Summer Volunteer Programs in India Location: Dharamsala Project Duration: 2 to 12 weeks

Summer Volunteer Programs in India.

iSpiice organises some of the best summer volunteering opportunities in India for people who want to try something different and use their skills to improve the lives of rural people. While the Indian economy is growing rapidly at the moment, there are still millions of underprivileged women and children who are yet to benefit from the country’s recent economic boost.

That is why organisations like iSpiice work hard to provide support and education to some of the most poverty-stricken people in the country. Join us this summer, and take part in one or more of our programs that start every Sunday and run for between two and twelve weeks.

India has a rich history, and it’s home to some of the world’s most impressive architecture and ancient sites. So, people who decide to volunteer with iSpiice will encounter many opportunities to help local families while also tickling their cultural taste buds. We arrange add-on tours for volunteers who want to take part that will ensure you see the sights and sounds of the country and visit all those essential tourist spots. If you wish to travel to the Golden Temple in Amritsar or the Taj Mahal in Agra, arrange your booking through our team. We also offer trekking tours through the Himalayas and much more. The iSpiice squad understands that volunteering is the most vital part of your trip, but we also know how to help you unwind on the weekends.

Our volunteer programs are open to students, couples, individuals, and anyone who feels they can bring something to the table. You will have the opportunity to join hands with local Indian people and learn more about their way of life while teaching them new skills that could help to improve their prospects. Some of our most popular projects include:

Volunteers just need to consider which programs appeal most to them and then contact us for more information and bookings. When you arrive in India, an iSpiice coordinator will meet you and take you to the volunteer house that will act as your base during the visit. You will then receive a full schedule of your activities, and our staff will drive you to and from each placement to ensure your time spent in the country goes as smoothly as possible. If you encounter any stumbling blocks or you have any issues along the way, there is always someone on hand to offer advice and support. We employ professionals with a lot of local knowledge to ensure they can deal with any problems promptly and efficiently.

All we ask is that all volunteers have a good command of the English language and a willingness to learn new skills. You need to have excellent organisational skills and lots of self-motivation to ensure you make the most of your experience. Cultural sensitivity is a must, and we love welcoming enthusiastic people into our organisation. Just don’t make the mistake of treating our volunteer opportunities as a holiday. There will be lots of time to see the sights and relax or unwind, but when it’s time to work; you need to give it your all. The Indian people you meet along the way are welcoming and thankful for your assistance. So, be sure to try your best to offer any help and support you can. Our staff will always point you in the right direction.

Whether you want to spend two weeks or three months volunteering in India this summer, iSpiice provides some of the best opportunities anywhere in the world. We have long-established programs that make a real difference to Indian women and children, and we’ve already helped to improve the lives of many hundreds of people. Join us, and let’s spread the love together and get these people the education they deserve.

For more information about our volunteering opportunities in rural India, inquire via this site or give us a call using the details on our contact page. There is always someone around to answer questions, alleviate concerns, and set the record straight. Regardless of your background; you have the potential to change the course of many lives along with our team at iSpiice, and we’d love to help you along the way. Some people spend their summer lazing around on a beach getting a suntan – others want to do something a little more worthwhile.

Download iSpiice Volunteer Information booklet for an overview of all the details you need during your summer volunteer India Placement.

VOLUNTEER REVIEWS

I can't recommend this program highly enough! Thanks to iSpiice, I had an unforgettable experience in India this fall. iSpiice is doing incredible work by finding ways to help their local communities, and I feel honored to have been a part of their program this past fall.

VOLUNTEER TASKS
  • Teach independently or with a partner
  • Work in schools, community groups or one-to-one
  • Be a role model for the children
  • Raise awareness of the need for regular schooling
REQUIREMENTS
  • Proficiency in English language
  • Organised and good planner
  • Enthusiastic
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Highlights

    - Landing in a new country is exhilarating but it can also be a little unnerving; with this in mind, volunteers are collected from Delhi International airport at their time of arrival in India, transfer to Hotel in Delhi and then to Dharamsala (Project Location) with iSpiice staff member.

    - iSpiice Dharamsala program is available year-round, starting on every Sunday.

    - iSpiice also offers meaningful travel opportunities in India, including optional week end add-on tours while volunteering 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.

    - Partake in volunteer opportunities in India for Individuals, Groups, Couples & Students.

    - We’re close to Dharamsala town and McLeod Ganj town which is a home of Dalai Lama – he gives public teachings at his temple in McLeod Ganj throughout the year.

