Poor education standards, illiteracy and high student dropout rates are some of the more glaring issues for educational reform in India.
Schools, especially rural schools suffer severe shortfalls in resources and iSpiice volunteers help by assisting local staff and giving lessons in various educational institutions. The most commonly requested subjects for teaching are English and Computers – both which come naturally to most volunteers.
Many of the local teachers speak very little English themselves (making it near impossible to teach the subject) and most Schools do not have computers on which to teach on. Coming from mostly low earning farming backgrounds the children’s English and computer skills are weak. Without these skills it is not possible to progress to further education courses in India, which are taught in English language, reducing job options.
- Enjoy projects are in the stunning Dharamsla region of Himachal Pradesh
- On off days, hike Dharamsala's snow-capped peaks and lush green valleys
- Take trips to the Dalai Lama Monastery
- Morning or Evening yoga classes
- Walk around the Kangra Tea Gardens
What to Expect
Volunteers work on their two preferred Programs per day. For example Teaching English in
the morning and Street Children in the evening.
During the week your days at iSpiice will for the most parts, follow this schedule
7:30am -Wake up and enjoy a chai.
7:45am - Yoga class (60 minutes)
9:00am - Breakfast and work preparation.
10:30am - Program 1 (2 hours).
12:45pm - Break for lunch and work preparation.
2:00pm - Program 2 (2 hours).
4:30pm - Afternoon chai and work preparation.
7:00pm - Dinner.
7:30pm - Relax, go shopping, prepare for tomorrow's Programs.
iSpiice volunteers will have weekends free and time available to participate in Add On Tours.
Airport pick up, all meals, accommodation at volunteer house, transport, teaching materials, local sightseeing, Internet (Wi-Fi), filtered water, morning or evening yoga
Housing & Meals
iSpiice Volunteer House and Programs are situated in the villages of Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh (North India). Dharamsala is a region in the Kangra Valley district sitting at 1500m above sea level. Famous for its lush green vegetation, it’s sheltered by the magnificent snow capped Dhauladhar range in the Himalayas. The location is peaceful, beautiful and spiritual – also home to the Dalai Lama.
Our village of Sidhwari is close to Dharamsala town and McLeod Ganj town. Both areas are buzzy with international and Indian tourists - great for shopping, taking yoga classes and eating out.
Volunteers stay at the iSpiice Volunteer House with the iSpiice staff. Accommodation is clean and comfortable with western style toilets, hot running water and access to the internet. We have separate male and female bedrooms and bathrooms.