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Volunteer Teaching English in India

Would you like to volunteer with disadvantaged kids in India? Would you like experience teaching in a classroom while traveling in a fascinating country? This project with IFRE allows you to do all this and more.

India is a spiritual and travel mecca for people all over the world. Whether you’re in a steamy jungle, strolling past an opulent palace, or stuck in chaotic traffic on your way to a bustling bazaar, India is an adventure all its own.

Sadly, nearly 300 million people in India are impoverished, and these poor families can’t afford private English instruction. Therefore, public schools welcome native English speakers to teach a valuable skills that will help students of poor families to grow up and get well-paying jobs, breaking the cycle of poverty.

By volunteering as an English teacher in India, you will provide hope for a better future for children who otherwise would not expect much out of life. The skills you impart as well as the love and care you provide will greatly inspire the children and motivate them to reach their full potential, and enrich your life as well.

Are you interested in making a huge impact on the lives of impoverished children while experiencing a deep and exciting country? Then contact IFRE today to share your passion for English with the children of India!

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact

When you join this volunteer English teaching program in India, you will be teaching English to disadvantaged Indian kids in local government schools.You will work under the direction of the head teacher toteach English, as well as organizefun extracurricular activities. You may help the students with homework, or aid in the school’s administrative duties.

Your time volunteeringwill have a huge impact on these children’s lives and open up a whole new world to them. Inspire your students to make bright futures for themselves. Help give back while gaining professional teaching experience!

Skills and Qualifications:

We are seeking volunteers to teach English in India who are fluent in the language and passionate about working with kids. You need to be a loving, patient and flexible person with a deep love and passion for helping those in need. Although it’s not required, a teaching certification or a degree in education, science, math, etc. is a huge advantage. Maximum volunteer age is 65 years.

Working as an English teacher in India is a fun and exciting time abroad. You will get to enjoy daily interactions with amazing kids and local staff and form lifelong relationships.

Each school operates a little differently, so you will receive more information on your schedule once we have selected your final placement. You can expect to volunteer for an average of 4-5 hours per day. Here’s a sample schedule to give you a rough idea of what to expect.

7.00am – Begin your day with breakfast, shared with your welcoming Indian host family.

9.30am – Prepare for the school day and gather together any lessons or material you will need to engage the kids in their studies.

10.00am – 4:00pm – Get ready for an exciting day volunteering teaching English to students in India.

4.00pm – Return to your host home for a light snack and a nap or use this time to explore your surroundings. This is also a great time to utilize phone and internet services and chat with your friends and family back home about all your exciting adventures in India!

7.00pm – Have a true cultural experience by sharing a nightly meal with your Indian host family. Eat traditional foods and practice a new language! After the meal you can spend more time with the family or opt for some personal time.

Volunteer Teaching English in India: Dates and Fees

Our Fees

IFRE is the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to travel internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured; we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly program fee goes directlyto your host family, and includes housing, food, project donation and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

Program Dates

IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

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

Volunteer Program Fees (US$)

Duration Teaching Projects
  1 Week   $250
  2 Weeks   $300
  3 Weeks   $400
  4 Weeks   $500
  5 Weeks   $600
  6 Weeks   $700
  7 Weeks   $800
  8 Weeks   $900
  9 Weeks   $1,000
  10 Weeks   $1,100
  11 Weeks   $1,200
  12 Weeks   $1,300

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years) »

How your fee is allocated?

Language and culture program $250

Aiport Pickup & Transfer (Dharmasla- 9 hours) $100

Delhi to Palamapur transfer by air $100-125, bus $15-20

Summer volunteer and adventure (4 weeks include tour ) $1769

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (host family)
  • Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

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Accommodation and Meal

While volunteering as an English teacher in India, you’ll rest easy at night in the safe and comfortable home of a kind and helpful Indian host family. They’ll serve you three healthy local meals a day, and you’ll truly feel like you have a home away from home while traveling abroad. In addition, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture of India.

Learn more about your housing and food in India.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

Embrace the chaos of India and get out there and see what you can find! Meet friendly locals, eat amazing food, visit spiritual sites, marvel at the architecture, shop in colorful markets, go on a wildlife adventure. You’ll have your weekend and evenings free to make the most of your time in this exciting destination. India awaits!

