Location
  • India
    • Dharamsala
    • Delhi
    • Himalaya
Length
1 to 24 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
16
Age Max
60
Timeframe
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Groups
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Price Details
1) Pick up & drop off from airport at the time of your arrival and departure.
2) Pre Departure Information Kit, which has all information regarding your program
3) Program briefing on arrival at the iSpiice house & market visit on arrival.
4) 3 meals a day by iSpiice’s talented Indian chef with filtered purified water.
5) Accommodation at the iSpiice volunteer house with wi-fi and electricity.
6) Separate male and female bedrooms and western toilets (with hot water 24*7 and western toilets).
7) Daily private car transfers (to and from work placements).
8) Material required for volunteer work such as teacher’s workbooks, pens, pencils etc.
9) Certificate of service.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Equipment Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
Jul 11, 2023
Apr 01, 2024
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About Program

iSpiice is a humanitarian volunteer organization in India supported by volunteers across the world. iSpiice offers affordable volunteer programs in India for International volunteers. Program includes airport pick-up & drop off, orientation, accommodation in volunteer house, meals, wi-fi, 24/7 support & much more. Our programs feature a combination of volunteering, excursions, and cultural integration. Incredible add-ons available, including a Taj Mahal trip & much more.

Choose from a wide range of trusted India volunteer projects, including
• Teach English to Children in the Himalayan Foothills.
• Women’s Empowerment Program.
• Mini Break Program for 2 weeks.
• Street Children Volunteer Program.
• Summer Volunteer Programs.
• Gap Year Volunteer Programs.
• Dharamsala Community Development.
• Combine Volunteer & Travel Programs in India.
• Program for Child Care Support.
• School and Community Renovation Program.
• Assistant Teaching Computer & Communication Skills.

Consider your impact: Volunteering abroad can be a rewarding experience for both volunteers and local communities, and at Go Overseas, we believe all volunteers should have the resources to make informed decisions about the type of volunteer project they want to partake in. However, despite best intentions, some organizations offering placements in orphanages may unknowingly place children in danger. You can read about the potential dangers of orphanage volunteering here.

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

iSpiice firmly committed to providing full support and inclusivity for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals. Through our programs and initiatives, we strive to create a safe and empowering space that acknowledges, values, and uplifts the unique perspectives and contributions of BIPOC communities. Our organization stands united in the fight against discrimination and is dedicated to fostering an environment where everyone can thrive, irrespective of their background.

LGBTQIA+ Support

We are dedicated to providing our full support for individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community, we strive to create a safe and welcoming space for people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Our commitment extends to promoting equal rights, dignity, and respect for every individual, regardless of their LGBTQIA+ status. We aim to create a world where diversity is embraced and everyone can thrive to their full potential.

Neurodivergent Support

We are committed to fostering inclusivity, we provide steadfast support to neurodivergent individuals. Our programs create a safe and embracing environment, where diverse neurocognitive perspectives are valued. Upholding equal rights and respect, we aim to eliminate obstacles and empower all members of the neurodivergent community to thrive through our dedicated initiatives.

Accessibility Support

With a strong commitment to inclusivity, We offer support for individuals requiring accessibility accommodations. Our initiatives are designed to create an environment where everyone, regardless of their abilities, can fully participate and contribute. Whilst some programs may be more suitable than others, we strive to empower all individuals to engage and excel in our programs and activities.

Impact

Sustainability

We are dedicated to promoting sustainability in all aspects of our work. By embracing sustainable practices, we envision a future where communities thrive, natural resources are preserved, and the Earth's ecosystems are nurtured for generations to come. We are committed to keeping our projects focused on positively benefitting the local communities and environment.

Ethical Impact

iSpiice is committed to providing ethical volunteer opportunities that truly benefit the local communities. We support a small network of Volunteer Programs in India that we have specifically chosen due to their efforts being sustainable for our volunteers and the local communities alike. We work closely with each of our local teams to ensure we are assessing and adapting to ensure quality experiences for all involved.
iSpiice does not provide volunteer opportunities in orphanages in any of our locations. Our aim is to provide the best facilities to our volunteers and also to nurture the host communities in the most effective manner.
We focus on offering alternative childcare volunteer opportunities whereby children come to and from the placement setting each day. In other words, our local teams collaborate with childcare projects which do not offer any form of residential care. These are safe and responsible projects, where participants continue to provide valued assistance supporting local staff. Volunteers, who wish to get associated with our projects, need to follow certain guidelines according to the company policies.

