Teach English in Himalayas

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founded in 2010
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Coordinator | Varun
Coordinator | Varun
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High­lights

Pick up from Dharamsala Airport at the time of arrival by iSpiice staff member.
Contribute your ideas and share your expertise. - Playing with children of the community & helping them learn.
Volunteering with children at stunning location of Himalayas, 5 days (Monday to Friday) per week (5 hours in a day)
Optional add on trips - Varanasi Pilgrimage trip, Forts and palaces in Jaipur, Jaisalmer & Jodhpur in Rajasthan, Taj Mahal at Agra, Trekking in the Himalayas and The Golden Temple at Amritsar.
Enjoy projects in stunning Dharamsala region & Meet new people from all over the world and make friends in iSpiice volunteer house.
Inspire students to improve their English skills as a volunteer in India. You will work with our partner institutions and on independent projects in Dharamsala. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs

English teaching volunteers in India work in partner institutions and on independent projects in Dharamsala. Against the backdrop of the Himalayan mountain students our volunteers are inspired to aim high and reach their goals.

Fluent English speakers inspire students to improve their English skills. You will teach them develop interest to better their English speaking. To provide private tuition to students with financial problems, volunteers work in local schools at primary and secondary level.

Schools in villages have less number of students who are always excited to learn. The children appreciate class time with fluent English speakers which makes them want to improve their English skills even more.

Volunteers teaching English do not need to have an in-depth knowledge of English grammar. All you have to do is motivate them to improve and practice their English skills.

For volunteers who hold interest in teaching, this is an opportunity to use your skills in a totally new and different environment. For volunteers with no experience in teaching, this is a chance to enjoy and learn a lot while working with the children of Dharamsala. For your help, study materials for English teaching are provided at the volunteer house, or you can also bring your own resources.

Volunteer Role & Responsibilities:

  1. Teach the basics of English to the children, and Create a playful environment by encouraging children to learn arts and crafts, singing, dancing, grammar etc
  2. As a Teaching English volunteer you will teach students aged between 5 and 15 years old helping with pronunciation and word use
  3. Become a volunteer teacher and inspire kids in India
  4. Make a vital contribution to the education system in India and make a real difference in the lives of local people
  5. Improve the teaching standards  by introducing fresh and exciting ideas
  6. Interact with the local community and get to know friendly Indian Children

Typical day

Volunteers typically work from Monday to Friday for a total of four to five hours per day, on two different placements.Volunteers work two hours in the morning at one placement and two hours after lunch at another placement. You will have time for taking breaks in between for lunch, chai and lesson preparation at the iSpiice volunteer house.

DAILY SCHEDULE

During the week your days at iSpiice will for the most parts, follow this schedule

  •   7:30am - Wake up and enjoy a chai.
  •   7:45am - Yoga class (60 minutes)
  •   9:00am - Breakfast and work preparation.
  • 10:30am - Program 1 (2 hours).
  • 12:45pm - Break for lunch and work preparation.
  •   2:00pm - Program 2 (2 hours).
  •   4:30pm - Afternoon chai and work preparation.
  •   7:00pm - Dinner.
  •   7:30pm - Relax, go shopping, prepare for tomorrow's Programs.

iSpiice volunteers will have weekends free and time available to participate in Add On Tours.

Free-time activities

Weekends and evenings are at your disposal to explore the local area and pursue personal hobbies. There are many activities to enjoy in the area such as yoga, meditation, temple visits and shopping. Program also offers below optional trips while doing volunteering.

