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.
Volunteers typically work from monday to friday for a total of six hours per day, on three different placements.Volunteers work two hours in the morning at one placement, two hours after lunch at another placement and two hours in the afternoon at the final placement. You will have time for taking breaks in between for lunch, chai and lesson preparation at the iSpiice volunteer house.
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.
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. The original
program offers four Add On Tours at the weekend as an additional extra,
visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, adventure
trip to Manali and trekking in the Himalayan mountains. The summer
program includes tours in India with one weekend free to spend in
If you are continuing travel in India after your Placement ends iSpiice can assist with onward travel, offering advice for itineraries and travel bookings.
There are generally two 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.
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 5. And in case you were wondering
we have western toilets and hot water.
We do not have wifi at the iSpiice Volunteer House. We have access to the internet via a PrePaid USB Modem, which volunteers can use on the shared iSpiice computer (at no cost). You can prepare for your lessons or stay in touch with your friends and family back home. There are plenty of Internet Cafes and Coffee Shops which offer free wifi, near the Volunteer House.
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.
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 two fabulous cooks 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 (dhal, 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.