Teaching Internships in India
Teaching internships in India are ideal for teachers and TEFL qualified teachers who want to gain international work experience whilst getting the unique opportunity to travel, learn and expand their minds all at the same time. If you don’t have a TEFL we offer an online course with this program at an additional cost. Our teaching internships are designed to provide an intercultural setting to help develop those all-important skills and give you invaluable hands-on training to help advance your career in more ways than one. Not only will you gain real working experience in an international setting but you will broaden your horizons as you dive into the deep end with life in a new country and fully immerse yourself into a new culture.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone, you will get to experience the education system in the developing world. In India, quite often the classrooms are cramped and conditions are poor and it’s not unusual for schools to be overstaffed. By taking your teaching internship in India, you will be contributing to our ongoing project to help change the problems of India’s education system and you will be one small cog in a much bigger picture.
You can choose to intern in either Kolkata in East India, a charming histrocial city or in the beautiful region of Kerala in South India. Both these locations will give you the chance to travel, sightsee and soak in the amazing culture around you.
During your teaching internship in India, you will work alongside local teachers and leading classes to teach children, young teenagers and women in a number of different settings and environments. Your teaching internship will include Elementary Education where you will teach in classrooms of lower primary level with kids ranging from 4 to 7 years, Secondary Education where you will work with children aged 8 to 16 years in foundation and advanced English and more, Adult Education where you will help with community coaching for both men and women. Your Program Manager will be your local mentor for this program and give you direction that you may need. Once a week you will also be given an assignment by your Program Manager that will need to be completed.
This broad teaching internship will add an edge to your CV and will give you a fantastic advantage when applying for your dream job back home. Not only will this experience help you advance in your career and give you added exposure in the industry, but it will offer life changing encounters that you will never forget.
For our teaching interns we require you to be a teacher or TEFL qualified. Our online TEFL course is an accredited course and available at a discounted rate from one of UK’s leading TEFL course providers. We will provide a certificate upon completion along with recommendations for future employers.
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- Pre-departure guide – to prepare you for your trip
- Pick-up and drop from the nearest airport or train station
- Accommodation with WiFi
- Experienced bilingual local staff team to support you on the projects
- Breakfast and Lunch/dinner- home cooked Indian food
- Location orientation – a tour of the local area
- Project training with the local Program Manager – most of your training is on the role itself.
- 24 hour support in your location for emergencies
- Daily Mentor meetings
- An opportunity to participate on a sustainable on going project that needs you
- Auto Rikshaw to the project site – these local three wheelers are the best ride in town!
Whats Not Included in your program fee :
- TEFL Course
- Flights to the program destination
- Medical and travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Personal shopping and gratuities
- Local excursions
- Project materials that you personally need *
*We provide basic online resources, and use of our computers for further online research for project ideas. Please bring your own resources from home if needed. Photocopying and printing or buying materials you need for projects is at your own expense.
Geetha Raj: Kerala Program Manager
Geetha is the backbone of our programs in Kerala. Her friendliness, generosity and warmth towards every volunteer will leave you feeling extra special. Having worked as local journalist for almost 10 years, Geetha grew a passion for community development work and is very forward thinking. She is instrumental for our Kerala program development. A born leader, Geetha will give you the direction you will need to succeed as a volunteer. Her team will look after all your needs from the time you enter Kerala to the time you leave. In her spare time Geetha loves taking our volunteers to the temples to get a taste of Keralan culture.
Shalini Deo: Kolkata Program Manager
Shalini has spent a decade as a corporate trainer for language and behavioural skills for IT, banking to hospitality sectors. She is founder of New Agragati, a self help group which empowers 140 women by skill training and employment. Her passion to contribute to society introduced Shalini to us. She conducts cultural orientation and immersion programs, language courses and helps volunteers adjust better in India and particularly Kolkata. Shalini is basically super awesome to have around. When you join us in Kerala Shalini will be your main contact point and will give you guidance and support you need as a volunteer.
- For Kerala the nearest airport for this program is Cochin International Airport (COK)
- For Kolkata the nearest airport is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU)
- If you wish to book flights to India you can fill this form.
- We recommend you apply for Visas before you arrive to India if you are joining for more than 4 weeks. Our volunteer guide will give you guidance on how to get your visas.
- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program. You can get in touch with our team if you need travel insurance organised.
- Vaccinations are important. We recommend you visit your local travel clinic to find out what vaccines you should take.
