I learnt about SILC while volunteering with India Association of Minnesota. As a parent I recognized that SILC is a great place for my kids to learn the Indian Languages and culture. I started formally associating with SILC by enrolling my elder kid. After initial week saw an opportunity for a volunteer social studies teacher position at SILC. I signed-up for the same. My family enjoys all activities at SILC we have seen progress with our kids learning about the language, history, heritage and culture about India. As a teacher at SILC I have seen great progress and involvement of the kids during the yearly Social Studies day. They come-up with awesome presentations and enthusiasm about their topic and the background research they have done about it. I will highly recommend people to consider SILC for learning, volunteering and bonding about the Indian languages and culture.
We were warmly welcomed at SILC when we brought our newly adopted 12 year old daughter there five years ago, and we’ve hardly missed a week since. Our daughter has been able to speak and study her native language while I have enjoyed Indian cooking and Hindi classes and my husband has learned yoga. The whole school is run by volunteers which lends to a vibrant energy and friendly atmosphere. We have all volunteered ourselves in small ways. And, it has been a joy to see our daughter gain enough confidence to volunteer to teach art.
Our family has been part of the SILC family as students, volunteers and board member for the last 4 years. We love the classes, the camaraderie, and the closeness that we share with so many of the other families there. My daughter is now a volunteer teacher at SILC, and my son is not far behind!
School of India For Languages and Culture (SILC) provides an excellent opportunity to twin cities (minneapolis / st.paul) community interested in learning about Indian languages (hindi, telugu, kannada, malayalam, nepali, tamil, gujarati), culture (festivals, dances, food, arts, tabala, yoga, cricket, cooking). At a personal level, it helped me and my kids to stay connected with our roots; and at the same time, gave me an opportunity to share and to teach Telugu language.