Program Highlights

  • Make a positive, long-term impact on a local community that greatly needs your assistance & meet like-minded people from around the globe and build lifetime friendships.
  • iSpiice Volunteer programs are accessible to everyone who wants to make a difference, through low fees and high-impact projects from $250. Contribute your ideas and share your expertise.
  • Meaningful: You will experience worthwhile and fulfilling volunteer projects serving our local society.
  • Optional add on trips to India's famous UNESCO'S sites including Taj Mahal, Trekking in Himalays, Famous Golden Triangle tour, Varanasi, Haridwar, Rishikesh pilgrimage trips and much more.
  • Volunteering at stunning location of Himalayas, Dharamsala, 5 days (Monday to Friday) per week & help kids build a solid foundation for their future by teaching them English.

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Program Reviews

4.94 Rating
based on 53 reviews
  • 5 rating 94.34%
  • 4 rating 5.66%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • 1 rating 0%
  • Impact 4.85
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.85
  • Value 4.95
  • Safety 4.95
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Emily
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing!

Volunteering at a community center in Dharamsala was one of the most enriching experiences I have ever had. The kids were great and so enthusiastic and fun! It was truly a most gratifying experiences. Since the first day in India the adventure was amazing, the places I went, the people I met, the food, everything was just incredible. I would recommend anyone who is looking for a pleasing, satisfying as well as a real experience of volunteering abroad to go with iSPIICE. The staffs are very warm, friendly and funny and they make feel at home. The project itself was very safe and organized. The time spent with the children will definitely stay in my memories forever. Additionally, the trip to Agra and Jaipur was a blast with the other volunteers in the group. The tours were incredibly informative, and we had a great time seeing the cities. The accommodation at volunteer house was lovely and clean and the food was delicious. I would highly recommend iSPIICE to all my friends considering volunteering in future! Saying goodbye to our students was one of the hardest parts of the trip. I can honestly give positive volunteer in India reviews and recommend iSPIICE for anyone who wants to volunteer in India.

1 person found this review helpful.
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Anita
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Keep an open mind and go!

Keep an open mind and GO! The guidance and preparation resources I received pre-departure were spot on target and the in-country volunteer coordinator was absolutely fabulous! Very passionate and dedicated. I had an absolutely amazing experience in India with the iSpiice Volunteer program. This experience truly made me a better person, taught me new things and has allowed me to see the world differently. I took part in the community development program where it was amazing to see the things you were able to teach them and see how they progressed so much over such little time. The teaching experience was a bit challenging, yet it was worth it.

6 people found this review helpful.
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Harriet
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent Experience!

“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. Varun is so passionate about the Programs that we work at and that passion is contagious – I wanted to work harder to make his Programs a success. I’ve loved it all and am so glad to have had this experience. ”My time volunteering with iSpiice has been 10 out of 10 – great hospitality, Programs and structure.”

17 people found this review helpful.
Response from iSpiice

Thank you Harriet, We are glad that you enjoyed your time with us.

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Romane
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An enriching experience available for all ages and nationalities

Doing for the first time a volunteer abroad as a seventeen years old French girl. I am still learning how to speak English well. Indeed it is really open to every age and different level of English.
Because without knowing exactly how this trip would look like it could be easy to worry about so many things. For example, would communication be complicated ? Would it be hard to be around people that are much older ? or else How to be sure to behave well without knowing precisely the codes of Indian culture ?
And at the end everything was just perfect. Indeed the language doesn’t matter so much because you always find a way to communicate with at least one person who understands English. Also all the people are very present for you if you need anything. Everyone is kind and open-minded. Local people are very friendly and interested in learning and sharing their culture.
So if you might need to take one thing from this review is just to be confident about this program and that will just bring you so much enriching and improving skills.
Ps : In addition to all of that, I really want to mention how enlightening this experience is ! Spending time with Indian people during 4 weeks and being really immersed in their daily life made this trip more memorable because you truly discovered Indian culture. Another thing that is excellent is the different trips we have the possibility to do because they can teach you so much. So I really recommend you to try the trek in the Himalaya and also the visit to the Taj Mahal :)

34 people found this review helpful.
Response from iSpiice

Thank you Romaine ji for the review. It has been such a great time with you in the program. We hope to see you soon in Dharamsala.

