Teaching English Volunteer Program in India

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Coordinator | Varun
Coordinator | Varun
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High­lights

As a Teaching English volunteer you will teach students aged between 6 and 12 years old by taking basic English classes, talking with students, helping with pronunciation and word use.
Teach the basics of English to the children, and create a playful environment by encouraging children to speck, write and read, work in schools & in community centers.
Have plenty of opportunities to explore the country & boost your credentials with international experience! Learn the value of life as you teach to children from underprivileged communities.
iSpiice Volunteer programs are accessible to everyone who wants to make a difference, through low fees and high-impact projects. Contribute your ideas and share your expertise.
Make a positive, long-term impact on a local community that greatly needs your assistance & meet like-minded people from around the globe and build lifetime friendships.
Teach basic English & basic computer skills to children aged 8 to 16 years old, volunteers work in partner institutions, schools & on independent projects. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs

Volunteer don't need any TEFL qualification or teaching experience to participate in this program. English teaching volunteers in India make learning English fun and inspire students to reach their full potential.  Work in local schools at primary and secondary level, communities of Dharamsala or provide private tuition to students whose families cannot afford quality education & make a vital contribution to the education system in India and make a real difference in the lives of children.

Village schools have small class numbers with students who are keen to learn.  The children value class time with fluent English speakers and it gives them the opportunity to improve and practice English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

For volunteers teaching English, it is not necessary to have an in-depth knowledge of English grammar, and sometimes the secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what you just learnt that morning! 

For those volunteers with a professional interest in teaching this is a fantastic opportunity to broaden your skills in a new environment.  For those without prior experience it will be a learning journey and a rewarding experience working with the children of Dharamsala. English teaching materials are available at the volunteer house and volunteers are free to bring along their own resources.

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.

  • Schedule Example of Volunteer Day:
  • 08:00 AM – Breakfast at volunteer house.
  • 09:30 AM – Prepare for volunteer class.
  • 10:00 AM – Travel to work areas.
  • 10:30 AM – Volunteer work.
  • 12:30 PM – Return to volunteer house.
  • 01:00 PM – Lunch.
  • 02:00 PM – Travel to afternoon work area.
  • 04:30 PM – Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel back to volunteer house or do some shopping.
  • 07:00 PM – Dinner.

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. 

iSpiice Program also offers below optional trips while doing volunteering.

  1. Sightseeing of Delhi City Tour including, India Gate, Akshardham Temple, Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple and much more which are must see tourist places of Capital City India.
  2. Sightseeing of Agra, visit the world-famous Taj Mahal built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan. The Taj Mahal is considered to be one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture. One of the Seven Wonders of the World and famously known as the Monument of love.
  3. Two days weekend trekking in Himalayas at Dharamsala & visit the Mini -Tibet of India, McLeodGanj.
  4. Sightseeing of Pink city of India known as Jaipur which includes visit to historic Amber Fort visit various palaces and monuments on the fort.
  5. 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.
  6. Varanasi, Rishikesh & Haridwar pilgrimage tour 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 & witness a surreal sight of Ganga Aarti on the banks of River Ganges and witness the oil lamp ceremony, as hundreds of lamps are sent floating on the holy river as the sun sets.

Climbing
Concert/
Music
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Safari/
Zoo
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Sports
Swimming
Water Sports
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
Volunteers should be patient, compassionate, committed and willing to learn. We are looking for people who are outgoing and friendly with a open mind.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by iSpiice
  • Pick-up & drop-off from Dharamsala airport by an iSpiice team member.
  • Pre Departure Information Kit, which has all information regarding your program, work area information, things to bring, immunizations details and welcome details.
  • Program briefing on arrival at the iSpiice house.
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared freshly and hygienically by iSpiice’s talented Indian chef.
  • Filtered purified water.
  • Accommodation at the iSpiice volunteer house with wi-fi & electricity.
  • Separate male and female bedrooms and bathrooms (with hot water showers 24*7 and western toilets).
  • Daily private car transfers (to and from work placements) by iSpiice’s drivers.
  • Visit to the local tourist sights including Kangra Fort and Tea Gardens including tickets.
  • Material required for volunteer work such as teacher’s workbooks, pens, pencils, paper and children’s stories – you may wish to bring educational supplies from your home country.
  • Market visit on arrival.
  • Project placement & onsite supervision.
  • Certificate of service as a reference for your future volunteer programs.
  • Visa support and advice.
  • Friendship from the wonderful iSpiice team, fellow volunteers and the local community.
  • 24/7 assistance by in-country coordinator.
  • 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.
  • iSpiice cater to vegetarian and vegan diets. Please let us know in advance if you have any allergies to particular foods.
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

→ Volunteer House is large, clean, comfortable and communal. We have western comforts (electricity, hot running showers, wi-fi, fans, filtered water for drinking and western toilets). You can expect to share a room with one to three other volunteers of the same gender. Volunteers enjoy the shared environment of the Volunteer House – large bedrooms (separate male and female), bathrooms, large living areas for enjoying meals, relaxing and preparing lessons.

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

Three delicious, hygienic and healthy meals are provided each day at the iSpiice Volunteer House. Generally main meals will consist of traditional Indian food like vegetables, rice, Dal (lentils), roti (Indian bread), salad, Paratha, Jam, Butter, eggs, Porridge, Bread, Tea (chai) and filtered water is provided in the volunteer house.

There are small shops nearby to buy soft drinks, snack food, washing powder and basic toiletries. iSpiice cater to vegetarian and vegan diets. Please let us know in advance if you have any allergies to particular foods.

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.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$500
3 weeks
$625
4 weeks
$750
5 weeks
$875
6 weeks
$1,000
7 weeks
$1,125
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,750
Average fees
$198 /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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Teaching English Volunteer Program in India

Teach basic English & basic computer skills to children aged 8 to 16 years old, volunteers work in partner institutions, schools & on independent projects.

$198/week

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