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  • Minimum Stay 3 Weeks: Extra week/weeks available if you want to extend the duration of the Volunteer program.
  • Availability: All year-round – Program starts every Sunday from Delhi at the time of your arrival in India.
  • Requirements: Age 17+, Open mind with flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
  • Program Type: Combine Volunteer & Travel Program & includes pick up & drop off from Delhi International airport.
  • Accommodation in Volunteer house with other volunteers.
  • Volunteering Certificate: Offered after program completion & references (on request).

 

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Volunteer & Explore India

Explore India while you engage with a volunteer program. Traveling internationally is more than packing your bags and getting on a plane. Being a smart and savvy traveler requires preparation and research. At home, where you’re familiar with the culture, language, and laws, getting a flat tire or losing your debit card can be nerve-wracking. Imagine the same scenario in a Country where you may not speak the language and are unfamiliar with the legal and cultural norms. It is your responsibility to educate yourself before you go. You don’t need to have all the answers, but you should have all the resources to know what to do and who to call in certain situations? This iSpiice program is specially designed for the volunteers who want to visit the country for first time alone, so just book it with iSpiice and we will take care of the rest. Volunteer program is perfect for the participants who are looking for combine volunteer & travel programs in India for a short duration. (Minimum stay 3 weeks, volunteers can extend the program duration if they prefer). Program includes sightseeing of India’s best places, (Please check below mentioned itinerary) pick up & drop off from Delhi International airport, accommodation in volunteer house with other volunteers, hot running showers, wi-fi, with 3 meals everyday & much more. Our staff member will be with you throughout the whole program. Program runs throughout the year due to high demand among volunteers.

Program gives you the opportunity to do volunteer work with childcare programs, community children, street children or with women empowerment program. (Volunteers can choose volunteer programs according to their personal preference). Volunteers can teach basic English & computer skills (Typing, Microsoft Word, excel, writing skills, CV writing, job application, interviewing skills, Internet, grammar, vocabulary, email writing and etc.) Organize fun games for them that involve drawing, singing, dancing, and other creative educational activities.

Program includes sightseeing of below places in India. (Please check below 3 – weeks itinerary what to expect?)

Please check below Itinerary what to expect?

Day 1 (Sunday – Arrival in India)

Here is a sample itinerary of what you might expect to see and do during these 4 weeks. (Meals – NA)

Pick up from Delhi International Airport at the time of your arrival in India by an iSpiice staff member displaying an iSpiice placard & transfer to a hotel in Delhi.

Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi after your long flight to India. (Hotel accommodation is included in price). Please note that you may be sharing your hotel room with a fellow volunteer of same gender (2 volunteer in one room). There is an additional fee for a private room which can be booked prior arrival to India. We usually request our volunteers to book an arrival flight to India on Sunday any time of the day.

(Pick up timings are available whole Sunday AM TO PM).

(Meals - NA)
Day 2 (Monday – Delhi to Dharamsala) 9 hours by AC Sleeper Train / AC Volvo Bus

(Meals – NA)

After Breakfast, your coordinator will discuss your program itinerary with volunteers. Check out and get ready to witness Delhi including, India Gate,

Jama Masjid, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Parliament house, Mahatma Gandhi Museum & much more which must see tourist places of Capital City India. Later we will transfer you to Dharamsala by AC train/AC Cab.

 

For your snacks/refreshments during the train/bus journey, we suggest buying packed snacks before you board the train/bus or to buy food onboard. Your Program Coordinator will brief you about the same.

Day 3 (Tuesday- Dharamsala) Orientation & Volunteering in Dharamsala

Enjoy your breakfast at volunteer house with other volunteers and take part in a small session of orientation.

Volunteering will start today programs include, Teaching English, Childcare, Teach basic, computers skills (Word, Excel and Paint, typing skills), women’s empowerment and much more. Evenings are free to explore local area.

 

(Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 to Day 6 (Wednesday - Friday) Volunteering in Dharamsala

(Meals –Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 & 8 (Saturday- Sunday) Trekking in Himalayas (2 days, 1 night)
  • Depart Saturday morning in a vehicle arranged by iSpiice and travel to McLeod Ganj where the trek begins.
  • Trek comfortably for 5-6 hours, stopping for food and plenty of photos whilst passing donkeys and local shepherds along the way.
  • Once at the top enjoy the stunning mountain scenery, relax, watch the sunset, eat dinner and warm up by the fire before retiring to the guesthouse or tent.
  • Wake up and watch the sunrise early on Sunday morning.
  • Eat breakfast, pack up your belongings and begin the descent.
  • Arrive in McLeod Ganj for lunch at local restaurants and explore the area. (Lunch not included in the cost).
  • Travel back to iSpiice Volunteer House. (Sunday Evening for Dinner) with iSpiice team member. Private vehicle will be provided by iSpiice.
(Meals –Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 to Day 13 (Monday- Friday) Volunteering in Dharamsala

(Meals –Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14 & 15 (Saturday - Sunday) Free weekend to explore the area.

