Volunteer Teaching In India: FAQs

Arrival and Departure

You have to fly into Indira Gandi International Airportfor GCR’s teaching English volunteer English teaching program in India. Before boarding your flight to India, do inform the local country coordinator about your arrival and departure time so that airport pickup can be arranged on time.

It is very important to notify the local airport representative about flight delays and missed flights as soon as possible. Also, you are highly advised to come to India one day before the start date of your volunteer project. But we don’t offer airport transfer facilities once the project is completed.


A tourist visa is needed to work in our Teach English volunteer project in India. You can visit the official embassy or consulate of India in your home country and fill up a visa application form few weeks before your trip to India.

You can learn more about India’s visa requirements and policies here


Vaccinations for Varicella, Tetanus, Typhoid, Oral polio, Japanese encephalitis, Adult diphtheria, Yellow fever (YF), Rabies, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Meningococcal are necessary

You can check out the CDC website to learn more about these vaccinations.

How old are the pupils?

In volunteer English teaching program in India, Classes are mixed and you will be working with the age group that you will feel most comfortable teaching. Pupils rage in age from 5-16 years old.

How many pupils are there in one class? How many are there in a school?

This depends on the specific placement. You will have classes ranging from between 15-30 students. In a school there can be between 40 and 150 students.

What will I be teaching?

You will mainly assist local teachers to teach English. However, you can also teach on your own other subjects you are good at. You can teach mathematics, geography and much more.

Could you please provide teaching ideas and tips?

Don’t be scared to come out of your comfort zone even if you are teaching or travelling to India 1st time. Just be calm and embrace the Indian cultures. As the students are not so good at English, please speak slowly to make them understand. 

Why volunteer to teach English in india?

You will develop knowledge and sensitivity of other cultures

You get to develop knowledge and sensitivity for Indian cultures, customs and festivals. You will learn Indian way of gestures, body language and conversational techniques. These lessons you learn are charming, humbling that leads you to behave in your daily life accordingly.

You will gain sense of achievement

There are few greater feelings than doing something that you are truly passionate about. Even a few weeks of your time can be exceptionally precious to the underprivileged Indian children. Volunteering to teach English Indian children will help them get better jobs in the future. The reward and sense of achievement that you will experience is truly fulfilling.

You will get the opportunity to educate deprived Indian children:

When you participate in India programs you will work in schools. The children from poor economic backgrounds attend these schools. While working as a teacher in these school will provide unmatched stage for the volunteers to provide much needed education to the deprived Indian children.

You will get experience of teaching internationally

Teaching English volunteering program in India benefits not only the children but also the volunteers as well. It helps you to gain valuable work experience of teaching in a foreign country that would have a positive impact in your future career prospects too.

Other Volunteer Opportunities Available In India

No matter your passion or interests, GCR offers a variety of life-changing, volunteer programs in India such as
work in an Orphanage,
work in HIV project,
teaching in slum,
become a medical volunteer
Women’s project and much more. 

For more information on our exciting programs in India, contact us today.

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