Volunteer Program Teaching English in India

Share your knowledge of the English language and make an impact in
mystical and colorful India

  • Use your words to create opportunities in others’ lives 
  • Explore and learn about the education system of India firsthand 
  • Work with the underprivileged children who attend government schools
  • Explore temples, try typical food, and experience the welcoming embrace of India
  • Join the most affordable programs starting at $250 & trusted by over 22,000 since 2006
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teaching volunteer in india

Opportunities exist for those with strong English skills. Yet in India, English instruction is not included in primary, public school curriculums.

IFRE Volunteers strives to bridge this chasm to providing volunteers to teach English in India. Our volunteers offer instruction in collaboration with local resource poor schools.

Our volunteer English teaching in India project covers teaching in several government schools in Delhi. Many poor children cannot afford private, English lessons often continuing on to higher schools with little or poor knowledge of basic English.

Your role as a volunteer can help make a difference in these children's lives. Volunteer teachers in India are a prized and welcomed resource!

As a teacher volunteer, you will work in underprivileged government schools and mostly work under the direction of a head teacher.

Please note that school holiday in India are from May 15 – June 30. Volunteers will teach in orphanage or in the slum project during this time.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

No specific skills or qualifications are required. However, some kind of teaching certification or degree in education with a major in science, math or computer oriented classes is preferred if you have no teaching education/credentials.

Volunteers must have passion and interest to help children and improve their education.

Volunteer Responsibilities

In our Indian English teaching program, you work either as an independent teacher or as an assistant to a permanent English teacher. You will most likely be teaching in government schools.

If IFRE cannot secure a placement in a government school, volunteers will teach in either a semi-government or private school where each school has a permanent English instructor. As a volunteer English teacher in India, you will teach English using a set curriculum and the books provided.

Volunteers may also organize games, art lessons, singing, dancing and other creative, educational and extra-curricular activities. Volunteers may also support children with their homework efforts and encourage academic progress.

Schools may seek the assistance of volunteers with help in other on-going academic activities or administrative duties.

IFRE manages living accommodations, provides meals and supervision for volunteers for the entirety of their stay in India.

During the volunteer period, most volunteers stay in our safe and secure home base, a project hostel or a host family. Dependent on the season and flow of volunteers, you may be placed in any of the following:

  • Our office and home base is located in Gurgaon, a beautiful city 40 miles a way of Delhi international airport. This location is very safe and manned with onsite security. It is a clean, sparsely furnished apartment but will meet all your needs as an IFRE volunteers. It is close to the local bus station. This is the ideal arrangement for sharing your daily experiences with fellow volunteers and local staff. Home base bedrooms have multiple beds, so volunteers will usually share a room (same gender). Our in-country coordinator also lives at our home base to assist our volunteers 24/7.
  • Our local host families are socially respected and are experienced with hosting international volunteers. They have strong interest in our volunteers’ safety and well-being and demonstrate this with caution and care.
    In most host family situations, volunteers will share a room with another volunteer of the same gender.
  • Another viable option is an at-orphanage or project hostel stay. Many orphanages in India have set aside special rooms to house international volunteers.

IFRE arranges room, food and supervision for volunteers throughout the program. All of IFRE’s cooks prepare a variety of delicious Indian food (naan, dahl and chapatti breads, curries, rice and pickles/chutneys).

Details covering the arrangements for room/food are outlined in the prepared placement details. Volunteers will also have 24/7 access to IFRE's office as well as the mobile numbers of in-country coordinators.

In addition, the director of the orphanage will serve as a local contact person for volunteers. IFRE's staff also visits each volunteer every 1-2 weeks as part of our program.

Alexandra Miller

These last six weeks of volunteering have been a truly amazing and life-changing & very wonderful experience for me.

Alexandra Miller


Leslie Slade

I had an excellent time, better than I ever could have imagined. Other volunteers were so nice and willing to help.

Leslie Slade

- Vermont, USA

Don Maddocks

I had a wonderful experience. I had the opportunity to teach children of all different ages.I am sad to leave!

Don Maddocks


Manko Blakely

My volunteer experience with IFRE has been unforgettable. It has opened my mind & heart. Staffs were very helpful.

Manko Blakely

- Germany


  • Please provide a typical day schedule for volunteer English teaching in India?

    While volunteering in India, volunteers generally stay in the orphanage where their project is. Most of the orphanages of India have built separate rooms to host volunteers.

    A typical daily schedule would be as follows:

    • 7:30 am Breakfast with your host family
    • 8:30 am Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. Work hours are dependent on the project and the volunteer’s placement location.
    • 1:30 pm Return home for lunch break
    • 2 pm – 4.00 pm : Volunteer free time; volunteers are welcome to go into town to use the Internet or do some shopping
    • 7 pm – 9.00 pm Dinner with your host family
  • What is the name of the school I would be placed?

    As we work with many schools in India, we place English teaching volunteers where they are most needed. The school placement will be determined once you apply, based on the needs of each location. We do not want to allocate too many volunteers at one location.

  • What is the age range of the students in the school?

    Students are between 5-16, boys and girls. English teaching volunteers will teach the age level they are most comfortable with.

  • How many students are in the school? How many of them are in each class?

    Each school varies, with 40 being the minimum number of students and 150 being the maximum. There are 15-30 students per class, with varying levels of education.