times I was the Snacks coordinator, Cooking Class Coordinator, Social Studies teacher, Sub Language teacher, and served on the Board of the School of India for Languages and Culture in various capacities, including as Treasurer, Principal and P.

Video : BIHU (Spring) dance from state of Assam, India

SCHOOL OF INDIA FOR LANGUAGES AND CULTURE
October 8, 2009

School of India for Languages and Culture, popularly known as SILC, celebrated its 30th Anniversary in May 2009! During this time SILC has stayed true to its motto "Celebrating and Preserving the Heritage of India in the Heart of America". SILC is an All Volunteer organization that teaches Indian languages, Socila Studies, Indian Cooking, Yoga, Cricket, Art and has a Pre-School class also. Both my children have been students at SILC for almost 10 years and it has been a great learning experience for the entire family. We also made lifelong friends in the process. THANK YOU, SILC! Thank You SILC Volunteers, you make SILC a GREAT PLACE !

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the lives of my family. My children were never from from their Indian Heritage, what with celebrations of major Indian Festivals, Newsletters, Indian and adopted Indian kids for friends & used to taste Indian food every week as part of the cooking class!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people who run SILC are so without ego. There is no politics at SILC! The only thing people care about is the children and what they learn.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Committed, non-Egotistical, Willing to Help and

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

SILC does not need $10 Million bucks. It is a Non-Profit and its cash flows are structured very nicely to stay within what little fee they charge. The best part is its Alumni is always willing to step in and help when the school calls.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Former volunteer & I used teach Social Studies and help lay out Cookies and Juice for kids during break.