Volunteer in Asia Teaching
Volunteer in Asia and explore the wonderful worlds of incredible India, beautiful Nepal and soulful Sri Lanka. Each destination has its own unique charm and beauty, and offers the 21st Century traveller an off the beaten path adventure with an opportunity to give back to the local communities throughout the experience.
This volunteer teaching program, ranging from a 6 week to a 12 week course, gives teachers and career breakers the rare chance to travel, see the world and make a positive impact at the same time. And the need for volunteers couldn’t be more apparent when you look at the facts; India is home to more than a third of the world’s poor and underprivileged and almost 30% of India’s population live under the poverty line whilst schooling standards and accessible education is something that requires a lot of improvement in Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Based in either Kolkata or Kerala in India, Kathmandu in Nepal and Seenigama in Sri Lanka in shared accommodation with other volunteers or in homestays with local host families, volunteers will have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves into a whole new culture and discover an authentic way of life in three amazing countries. From the forgotten slums of Kolkata where you’ll shake the hands of humble people and the peaceful coastlines of Kerala where you’ll cross paths with the most disadvantaged communities to the Himalayan sunsets in Nepal and the amazing elephant sanctuaries of Sri Lanka or the smiling faces of the children you teach and the people you meet, we guarantee that this volunteering program will be a trip to remember, in more ways than one.
Your time on this volunteer program will be a 6 or 12 week experience, depending on your travel plans and personal availability and will take you to the amazing, interesting destinations of Kolkata or Kerala in India, Kathmandu in Nepal, and Seenigama in Sri Lanka. You will be placed in shared accommodation with other people on the volunteer program or with a host family in the local area close to your place of work. The children you teach in each location will range from 3 years to 16 years of age and your main focus as a teacher or teaching assistant will be to teach basics of the English language, along with other core subjects. Our volunteers arrive with an open mind and it’s important to always stay flexible in order to make the most of your experience and to make an impact with the school you work with.
Some schools may ask you to get involved in other classes such as sports, art or music and there will be plenty of opportunities for young or experienced teachers to work on their own initiative, bring new ideas to the table or introduce new teaching methods to help improve schooling standards. Whatever ideas you have, they will be welcomed by your placement school and our team will be on hand to support you whenever you need.
In Sri Lanka you will be working with a local grass root charity helping with education programs for pre-primary students. You can also get involved with English classes for women and adults in the evenings or goto the sports centre where you can coach for cricket, volleyball or swimming.
Our programs in all three destinations are very unique, distinctly different, and will expose you to communities in these regions.
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- Pre-departure guide – to prepare you for your trip
- Pick-up and drop from the nearest airport
- Accommodation in a shared room
- Experienced bilingual local staff team
- Breakfast and dinner
- Location orientation
- Project training with the local Program Manager
- 24 hour support in your location for emergencies
- Medical Placement Fees
Whats Not Included in your program fee :
- Flights to the program destination
- Medical and travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Weekend Tours
- Cultural Activities
Local Team On Ground
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 in Kerala Program development and 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.
Ravindram: Sri Lanka Volunteer Manager
Ravindram was a coral miner before the Tsunami of 2004 hit and destroyed his village in Seenigama, Southern Sri Lanka. Having survived the Tsunami, he got involved in community development to help rebuild his village. Ravindram is now the volunteer manager for a local grass root organisation that is helping the community with education, health care and sports development. Ravindran has a great personality and he will be guiding you throughout your time on the program.
Anish Neupane: Nepal Program Manager
Anish has more than 14 years of experience working on social development projects, having different roles in Project Management, Planning & Development, Management Information Systems and Qualitative Research.
Currently he is Director of our program Nepal, where his role is mainly tooordinate the relationships between Volunteering Journeys anddifferent international organizations around the world, ensuring having the appropriate volunteer programs and social projects in place.
Getting to your Program and other bits..
- In India you will be picked up from Cochin International Airport (COK)
- In Sri Lanka you will be picked up from Colombo International Airport (CMB)
- In Nepal the nearest airport is Kathmandu Airport (KTM)
- We recommend you apply for Visas before you arrive. Our volunteer guides will give you guidance on how to get your visas.
- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program.
- 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.
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What to Expect:
In India: Our program will be in the Kochi area where you can expect to work in local government schools. You will volunteer between 10:00 to 16:00PM Monday to Friday. Our volunteer program in Kerala involves living in our volunteer house. Breakfast and dinner will be included. There is opportunity to run extra curricular workshops also.
In Sri Lanka: Volunteers will be working with education in a local grass root organisation near Hikkaduwa. Your mornings will be with little children helping local teachers from 8:00 to 13:00PM. You are free for you to relax or visit the local beaches in the evening or you can get involved with adult English classes at the centre. You will be living in a guesthouse and meals will be provided. There is opportunity to teach sports as there is a cricket and volley ball ground and a big swimming pool.
In Nepal: Volunteers will be working in local schools in the Kathmandu valley. The schools are basic and run down. You will be working from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00 PM. You will stay with a host family and Breakfast and Dinner will be included.
Your time in India will either be based in Kerala (India); Kerala is best known for its peaceful palm-lined beaches and the beautiful Cochin backwaters. In Nepal, you will find yourself in Kathmandu, the cultural heart of the country with countless temples, palaces and monuments and some of the most amazing national parks. Or to enjoy your free time in Sri Lanka, we recommend relaxing on the beaches along the south coast, visiting nearby cities of Galle and Colombo or exploring the beautiful Sinharaja Forest further inland. Please note excursions are not included in this program.
What Happens When I Arrive?
Living Arrangements for Teaching Volunteers:
Our accommodation encourages healthy community living so that you can meet like-minded people and make friends for life. We believe the best way to make memories is to share them so our rooms / houses are shared with other volunteers from the same or a similar program so you will always have a buddy to talk to about your experiences whilst volunteering abroad. Rooms are always clean, safe and comfortable and if you would like a private upgrade or you would like to request a room with air conditioning, please feel free to contact us in advance.
During your stay, meals will be provided and will consist of local cuisine so you can fully immerse yourself into the culture and experience life as an Indian, Nepalese or Sri Lankan local. The food is all a part of the whole volunteering journey so we always encourage you to eat local; however, if you have dietary requirements and preferences, Western cafes are never too hard to find. Transport and transfers will also be arranged for you whenever necessary.
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. Our local staff are well trained and we provide 24/7 emergency numbers to all participants.
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 for our India, Nepal or Sri Lanka Program.
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.’