- We work with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel to India. Goto www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo to find out how best to avoid trouble when abroad. Packed with essential travel advice and tips, the website also offers up-to-date country information.
- We understand it can be difficult to pay for your flights, program fees and other travel costs. Many fundraise for their journey. If you need ideas and a platform for fundraising ideas Click Here
- For support on any of the above email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s what your First Week looks like:
Arrival Weekend: Upon arrival you will be met by one of our drivers and brought to your home for the next few weeks. At home you will get time to unpack and relax. Our local coordinators will meet you and give you a house and area tour. This will be followed by basic culture and health and safety information. You will also be given information on the project before starting on Monday.
Monday: After breakfast you will be taken to the project sites to get introduced to the group you will be teaching. During lunch you will sit with your mentor for a one to one to go over your volunteer work plans for the coming week. In the afternoon you will visit a second project site or stay at the same project site. Evenings can be used for lesson planning or cultural activities in the area.
Tuesday to Thursday: After breakfast you will be going to work between 10:00 to 16:00PM. During lunch time you will have your mentor meeting and have time for lesson planning. Evenings will be free for your relaxation and to bond with other volunteers.
Friday: On Friday you will have your usual morning volunteering session between 10:00-12:00 PM. Post lunch you can sit with your program manager to go over your week, and to plan out the following weeks volunteering activities. Evenings are free for you to explore the area.
Please note that project timings will be different in Kolkata and Kerala. We will advise you on timings and training depending on your location choice.
If in Kerala : The region of Kerala has so much to offer so you’ll find plenty to do in the evenings and at weekends. Nearby beaches include Varkala Beach and Kovalam Beach and the backwaters houseboat at the weekend are a must do Our local teams will help you with your weekend trip bookings.
If in Kolkata: We highly recommend visiting Darjeeling and also Sunderbans during your stay in Kolkata. You can also go on a walking tour of the Colonial Side of Kolkata or do some local sightseeing yourself such as visiting Kumartoli where they make the famous clay idols or to the Howrah Bridge flower market. Our local teams will guide you to some of these options.
What Happens When I Arrive?
Living Arrangements for Teaching Interns:
We arrange safe, comfortable and shared accommodation so that you can enjoy a fully immersive travel experience with likeminded people on the same internship or volunteering program. So you will always have someone to share all your experiences with. Rooms are shared with one other teacher and all rooms come with fans and an en-suite bathroom for your comfort. If you would like to upgrade to a private room, please contact us in advance and we will arrange this for you. WiFi is available throughout the house and all bathroom facilities are finished to a modern western style, with a complete kitchen area so you can prepare your own food. Breakfast and lunch is inclusive and will be local Keralan cuisine ‘“ our volunteers love tasting the local dishes and it’s an exciting part of the whole experience but western meals will be available from local cafes and restaurants if you prefer.
Daily tuk tuks to and from your places of work are also pre-arranged for your convenience.
Health and Safety :
When you join our programs you can be assured we have carried out Risk Assessments to identify potential safety and health risks on projects and in the community. We share this information with you in our pre departure documents and on arrival. Our local staff are well trained and we provide 24/7 emergency numbers to all participants. Please read our Health and Safety pages for more details.
Volunteering Journeys Foundation:
Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Volunteering Journey’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through supporting local charities, local organisations and community projects in the places that we work in. 100% of each donation goes directly to support our projects. Go to our Donation page if you want to support or fundraise to support our programs.
Volunteers Love Us!
‘My experience in India was absolutely fantastic. Having never done anything like this before, Volunteering Journeys made sure I settled in well and supported me throughout my time. Being placed with an amazing family gave me the chance to experience Indian culture first hand. I was part of the Disabled Childcare Programs for two weeks. Although short, I felt the time I spent was so valuable for the children. If this is something that you are interested in I would 100% recommend it. The memories, friendships and experiences you will develop will be ones that you will never forget.’
‘The teaching experience was second to none. I was overwhelmed by the respect and politeness all the children have, which made it some much easier to work with them, even with the language barrier. The amazing thing about the schools I visited was that all the children are like little sponges, they absorb everything you say, teach and do! It’s quite outstanding how much they gain from just a small conversation in the playground or in the class room.
So in general if you are questioning whether you want to volunteer and you don’t know what company to go with, it has the be Volunteering Journeys. You will be well looked after, gain an immense experience and make friends for life!!!’