    - Explore a piece of the vibrant, historic Himachali culture by getting to know the people, the food, and the language of a hill station in the Himalayas.

    - Three times meals per day and free wi-fi at iSpiice volunteer house.

    - Visit to the local tourist sights including tickets– India’s oldest fort, Norbulinga Buddhist Monastery and Kangra Tea Gardens.

    - Certificate of service as a reference for your future volunteer programs.

    - Morning or Evening yoga classes (in English) 2 times per week and much more.

  • Safety of Volunteers

    Safety is a priority at iSpiice. We understand that it is often peoples first time visiting India and with this in mind volunteers are collected from the Delhi International airport at their time of arrival in India. The program coordinators are always ready to help and give helpful safety tips. During the first day of the orientation, you will be given safety guidelines and will be informed about do's and dont's. iSpiice take care of all in country travel arrangements and weekend excursions to Agra (TajMahal), Jaipur, Amritsar (Golden Temple) and Himalayan trekking are escorted by iSpiice staff. As with travel to any new country, safety does require some attention for example volunteers should take care of personal belongings and stay with the group when on day trips and excursions.

  • Our Services to Volunteers

    - Meet & Greet at New Delhi Airport, transfer to, and one night stay at the Hotel in Delhi.

    - Pre Departure Information Kit, which has all information regarding your program, work area information, things to bring, immunizations details and welcome details in Delhi Airport.

    - Transfer by bus or train from Delhi to Dharamsala, with an iSpiice staff member.

    - Program briefing and Hindi lessons on arrival at the iSpiice house.

    - Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared freshly and hygienically by iSpiice’s talented Indian chef. Filtered purified water is also supplied at the volunteer house.

    - Accommodation at the iSpiice volunteer house, with separate male and female bedrooms and bathrooms (with hot water and western toilets).

    - Daily private car transfers (to and from work placements) by iSpiice’s drivers.

    - Morning or Evening yoga classes (in English) by a local yoga instructor, 2 times per week.

    - Visit to the local tourist sights including tickets– India’s oldest fort, Norbulinga Buddhist Monastery and Kangra Tea Gardens.

    - Use of iSpiice computer and internet for work preparation and leisure. (Wi-Fi)

    - Material required for volunteer work such as teacher’s workbooks, pens, paper and children’s stories – you may wish to bring educational supplies from your home country.

    - Assistance with booking a return trip to Delhi, if you are not doing the Taj Mahal tour or Jaipur tour which includes drop off in Delhi airport.

    - Certificate of service as a reference for your future volunteer programs.

    - Friendship from the wonderful iSpiice team, fellow volunteers and the local community.

    - 24 hour support from the iSpiice team for all kinds of enquiries, questions and onward travel plans.

    - And most importantly – a donation to the community for educational supplies, basic food supplies, school renovation supplies and help iSpiice sponsor local children to get an education.

  • Duration

    iSpiice volunteer programs are available for 2-12 week duration's however we welcome volunteers who wish to extend the volunteer period beyond the pre-determined 2 weeks to 12 weeks options. The program starts on every Sunday, which are joined by participants from many countries.

  • Skills & Education Requirements

    There are no specific educational requirements for our programs (except those in health care) and anyone with a heart to help is welcome! Proficiency in English is required and volunteers should be patient, committed and willing to learn. In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.

  • Location

    Our Indian Program is located in Dharamsala, in the Kangra Valley district of Himachal Pradesh. Dharamsala is a famed tourist destination offering magnificent views of the snow covered Dhauladhar peaks, pine forests and tea gardens. Full of life yet also peaceful, Dharamsala offers the perfect destination for volunteer work in India. And not surprisingly, His Holiness the Dalai Lama holds residency in the area.The region, despite its natural beauty is cut off from main stream development and is in much need of developmental assistance in both materials and human form. The rural communities we assist are set in the green valleys at the foothills of the Himalayas and the family background of the children are mixed, with many coming from farming communities in these areas.Arriving in Himachal Pradesh is like stepping into another world. With its remarkable natural beauty, breathtaking scenery, serene natural environment and friendly, beautiful people; many wonderful and rewarding experiences and exciting adventures await and during your placement iSpiice will ensure your involvement is both memorable and enjoyable.

