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Applications for the 2017 Teach India programme are closed

What's it all about?

the British Council India Teaching Assistants programme is part of a KPMG-funded initiative and offers an opportunity for young people in the UK to work in an Indian NGO school as teaching assistants for five months. These specially selected schools are looking to add an international dimension to their teaching. Teaching assistants benefit from the experience of working alongside teachers and students in India. It also allows them to get a first-hand feel of India and explore the cultural diversity it offers.

Watch the video above to see what some previous participants have to say about their experience. 

What will I be doing?

Teaching assistants support schools by teaching subjects across the curriculum to primary and secondary age groups. Most schools request support with teaching English but, depending on your skills, you could be developing your pupils' history knowledge or inpsiring budding scientists. Once you are selected to take part in the programme, we will match your skills to the participating schools' needs. You will also get involved with extra-curricular activities and international projects, bringing a slice of the UK to your pupils. 

You will be given guidance and a proper induction to begin with, but then you will gain a certain level of responsibility as the placement progresses. 

Song for video below: India - The Land I Never Chose © Ed Potter and Abhinav Upadhyay.

Who can apply?

We are looking for candidates who have formal experience of working with children; have the ability to give an overview of life in the UK; show a clear motivation to work with young people and who clearly demonstrate why they want to spend time in India. We also want to see that you are flexible and resourceful.

All candidates must be available for the full amount of time of the placement they select and be flexible as to the location of their placement. 

To be eligible you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old at the age of applying
  • Hold a UK passport or have completed all your secondary and higher education in the UK
  • Be a native English speaker (or have a high proficiency in English i.e. full mastery of English across all 4 skills equivalent to user (Common European Framework C2) IELTS Band 8/9 in each of 4 sections of the academic module or Aptis level C.)
  • Have completed at least one year of higher education. This opportunity is also open to people who have graduated
  • Have a permanent address in the UK – you may need to provide proof of this address

How do I apply?

Applications are closed for placements starting in August 2017. 


Who will I be teaching?

This year teaching assistants will be based at NGO schools as part of an initiative funded by KPMG. These schools support children from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Depending on your experience, you could be teaching at the Indian equivalent of primary or secondary school level. You may also be asked to informally work with the teachers in the school to develop their understanding of UK education practices.

There will be a section on the application form where you will be able to make us aware of particular areas, environments or age groups that you are interested in. However, we do request that candidates be flexible as we cannot guarantee these preferences. 

How much does it cost?

You will need to cover the following costs should you be successful:

  • Travel to your interview and pre-departure briefing
  • Return flights to India
  • Insurance
  • Visa (up to £300)
  • Vaccinations
  • A child protection check (approx. £60)
  • A £200 placement fee

How much will I be paid?

Your host school will organise and cover your accommodation and at least one meal per day.

You will also receive a monthly contribution towards your living costs. This will be a minimum of INR20000 per month.

What support will I receive?

The British Council will be there to support you before, during and after the placement. 

All teaching assistants will be required to attend a pre-departure briefing. This will include important programme information, some teacher training as well as advice and guidance on adapting to life in India. This will also be a chance to meet other participants in the programme and ask us questions.

You will also receive information documents prepared by the British Council in advance of your departure including guidance on applying for your visa.

On arrival in India you will receive an induction including further details on living in India and teacher training. Accommodation and food will be covered during the induction and your host schools will also join for a day. They will organise the onward travel to your school and accompany you on the journey.

Each teaching assistant will be allocated a mentor teacher. This person will be your main point of contact and will offer you support on the ground. The British Council in India and the UK will also be on hand to answer any queries and deal with any issues should they arise.

At the end of the placement you will be invited to join our alumni network which will support you to continue to engage with India, the British Council and those that you have met along the way.

What will I gain?

“It provides you with a challenge and the opportunity to live in India and feel valued as a person working there. You are exposed to so many different things and it tests you and builds you as a person.”

– Natalie Lever, KPMG Teaching Assistant 2016

This is a chance to gain valuable teaching experience and a whole range of interpersonal skills, whilst also developing your understanding of contemporary India. 

Past participants in teaching assistantships have told us that their experience developed their communication and presentation skills, independence, intercultural awareness and project management skills amongst other things. Add to this a chance to get to know contemporary India, make lifelong friends and build a bank of fantastic stories. To hear more about the experiences of past participants follow the links at the side of the page.

What happens after I've applied?

If you pass the initial eligibility and quality checks you will be invited to attend an interview.

Candidates who successfully pass the interview stage of the process will receive confirmation by the end of May.

If you have any further queries please get in touch.

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