  • Two days trip to Trekking in the Himalayas & visit the Mini -Tibet of India – McLeodGanj.
  • Two days trip to Amritsar, visit world famous the Golden Temple & wagha border ceremony. The Golden temple is famous for its full golden dome, it is one of the most sacred pilgrim spots for Sikhs, surrounded by pool of Nectar.
  • Visit the iconic Taj Mahal—India's most stunning homage to love. Agra is most known for containing one of the seven wonders of the modern world - the Taj Mahal. This finest example of Mughal architecture attracts thousands of tourists and visitors, who admire its magnificence and beauty. 
  • Visit the pink city and admire the beauty of Amber Fort, city palace, wind palace, water palace.
  • Sightseeing of Varanasi. On the tour, you will visit some top tourist attractions of Varanasi like River Ganges, Annapurna Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Sankat Mochan (Hanuman Temple), Bharat Mata Temple. 
  • Explore City palace in Udaipur. This majestic palace is the largest palace complex in India.
  • Explore Jodhpur Known as the Blue City, visit one of the most preserved and largest fort of India, Mehrangarh Fort.
  • Visit Chittorgarh Fort – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a symbol of bravery.

Water Sports
Sightseeing
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We are looking for people who are outgoing and friendly with a good sense of fun and who will be able to fully immerse themselves into daily life in the various work areas and the community. It is important that you are able to work off your own initiative when required. An enthusiastic and positive attitude for all volunteers is a must.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by iSpiice
  • Food & Accommodation at the project site.
  • Meet & Greet at Dharamsala Airport & transfer to the project site. (Pick up can also be arranged from Delhi International airport at nominal cost at the time of arrival in Delhi)

  • Pre Departure Information Kit, which has all information regarding your program, work area information, things to bring, immunizations  details and welcome details.
  • Daily private car transfers (to and from work placements) by iSpiice’s drivers.
  • Morning or Evening yoga class (in English) by a local yoga instructor, 1 time per week.
  • Visit to the local tourist sights including tickets– Market visit, Tibetan Monastery and Tea Gardens.
  • Use of iSpiice computer.
  • Material required for volunteer work such as teacher’s workbooks, pens, paper and children’s stories – you may wish to bring educational supplies from your home country.
  • Certificate of service as a reference for your future volunteer programs.
  • Friendship from the wonderful iSpiice team, fellow volunteers and the local community.
  • 24 hour support from the iSpiice team for all kinds of enquiries, questions and onward travel plans.
  • And most importantly – a donation to the community for educational supplies, basic food supplies, school renovation supplies and help iSpiice sponsor local children to get an education
Airport Pickup at Gaggal Airport

There are generally three flights per day from Delhi to Dharamsala. You will need to book the flight at your own expense and inform us of your flight details.

Accommodation

We provide accommodation at the iSpiice volunteer house, with separate male and female bedrooms and bathrooms. The house is comfortable and the location is beautiful with access to all local amenities. Accommodation is very communal – food is eaten together and bathrooms and living spaces are shared. The number of people you will share with depends entirely on the number of volunteers we have in the house, but the maximum number of people in a room is 4. And in case you were wondering we have western toilets and hot water.

As with most Indian homes, there is no washing machine at the iSpiice house. You will have to get used to the Indian way of washing your clothes by hand and drying.

Food & Beverages

Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared freshly and hygienically by iSpiice’s talented Indian chefs. Filtered purified water is also supplied at the volunteer house. We have fabulous cook that make authentic home style Indian food for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day (all of which are included in your Placement Fees). We mainly serve vegetarian food (lentils, vegetable curries, eggs, rice, and Indian breads) but can cater to any dietary requirements if you give us some warning. Our volunteers miss the iSpiice food when they’re back in their home countries.

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 Gaggal Airport (DHM) in Dharamsala. 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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Our programs starts every Sunday. If you are flying to Dharamsala you can arrive any day of the week, we’re flexible. We have however found it’s easier for our volunteers and community if you arrive on the weekend and start work on a Monday.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,100
5 weeks
$1,350
6 weeks
$1,500
7 weeks
$1,650
8 weeks
$1,800
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,400
Average fees
$238 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. iSpiice 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 iSpiice during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Teach English in Himalayas

Inspire students to improve their English skills as a volunteer in India. You will work with our partner institutions and on independent projects in Dharamsala.

$238/week

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