English Teaching / Tutoring
We offer five levels of english classes, from Elementary to Advanced. Each class runs for a period of three months. Students must complete the 3 month course before they progress to the higher level. A set text book for each of the five English levels from Cambridge is provided for each student. Elementary and Beginner courses last for an hour and a half while the Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, and Advanced courses last for one hour, classes are held each weekday, Monday through Friday. Lha's English language classes have been running since 1999. Currently, we educate 160-170 English language students per month at Lha.
We ask that Language Teachers at Lha commit to a minimum stay of two months, in order to ensure as much course continuity as possible for our students. Teachers have access to a variety of teaching aids and materials through the Lha Library located in the main office building on Temple Road. Language Teachers at Lha are responsible for taking daily attendance, lesson planning, creating and grading homework and periodic exams for their students, and notifying the Teacher Coordinator in a timely manner should they be unable to attend their scheduled class.
We also offer a daily English conversation class. The conversation classes improve the students' speaking level and confidence and provide a friendly atmosphere to exchange stories and experience cultural exchange with western volunteers. Students from the upper three levels can attend this class between 4 and 5pm every weekday.
All of our language classes are available to students of all ages from within the Tibetan refugee community and the local Indian community. Most of the English language students are young people and adults from Tibet, often including monks and nuns.
The main reason for the Tibetans' interest in learning English is that they want to go back to Tibet and they feel it's important to know English for their future employment opportunities. Some people, especially monks and nuns, also learn it to transmit Tibetan issues, culture, and religion to the world.
Lha offers a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the Tibetan community. While we welcome drop-in volunteers with no previous communication or planning, we also offer other options for those wanting to plan ahead and receive supported services before arrival in India, upon arrival and during their stay in Dharamsala.
Pre-arranged volunteers are guaranteed a placement at Lha, and we strongly encourage potential volunteers to submit an application before your arrival in India so that we can be sure to place you in a role best suited to your unique skill-sets. Most volunteers work directly with Lha, while others are placed throughout the community with other NGOs.
We believe our reception and orientation service is to the mutual benefit of both Lha and our volunteers, enabling the smoothest and most efficient transition possible to Dharamsala. Please note that all donations received from these services go directly into the social service programs provided by Lha.
If you are trained in any specific skills, we will try to provide opportunities for you to use your expertise to benefit others in our community. If you are planning to just drop in, our office is located on Temple Road in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala (just across from State Bank of India). Our office is open from 9AM-5PM, Monday to Saturday. Please note that the Lha office is closed on the second Saturday of every month.