Chinese Teaching / Tutoring
We began offering Chinese language classes at Lha in 2004. Due to a shortage of teachers for two years we could not offer these classes. Fortunately classes resumed in 2007 and have been progressing successfully since then. Currently we teach 35 to 40 students every month.
We have three different levels - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, each an hour-long class offered daily, Monday through Friday. 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.
Most of our Chinese language students are Tibetan, and many have a strong will to go back to Tibet. These days there is a strong demand for Chinese language skills among Tibetans in Tibet, as it offers greater opportunities for employment and in communication.
We recognize that the Chinese language is gaining in prominence globally; therefore many of our students regard it as important to know at least basic Chinese to communicate with 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.