Teach English in the Himalayan Foothills of India.

Location
India
Length
1 - 52 weeks
Age
16 - 60 years
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About This Program

Poor education standards, illiteracy and high student dropout rates are some of the more glaring issues for educational reform in India.

Schools, especially rural schools suffer severe shortfalls in resources and iSpiice volunteers help by assisting local staff and giving lessons in various educational institutions. The most commonly requested subjects for teaching are English and Computers – both which come naturally to most volunteers.

Usually, our volunteers fly into Delhi International airport on a Sunday, where an iSpiice team member meets them and escorts them to our volunteer location in Dharamsala.

iSpiice also offers meaningful travel opportunities in India, including optional week end add-on tours to world's famous sites such as Taj Mahal tour, Himalayan Trekking tour, Adventure Tour in Manali, Jaipur and a 2-day tour visiting Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Highlights

  • Pick up from Delhi International airport at the time of arrival by iSpiice staff member.
  • Transfer to Dharamsala with iSpiice staff member. On off days, hike Dharamsala's snow-capped peaks and lush green valleys.
  • Optional add on trips like Golden Temple, Taj Mahal, Jaipur, Manali adventure trip and trekking in the Himalayas during the weekends.
  • Morning or Evening yoga classes, Walk around the Kangra Tea Gardens. Take trips to the Dalai Lama Monastery.
  • Enjoy projects are in the stunning Dharamsala region of Himachal Pradesh.

Volunteers work on their two preferred Programs per day. For example Teaching English in
the morning and Street Children in the evening.

During the week your days at iSpiice will for the most parts, follow this schedule

 7:30am -Wake up and enjoy a chai.
 7:45am - Yoga class (60 minutes)
 9:00am - Breakfast and work preparation.
 10:30am - Program 1 (2 hours).
 12:45pm - Break for lunch and work preparation.
 2:00pm - Program 2 (2 hours).
 4:30pm - Afternoon chai and work preparation.
 7:00pm - Dinner.
 7:30pm - Relax, go shopping, prepare for tomorrow's Programs.

iSpiice volunteers will have weekends free and time available to participate in Add On Tours.

What's Included
Accommodation
Meals
Transportation
Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

Airport pick up from Delhi airport, all meals, accommodation at volunteer house, transport, teaching materials, local sightseeing, Internet (Wi-Fi), filtered water, morning or evening yoga.

What's Not Included
Airfare
Visa
What's Not Included (Extra)

Airfare, travel insurance and Indian visa.
Spending money for bottled water, snack foods and dining out whilst on weekend excursions.
Add On Tours such as Taj Mahal, Himalayan Trekking, Jaipur + Taj Mahal, Golden Temple and Manali Adventure Trip.

iSpiice Volunteer House and Programs are situated in the villages of Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh (North India). Dharamsala is a region in the Kangra Valley district sitting at 1500m above sea level. Famous for its lush green vegetation, it’s sheltered by the magnificent snow capped Dhauladhar range in the Himalayas. The location is peaceful, beautiful and spiritual – also home to the Dalai Lama.

Our village of Sidhwari is close to Dharamsala town and McLeod Ganj town. Both areas are buzzy with international and Indian tourists - great for shopping, taking yoga classes and eating out.

Volunteers stay at the iSpiice Volunteer House with the iSpiice staff. Accommodation is clean and comfortable with western style toilets, hot running water and access to the internet. We have separate male and female bedrooms and bathrooms.

Hosted by iSPiiCE

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...

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Availability

Two Weeks
$900 USD
Three Weeks
$1050 USD
Four Weeks
$1200 USD
Five Weeks
$1350 USD

Reviews

93%
based on 20 reviews
  • Benefits 9.3
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.2
  • Facilities 9.4
  • Safety 9.6
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Eleanor
9/10

First Indian Experience

My time volunteering with ispiice was my first trip to India, and Asia. I was worried about how I would adjust to living in India but ispiice really helped this transition from when they picked me up from the airport in Delhi. Time at ispiice basecamp and volunteering in the communities made me feel totally immersed in the local culture in Dharamsala from watching bollywood movies to helping out with field work in the local village. It was extremely rewarding teaching the students and helped inspire me to pursue a career in teaching beyond my volunteering experience.

You can read more about my time with ispiice on my blog www.eleanorandtheelephants.blogspot.co.nz

Yes, I recommend this program
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Aanchal
10/10

Great experience!

Choosing to volunteer at Ispiice was one of the best decisions of my life. I got to learn a lot and the people were very welcoming. The food they provided with was delicious and healthy and volunteering always brought joy! Overall it was a great experience!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Aliza
9/10

Wonderful Volunteer Experience

I had a wonderful time! I was really able to connect with my students, the iSpiice staff, and my fellow volunteers. I highly suggest volunteering with a local organization like this one, because they truly understand, and are a part of, the community.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Claire
10/10

Rewarding and Inspiring

My time with iSpiice has been extraordinary. The team are generous and supportive 24/7, teaching street children has been challenging but rewarding and I have seen so many enchanting sights of India.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Barbara
10/10

I LOVE iSPiiCE; I Will Return!

I traveled with a group of ten students to serve with iSPiiCE during January 2012. Upon returning to my university, my supervisor asked me about my experience. I simply replied: "I have returned a different person than when I left."

The staff at iSPiice are simply amazing; they provided for our every need! They were gracious, patient and hospitable. Most of all, they were a fun group of folks to be with. Being 55 I experienced the trip differently from my 20-year old college students, and the staff ensured that all of us grained tremendously and felt engaged. They made certain that we encountered that perfect balance of adventure and support.

I simply cannot say enough about this program, the organizational leaders, and the people I worked with in India. I vow to return!

How can this program be improved?
I wish I had been better prepared mentally for the travel to the program. The flight from the US, the long, long, long train ride (our train took 11 hours getting there), and then a car ride.

Nothing the program could have done about this.

Our return trip was easily because I knew what we would face...and the return train only took about eight hours...such is the way with trains in India.

Other than that, the program itself was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!
Yes, I recommend this program

Questions & Answers

All my living costs were met by iiSpice from Delhi onwards. Meals, travel and accommodation are all in so you only need money for personal spending. I also used my bank card for cash and *buying larger items so that I was not carrying large amounts of money. * I bought some jewelry, stayed in the Tibetan hotel in McLoud Gange overlooking the Tibetan Temple and took advantage of a massage in a...

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