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iSpiice

Empowerment Supporter for Rural Women

Dharamsala, India

NGO | iSpiice

iSpiice has set up women empowerment groups in the community where volunteers are needed to teach english, job skills and computers skills.

Rural women in Asia are among the most disadvantaged people in the world in terms of decision making power and access to development opportunities. Education is the most influential tool to raise the status of women in developing countries, and once a woman perceives herself as belonging to a group – of students or workers (outside the family) she starts to see herself as a worthy and valuable contributor in society. This increases self-worth and paves the way for the eradication of gender inequalities.

iSpiice promotes educational and training activities for women and adolescent girls in the villages of Dharamsala. English teaching, computer classes and job-skills training open doors and increase employment prospects while classes offer a platform for network building and social interaction.

Whether you are teaching English language, email writing or interview skills your time spent with the women will be some of your most enjoyable moments in India. Classes are thoroughly enjoyed and not only do the women learn from volunteers but volunteers learn so much about their daily lives and Indian culture, forming mutual understandings, friendships and fond memories.

Typical day

Volunteers typically work from Monday to Friday for a total of four to five hours per day, on two or three 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.

Details on Arrival

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.

For all volunteers being collected in Delhi, they must arrive on the designated Sunday start dates. Here they will be met at the airport and travel by overnight bus or train to Dharamsala, with an iSpiice staff member.

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 offers four Add On Tours at the weekend as an additional extra, visiting the Jaipur & Taj Mahal in Agra, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, adventure trip to Manali and trekking in the Himalayan mountains. 

If you are continuing travel in India after your Placement ends iSpiice can assist with onward travel, offering advice for itineraries and travel bookings.

Water Sports
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Proficiency in English is required and volunteers should be patient, compassionate, committed and willing to learn.

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

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at iSpiice are happy to help you.

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Services by iSpiice
  • Food & Accommodation at the project site.
  • Meet & Greet at New Delhi Airport, transfer to, and one night stay at the Hotel in Delhi.
  • Pre Departure Information Kit, which has all information regarding your program, work area information, things to bring, immunizations  details and welcome details in Delhi Airport.
  • Transfer by bus or train from Delhi to Dharamsala, with an iSpiice staff member.
  • Program briefing and Hindi lessons on arrival at the iSpiice house.
  • Daily private car transfers (to and from work placements) by iSpiice’s drivers.
  • Morning or Evening yoga classes (in English) by a local yoga instructor, 2 times per week.
  • Visit to the local tourist sights including tickets– India’s oldest fort, Norbulinga Buddhist Monastery and Kangra Tea Gardens.
  • Use of iSpiice computer and internet for work preparation and leisure. (Wi-Fi)
  • 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.
  • Assistance with booking a return trip to Delhi, if you are not doing the Taj Mahal tour or Jaipur tour which includes drop off in Delhi airport.
  • 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. The iSpiice house is only 30 minutes from the airport and one of our staff members will pick you up and drop you off. You will need to book the flight at your own expense and inform us of your flight details.

We will provide a $50 discount to those that choose to fly directly to Dharamsala.

Accommodation

We provide accommodation at the iSpiice volunteer house, a large house in rural Dharamsala, 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.

We do have wifi at the iSpiice Volunteer House. You can prepare for your lessons or stay in touch with your friends and family back home. 

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 when the sun is out.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
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
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 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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$750.00
3 weeks
$900.00
4 weeks
$1,050.00
5 weeks
$1,200.00
6 weeks
$1,350.00
7 weeks
$1,500.00
8 weeks
$1,650.00
9 weeks
$1,800.00
10 weeks
$1,950.00
11 weeks
$2,100.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,250.00
Average fees
$281.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Dharamsala/India between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. iSpiice will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in India.
Deposit (15%)
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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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