‘I took a short sabbatical from work in November 2013 and decided to come to India. I was helping at a small school in Fort Kochi, teaching English, Maths, Science and the odd nursery rhyme. The school where I volunteered had amazing teachers and the kids were great. Ridhi and the team organised everything brilliantly – from cycling tours to the backwaters, to hosting me with a family that made my stay feel like home. If you’re going to volunteer in India then I highly recommend Volunteering Journeys’
“J’ai passé deux mois formidables à Kochi en travaillant comme volontaire avec Volunteering Journeys. Deux mois de ma vie que je n’oublierais jamais. J’ai rencontré des gens incroyables et participé à des projets qui me tenaient vraiment à coeur. J’ai pu voir l’aboutissement de mes efforts et le sourire sur le visage des enfants. Une expérience magique que je recommande à tous. Merci Rainbow”
‘I spent 3 wonderful weeks with the Volunteering Journeys team in Kerala, it marked the beginning of almost 2 months adventuring through India, and I can say without a doubt it was one of my favourite experiences of my time spent in incredible India! From the moment my plane landed and I was greeted by a friendly face and whisked away to a wonderful home, the local staff were incredibly welcoming, helpful, supportive and great fun to be around!
I spent my time volunteering in 2 local schools, assisting with English studies. The enthusiasm and joy with which the children approach their days will ensure you never want to leave!I cannot recommend Volunteering Journeys highly enough, it was such a joyful introduction to India – it’s culture, people and crazy beautiful way of life. You will leave with some fond memories and firm friendships’
‘I volunteered by teaching English both at a school and at an all girls’ orphanage for two months. It has been the best experience of my life so far. I really got to know the children I was teaching and seeing the children’s English improve over my time was an incredible feeling. From being introduced to yoga to tasting delicious flavoursome Indian cuisine and living in “God’s own country”, has left me eager to return. I have made friends across the World who made my time spent in Kerala unforgettable. I highly recommend volunteering with Volunteering Journeys; Kerala is beautiful and you will gain fun memories.’
‘I spent two weeks running an art workshop which was absolutely fantastic. The children were so enthusiastic and bustled about with paste and paint, putting together the most amazing creations. They were not used to producing collaborative work and were thrilled when their individual efforts achieved a glorious whole. Their personalities really shone through and I became very fond of them in the short time I was with them. Thank you to Volunteering Journeys for enabling me to have such a wonderful experience!’
‘There is some kind of magic that happens when you’re in India. The climate, the people, the warm welcome, the happiness in every person, the culture, it’s simply inspiring. On top of that having a group of friendly, thoughtful organizers guiding me through the program made my time volunteering with Volunteering Journeys one of the most memorable moments in my life.
If anyone reading this is considering becoming a volunteer, don’t hesitate, become a volunteer. It will be the most rewarding experience and adventure of your life. I assure you that you will have a vital impact on the community, the place and the children. I would recommend Volunteering Journeys without hesitation. Well organized and hassle free adventure. You get help and guidance with everything you need. Kerala was my destination. Safe, beautiful and very friendly. Just do it and have an adventure of your life!’
“Volunteering at the schools was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Once again the friendships you create are irreplaceable. Admittedly, the first few days were scary, in the sense that my partner and I were only 18 & 20 yrs old and we were teaching women and children a language that was not their first. However the persistence and willingness of Indians is not to be tested. Each of our students put in 100% and naturally we became very personal with everyone and these women and children taught us much more. We came out of this experience with more than we had ever anticipated. It can’t be put into words just how much we learnt from volunteering. Ever aspect of our lives and mindset has changed.”
‘I think it was quite an eye opening experience to kind of see how people live and enjoy their lives very differently to what we do probably in UK. Even though comparatively they didn’t have as much, the children still came to school with a smile on their face and they were really keen to learn. They were ever so happy and always had a smile on their face regardless of the circumstances that they are living in, and I think that was an amazing experience for us to take back. We have comparatively much more wealth in the UK and we have much more available at our fingertips. Yet we were quite not so happy’
‘We decided to volunteer as part of our family vacation. It was the perfect balance: making a contribution but not being asked to do too much, with Volunteering Journeys staff with us every step of the way to help, support, clarify, etc. I was also impressed that they didn’t feed us a line about how we were changing the world in a week; I knew going in that *we* would be the ones most changed, and the staff’s perspective’s was the same: we were making an impact by showing we cared and sharing experiences, which hopefully meant something to a lot of people.’