Teach in India

Applications for 2016 are now closed.

What's it all about?

Schools across India are looking to add an international dimension to their teaching. Generation UK-India teaching assistantships give you the chance to get involved.

Starting in July or August, you can spend two or five months as a teaching assistant in an Indian school.

India is home to an array of fascinating people, cultures and landscapes, but in recent years it’s been the country’s thriving economy that has attracted all the attention. Supporting this growth is one of the largest education systems in the world with over 1.4 million schools and 230 million pupils.

Watch the video above to see what some of last year's participants have to say about their experience.

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

What will I be doing?

Teaching Assistants support schools by teaching subjects across the curriculum to primary and secondary age groups. Many schools request support with teaching English but, depending on your skills, you could be developing your pupils' French language or inpsiring budding scientists. Once you are selected to take part in the programme, we will match your skills to the participating school's requests. 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 get a certain level of responsibility as the placement progresses. The working week is roughly 20 hours in the classroom, with an additional 15 hours to be set aside for preparation time, staff meeting commitments and running extra curricular activities.

Posts are available across India with most schools based in large or medium cities. We endeavour to place teaching assistants in pairs however this is not always possible.

Who can apply?

The beauty of the Generation UK-India teaching assistantships is that they are open to applicants from any subject background. 

We are looking for candidates who have formal or informal experience of working with children; have the ability to give an accurate and up to date 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

Please note you can only undertake one Generation UK-India placement per year although you are welcome to apply for all the opportunities.

How do I apply?

Applications are currently closed. 

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Who will I be teaching?

Most schools will be  well-resourced Indian private schools, including some boarding schools. 

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

Support with costs

We will be offering a certain number of applicants a 50% discount on the placement fee to support with the upfront costs required to undertake the teaching assistantship.

To be eligible for the discount you must have received a maintenance grant whilst at university in England, Northern Ireland or Wales or a Young Students Bursary if you are based in Scotland.

The maintenance grant or bursary must have been received within the last 2 years.

We may not be able to offer the discount to all eligible applicants. If necessary we will base our final decision on the amount of funding received and the quality assessment score of each applicant.

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 15000INR per month.

For an idea of the full terms and conditions of the programme, please see the draft hosting agreement for 2016 between the teaching assistants and their host schools at the foot of this page. This is subject to change in future years.

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 in June. 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 a three day 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 join for the last 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?

“Life is too short to not go to India. It is life times a hundred; with so much going on in every corner you look in, and so much waiting for you around the next. St. Augustine suggested that life is a book, and that those who don't travel read only a page. In this book he speaks of, there couldn't be a bigger chapter than India. A monkey is eyeing up my cake.”

– Stephen Devincenzi, Teaching Assistant 2015

This is a chance to gain teaching experience and a whole range of interpersonal skills whilst also developing your understanding of one of the most exciting countries on the planet. 

Past participants in teaching assistantships have let us know 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.

This is an experience that will change your life and set you up for the future.

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.