India: Teaching ESL in India

India is a popular place for many ESL teachers to volunteer teaching English, and this may make an ESL job search in India more difficult. However, with the right skills and attitude, it is possible to find a paid teaching job in India with a TESOL certification.

Living and Teaching in India

India: At a Glance
India: Living in India
India: Teaching ESL in India
India: Financial Snapshot


Peak ESL Hiring Season in India
How to Find Jobs Teaching ESL in India
Largest Chain Schools in India
Tips for ESL Teachers in India
Requirements to teach ESL in India
Embassy and Consulate Information for India

 

Peak ESL Hiring Season in India

The ESL market in India is limited. The majority of schools do not have the funds to hire native-speaking English teachers. Most of the English teaching jobs in India are found in the private sector. There are no peak hiring seasons for teaching English in India; this is due to the diminished role that the school system has in the Indian ESL market.

How to Find Jobs Teaching English in India

Most of the English teaching jobs in India are offered without any wages attached to them. With English being an official language in India, there are plenty of Indian citizens more than qualified to teach English. Although difficult, some ESL teachers have managed to find teaching opportunities both volunteer and paid. Below is a list of online English resources that may be of use to ESL teachers hoping to teach English in India.

 

Largest Chain Schools in India  

The British School, New Delhi

Students at the British School, New Delhi are offered programming from Kindergarten through to Grade 13. The private school first opened in 1963, and currently has a student base of over 700.
http://www.british-school.org/

Daly College

Arguably known as one of India’s premier private schools, Daly College has been in Indore since 1869. The school has been recognized with multiple educational awards.
http://www.dalycollege.org/

The International School Bangalore (TISB)

Since it’s beginnings in 2000, the International School Bangalore has become one of the most prestigious and expensive private schools in India. Tuition at this private school usually averages $12,000 a year.
http://www.tisb.org/

Other Jobs Teaching English in India:  

In-Company School Teacher

Some ESL teachers have found work teaching English as an in-company teacher. These positions are usually located within call centers. The main purpose of these ESL jobs is to help Indian workers have an American accent on the phone.

Additional ESL Resources to Help Teach English in India

There is an abundance of ESL resources for teachers to help teach English as a second language; therefore, finding resources that meet specific teaching needs may be difficult. Some examples of the available teaching resources are listed below.

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Tips for ESL Teachers in India

  • In many regions of India, religion plays a large role on how a group functions. It is important for English teachers to dress and act conservatively.
  • There are very few paying ESL jobs in India, but there are some volunteer opportunities. Sometimes it is best to simply visit an Indian school and meet the staff and students. This could be an excellent way to find a volunteer position.
  • Due to the small TESOL market, many English teachers will need to save some money before they plan on coming to India.
  • Indian weather can sometimes get hot, but wearing shorts in public is frowned upon. Typically, men are only expected to wear shorts when jogging; women should wear jogging pants.
  • Feet are considered to be unclean parts of the body and special care should be taken not to wear shoes indoors. Never point the tips of feet at another person, and wash hands immediately after making contact with feet.
  • Consult a doctor about the vaccinations recommended to travel to India

Requirements to Teach English in India

ESL teachers traveling to India will require an Indian visa. Filing for an Indian visa can be done at an Indian embassy or consulate office before leaving home. The visa application form can be downloaded from the Internet at https://indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com. Applicants have the ability to track the processing of their visa application in real time via the website.

Types of Indian Visas:

  • Employment Visa – ESL teachers will need an employment visa to teach in India. This visa is meant for those wishing to work abroad for an Indian business.
  • Tourist Visa – This visa is designed for people planning on visiting India, but not teaching there. The visa will expire after six months.
  • Business Visa – Those wishing to make a short-term business trip to India will need a business visa.
  • Student Visa – The student visa is meant for foreigners wishing to live in India to pursue their studies.
  • Transit Visa – Traveling throughout India will require a transit visa.

In addition to the visas listed above, there are visas for people of Indian origin. Applications typically take five business days to process.

Items to Submit With an Indian Employment Visa Application

  • You will need the following:
    • A completed application which can be picked up at an Indian embassy or consulate office. The form can also be downloaded online (see above)
    • A tourist visa that is valid for six months
    • Photocopy of passport
    • Two identical passport-sized photos (color or black and white acceptable)
    • Home address information
    • Letter of stating an intention to hire from an Indian school
    • A letter stating that a teaching contract was offered
    • Current resume
    • Registration information of the Indian company the ESL teacher will be working for; application fees typically cost around $200.

