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Himalaya Teaching Assistant

We need volunteers who can help students by teaching them English vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and speaking skills.

Program Introduction

The program is a community school that helps the local children to motivate, empower and educate through learning. It is situated in the village Gojra, Khaknal of tehsil Manali in the Kullu district. The school is up to middle class standard and serves around 200-400 students from age group 3 to 16 in mixed genders. The major problem of the school is that the teachers in the school are not well versed in English, especially in pronunciation and grammar, so the students don't have the chance to learn good English. Until now they can only understand a little bit of English and speak in a very wrong accent with wrong pronunciation. We are in need of volunteers who can help the students by teaching them English vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and speaking skills. Some other tasks can be helping in evening classes for adolescent girls, adult education and women education as well.

Activities
  • teaching English (tenses, grammar, speaking, pronunciation, introduction and making bio-data etc.)
  • teaching mathematics (according to the standard of the students, class-wise syllabus)
  • English lab, math lab & illustrative activities of teaching
  • helping the teachers in completing the syllabus
  • helping the students in completing the home-work
  • problem-solving sessions with students
  • encouraging the girl child education in the school
  • helping the slow learners
  • group-discussion sessions with the students & teachers
  • teaching the students about hazardous effects of tobacco chewing, smoking, intoxication etc.
  • other activities initiated by the individual volunteer

Volunteer Trip Itinerary for the Himalayas:

Pre-Departure Assistance & Booking The Trip

Once your application form is submitted with the questionnaire and we found you suitable for the program, our team will contact you for depositing the program fee. Then, once our bank confirms the receipt of your fee, we will initiate the documentation process regarding your trip. You will get assistance in booking your flights, applying for your visa, informing yourself about needed vaccinations and insurances, packing for the trip and other essential things.

Information about the Himalayan Programs, Host Family & Activities

In the evening our local Aii Group coordinator will conduct an orientation session for the volunteers to introduce the Himalayan program information, host family details and other activities you can do on weekends like skiing, trekking, sightseeing, river rafting, banana boating, kayaking, mountaineering, camping, bike renting and a lot of things that the Himalaya offers. After this orientation session you will stay in the guest house for the night.

Observation Day, Program Visit & Meeting the Beneficiaries

The next morning your visit to the program is fixed. Your first day will be an 'observation day' at the program area. The coordinator or any Aii Group staff will arrange a visit to the programs we have, to have a sense of environment and working conditions. The volunteer gets to know all the other volunteers who are working there already and can have a little chat about their findings and suggestions to start with. The local staff and you will meet the beneficiaries with whom you are going to work. The local programs are real and they really need volunteering assistance and care. This is an important day for the volunteer to observe the program and to see that where they fit in and what skills they possess to help on the program, because the next day will be your first volunteering day.

Program Completion

The last Friday of your volunteer program will be slightly different and fun-filled. Take group pictures, selfies and show your gratitude towards the Aii Group staff and other volunteers for the cooperation, affection and support. You can also arrange a small party with your host family at the last day and spend some emotional moments. Meet all the friends you made during your stay and thank them for your time together. On the last evening of your program in the camp, we will celebrate it with some candles, balloons and cakes. This will be like a thanksgiving session to you from the Aii team for your time, efforts and dedication. Then you will be free to do your own activities.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

Typical day

In the Himalayan programs you stay either in a host family or a guest house. Most volunteers choose to stay with a Himalayan host family. 

So your day starts with a knock on your door to have the bed tea. Then, after freshening up, you will be gathering in the dinner hall for the breakfast with your family members and then you will leave the house for the program by walk. 

Most of the programs are located on mountains and you can reach them by walking to the connecting roads. The programs are mostly in a 1 kilometer area. 

After reaching the project you will meet your supervisor, ask for the daily schedule and start your work. You can teach till the school closes. If you want to stay longer you can help and arrange evening classes in your host family for the local neighbours as well. 

In the evening you can have a cup of Himalayan tea with your host family and take a short walk after dinner. This is how your volunteer day looks like. 

Details on Arrival

Flight Information & Updates

By the time our team will take flight information from you. It is the responsibility of the volunteer to inform us via e-mail about the flight details, carrier, date and time. In case there is any delay or sudden change in the flight schedule it's the volunteer's duty to inform us immediately. We will share our Whatsapp contact number for instant contact. Once we get the details of the flights we will transfer the details to Aii Group India team for arranging your pick-up from Jaipur Airport. Please notice that all India program volunteers must arrive in Jaipur only. From here after orientation & Jaipur sightseeing they will be transferred to the Himalayas by an overnight train or bus.

