Contribute towards the Indian Community that is much in need
Partake in volunteer opportunities in India for Individuals, Groups, Couples & Students
Take a tour of the Taj Mahal, offered on the final weekend of volunteering
Take a trip hike the Himalayan Mountain Trek
Visit the Golden Temple on an off day
2 to 12 weeks
iSpiice (Integrated Social Programs in Indian Child Education) is a voluntary social organization which offers affordable Volunteer programs in India.
iSpiice also offers meaningful travel opportunities in India, including optional 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.
What to Expect
Volunteer work includes teaching projects, after school programs and summer camps, women's empowerment, childcare projects, and renovation of local institutions. Volunteers typically work on their two preferred programs each day, from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm on Monday - Friday.
You'll have breaks throughout the day for meals and relaxation. iSpiice volunteers will have weekends free and can participate in add-on tours.
During the week, a typical day will follow this schedule:
7:30 am: Wake up and enjoy a chai
7:45 am: Yoga class (60 minutes)
9:00 am: Breakfast and work preparation
10:30 am: Program 1 (2 hours)
12:45 pm: Break for lunch and work preparation
2:00 pm: Program 2 (2 hours)
4:30 pm: Afternoon chai and work preparation
7:00 pm: Dinner
7:30 pm: Relax, go shopping, prepare for tomorrow's programs
Meet and greet at New Delhi Airport
One night stay at hotel in Delhi
Bus or train transfer from Delhi to Dharamsala
Accommodation at the iSpiice volunteer house
Daily private car transfers (to and from work placements)
What's Not Included
International and domestic flights
Add-on tours such as Taj Mahal, Himalayan Trekking, Jaipur + Taj Mahal, Golden Temple and Manali Adventure Trip.
Housing & Meals
iSpiice Volunteer House and Programs are situated in the villages of Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. This location is known the world over as a tourist destination. It is known for the magnificent scenes, beautiful climate, snow capped Himalayan mountains and tea gardens surrounding the area and being home to the Dalai Lama – he gives public teachings at his temple in McLeod Ganj throughout the year.
Accommodation is large house in rural Dharamsala. 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 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.
I had a wonderful experience volunteering with iSpiice. I was able to make meaningful connections with my students and really felt that I was starting to become immersed in the culture. When researching volunteer programs, I wanted to find an organization that was based in India and run by locals who knew the community, which is why I chose this organization over other, larger ones that run many trips all over the world.
I couldn't wait to return to India after this experience, and luckily was able to study there for a semester in my next year of college. I met some great people - from the students I taught, to the iSpiice staff, to my fellow volunteers.
How can this program be improved?
The only suggestion I have for the program is that it could be helpful if they had more guidelines in terms of the curriculum they want volunteers to teach, or at least resources for teaching older students/students at higher levels. They have a lot of teaching materials appropriate for the younger students, but I had a class with teenagers/adults as well.
The Best Experience of my Life
iSpiice met all my expectations and more. I was supported and well looked after in work and tour activities. Each day I met with eager learners who seemed to get a lot from lessons and interactions with English speakers. Staff at iSpiice are some of the most helpful people I have met and have a real understanding the needs of their volunteers. Not only was iSpiice amazing fun, but it gives the right balance between social/fun and work/volunteer activities. Overall a great programme and a fantastic country :)
i-SPiiCE up your life with a rewarding volunteer trip in India
I volunteered with iSPiiCe in 2012 and I have to admit, it was one of the greatest and most rewarding experiences i've ever had.
Varun and the team at the Dharamshala camp are extremely friendly, exceptionally kind (especially to us sometimes clueless tourists) and they strive to make every experience you have in India safe whilst not sacrificing any of the magic of the Indian experience.
The volunteer work, helping to teach Indian school children english, was tremendously rewarding. The fee's are worth the opportunity to have a gorgeous indian child sit on your lap and recite the alphabet you've taught him.
The sites that iSPiiCE tours with volunteers are immaculate and must sees on anybodies Indian experience. The Himalayan mountain trek ventures to breath taking views. On the Golden Temple visit in Armistar, you can feel the pulsation of Sikh religion in the air, and of course, the Taj Mahal is a beauty unparalleled.
Varun and the entire team at iSPiiCe can most certainly guarantee you a safe, fun and above all else, rewarding, indian experience and I HIGHLY recommend iSPiiCE to anyone considering volunteer opportunities in India.
Michael Adams. Australia.
An outstanding experience
I loved every part of my experience at iSPiiCE. I grew really close to the people I was helping, I learnt a lot from them and their culture and I really had the impression I was making a difference by supporting this community. It's not only what I took from that experience, it's really the impression of having an impact and be useful. I highly recommend anyone who would like to volunteer in India to do it through iSPiice.
best experience of my life
the most incredible experience of my life. i spent a month at ispiice. Varum and Vineet are perfect. good accomodation best moments with volunteers. amazing trips around india with them. i would recommend ispiice to everyone
An highly professional and incredible team
It was an honor and a real pleasure to work side by side with such a professionnal and caring team over at Ispiice. Organized and highly motivated, they were able to build a strong family and a solid infrastucture. Apart from the daily work and encounters, which were incredible, we got to spend week-ends away on trecks or visits with the whole community, and these were unforgettable times.