Day 16 & 17 (Monday - Tuesday) The Golden Temple Trip/5 hours by cab
  • After Breakfast, we will transfer you to Amritsar, reaching Amritsar by lunchtime the city of the famous Golden Temple. Upon arrival at Amritsar, check in at the hotel arranged for you.
  • Explore the local market and drive to the Pakistan border to experience the famous Wagha border ceremony in the early evening.
  • Be wowed by the Golden Temple at night (the building, the lights, the prayers, the live music and of course the people). Visit the temple kitchens and food halls feeding thousands. Overnight stay at hotel.
  • Tuesday morning after breakfast, we will transfer you to the train station in Amritsar from where you will be boarding an air-conditioned train to Agra.
(Meals –NA)

 

Day 18 (Wednesday ) Agra

Upon arrival in Agra, check in at the hotel arranged for you. Free time to explore the area.

Overnight stay in Agra.

(Meals –NA)
Day 19 (Thursday) Agra

Thursday Morning visit the world-famous Taj Mahal built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan. The Taj Mahal is considered to be one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture. One of the Seven Wonders of the World and famously known as the Monument of love.

After a memorable visit to Taj Mahal, back to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast enjoy markets of Agra and later check in at the Hotel and relax for the day.

Overnight stay in Agra.

(Meals – NA)
Day 20 (Friday) Jaipur (AC Train - 4 hours)

After reaching Jaipur check in to the hotel. Later visit to historic Amber Fort. Visit various palaces and monuments on the fort and visit the charming Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds – Photo stop only), Jal Mahal (Palace of water) & colorful markets of Pink city. Check in at the Hotel and relax for the day. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

 

(Meals – NA)
Day 21 (Saturday) Jaipur to Delhi

Transfer to Delhi with an iSpiice staff member to catch your departure flight reaching Delhi same day and drop off to Delhi International airport to catch your departure flight or extend your volunteer program.

We usually request our volunteers to book a arrival flight on Sunday to Delhi international airport any time of the day and book a departure flight any time on final Saturday after 08:00 pm.

Please share your arrival and departure information with us: info@volunteerindiaispiice.com

(Meals – NA)

Volunteer Requirements

  • Volunteers must be 17 years or older.
  • You must have an open mind for working in a new and different environment.
  • We don’t require you to have any specific qualifications or experience.
  • All you need is the desire to help, a willingness to learn, and the motivation to succeed. We believe that volunteering opportunities should be open to everyone.
  • You need to speak English of basic level.

Volunteer Role & Responsibilities

  • Teach the basics of English to the children, and create a playful environment by encouraging children to learn arts and crafts, singing, dancing, grammar etc.
  • As a Teaching English volunteer, you will teach students aged between 10 and 15 years old helping with pronunciation and word use.
  • Teach low income and vulnerable women to overcome difficult situations by giving them tools through education to improve their quality of life.
  • Spend some quality time and contribute for the overall development and welfare of unfortunate children.
  • Make a vital contribution to the education system in India and make a real difference in the lives of local people.
  • Improve the teaching standards by introducing fresh and exciting ideas.
  • Volunteers can assist in providing love, care, basic literacy, recreation and most importantly spend time and shower affection on them.

Typical Schedule For Your Day

  • 08:00 AM – Breakfast at volunteer house.
  • 09:30 AM – Prepare for volunteer class.
  • 10:00 AM – Travel to work areas.
  • 10:30 AM – Volunteer work.
  • 12:30 PM – Return to volunteer house.
  • 01:00 PM – Lunch.
  • 02:00 PM – Travel to afternoon work area.
  • 04:30 PM – Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel back to volunteer house or do some shopping.
  • 07:00 PM – Dinner.

Volunteer House & Travel Pictures

→ Volunteer House is large, clean, comfortable and communal. We have western comforts (electricity, hot running showers, wi-fi, fans, filtered water for drinking and western toilets). You can expect to share a room with one to three other volunteers of the same gender. There is an additional fee of $100 per week for a private room which can be only booked prior arrival to volunteer house. Volunteers enjoy the shared environment of the Volunteer House – large bedrooms (separate male and female), bathrooms, large living areas for enjoying meals, relaxing and preparing lessons.

→ Three delicious, hygienic and healthy meals are provided each day at the iSpiice Volunteer House. Generally main meals will consist of traditional Indian food like vegetables, rice, Dal (lentils), roti (Indian bread), salad, Paratha, Jam, Butter, eggs, Porridge, Bread, Tea (chai) and filtered water is provided in the volunteer house.

