iSPiiCE (Integrated Social Programs in Indian Child Education)

iSPiiCE

About

iSPiiCE (Integrated Social Program in Indian Child Education) is a voluntary social organisation that builds partnerships between International volunteers and rural Indian communities. With 80% of India’s population living in rural areas an iSPiiCE volunteer program takes you to the very heart of India, giving you the opportunity to put your hands and heart to use and help those less fortunate. At iSpiice (Integrated Social Programs in Indian Child Education,) we offer many exciting opportunities for you to give something back through teaching programs, childcare, renovations, health services, and more. Safety is a prime concern. iSpiice offers a range of optional add-on tours that you can add to your volunteering package to ensure you get the best experience possible in India. These include trips to the Taj Mahal, Jaipur, Trekking in the Himalayas, Manali adventure trip and visits to the Golden Temple. For more details visit iSpiice website.

Founded
2008
Headquarters

Ward No 6, Maszid Gali
Main Bazar Palampur,Distt kangra
Himachal Pradesh 176061
Himachal Pradesh
India

Reviews

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Bethan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had the best time in India with ispiice, While teaching for the first time was challenging, there were supports both from other volunteers and programme leaders to make sure you were coping ok. I would do it again in heart beat .Varun who runs everything out there was so helpful and a lot of fun he would tell us the best places to go how to get there. I'm already missing spending time with them. India is an incredible place to volunteer as the people are so happy and kind. Had an absolute amazing time, the organisation were very helpful throughout my trip. I would definitely recommend people volunteering through this organisation, the volunteer handbook we received before starting our journey was very helpful as it gave me all the essential information I needed.

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Martin
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have very much enjoyed the street children education programme and have found it extremely rewarding. The children were fantastic, very well mannered, polite, enthusiastic, cut and friendly. The accommodation was very clean with everything that I required. The food was always delicious. The program itself is wonderful, as you get to interact and really make a difference in these children's lives. Coming from a western country, all the little things are so enjoyable, such as cows and goats roaming around in the streets, the colorful trucks, and the bumpy rides back home in an auto rickshaw. I also travelled to Agra, Amritsar and Dharamsala on the weekends of volunteer work. Everything was well-planned during the travel. The volunteer house, the food, the transport, the people, everything is so good. I will definitely return to India one day! I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants an amazing volunteer experience and wants to enrich themselves through the Indian culture.

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Chad
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

“I really enjoyed being here and being an iSpiice volunteer. “I had a very wonderful experience that way exceeded my expectations. iSpiice offers a great mix of volunteer and tourist opportunities – working with the kids was very rewarding as was seeing their eagerness to learn. Initially I was worried about getting sick, but thankfully it wasn’t an issue with iSpiice, or in India overall. ”The resources at the iSpiice camp were very helpful in lesson planning, and discussing lesson plans with the other volunteers was always beneficial. If you’re thinking about iSpiice- do it. You won’t regret it. The iSpiice volunteer programme is truly one of a kind. Not only is it a volunteer programme, but one also gets the opportunity to see some of the many beautiful landmarks of India.

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Barbara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Working with ispiice has been a phenomenal experience. From its mission, to the people who run it, to the Programs we volunteer at. I’ve loved working with all the people behind ispiice because they’re all nice, funny, accommodating and such joys to have around. I’ve loved it all and am so glad to have had this experience. I made so many wonderful connections with the amazing women and children that I taught. Thank you so much for one of the best experiences of my life. I’m so glad I was able to see the Taj Mahal and Golden Temple while volunteering. ispiice changed the way I view India and my home country and taught me so many things I couldn’t have learned from a travel guide.” Overall, my month in India was really wonderful thanks to Varun and ispiice!”

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Estefania
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had the opportunity to work with ispiice and their amazing team of staff in India. It was an experience that I truly treasure, and was one of the best summers of my life. “I never thought that I would be brave enough to go to India by myself, but I am so happy that I did. iSpiice is such an incredible experience – it changes the way you see life and you meet so many amazing people along the way. India is a beautiful, crazy place and once you’ve taken part in this volunteer program you will take all of it’s kindness, adventure and spirit back with you. If you’re thinking about iSpiice- do it. You won’t regret it.” I was able to see the Taj Mahal and Golden Temple while volunteering. Overall, my month in India was really wonderful thanks to Varun and iSpiice!

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Michael Wilder

Michael is a humna services professional and currently resides in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. His professional experience has allowed him t serve children, youth and adults living with chronic mental health and/or intellectual developmental disabilittes in community based servces across the eastern seaboard of the United States. Michael has traveleed and hiked 26 countries and completed projects in Costa Rica, Jordan, Nepal and India.

Why did you choose this program?

There were two reasons I decided on the ISPIICE program. The first is my love for the Indian Culture and the Indian People. I had traveled to India previously and wanted to give back to a community in need of critical services.

The second reason was that ISPIICE has many project areas to choose from and two that I felt would compliment my professional skills were that of working with homeless/street youth and early childhood education in the local daycare settings in the villages.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The ISPIICE Director arranged initial contact in Delhi with an ISPIICE Team member who then coordinated bus transportation and escorted me to the ISPIICE Team Camp/House. This was a 9 hour bus ride to a village near Dharamsala.

The provider arranged for all meals daily as well as transportation to the project sites. The entire ISPIICE Team was also beneficial in assisting me with transportation and information about local places I wanted to visit in my free time.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

FLEXIBILITY! Regardless of which program you choose our which project you may choose, the reality is that the needs of the community and or provider may change before you arrive, or on a daily basis after you arrive. Being flexible may allow you really tap into your hidden resources.

One of my examples from my ISPIICE experience was not only the opportunity to work with the homeless/street youth, but I was asked one day if I could teach a IT class to them. I am by no means an IT wizard but I figured it out and helped further an IT class that today has youth emailing and Facebooking volunteers who have visited. Being flexible allows you to grow more when working on these critical projects.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The ISPIICE team has a well coordinated system between all their projects. A typical week is working in the various projects Monday through Friday and the weekends were free for each team member. Each day usually began about 7am with many team members organizing lesson and action planning for the morning projects.

The morning projects were approximately three hours in length, then a break for lunch back at the team house and then back to planning for the afternoon projects that ranged from two to three hours as well.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it and/or how did your views on the issue change?

I have done four projects across four countries so I am at ease with the experience. On my first project my fear was always about getting lost and there being a language barrier.

What I have found in all my travels is that I know enjoy getting lost, as you will find a new adventure.

There is always someone who will assist, point, or even walk you in the direction you need to go towards to get back on your path to your eventual destination. When I get lost, I explore first then find my way!

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Ilana Weiss

Job Title
Social Media Coordinator
Ilana is passionate about education and travel. She believes social media can peak people's interests, and encourage them to take action.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite memory is getting to celebrate Holi with the other staff members, volunteers, and children! We felt like part of the community and got to experience the holiday authentically.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would volunteer with slum children. The need for English education is great and their need is one of the highest. Though communication can be difficult, the kids are eager and open to learning.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

The company is unique because volunteers are heavily involved with administrators. You have a lot of autonomy in how and what you teach. The staff take a lot of input from volunteers and use it to change and grow.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe transparency and commitment to a mission is the biggest factor in being a successful company.