English Teaching Volunteering Projects in India
- Placement locations: Jaipur
- Types of schools: Primary and Secondary
- Age of students: 11 - 17
- Class sizes: 30 - 40
- Role: Teacher or teaching assistant (English, French, Maths, Science)
- Extra-curricular roles: Art, Drama, Music, Sports
- Accommodation: Host families, Shared volunteer accommodation
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From two weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
No Prior Teaching Experience Required
Anyone over the age of 17 can get involved teaching English in India. No qualifications are required but it’s important that you are enthusiastic about the work. As long as you speak English and have a real desire to help the children improve, you will be well-suited to the project.
You can make a huge difference by helping Indian children improve their conversational English skills. They have a real desire to learn English, the language that can put them in touch with the rest of the world and help them to gain employment.
Why Volunteer Teaching in India is Important
Despite the fact that you will find English speakers throughout India, the standard of conversational English teaching in public schools is usually very poor. The students may know about English literature and are better at grammar than most native-speakers, but they find it hard to make themselves understood. This means they lack the confidence to speak English, missing out on the jobs that will go to those who can afford a private education.
You can be part of the solution to this problem. Whether you are coming to volunteer during your gap year, career break or an extended holiday, you will have a valuable role to play.
Volunteers generally find that teaching practices in India have remained the same for years. The children usually learn by rote and through copying out sections of text. By contrast, our volunteers sing songs, play games and generally make the lessons more interesting. You will be able to bring the subject alive and you will witness the children growing in confidence and ability.
The impact you have on the lives of your students will be long-lasting. Added to this, you will be part of a much larger volunteer network, which is making a really positive contribution to the wider community.
Teaching Placements in India
You can volunteer on a Teaching project in India with Projects Abroad in Jaipur. We offer placements at primary and secondary schools. Most volunteers teach English but you can also teach subjects such as maths, science and French.
Your main role on this project is to teach conversational English lessons to school pupils. The aim is to give the children the confidence that comes from being able to communicate with a native English speaker.
Our Teaching volunteers bring fresh ideas to the classroom. With the advice of local Projects Abroad staff, you can make learning English enjoyable by using teaching methods such as:
- Organising language-based games and puzzles
- Teaching English through songs and poems
- Helping with basic grammar, sentence construction and pronunciation
- Telling stories to younger children
- Holding classroom debates with older children
Class Sizes and Facilities
You will usually be teaching between thirty and forty students in a class. However, classes can vary in size depending on the school and age of the children. You could be teaching children as young as three years-old or teenagers preparing for their final exams. Each volunteer is expected to have about four hours in the classroom each day, from Monday to Friday.
Facilities in the schools are often basic - you may find yourself with little more than a blackboard and a piece of chalk. Even in these surroundings, you may be surprised at how quickly you gain confidence and make progress. You will be supervised by one of the school's English-speaking teachers and also have the support of our Projects Abroad India staff. We are always happy to help you out with extra resources if you have any special requirements; just ask our staff.
Opportunities for Extracurricular Involvement
There are also opportunities to teach mathematics, science and physical education. You can even teach other languages, like French, in schools and colleges in and around Jaipur. In many cases you can specialise in teaching one of these subjects. However, you may be required to spend at least some of your time teaching English.
Please tell us if you do have previous teaching experience or if you have other extracurricular interests, such as sports, music, art or drama. We will try to place you in a school that is keen to take advantage of your talents and experience.
Serving the Community and Participating in Teaching Workshops
Twice a month Care, Teaching and Sports volunteers join forces to serve the community in and around Jaipur. The teams work together to tackle a variety of community issues, for example the setting up of a library, the creation of learning tools or participation in local sporting events. Volunteers are welcome to suggest other ways in which they would like to help. Monthly workshops support volunteers and provide training related to their work at placements.
You can join a Teaching project in India for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period. Volunteers who can only join us for two weeks will be paired up with another longer term teaching volunteer.
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