→ There are small shops nearby to buy soft drinks, snack food, washing powder and basic toiletries. iSpiice cater to vegetarian and vegan diets. Please let us know in advance if you have any allergies to particular foods.

What’s Included?

  • Pick up at the time of your arrival in India from Delhi International airport & transfer to a pre-booked hotel which we have already booked for you. (Hotel accommodation included) Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
  • Delhi International Airport drop off at the end of program by an iSpiice project coordinator.
  • Visit the capital of India, Delhi city tour – Explore the charisma of the century-old forts and monuments. Visit the UNESCO’S World Heritage site – India Gate, Jama Masjid, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Parliament house, Mahatma Gandhi Museum & much more including entry tickets.
  • 2 days weekend trekking in Himalayas and visit the Mini -Tibet of India, McLeod Ganj.
  • Visit the iconic Taj Mahal—India’s most stunning homage to love. Agra is most known for containing one of the seven wonders of the modern world – the Taj Mahal. This finest example of Mughal architecture attracts thousands of tourists and visitors, who admire its magnificence and beauty including entry tickets.
  • Visit Jaipur (Rajasthan) known as the pink city of India and admire the beauty of Amber Fort, Visit the charming Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds – Photo stop only), Jal Mahal (Palace of water) and colorful markets of Jaipur including entry tickets.
  • Two days trip to Amritsar, visit world famous the Golden Temple & wagha border ceremony. The Golden temple is famous for its full golden dome, it is one of the most sacred pilgrim spots for Sikhs, surrounded by pool of Nectar including entry tickets.
  • Accommodation in Volunteer House with 3 meals daily, electricity, hot running showers, wi-fi, fans, filtered water for drinking, western toilets & much more.
  • All accommodation during the placement including hotels while sightseeing.
  • Volunteering at stunning location of Himalayas at Dharamsala, 5 days (Monday to Friday) per week. Not surprisingly, His Holiness the Dalai Lama holds residency in the area. Volunteers can explore the different monasteries and Buddhist temples.
  • Material required for teaching, pens, pencils, colors, notebooks, workbooks & other teaching material.
  • All monuments entry tickets during sightseeing & experience of traveling by air-conditioned train in India.
  • All transportation during the trip with an experienced English-speaking iSpiice guide throughout tour.
  • Arrival and departure transfers.

Program Cost

We make every effort to keep costs low and at the same time offer you professional and comprehensive services for your volunteer abroad experience. Please compare our prices and services with other organizations and you will be surprised.

We welcome volunteers from all over the world. To convert the program fee in your currency please visit www.xe.com

 

Duration (Min – Stay 3 Weeks) US$ GBP AUD EURO
3 weeks $1600 £1260 $2400 €1470
Every extra Week $150 £120 $225 €145

IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE: An application fee of $255 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to confirm your spot. (A 5% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Volunteers in India generally find US$50 - US$60 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.

What’s Not Included?

  • Any personal expenses.
  • Flights.
  • Insurance.

Start Dates – 2024

Program starts on every Sunday of the year and pick up timings are available whole Sunday from Delhi International airport at the time of your arrival in India. We usually request our volunteers to book a arrival flight on Sunday to Delhi international airport any time of the day and book a departure flight any time on final Saturday after 08:00 pm.

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  • January07, 14, 21, 28
  • February04, 11, 18, 25
  • March03, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • April07, 14, 21, 28
  • May05, 12, 19, 26
  • June02, 09, 16, 23, 30
  • July07, 14, 21, 28
  • August04, 11, 18, 25
  • September01, 08, 15, 22, 29
  • October06, 13, 20, 27
  • November03, 10, 17, 24
  • December01, 08, 15, 22, 29

Volunteer Program Location

Currently, program available in Dharamsala location and iSpiice volunteer house is based one hour drive from Dharamsala. Dharamsala offers magnificent views of the snow-covered Himalayan peaks, pine forests and tea gardens. Full of life yet also peaceful, Dharamsala offers the perfect destination for volunteer work in India. Not surprisingly, His Holiness the Dalai Lama holds residency in the area. The region, despite its natural beauty, is cut off from mainstream development and is in need of developmental assistance in both materials and human form. The communities we assist are set in the green valleys at the foothills of the Himalayas and many of the children are from farming communities in the area.

Arriving in Dharamsala is like stepping into another world with its remarkable natural beauty, breathtaking scenery and friendly, beautiful people. Many wonderful and rewarding experiences and exciting adventures await and during your volunteering placement with us, we will ensure your involvement is both memorable and enjoyable.

Volunteer Reviews

My Personal experience is pretty closely in line 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 face book post, my heartstrings are tugged. I will find a way to make it back, and I will continue to support them in any way I can.

Ricky Biga, from America
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