Volunteer Teaching Program
Volunteers working in the Volunteer Teaching English Program get a great opportunity to share their knowledge with others and experience a new culture from within. You’ll have a lot of fun and gain valuable skills while your students practice their skills with you learning English in a whole new way. As a volunteer , you will be working in local primary and secondary schools. Volunteers mainly work with children in the age group of 6 - 15 years. You will be either assisting a teacher or teaching a class on your own. Under the Volunteer Teaching Program in Palampur the subjects taught include English , computers , geography and general knowledge.
The schools where our volunteers work are surrounded by lush green fields and in the backdrop of Himalayan mountains. Approximately 250 children of different age groups attend the school from the nearby villages surrounding Palampur.
In the schools, the teachers and the students are not very fluent in their English conversational skills . This can be developed through practice in a native-speaking environment. Regardless of your teaching background, a volunteer's presence in the school gives students and faculty the chance to improve their English skills.For many of these students, this is the only chance they have to meaningfully interact with a Westerner.
It is not necessary for volunteers to have past experience and in-depth knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. Volunteers teach in a playful environment and a mutual exchange of knowledge and skills takes place between the students and the volunteers.
It is important to note that the project is not available during the following periods due to school holidays or exams :-
- Second week of July - middle of August
- Third Week of Dec - January
Volunteers need to be over 17 years old at the time they take part in the Teaching English Volunteer program and should be fluent in English. You also need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new culture and environment. Volunteering India requires its volunteers taking part in the program to be fluent in written and spoken English.
Volunteers working in this project can help in improving the conversational English language level of the students.English is one of the official language in India and knowledge of it is a must to get good jobs. Volunteers can assist teachers in the class and in delivering the lessons. Volunteers may also take part in sports activities and spread awareness about recycling and various social issues. Volunteers generally work for around 20-25 hrs per week in this program.
A Day in the life of a Volunteer in this Project
As a volunteer you would live in our homebase accommodations in Palampur. The accommodations are in close proximity to majority of the Teaching project placements. Volunteers usually choose to take a pleasant walk to their placement or go by bus. After having breakfast at the accommodations, volunteers go to their placements and usually start work around 09:30 am in the morning. After working till the afternoon, you would return to the accommodations for lunch. For those volunteers, who are interested in working for longer hours we also arrange project placements where you can teach underprivileged children of migrant labourers working in tea gardens in Palampur. Volunteers can teach basic English, good hygiene habits to the children. In the evening you are free to go to the nearby main Palampur market for shopping or hang out with other volunteers and visit the famous tourist attractions around Palampur and enjoy the lush green landscape of the town. Volunteers can access internet at the local Volunteering India office in Palampur or at a nearby internet cafe to keep in touch with family and friends back home.
On the weekends, you will have the opportunity to choose to take part in different activities such as do a weekend trekking trip from Dharamsala, do paragliding or visit the different Tibetan Monastries in the area. You can also take a weekend trip to visit Golden Temple in Amritsar. Click here to check out the different weekend tour options available for volunteers.
What does your Program Fee Cover ?
Pre Departure information - A comprehensive booklet to prepare you for your trip before you come. You will get this booklet as soon as you pay your registration fee after completing your application form online. The booklet provides information regarding the country , projects , coordinators , Things to pack , Visas and Emergency Contact Information.
Pickup and Drop - Volunteers joining the programs in Palampur can choose to arrive at Dharamsala Airport by taking a connecting flight from Delhi. You can also arrive in Palampur directly by bus from Delhi. All volunteers would be provided pickup and drop back to the airport/ bus station.
Volunteers also have a choice to arrive by train from Delhi. Volunteers choosing to arrive by train need to arrive at Pathankot or Una railway station from where they will be driven to Palampur. Volunteers need to incur extra charges for pickup and drop to train station.
Orientation - A half day orientation will be provided by the local coordinators in Palampur. Topics relevant to the project, safety guidelines, customs, local transportation, weekend activities are covered in the orientation.
Volunteers are encouraged to join the Orientation Week - Learn Language, History, Culture & Discover India! in Delhi which gives them an opportunity to explore different sights in Delhi and also learn some basic Hindi.
Welcome Dinner - Dinner out with local staff and other volunteers to welcome you in the program.
Accommodation - Volunteer accommodations are provided in the volunteer homebase. The accommodations are well furnished with bed and bedding provided. Rooms are shared with other volunteers.
Food - Volunteers are served with three meals a day in this project - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Typical vegetarian Indian meals may include Dal (Lentils), Curry, Rice, Vegetables, Salad, Yoghurt, Roti (Indian Bread). We can accommodate any special dietary requirements for the volunteers.
Tour of Palampur and Nearby Tourist Attractions - Volunteers are taken on a tour of Palampur, the main market as well as famous tourist locations such as Tashi Jong Monastery and Baijnath Temple.
Yoga Class - Once a Week - by a trained Yoga instructor
Visit to Tea Garden and Tea Factory - Volunteers are taken on a tour of a tea garden and tea factory to see how the famous Kangra Green Tea is manufactured.
In-country support - Volunteers have the support and assistance of the local coordinators and staff in case of any Emergency. All our staff and coordinators are available for any help which is required by volunteers.
What your Program Fee does not cover?
- Visa Fee
- Personal expenses such as toiletries etc
- Local Transportation
- Travel / Medical Insurance
Other Programs in Palampur
- Language and Orientation Week
- Mini Break Program - Delhi
- Street Children Volunteer Program
- Volunteer at an Orphanage
- Women Empowerment Program