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James
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Have an impact, and be impacted

There are two parts to the program I did. The first is the day-to-day in a rural Indian Village in the Himalayas. From Mon-Fri you will spend 4 hours a day teaching, playing, and impacting people in the community, for the rest of the time you can explore the mountains, the different cities (30 min from Dalai Lama and Daramsala), or just relax and take in the peaceful ambience of the private volunteer terrace.

The other part is the excursions, of which they offer many. From the Ganges to the Golden Temple and the Himalayas to the Taj Mahal, each one can touch your soul in a different way.

Lastly, to me, the good hearts and good minds of the people here make this a great choice of program to truly experience India.

Pros
  • Flexibility
  • Excursions
  • Hospitality
30 people found this review helpful.
Response from iSpiice

Hi James,
Thank you for writing such a great review for us. We hope to see you again in near future in our program.
Best Wishes from India !

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Annika
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Worth every bit!

I spent two weeks volunteering with community children and women through iSpiice and it was an incredibly enriching experience.
Viki, the host, is a wonderful person, cooking homecooked meals every day with homegrown ingredients from the surrounding fields. His wife Bindu and son Kitu are two extremely kind-hearted and bright people - making you feel at home at the volunteering site, their home. The village is small, tucked away in the mountains, away from the hussle of a city and tourists. The walk from the campus to the volunteering site is a gorgeous 15min walk through the rice fields. It creates for an intimate experience with the nature around, the kids, the community, the food, and the culture. You don’t feel like a tourist here. You live the life of the people in the village - simply, peacefully, and seasonally.
The trekking weekend was a definite highlight of my time. Despite the fact that we went during the off-season (monsoon) and were soaked for the entire hike with most of the view covered in mist, the entire experience was so much fun. We had a great guide, and the view from the camping site once the sky cleared up was breathtaking and worth every millimetre of sweat and rain! The food (dinner and breakfast) cooked by the guides was absolutely delicious. (See photo)
I finished my time with a trip to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. Definitely worth the trip!! The hotel had a view of the Taj Mahal and it was only a 5min tuktuk ride away from the mausoleum. The whole trip was super well organised - I felt safe and guided the whole way!
Wish I could stay longer but I’m so grateful for this enriching, inspiring, and spicy experience. :)

Pros
  • Safe
  • Away from the city - intimate, personal, local.
  • Add-on excursions
41 people found this review helpful.
Response from iSpiice

Hi Annika Ji,
Thank you for writing such a great review for us. The review will be very helpful for our future volunteers.
We hope to see you again in near future in our program.
Best Wishes from India !

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Eliana
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience with iSpiice

Volunteering with iSpiice was an amazing experience! I spent the weekdays of the first two weeks teaching kids and women English grammar, and I've learnt so much from this trip. Teaching and playing games with the kids was so much fun and brought a light to each day.

Not to mention the amazing opportunity to visit many landmarks throughout northern India. Seeing many famous monuments has been absolutely brilliant, online photos don't do them justice!

I'll remember this trip for the rest of my life! Thank you Varun and iSpiice for making me feel comfortable during my entire trip here, it's been wonderful!

Pros
  • Opportunity to see different cultures
  • Being able to teach and meet new people
  • Great travel destinations / See famous landmarks
46 people found this review helpful.
Response from iSpiice

Thank you Eliana ji, We are glad that you had a great time:)

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Erika
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience!

Volunteering for iSpiice was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. From the moment you step out of the airport everything is looked after and the staff at iSpiice make sure you are comfortable every step of the way. Volunteering with the kids and the community classes was an immensely gratifying experience. Volunteering in India with iSpiice was more than a service experience- it impacted my perspective on the life that I live. We were welcomed, respected and trusted and I would absolutely return to volunteer if that is where my life takes me.”I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants an amazing volunteer experience and wants to enrich themselves through the Indian culture.

59 people found this review helpful.
Response from iSpiice

Hi Erika, Thanks for your review! It was great to hear that you enjoyed your time on the program and it sounds like you had an awesome experience. We would love to have you volunteer with us again in the future!

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