Buddist monks and volunteers in Nepal
Buddist monks and volunteers in Nepal

Teaching at Buddhist Monasteries in Nepal

Teach English to novice monks in authentic monasteries!
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Overview

During this program, you will teach different subjects including English and have one on one English conversation classes with the monks at the monasteries. You will also get a chance to learn about Buddhism while doing this. You will be teaching novice monks, both adults and children!

The monasteries we work with are located in different areas in Kathmandu, Pharping, Nala and Everest region. In the Everest regions, we work with Serlo Taksindo, Mendo Pakhe and Choying monasteries. During your program, you will be accommodated in the monastery itself where you will do the program. You will be sharing a room with other participants. The nearest monastery to our Kathmandu Center is Tinchuli (Near the Bauddhinath Stupa) which is about 30 minutes drive from our centre in Kathmandu. Monasteries in Nala and Pharping are about 2 hours drive from Kathmandu.

In the Everest regions, we work with Serlo Taksindo, Mendo Pakhe and Choying monasteries. Reaching these regions can take about 12 hours in a jeep and an overnight staying Phaplu. Then the next day, you will do a hike of about 30min to 4 hours to reach the Monastery.

Please note that transfers between Kathmandu and monasteries are not included in the program fee.

Objectives

  • To help teach monks English and also, to get our participants immersed into the lifestyle in a monastery and to learn about Buddhism

Impact

Volunteer experiences have a direct and positive impact on local communities by injecting money into the local economy through the purchase of food, transportation, and tourism activities. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the comunity and make a difference in the world. Depending on the type of volunteer experience you are interested in, your time can be spent improving educational resources and opportunities, providing medical services to underserved communities, or promoting environmental conservation and sustainable farming techniques.

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Location

Various, Nepal

Your new home will be an authentic Buddhist monastery. According to availability you can choose between different monasteries in or around Kathmandu. While the nearest one is just within Kathmandu, the farthest takes a 12 hour (overnight) bus ride and 4 hours of hiking to get to. Did we already say it’s authentic?

We take care of the (public) transport to the monastery and back at the beginning and end of your program.

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Itinerary

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Sunday - Arrival
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in our pickup time on Sunday between 06:00 and 24:00
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Monday - Friday
You will teach different subjects including English to the monks, both young and old, for about 2 to 3 hours every day. Apart from this activity, you are free to also take part in other activities such as in the kitchen, garden or at the library.
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Saturday - Departure

Return to our Center in Kathmandu. Leave the accommodation on Saturday morning. Take a taxi to the airport (1 hour) for earliest flights Saturday or Sunday Morning

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Inclusions

  • Shared Accomodation
  • All meals included
  • Free beverages
  • Wifi in public areas
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer
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Options

  • Extra night accomodation (before experience)$60
  • Extra night accomodation (after experience)$60
  • Upgrade to Private Room - 1 week$120
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More Information

Requirements

  • minimum age18
  • maximum age65
  • minimum english levelBasic
  • CRB RequiredOn signup
  • passport copy requiredOn signup
  • resume copy requiredYes
Other Requirements
  • Completed high school
  • Casual dress is appropriate during your time at the monasteries. However, no-see through clothes or low cut tops are permitted.

Food

The meals are a mix of Western and Nepalese food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about once per week. You can also choose to eat out at any of the local restaurants.

Accommodation

You will be accommodated at one of the monasteries itself, sharing a room with other participants.

Cancellation Policy

Bookings can be amended and cancelled 30 days before the program start date without any costs. Bookings that are cancelled less than 30 days before the program start date will be charged the first week of the booking.

Teaching at Buddhist Monasteries

CategoryTeaching
Stylebackpacker
AvailabilityOpen
Price per person$360/week
Minimum Duration4 weeks

Contact us for availability and further information.

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