English Teacher for Street Children

founded in 2003
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SMILE language Teaching Project is an effort to teach foreign languages to underprivileged Children from Street and slums. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Do you like to help SMILE NGO to bring a smile to the most neglected children living in kolkata ,India?

The project

This project is all about bringing smile to all underprivileged refugee kids. Providing informal basic education like english teaching ,hygiene, basics, organising entertainment program, food distribution for these children under SMILE Happy Home Project (A Non Formal School  for destitute refugee children)  would be the main target of the volunteers. SMILE Society ( Situational Management & Inter Learning Establishment Society) is a registered Non profit working for these underprivileged communities around the state of West Bengal since 2003.

Most important target of the project is to bring smile among these children. Volunteer would use different way of informal education technique to present a unique and attractive way of education programs for these kids. Most of these kids speaks local Bengali /Hindi language but they are very smart and intelligent.so teaching them with the support of local coordinator would not be so difficult, just little bit of patience and involvement can solve this problem easily. 

Volunteer work

All volunteers would go through orientation on arrival and  local language session during this period . There would also be a workshop every evening when volunteers would prepare the next day lesson plan of action. Volunteers would also help local coordinator in other activities like giving  food distribution, organising drama, story telling and entertainment games for the children. Whole camp would be run under the supervision of very experienced local project coordinator. Saturday and Sunday would be free days when volunteers can take rest or tour around the city or near by places. 

More over if anyone get a chance to live with the local host family then that brings extra bonus to any traveller. It helps to learn the culture, tradition, language while staying within the normal people of the society. Living on any hotel can never give any traveller such wide scope to know the society and communities as a whole. SMILE society always tries to give international volunteers a big scope to know about the local communities and understand the family environment. Smile Society (ngo) had started their activities since 2003 ! 

Volunteer would be given responsibility of a small group 2-4 children at a time and this number would be flexible so as the children. We also hope volunteer would help the children to speak English and prepare a Lession plan for individual kids. Education level varies a lot. Normally there is no need of supplies to bring for the class but if anyone wish to bring any education supplies for children is fine. 

The location:

Madhyamgram (8 km from Kolkata Airport). It is a suburbs with all facilities, transportation, shopping places. A peaceful place than centre of the city. 

Typical day

Example Daily Schedule: 
Wake up early morning: 9am

Breakfast: 9:30 am (self service)

Work: 3-4 hours during week days (Teaching street children between 3-14 years & Manual services like painting, cleaning classroom etc.) 
late afternoon: 3pm - 5 pm (local language class and lesson planning session for next day) 

Dinner: 7 pm ( volunteers required help themselves in serving ,washing )

After 7:30pm exit door would be closed. No one allowed to go out or come in the accommodation after 7:30pm everyday including weekends.
9:30 bed time
** Please remember that programme schedule or project site can be changed or altered by the Project In-charge if required and all volunteers are requested to cooperate with our local members and partners. All schedule should be followed and mandatory for everyone to participate and contribute **

Free-time activities

 An amazing country with full of culture and tradition. Interesting people ! Explore the country with exciting diversity. Kolkata, the city of joy was known before as Calcutta since the colonial time. This ancient city was used to be the capital of British colonial period. This city has full of heart ,people are basically belongs to the middle class. There are also rich and poor people all around. City Kolkata is know for its busy traffic, huge population, warm welcome and poverty around the street corners! It is a great place to visit for every tourist coming to India. Kolkata( itself is a great tourist place with its historical value ) is well connected with many famous and attractive tourist places during weekends ...


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 (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
English teaching at High school level
Required Documents
CV, passport and background check report
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Flexibility, patience, hard work
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00

What's Included

Services by SMILE Society, India
Living Cost includes:- 3 times local food, shared dorm room at local host family,public transportation (train/bus ) to and fro project and  accommodation,Airport pickup on arrival, drinking water , local coordinator support at every project,2 days orientation , work shop training ( Mon-Fri) , Pre departure orientation , emergency support ,local language training on arrival orientation also included.
Airport Pickup at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport

Airport pickup available n arrival between 6am-6pm. Volunteers arriving after this time are requested to find their own hotel around airport and meet at 6 am next day I front of Airport gate 4A. Volunteers can also stay at Airport lounge for that night and meet our staff in the morning.

 Dormitory basis in host family/school building as per available on arrival ( on cot with mattress/on floor with mattress, 2-10 volunteers in one room) shared accommodation (normally male & female separate room). You will get accommodation till 6 pm on the last day of your camp.We are unable to provide you any accommodation before or after these dates. Please arrange your own accommodation in case of early arrival or late departure .You are requested to meet our representative at the meeting place on exact time given above. If you arrive early then you can have your stay in any of the different hotels available nearby Airport, within 2 -3 km .on the road popularly called as V.I.P road. You are requested to take any cab to check in any of these hotels. If you arrive at earlier night then you are requested to stay inside the airport terminal and meet at the next morning with our representative at 12 noon. 

Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Food: You will get 3 times local veg food from host family as per available on arrival. Please do not expect any kind of special dishes (veg/non veg) or cold drinks or special living room or air conditioned room during your term. You are requested to get ready for a simple and challenging li
Internet Access
Limited 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 Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport (CCU) in Kolkata. 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

Volunteers are welcome anytime of the year.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
11 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$119 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. SMILE Society, India will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with SMILE Society, India during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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