Experience how the local’s live as you will give classes in local family’s homes. Assist with the children’s reading, pronunciation and English grammar.
The Indian education system is highly fragmented delivering different standards of education to India’s youth. High fee-paying schools are among the elite educational institutions while low fee-paying schools and government schools sit resignedly at the bottom. Low attendance and high drop-out rates are common and when an extra set of hands is needed in the home or to work, children may be taken out of school. Girls are most affected by this and struggling families will choose to educate a son rather than a daughter when faced with the choice.
Volunteers meet the children in their homes and teach one-to-one or perhaps two-to-one (when there are siblings of a similar age). Help the children acquire new knowledge, develop their confidence and show them that learning is fun and valuable to their future. Build rapport with students and tailor a learning program suited to their needs.
Perhaps you will provide English language tuition along with some math, or bring along a lap top to introduce the children to computers for the first time. Hold lessons indoors or out and take arts materials for a fun and creative Friday lesson!
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.
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. 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Renovate day care centres & schools and experience the transformation of the centre and enjoy watching the children’s faces light up as they enter their new classroom.
iSpiice run After School Groups and Summer Camps (for ages 4-16) which are a great way to work with the children of Dharamsala in less formal settings.
We have started an initiative, for volunteers with a professional background in health to travel into rural villages to meet with local families, women and visit centres.
Volunteers work in Child Care Centres in the area of pre school education and provide love, care & a safe hygienic environment for the children to play and learn.
iSpiice has set up women empowerment groups in the community where volunteers are needed to teach english, job skills and computers skills.