  • Work Commitment

    Work occurs each day in the morning and afternoon with a break in between at iSpiice camp to take lunch and prepare afternoon lessons. Typically iSpiice volunteers work for 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Evenings and weekends are free, however if volunteers wish to take up extra curricular activities optional workshops are arranged for groups of older children with a focus on English, basic IT skills, or other educational/creative subjects of interest as appropriate. Following afternoon work activities volunteers may also take up renovation and decoration of their various work places in schools or daycare centers, this would involve mostly clearing, cleaning, white wash and decorative painting.

    During the week your days at iSpiice will for the most parts, follow this schedule: 7:30 am – Wake up and enjoy a chai.

    7:30am – Wake up and enjoy a chai.

    7:45am – Yoga class (60 minutes) two times in a week.

    9:00am – Breakfast and preparation for your class.

    10:30pm – Program 1 (2 hours)

    12:45pm – Break for lunch and preparation for class.

    2:30pm – Afternoon chai and preparation for class.

    3:00pm – Program 2 ( 2 hours)

    7:00pm – Dinner

    7:30pm – Relax, go shopping, prepare for tomorrow’s classes

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

  • Flights

    Flights are not included in a program fee and should be arranged to arrive at Delhi airport on the fixed Sunday start date between 12:00 am (midnight) and up to 02:00 pm Sunday afternoon. Depending on the arrival time, you will be picked up by our iSpiice representative and escorted to the hotel in Delhi. Return flights should be booked for the Sunday end date of your program any time after 2:00 am (early morning). Further clarification shall be available upon booking. Once your flights have been booked, please contact: info@iSpiice.com and let us know the following: Delhi arrival date: Delhi arrival time: Flight number: Travel insurance policy number:

  • Insurance

    Insurance is not included in the price of your volunteer program, due to individual preference of cover. Insurance cover should be adequate for the nature and duration of your trip. All insurance cover details should be submitted to iSpiice for our records at least 1 week prior to departure. All travelers should visit either their personal physician or a travel health clinic at least 4 - 6 weeks prior to departure.

  • Arrival in Delhi

    Before Arrival • Read all guideline Information and have it with you for easy reference. • Ensure your visa and passport are in order and that you have received the necessary immunisations. • Change some money (about $100) to Indian rupees and inform your bank that you will be travelling to India to enable ATM cash withdrawals. On Arrival Depending on your flight arrival time, you will be met at the arrivals lounge of Delhi airport, by our iSpiice representative displaying an iSpiice placard. We will be keeping track of your estimated time of arrival so don’t worry if your flight is early or delayed; we will still be there to meet you when you arrive! As extra reassurance here is the number to call in case of an emergency – 09805401998. • Once collection has been made you will be taken to the hotel in Delhi and depending on your arrival time, you will sleep overnight or rest before departure to iSpiice program location on the Sunday start date. Please note that you may be sharing your hotel room with a fellow volunteer. • Further clarification of arrival details is available upon booking.

  • Accommodation

    All accommodations are included the program fee and volunteers occupy shared rooms and bathrooms. While allowing for personal space, iSpiice base camp comprises a large communal and recreational area for volunteers to prepare lesson plans, watch movies and relax. On Friday evenings volunteers often congregate here to enjoy a beer and unwind after the working week.

  • Meals

    Three meals per day are provided at iSpiice base camp, breakfast, lunch and dinner and kitchen facilities may be used for making snacks and tea/coffee.One or two vegetarian dishes along with rice or flat bread would be a typical evening dinner, with the self-service method allowing for individual choice. Whilst using Indian flavors in the cooking, iSpiice will not make dishes too spicy. Additional chilies are available for those who do like it hot! Volunteers should notify iSpiice upon booking if they have any special dietary requirements. Specific dishes and ingredients can be discussed with the manager and chef upon arrival.Dining outside of the iSpiice arrangements is not included in the package, but volunteers are able to visit local restaurants at their own choice and the meal charges are relatively cheap.

  • Access to Services

    Phones:

    Before departure set up roaming on your mobile phone to enable international calls. Alternatively after arrival you can purchase an Indian SIM card, you will need 2 passport sized photos and a copy of your passport and Indian visa and call rates are much lower than in other countries. Local internet cafes provide international phone call services.

    Internet:

    Internet facilities (Wi–Fi) are available at iSpiice base camp and internet cafes located nearby. These will also be useful for help with lesson planning.

    ATM (cash machines):

    ATM machines are available in all visited locations throughout your project. Food in house, accommodation and general transfers are included in the cost of your program however you will need some additional spending money for personal expenses and the occasional restaurant meal. ATMs are the most convenient way to access funds throughout your stay.

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