Thursday, 26 September 2013

Working in India as an Expat

Ayyappa Pilgrims at the
 Arunchaleswara Temple, Tiruvannamalai, India
(photo by Geraldine Westrupp)
About two years ago I decided to move to India for the next chapter of my life. My two daughters were in college, I was single, and I wanted to travel again. I had been a Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Kenya in the 1980’s and loved the experience.

After much research on the possibility of teaching in an international school (I still have a current license to teach math/science in Colorado), I initially leaned toward working as an ESL teacher in South Korea. (I had taught English as a Second Language in Kenya). I went through the arduous process of getting a work visa from the South Korean government that entailed loads of paperwork and an FBI background check.

At the same time, for a number of reasons, I began to research IT jobs in India. I found my first position as a technical writer in India though a website for technical writers called TWIN.( http://www.twin-india.org/) It bills itself as ‘the single largest community of India-based technical communicators, editors, and language professionals.’ After two months of interviews, I was fortunate to be sponsored and hired sight unseen by my Indian employer for a software training center in an area of Chennai called Ashok Nagar. The visa process was time consuming but once submitted, I received my employment visa in four days from the Indian Consulate in San Francisco.

I subsequently left that position and found another position, again through the TWIN website, working for a multinational company with offices in Chennai and Bangalore. So, if you are looking to work abroad in India, it is definitely possible as a foreigner... but it does take some persistence.

I have written more about my experiences finding work in India in a post from 2012:

http://www.sippingchaiinchennai.com/2012/12/finding-job-in-india-as-expat.html

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

UK Guardian Article on New Delhi RapeTrial

Protesters at a candlelit vigil in Kolkata after
the cremation of the Delhi gang-rape victim.
 Photograph: Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty
World news is abuzz after four men were convicted yesterday in the brutal rape and murder of a young Indian woman last December on a bus in New Delhi, a crime that has stunned and outraged the people of India.

An article was published in the UK Guardian yesterday that is one of the best pieces of journalism I have read in a long time. I found it informative on the economic plight of India's marginalized population and the events that lead up to the night of the brutal gang rape. It looks at the background and family history of both the family of the convicted men and the family of the rape victim. It was difficult to read in parts, so please be advised.

Here is the link:





Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Rain on Opposite Sides of the World

Mt Arunachala, Tiruvannamalai, South India
After a week of record breaking heat in Colorado cooler weather has finally arrived. I have been watching the Tiruvannamalai weather reports as well since it has also been hotter there than normal for this time of year. It looks as if the rains have finally arrived in South India since the faithful weather bloggers of Chennai (billed as 'an enthusiastic group of amateur meteorologists') are posting excited comments on their site. (http://keaweather.wordpress.com/)

Boulder Flatirons, Colorado
Today the high is only 66 degrees Fahrenheit in Boulder (about 18 Celsius). My husband has just arrived from South India recently and is feeling the 'cold'. I am personally enjoying my sweaters that were in storage for two years... immensely.

The mountains west of our apartment here in Boulder looked amazingly like Mt. Arunachala with wispy clouds obscuring the view of the higher peaks this morning after a major thunderstorm last night. Winter weather seems just around the corner on a day like today.