Fellowships at Taktse

Every term, we welcome Fellows from all over the world to experience and participate in our hybridized model of education. We are looking for bright, engaging and humble minds and souls that thirst for creative education, deep connection and shared self-discovery.

Taktse International School is both an ideal and idyllic location to teach and learn, to be and to reflect. After familiarizing yourself with our school mission, we encourage you get in touch (below) and learn more about becoming a Taktse Fellow. 
 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 



Sherry Dickstein, MD

Taktse Fellowship Coordinator

Who are we looking for?

​At Taktse, we are looking for passionate and sensitive people to help us build and sustain this amazing community of life-long learners in the Himalayas.Being a school that uses innovative teaching methods set against a traditional background, we encourage critical thinking, freedom of expression and self-reflection and are looking for the same in our fellows. ​Our students are not bound to rote memorization--we pride ourselves in finding the balance between knowledge and joy. Learning is important, but it is also fun; learning builds confidence and joy.​At Taktse, we are looking for fellows who can share our warm community and add to the joys of learning. We are looking for independent, responsible fellows who have backgrounds in teaching and travelling. We are looking for creative fellows who can, not only pass knowledge onto our students, but also support our teachers. We are looking for role models who embody our mission, consultants who can help us grow, and teammates who can help us win the student-faculty soccer game.​There is no set caricature of our fellows--we encourage any and everyone with a passion for adventure and education to apply. For more information on who we are looking for, please reach out to our list of past fellows. They are super friendly and open to questions!  



 

What can you expect from us?

​Our students and staff are acquainted with and appreciate the constant rotation of fellows. Both students and teachers are eager to learn from fellows, and eager to make new friends. With only 250 students and 60 staff members, Taktse is a very small community. Everyone knows each other, and everyone cares for one another. We welcome fellows with open arms and hearts, and within a few days, you can expect to be treated like family. You can expect us to find the best possible fit for you at our school, and you can expect us to push you to the limit of your abilities.​We want to learn from you, but there is also a deeply rooted culture at Taktse that we would love to share with you: a culture you will help form by simply being here. The fellowship is a chance for you to discover your love of learning, a chance for you to create new educational pathways for yourself and others, and a chance for you to grow in many different ways.  



 

When do our fellows come?

On the applications section below, you will see three different applications: one for undergraduate summer fellows, one for gap-year fellows, and another for fellows that do not fall into either category. We encourage our summer fellows to stay for seven to eight weeks, and our gap-year fellows to stay for a whole semester. All fellows must stay a minimum of at least 6 weeks.​The Taktse school year runs from February to December, with a 10 day summer break at the end of June and two single week breaks in Sept./Oct. (dates change with the lunar calendar). We take our fellows on a rolling basis--at any given time, there may be anywhere from two to eight fellows at the school, depending on matched needs. 



 

What Will They Do?

Depending on your strengths and experiences, we will place you in different jobs once you have been accepted to be a fellow. You will either be a teacher's aid in different classrooms, teaching your own classes, or helping with administrative work. On the application and during the interview, there will be opportunities to voice your preferences.

 

 ​After the first few days at Taktse--after familiarizing yourself with our students, teachers, and staff--you will meet with the Fellowship Liaison to refine your schedule, tasks and projects at the school. We expect all of our fellows to be open to change, to be flexible. Our mission is to mutually learn from each other, and we ask our fellows to understand the constantly changing atmosphere of the school and local culture. It will be challenging...it is supposed to be.



 

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Please read over the criteria for our different applications carefully and the criteria for all, at the bottom of the page. For all categories, please first fill out the online application and submit a mandatory $25 application fee (except Returning Fellows and Resource Professionals and Special Visitors). Once we have received your application, someone from our fellowship board will contact you to schedule an interview. Depending on your location, the interview will either be in person or through Skype.

Best of luck on the application process, and feel free to contact us with any questions! 