Please note that the Indian visa application information was current at the time of publication, but regulations and fees are subject to change. Please refer to https://indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com/ for the most current information.

 

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Embassy and Consulate Information for India

The United States of America Embassy and Consulates Offices in India

Embassy of the United States in New Delhi
Shantipath, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi - 110021
City: New Delhi
Phone: 91 011 2419 8000
Fax: 91 11 2419 0017
Email: ndwebmail@state.gov
Website: http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/

Consulate General of America in Kolkata
5/1, Ho Chi Minh Sarani
Kolkata - 700071
City: Kolkata
Phone: 91 033 3984 2400
Fax: 91 33 2282 2335
Email: KolkataPAS@state.gov
Website: http://kolkata.usconsulate.gov

Consulate General of the United States in Chennai
No. 220, Anna Salai
Chennai - 600006
City: Chennai
Phone: 91 044 2857 4000
Fax: 91 172 505 0320
Email: chennaic@state.gov
Website: http://chennai.usconsulate.gov

Consulate General of the United States in Mumbai
C-49 G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex
Bandra East, Mumbai - 400051
City: Mumbai
Phone: 91 022 2672 4000
Email: mumbaipublicaffairs@state.gov
Website: http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov

Consulate General of the United States in Hyderabad
Paigah Palace
1-8-323
Chiran Fort Lane,
Begumpet
Secunderabad - 500003
Andhra Pradesh
City: Hyderabad
Phone: 91 40 4033 8300
Email: HyderabadPA@state.gov
Website: http://hyderabad.usconsulate.gov

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Canadian Embassy and Consular Offices in India

High Commission of Canada in New Delhi
7/8 Shantipath, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi - 110021
City: New Delhi
Phone: 91 11 4178 2000
Email: delhi@international.gc.ca
Fax: 91 11 4178-2020
Website: www.canadainternational.gc.ca/india-inde/

Consulate General of Canada, Mumbai
Indiabulls Finance Centre
21st Floor, Tower 2
Senapati Bapat Marg
Elphinstone Road (West)
Mumbai - 400013
City: Mumbai
Phone: 91 22 6749 4444
Fax: 91 22 6749 4454
Email: mmbai@international.gc.ca
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:15 pm

Consulate General of Canada, Chennai
18 (Old 24), 3rd floor YAFA Tower
Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam
Chennai - 600006
City: Chennai
Phone: 91 44 2833 0888
Fax: 91 44 4215-9393
Email: Chennai@international.gc.ca
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:45 pm

Consulate General of Canada, Chandigarh
SCO #54-56, Sectot 17A
Chandigarh – 160017
City: Chandigarh
Phone: 91 172 505 0330
Fax: 91 172 505 0320
Email: CHADG-G@international.gc.ca
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:45 pm

Australian Embassy and Consular Offices in India

Australian High Commission in New Delhi
1/50 - G, Shantipath
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi - 21
P.O. Box 5210
New Delhi - 110021
City: New Delhi
Phone: 91 11 4139 9900
Fax: 91 11 2688 7536
Email: AHC.newdelhi@dfat.gov.au
Website: www.india.embassy.gov.au/
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 with a lunch break from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Consulate General of Australia in Mumbai
Level 10, A Wing
Crescenzo Building
Opp MCA Cricket Club
G Block, Plot C 38-39
Bandra Kurla Complex
Mumbai - 400051
City: Mumbai
Phone: 91 22 6757 4900
Fax: 91 22 6757 4955
Email: AHC.newdelhi@dfat.gov.au
Website: www.india.embassy.gov.au/
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm with a lunch break from 1 pm to 2:00 pm

Consulate General of Australia in Chennai
9th Floor, Express Chambers
Express Avenue Estate
Whites Road
Royapettah
Chennai - 600014
City: Chennai
Phone: 91 44 4592 1300
Fax: 91 44 4592 1320
Email: AHC.newdelhi@dfat.gov.au
Website: www.india.embassy.gov.au/
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm with a lunch break from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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British Embassy and Consular Offices in India

