Primary and Kindergarten English Teaching

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Work as a teachers assistant and create engaging lessons to teach the children yourself!
Teach children English, improve their speaking abilites and increase their confidence.
Teach other subjects like math, history, geography and envirnmental awareness
Stay in the stunning mountain region at the top of India!
English Teaching in Sikkim, India is a fantastic opportunity to help children to improve and gain confidence the the English language. Teach kindergarten or older kids. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
For our teaching English project in Sikkim, India, you have the choice between teaching older children or working in kindergartens.

This program can help the local children to learn more awareness on the English language, as well as on their environment and health and safety. The focus is to provide the children with an all-round experience, where they can learn a new language which may provide future opportunities, as well as creating a cultural exchange where they can meet people from around the world.
By volunteers coming into the school, the children are exposed to many different cultures and backgrounds, enabling them to increase their social interaction skills and awareness of other cultures. It can also allow the local teachers a chance to learn different teaching methods and techniques.

On this project you will teach basic conversational English and other subjects of your choice to children from different age groups (from 5 years to 16 years). The children may all have different learning capacities, to be prepared to teach a lesson where the students have a range of skills. The project takes place either at regular government, private or community schools for children or at the school in the rehabilitation centre.

You will teach around five classes a day (each class would is about 40 minutes). The school’s tend to have a somewhat limited or dull curriculum, so out of the box activities and creative experiences such as sports, art or games are more than welcome and really appreciated by the children!

You will mainly assist the local teacher and so do not need to have any teaching background, as you will learn a lot from them. You are free to use different methods to teach but you can use the course book as a reference or educate children through conversational and spoken English.

You are welcome to teach other subjects such as mathematics, history, science, geography, computer, technologies, music and other subjects, arts and crafts, different educational games, spoken and conversational English, personal development, environmental awareness, general health and safety and so on. All higher education in India is in English, so it is vitally important that children must learn English to continue further higher education. Helping the children grow in confidence and learn better English can help serve them in many ways.

Classes are from Nursery to Grade 10, it is categorized into four different levels as Pre-primary (kindergarten), Primary (1-5), Lower secondary (6-8) and Secondary (9 to 10). Average numbers in a class are about 25 students.

Kindergarten Teaching
If you choose a kindergarten, you will work as an assistant teacher at one of the many local kindergarten schools. This program helps children in the villages improve their English language. You will primarily teach children English, Mathematics, Arts and Crafts, and games in an informal way.

You may be called upon to help teach drama, music and foreign languages. You will assist other teachers and staff and may have to create teaching plans.

Typical day

Monday to Friday

School runs from 10:00 to 16:00
The duration of each subject is 40 minutes.
Lunch break is normally from 12:33 to 13:33

Kindergarten Teaching
9:33 to 12:00 – Start your day at the kindergarten school
12:00 to 13:33 – Lunch
13:33 to 15:33 -Continue at the kindergarten

Free-time activities

Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice. Our ground operators will help you organise additional trips with special (non tourist) rates which can be paid directly in local currency. As a volunteer you will gain access to local knowledge, opportunities and value you simply would not find if staying as a standard tourist.

Around Sikkim, there are plenty of outdoor activities, such as hiking, old ruins, museums, temples, and markets. 


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
Police check or working with children check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI
3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
1 day orientation
Daily transportation to project
In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
Fundraising support
University course credits (where applicable)
Certificate of Completion
Airport Pickup at Bagdogra Airport
Pakyong Airport, Sikkim (PYG)
Siliguri Bagdogra Airport, Bagdogra (IXB)
Arrival Time(s)
Sunday 08:00 to 20:00
Sunday 08:00 to 14:00

Meet us at a meeting point
Phul Chandra Niwas, Development Area, Brahma Kumari Road, Gangtok, East Sikkim.
Pickup Time(s)
Sunday 08:00 to 14:00
You will stay in a local volunteer centre, where there is a mini library, a dining room, and lounge area where you can relax with the other volunteers. There is also a lovely garden to relax in your free time.

You will stay in shared rooms of 2-4 people per room, with a fan, hot shower, bed linen and mosquito protection included. There is a refrigerator in the house to store food and beverages you may purchase. Water, Coffee, Tea, and Milk are provided at the house also. ATMS and a supermarket are located a 15-minute walk from the volunteer house.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

You will be provided with 3 meals per day during weekdays and 2 per day on weekends. Food will be a mix of Western and Indian food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice per week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport (IXB) in Bagdogra. We assist you to find cheap flights to India.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for India provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in India you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for India.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Program starts every Monday. Arrivals on Sat/ Sun. If arriving on Sat, an extra night is charged.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
11 weeks
12 weeks
20 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$299 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Involvement Volunteers IVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Involvement Volunteers IVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Primary and Kindergarten English Teaching

English Teaching in Sikkim, India is a fantastic opportunity to help children to improve and gain confidence the the English language. Teach kindergarten or older kids.


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