Thank you again Varun, Ravi and all the other staff for what was an amazing experience.
Once in a lifetime
An amazing experience that I will never forget. This program is truly making a difference to the lives of the people living in the local community. Varun and his team will make you feel at home - the foothills of the Himalayas! As a primary school teacher this experience has shaped the way that I teach today!
Amazing humanitarian experience with Ispiice in Dharamsala
I stayed at the Ispiice center in Dharamsala for one month during the summer 2012. We were a group of 8 French friends and we all learned a lot from this experience. Our day-to-day life consisted mostly in teaching English, Mathematics and the basics of other various subjects to young students.
During the evening, we would gather in the living spaces at the center for a good dinner and some friendly time between volunteers and staff. We learned a lot about Indian culture thanks to members of the staff. They were always attentive to our needs in order for us to make the most out of our experience.
I thank them again today for the experience they enabled me to live.
Help bring some hope to children with iSpiice!
Hi, I'm currently volunteering in Dharamsala for iSpiice. This is now my third week and I'm absolutely loving it. Having volunteered over the last couple of months for other organisations, I was very fussy and was looking for a humanitarian project which focused on improving the lives of families, especially women and children, and integrated the volunteers within the community.
The days are quite full but never dull, and are generally divided between three projects. I currently work, alongside the other volunteers and the iSpiice team, in a day care centre in the morning, and after lunch we help renovate another one: it involves doing some white-washing, drawing letters of the alphabet and generally adding colours in order to stimulate the children and get them accustomed to English words. This is really important as most government buildings for children are quite bare and in need of TLC.
The afternoon finishes with my favourite part, and possibly one I believe to be of the most important aspect of the organisation: teaching children in the slums. Without education, the lives of these children would be doomed, and iSpiice supports the children by providing exactly this, as well as sponsoring them to go to school, and by providing school kits and clothes.
The team here in iSpiice is fantastic. They work tirelessly for the community while looking after the volunteers on a daily basis, from answering patiently all of hour questions, to driving us to the various project locations, cooking us yummy meals, and even organising weekend trips to visit the area and help us make the most of our trip. The house where we set camp is really comfortable and situated at the foothill of the Himalayan range - what better place to relax in the evening and prepare for the next day?
I have noticed a lot of comments regarding the price of volunteering organisations. I have now worked for a few and this one is 100% genuine. The way they use the money is absolutely transparent and our fee covers our food, board, transport from and to the airport and any visits we choose to do. Every other penny left goes to the children in the slums, may it be for school equipment, food, clothes, vaccinations and generally helps with implementing the community programmes set up.
I recommend iSpiice with all my heart, you will have a heart-warming human experience and built some friendships that will last you a lifetime.. as well as help improve young people's lives.
How can this program be improved?
None! Apart from the fact you'll want to move here...
loved this experience abroad!
iSpiice (Integrated Social Programs In Indian Child Education) is awesome! I've spent a month in Dharamsala within this volunteer program. I meet nice people; I've seen wonderful landscapes; I've discovered a country full of history, religion, love to share...The volunteer organism was safe, clean, good atmosphere, friendly...I totally recommand this organism! I taught english and computer skills to women and kids. I will always remember the moments I've spent with all of them...My best adventure abroad ever! Sandra from Paris.
An amazing and worthwhile experience
I had received verbal feedback from a previous volunteer with similar life experience to myself and felt confident that I would be safe on my first visit to India travelling alone.
The guide met me at the airport and we stayed in Delhi for about 12 hours at a hotel, before boarding the bus for the overnight journey to Dharamasala. We arrived early in the morning at the volunteer house and the first day is mainly relaxation/recovery before starting the program the next day.
My days were well structured with day care centre in the mornings, community work (painting new day care centre) in the afternoon, then evening class teaching English to school students.
The staff at the volunteer house provided transport to all work placements and cooked delicious meals each day. The volunteer house was comfortably furnished with hot showers, cable TV and internet access - all set in the most magnificent scenery of the foothills of the Himalayas.
The impact of the organisation was demonstrated by the practical response to disadvantage experienced by local people. Varun (the founder) provides patronage to local services/tradespeople with disabilities, provides food and support to families who are recently bereaved, and organises sponsorship of promising students to be able to continue their education.
I took advantage of the add on excursions and a highlight of my trip was the visit to the Golden Temple at Amritsar.
I thoroughly recommend this organisation/volunteer placement. It has given me the confidence to travel to India again as a volunteer.
How can this program be improved?
A written timetable of the weekly schedule on arrival at the volunteer house would have been useful.
Great Experience, i would sugguest to everyone.
"I highly recommend iSPiiCE Volunteer program to anyone interested in truly understanding and connecting to social issues and cultural values within India. In my six weeks in Dharamsala I was able to interact and learn from the community in ways I hadn't ever expected. Everyone was so open to sharing and learning with the volunteers that I never felt alienated or overwhelmed by the multitude of cultural differences I encountered. The staff were magnificent; always so helpful, friendly, and generous. Their attentiveness and insights were invaluable, especially on the weekend ventures. What made this program so unique for me, was my ability to really connect with the community and push my knowledge boundaries, while still feeling safe and comfortable. Anyone with an open heart and mind will love it!" Volunteer with iSPiiCE was great experience.
How can this program be improved?
About the Provider
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...