British High Commission in New Delhi
Chanakyapuri
New Delhi - 110021
City: New Delhi
Phone: 91 11 2419 2100
Fax: 91 11 2419 2491
Email: web.newdelhi@fco.gov.uk
Website: http://ukinindia.fco.gov.uk
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Consulate General of the United Kingdom in Kolkata
1A Ho Chi Minh Sarani
Kolkata - 700071
City: Kolkata
Phone: 91 33 2288 5172/2288 5173 76
Fax: 91 33 2288 3435
Email: kolkata@fco.gov.uk
Website: http://ukinindia.fco.gov.uk
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

British Deputy High Commission in Mumbai
C/32 G Block Bandra Kurla Complex,
Bandra (East) Mumbai - 400051
City: Mumbai
Phone: 91 22 6650 2222
Fax: 91 22 6650 2324
Email: postmaster.bomba@fco.gov.uk
Website: http://ukinindia.fco.gov.uk
Normal Hours: Monday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (closes at 1:00 pm on Fridays)

British Deputy High Commission in Chennai
20 Anderson Road
Chennai - 600006
City: Chennai
Phone: 91 44 4219 2151
Fax: 91 44 4219 2322
Email: bdhcchen@airtelbroadband.in
Website: http://ukinindia.fco.gov.uk
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (closes at 1:30 pm on Fridays)

British Deputy High Commission in Bangalore
Prestige Takt
23 Kasturba Road Cross
Bangalore - 560001
South India
India
City: Bangalore
Phone: 91 80 2210 0200
Fax: 91 80 2210 0400
Email: bto.bangalore@fco.gov.uk
Website: http://ukinindia.fco.gov.uk
Normal Hours: Monday to Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (closes at 1:30 pm on Fridays)

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Irish Embassy and Consular Offices in India

Embassy of Ireland in New Delhi
Embassy of Ireland
C17 Malcha Marg
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi - 110021
City: New Delhi
Phone: 91 11 4940 3200
Fax: 91 11 2469 7053
Email: newdelhiembassy@dfa.ie
Website: http://www.irelandinindia.com/
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Honorary Consulate General of Ireland in Mumbai
Kamanwalla Chambers
2nd Floor, Sir P.M. Road, Fort
Mumbai, India - 400001
City: Mumbai
Phone: 91 22 6635 5635.,6633 9717
Fax: 91 22 6639 1945
Email: irishcongen@vsnl.net

Honorary Consulate General of Ireland in Bangalore
Biocon Limited, 20th K M Hosur Road
Electronics City PO
Bangalore - 561229
City: Bangalore
Phone: 91 80 2852 3425
Fax: 91 80 28523 4235
Email: kiran.mazumdar@bioconindia.com

New Zealand’s Embassy and Consular Offices in India

New Zealand High Commission in New Delhi
Sir Edmund Hillary Marg
Chanakyapuri
New Delhi 110 021, India
City: New Delhi
Phone: 91 11 4688 3170
Fax: 91 11 4688 3165
Email: nzhc@gmail.com
Website: http://www.nzembassy.com/india
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Consulate General of New Zealand in Chennai
Honourary Consul for New Zealand
Mr L Ganesh
Rane Engine Valves Ltd
Maithri, 132 Cathedral Road
Chennai 600 086
City: Chennai
Phone: 91 44 2811 2472 ext 21
Fax: 91 2811 2449
Email: r.ramesh@rane.co.in
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Consulate General of New Zealand in Mumbai
Level 23, North Avenue
Maker Maxity
Bandra Kurla Complex
Mumbai - 400051
City: Mumbai
Phone: 91 22 6131 6666
Fax: 91 22 6131 6673
Email: nzcg.mumbai@nzte.govt.nz
Website: http://www.nzembassy.com/india
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

 

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Embassy and Consulate Information for India

Embassy of India in Washington D.C.
2107 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.,
Washington D.C. - 20008
City: Washington D.C.
Phone: 1 (202) 939-7000
Fax: 1 (202) 265-4351
Website: http://www.indianembassy.org/
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm

Consulate general offices are located in major cities and offer full services including consular services. Honourary consulates offer a limited range of services including consular services. A full list of Indian consulates in the US can be found at: http://www.indianembassy.org

High Commission of India in Ottawa
10 Springfield Road
Ottawa, Ontario
K1M 1C9
City: Ottawa
Phone: (613) 744-3751/2/3
Fax: (613) 744-0913
Email: hicomind@hciottawa.ca
Website: http://www.hciottawa.ca/
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Consulate general offices are located in major cities and offer full services including consular services. Honourary consulates offer a limited range of services including consular services. A full list of Indian consulates in Canada can be found at: http://www.hciottawa.ca/

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