Criteria for all

1. Please bring a suitcase full of resources (books, games, DVDs, etc). This may cost you $150 as extra baggage depending on your airline (please check with them: international and domestic)

2. Please bring 3 of your favorite books: one children's, one early chapter, and one young adult/adult or teacher resource (be prepared to talk to students about these books and why they are AWESOME)

3. 2 games (board games, computer games, etc)

4. Pictures of your life to share with the students and teachers

5. 1 issue of your favorite magazine

6. One piece of technology to leave at the school

 

Resource Professionals & Visitors

Criteria:*​

1. Minimum stay of at least 3 weeks

2. Be medically cleared with your physician to travel in the Himalayas

3. Be enthusiastic, passionate, and ready to embark on a wonderful adventure!

 

Before completing the application, please keep in mind that the form will ask you to upload:

1. Your medical record or self-signed note.

2. A physician's note clearing your travel to the Himalayas

3. A cover letter stating your interests in visiting and helping at Taktse

4. Your resume

 

Please proceed [here] to access the application!

 

 

Undergraduate Summer Fellows

Criteria:*

 

1. Minimum stay of at least 7 weeks

2. Enrolled in college

3. Be medically cleared with your physician to travel in the Himalayas

4. At least 18 years of age

5. $100/ week to cover basic food and lodging costs

6. Be enthusiastic, passionate, and ready to embark on a wonderful adventure!

 

Before completing the application, please keep in mind that the form will ask you to upload:

1. Your medical record

2. A physician's note clearing your travel to the Himalayas

3. A cover letter stating your interests in the fellowship

4. Your resume

5. 2 Essays

Please proceed [here] to access the application!

 

 

Gap Year Fellows

Criteria:*

 

1. Minimum stay of one semester (February to May, June to August, or September to December)

2. Be a high school graduate

3. Be enrolled in college but on leave 

4. Be at least 17 years of age

5. Be medically cleared with your physician to travel in the Himalayas

6. $100/ week to cover basic food and lodging costs

7. Be enthusiastic, passionate, and ready to embark on a wonderful adventure!

 

Before completing the application, please keep in mind that the form will ask you to upload:

1. Your medical record

2. A physician's note clearing your travel to the Himalayas

3. A cover letter stating your interests in the fellowship

4. Your resume

5. 2 Essays

Please proceed ​to access the application!​

 

 

 

Application deadlines

​Taktse has begun instituting application deadlines for Resource Fellows. There will be occasional exceptions to this. Applicants who apply early will be given priority and there are rolling admissions. If the positions have not been filled, for any time period, applications will be accepted at any time.

 

 

 

Returning Fellows and Visitors

Criteria:*

1. After approval of your return visit, stay as long as you can...it is so, so awesome you are coming!

2. No application fee, no food and lodging fees, just get back over here...we miss you.

3. This category is intended for individuals who have already received their college degree.

 

Before completing the application, please keep in mind that the form will ask you to upload:

1. Your medical record

2. A physician's note clearing your travel to the Himalayas

3. A cover letter stating your interests in returning

4. Your updated resume (updates in BOLD)

 

Please proceed to access the application!

 

 

Resource Fellow Groups

We have noticed that groups that come to teach are different from individuals. One aspect is the reflecting on the different experiences, the common ones at the end of the day. Another is the critical mass that a group represents in encouraging or cultivating the school (or some subset) in a certain direction/project, etc. There is incredible power in both of these aspects that makes the small group experience powerful.

 

Time: Groups must commit to be at the school working for a minimum of three weeks. This means that the trip will be at least four weeks in length for groups.vAny group that would want to come, would come only with someone affiliated with the school. If you are applying as a group, each individual should fill out the appropriate individual application in the previous list.

 

Size: Maximum of 4

 

Purpose: The group needs to fulfill a need of the school, identified by the school or proposed by the group and accepted by the school. The projects undertaken must be completed in the time that the group is there.

 

Funding: The group must be fully funded. If the group comes together, the transport from IXB to Sikkim will be paid by Taktse. If the group comes at various times, there will be extra charges for the extra cost of transportation to Taktse. Sightseeing and tourism arrangements should be made privately.

 

Preparation: The group leader must prepare the group. All individual applications, tickets, insurance, etc. will be handled by the group not Taktse. The group leader is responsible for getting all documentation to the Taktse Resource Fellow Coordinator.

 

Other: We ask that all visitors bring and pay for an extra piece of luggage filled with books and educational items.The group proposal should be made and submitted in advance. Once the proposal is accepted, the individual applications can be submitted under Resource Professionals.

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Taktse International School is a project of the Marion Institute

Taktse International School, P.O. Box 90, Gangtok, Sikkim, India 737101 

Ph. No: 011-91-3592-237081, 237139, 237390

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