Transfer to the Himalayan Program Placements

The very next day or the same observation day (as time allows and arrangements are done) you will be taken to the train station or bus station with the other volunteers, who have chosen a Himalayan program, for the journey of 14 hours to the Himalayan programs that are based in the Manali district. Our local team will arrange tickets and book seats for you to sleep in the bus or train comfortably. After an overnight journey you would reach the Manali bus station or railway station.

If the volunteer can pay for the flight tickets additionally to avoid the 14 hours journey, we can book flights to the Bhuntar airport (close to Manali). The expected flights prices vary from 80-100 Euros.

Pick-up from Manali Bus Station or Railway Station

Once you arrive in Manali at the bus station or railway station, our local coordinator will be there for your pick-up. From here you will be transferred to Gojra village where all our Himalayan programs are based on the mountains, around fountains and natural landscapes likes rivers etc. After reaching the village you will check-in in our volunteer guest house for rest and the orientation session. Here you will be provided with meals. 

Drop at Manali Bus Station

Your last day in India! You will have enough time to pack your bags and to write a feedback followed by a one minute video feedback session. Now you are free to roam around in the local market to shop souvenir for your friends and family if you have enough time left for the bus to Delhi. In the evening our local coordinator will drop all the volunteers at the Manali bus station for your transfer to Delhi for catching your flight back home. The bus will be booked by us and from here on you are on your own. Say a final goodbye to the team members and here your journey ends with a lot of memories and life lessons. Namaste!!


Attention: After reaching the Delhi bus station, take a taxi or a tuc tuk to Delhi Airport directly or, in case you should need any assistance, contact the local coordinator. If you also want to travel Delhi, we can arrange your hotel accommodation and Delhi sight-seeing.

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 (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at Highschool level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

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

Free-time activities

The project location is Gojra village, situated in the beautiful mountains of Manali in the Himalaya region. The Himalaya region is also known as Himachal Pradesh. 

On weekends you can choose to visit the beautiful mountains and vallies. The most famous trips can be the Shimla excursion, the Kullu sight-seeing, Dharamshala, Darjiling, Leh-ladakh and others. You also can choose to make a combinations of travel destinations. The entire region is beautiful as heaven. 

Every traveler who comes to visit the Himachal region always comes back for the fun, adventure and excitement. Here you also can do adventure activities like river rafting, skiing, mountaineering, para-gliding and a lot more. If you want to book any excursion or adventure activity, please inform us before your arrival. So that the arrangements can be done in time. Due to the very high number of footfall in Himachal, it is generally a good idea to book in advance.

Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Included Services

What's included?
  • pre-arrival assistance
  • pick-up & drop-off only at the Manali bus station (once you booked the program we will communicate about everything and will book the buses on your behalf from Delhi to Manali)
  • orientation about programs, country and rules 
  • accommodation (tri/dual sharing in a service apartment or host family)
  • all meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner: authentic Indian meals)
  • English speaking project manager on program to assist
  • emergency assistance (if required)
  • travel support in India 
  • certificate of volunteering
  • cultural week activities: Henna painting, Indian dress workshop, yoga in the Himalayas
  • Manali sight-seeing (Manali market, temples, natural fountain, Solang valley etc.)
Airport Pickup at Indira Gandhi International

  • Airport pick-up from Jaipur International Airport
  • Airport drop-off at Jaipur International Airport

Accommodation

During the program you will be staying either in the volunteer guest house or in a Indian host family. That depends on the availability of places. You will be contacted by our staff concerning the accommodation.

Guest Family Camping
Food & Beverages

During the program you will be getting all meals included in the program fee. The food will be breakfast, lunch & dinner. It will be authentic Indian food. If you want to prepare your own food in the volunteer camp, you are welcome to do so. Everything is there to cook.

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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$750.00
5 weeks
$850.00
6 weeks
$950.00
7 weeks
$1,050.00
9 weeks
$1,250.00
11 weeks
$1,450.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$2,750.00
Average fees
$151.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Manali/India between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. AII Group 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 AII Group during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in India

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for India. Please check the visa regulations for India.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in India and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in India.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in India.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International (DEL) in New Delhi. 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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in India you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for India.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in India while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Himachal Pradesh 175131, Manali, India

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