Before I went to India to volunteer with iSpiice I honestly had no idea what to expect. In my opinion there were three main parts: The volunteering, the travel and the social aspect. The volunteering itself is fantastic I can promise that you will thoroughly enjoy it. Teaching in the school and slums is something that will give you a great sense of achievement, everyday I loved it and the kids are great. The travelling opportunities are also wonderful giving you a real idea of how big and cultured India is with trips to the Taj Mahal, Manali and the golden temple. Locally aswell the area is brilliant, almost every evening I would go on a walk for at least an hour as the scenery was incredible.
Socially the people that run iSpiice are some of the friendliest and most accommodating people I have ever met, also you will get to meet people from all over the world. The camp is lovely I was quite surprised by how beautiful it was and it is a wonderful place to stay. Also I must mention the food, it was fantastic and there is plenty of opportunities to learn the recipes or even cook yourself. With the volunteering you do you will feel like you are truly achieving something. I honestly believe that iSpiice is the best volunteering project especially for the value for money, worth every penny I put into it!!
I could honestly go on for hours about how wonderful iSpiice is, I would say if you’re considering volunteering to teach definitely go and join iSpiice. I was there for a month but I would say if you can, spend longer.
My Personal experience is pretty closely inline with everything already said below in the other reviews. It will be one of the most memorable things you do ever do. You will grow as a person, you will have a chance to make and receive positive change.
However, a major thing not many reviews touch on is how amazing the iSpiice family is and how dedicated they are to the volunteers they support and the community the serve. You can see their purpose in their eyes, thoughts, and most importantly plans. iSpiice is vastly bigger than a volunteer based cultural exchange. As the success of the program grows, the impact it has on the local community can be seen. The numbers of people who get sent secondary school and college increases, the funding to build and run an orphanage become closer to reality, the list goes on and on. And it is hard and timely work, to make a difference. iSpiice knows that, and they are soulfully dedicated to make sure it happens.
It has been a year since I have been at the iSpiice camp, but every time I see a facebook post, my heartstrings are tugged. I will find a way to make it back, and I will continue to support them in anyway I can.
“iSpiice is a great organization and I am thoroughly satisfied with my time there. I really felt I developed a relationship with the children teaching English, and I actually felt I taught them something important and useful. I felt well looked after, and Varun really does all he can to make your stay what you want it to be. Before coming, I was worried about it being too sheltered but I found that there was a perfect balance between being immersed and looked after. The neighboring Norblingka institute and Dolma Ling monastery were added bonuses; Dolma Ling is one of the most beautiful places I have been to. I would recommend iSpiice to anyone looking for volunteer programs in India. ”
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. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants an amazing volunteer experience and wants to enrich themselves through the Indian culture.
“Volunteering in Indiawith 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.”
iSpiice was a great opportunity to teach and learn at the same time. It was beyond rewarding to volunteer in India and give back to a community that was so kind and inviting. 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.”
“I would recommend iSpiice to anyone searching for a rewarding volunteer experience abroad. The program was very well organised and I always felt completely comfortable, safe and like part of the community. Teaching was challenging but deeply rewarding will never forget the children and women we taught English and IT skills to, and it was definitely hard to say goodbye! The included excursions are something you don’t get with other volunteer agencies and I’m so glad 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!”
“I spent such an amazing time within the local community. The Indian families are wonderful; the kindest and most welcoming people I have ever met. In the morning I took care of small children and shared good moments playing with them, bringing some activities: coloring, blocks and painting on the wall, in order to awaken their learning desires and imaginations. In the afternoon I taught computer lessons to wives and mothers from the community, which included lessons in Microsoft Word and Power Point. It was amazing how quickly they learned! Wonderful friendships are built with them so easily and you soon find yourself sharing endless close discussions and moments. I would like to thank Kanta (iSpiice guide) most especially for everything she has shared with me during my entire journey. My last words are for Varun such amazing people. Thanks to them I felt completely at home in iSpiice Camp.”
“iSpiice by far was one of the best experience of my life and I would recommend anyone who is looking for a gratifying, pleasing, satisfying aswell 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. One is given the opportunity to form strong relationship whilst teaching with the community children and school kids who were all very friendly and eager to learn. The feeling I got when the kids smiled and when they progressed in their learning is an extremely overwhelming and rewarding feeling which is very difficult to describe in words. The time spent with the children will definitely stay in my memories forever. At iSpiice I was able to work on my Hindi language which improved over time and make new friends. The program also includes various excursions such as the Golden Temple, Trekking on the Himalayas and visiting the Taj Mahal which are amazing places in India to see. These trips were enjoyed so much. The three weeks that I spent in iSpiice was fun and I did not want to go back home as the time spent there flew so fast. Overall it was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend it to all.
“I spent a month in India with iSpiice and found it a very organised and caring. My accommodation was excellent, l was always accompanied backwards and forwards to work (Child Care, Primary School and young Women’s Business Studies). All pupils were inquisitive and eager to learn. I was 64 years old and just retired and saw some fabulous sites including Norbulinka which is practically on the doorstep and McLeod Ganj Tibetan temple. Go and help, go and enjoy, go and meet some amazing people.” Thank you iSpiice and Varun.
“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. I felt very proud to be part of an organisation that helps to guide and prosper the future of our children of tomorrow. To say that it was rewarding feels like an understatement; I felt something unique. I was embraced with happiness to see how some of the children I taught at the primary school and the community progressed in their reading, writing and pronunciation skills in a matter of simply three weeks. From my time spent with the women and children, I came to realise that not many facilities are needed to make such a big difference. I was also lucky to teach some of the women and children from the community a form of classical Indian dancing called Kathak. This allowed me to create an environment of intellect and creativity. The iSpiice family are so warming, with such generous hearts. The work that iSpiice does for these women and children should truly be respected and applauded. What they have created is challenging, but remarkable.
I recommend this programme to anyone who would like to accomplish trekking the Himalayas, feel a sense a spiritual enlightenment from the Golden Temple and finally gain a great sense of satisfaction from teaching English and IT to the children of Himachal Pradesh. For me, three weeks wasn’t enough time. For anyone who would like to embark on this epic journey, it will prove to be one that is unforgettable, rewarding not to mention challenging but it will be the best time of your life.”
“Volunteering with iSpiice was an experience that will stay with me forever. The iSpiice staff made me feel at home straight away. They became like a second family with their warm and caring nature.”
“The time I spent in India was beyond anything I could have imagined and by far one of the best experiences of my life. I cannot say enough good things about the staff and program. Volunteering with them taught me so much about the country of India, the people, and myself. iSpiice truly changed my life forever.”
“It is hard to explain in words what an experience I had with the iSpiice staff in India. They were our guidance through a remarkable journey. Thank you so much for one of the best experiences of my life.”
“I am so glad to have volunteered with iSpiice and there are many different aspects that make iSpiice an outstanding organization. For me though it is their human factor and caring approach, ensuring the well-being, comforts, interests and work-related activities of each individual volunteer. Staff has put heart and soul into iSpiice and it shows each day, so thank you for all that you have done for me. I know that I have picked the right organization and will always remember iSpiice with love. Thank you to all staff at camp, iSpiice would not be the same without your personal touch and commitment.”