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Safety and in Country Support

IFRE has you covered when it comes to safety and support while you volunteer teaching English in India. We’ve got a professional and experienced in-country team guiding you every step of the way once you land in India, and we’ve carefully planned every detail of your trip before you depart to make sure it’s secure and satisfying. We carefully vet and inspect all our facilities to ensure your safety and comfort.

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Volunteer Teaching English in India: FAQ

You probably have a million questions about your volunteer abroad adventure, and you’re not alone. IFRE fields questions from prospective volunteers every single day, and we’re happy to give you the answers you’re looking for. Here are some things you should know when traveling with us:

Arrival and departure

Please arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport to participate in our India teaching English volunteer program. You are requested to arrive one day before your assignment starts. Make sure to send your final flight information to our country coordinator, and we’ll have someone waiting for you when you land that will transfer you safely to your accommodations.

We do not offer airport drop off services, so you’ll need to book a taxi when you complete your time at your volunteer project. Check with local staff for advice if you need it.


You’ll need to secure a tourist visa in order to be eligible to volunteer in teaching program in India. To avoid unnecessary hassle, please secure your visa before heading to India. You can get it from an Indian Embassy in your home country,andsome nationalities may be able to apply for an e-visa. Learn more at the official website for India’s visa applications.

Depending on your nationality, you may be eligible for a visa on arrival at the airport. You can apply to extend your Indian visa, but your visa must be valid for at least 60 days at the time ofextension. Be sure to do your research ahead of time, as the requirements will vary based on your home country.


You’ll definitely want to get vaccinated before heading off on your India teaching volunteer trip. Make an appointment with a travel doctor to discuss your trip and get up to date on needed vaccines.

The CDC suggests the following vaccines for travel to India: Adult diphtheria and tetanus vaccine, Hepatitis A vaccine, Hepatitis B vaccine, Oral polio vaccine (OPV), Typhoid vaccine, Varicella vaccine, Japanese encephalitis vaccine, and Meningococcal vaccine.

For further readings:
Volunteer Health and Safety
Safety tips for your volunteer abroad trip

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

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

Is there any other important information that you want to share about this volunteer to teach in India opportunity?

You need to come with an open mind. The children at the school speak less English than you might expect, so you need to act accordingly. Their children are all very different, so you may ask many questions to gain a better understanding of them and allow you to help them more. The work is challenging but very rewarding.

Why volunteer in India teaching English?

Teaching English as a volunteer in India is a rewarding experience that allows you to gain hands-on experience while making a difference as you travel in a fascinating part of the world.

Experience a new culture

India has a fascinating culture, and you will be able to immerse yourself in it. While volunteering teaching English in India, you’ll meet and connect with your students, and experience daily life in India up close and personal by living with your welcoming host family.

Gain valuable teaching experience

Future teachers can gain real-world experience teaching in a classroom, making lesson plans, and working with other teachers. This is a valuable learning experience and looks great on your resume.

Launch an exciting new career

English is such a globally sought-after skill that you can now make your living teaching English in countries around the world. There are language schools you can teach at, and even remote classes you can teach from anywhere, supporting a digital nomad lifestyle! Get experience volunteering teaching English in India and see if it’s for you!

Help children in need

Most of the students you teach come from low-income families, and without your help they would never learn the English language. This skill will help them to grow up and get well-paying jobs and break the cycle of poverty.

Travel for a purpose

Explore your love of travel by experiencing exciting India, while making the world a better place at the same time. Join the revolution and engage in meaningful travel that makes a difference!

Contact IFRE and learn more about our volunteer teaching English program in India!

Other Volunteer Opportunities in India

IFRE has many other volunteering projects in India. You can

Work in an orphanage,

Help empower women,

Raise awareness of HIV/AIDS,

Work in the medical field and much more.

Contact IFRE today for more information!

Volunteer English Teaching Opportunities Worldwide

English is a much sought-after skill all over the world. Thus, IFRE arranges projects in all 4 corners of the globe to help provide this vital skill to disadvantaged children. See the list below for some of our most popular projects in this vein:

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