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.
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.
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 Dharamsala.
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.