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You will go to Wat Khao Tao Temple and stay overnight there for a couple of days. The monk who will be teaching you has plenty of experience in sharing Buddhism knowledge in English before. Your assigned coordinator will always be there to help out with the language barrier and other things.
This program is designed for beginners but also welcomes more experienced individuals as well. The daily routine in the temple starts quite early, typically around 05:00 with morning chanting and short meditation, and after that, monks would start to go on Pindabat (receiving alms), then come back to the temple for breakfast at around 08:00.
After breakfast, participants will have some free time to take a shower and rest a bit before learning about the introduction to Buddhism and Thai meditation, and then followed by meditation practices. THey will get to learn how to make up mindfulness with breathing and try out different postures for meditation practices such as: sitting, walking, lying down, to see which posture will be most suitable for them. Lunch will start at 11:00 (Buddhist monks eat only 1-2 meals/day and will not eat after midday, but participants can choose if they would like to have dinner or not. In the afternoon, you will continue with meditation practice for 1-2 hours and then have some free time to practice more by yourself or help with chores in the temple. At around 18:00 or 19:00, monks will do an evening chanting and meditation and after practice, you will have a chance to discuss and ask questions about Buddhism with the monk. Please note that the stay at the monastery will be very simple, you will be given only a mattress, a pillow and a blanket.
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.
All the meals served inside the accommodation are homestyle, vegetarian-friendly and you can expect that they will be typically Thai, including plenty of rice or noodle dishes with vegetables and occasionally some meat will be provided as well, along with seasonal fruits for dessert.
While we do our best to accommodate our participants, what we provide for most meals is local cuisine. If you are a picky eater, have dietary restrictions, or if you think that you will not be satisfied with the local dishes provided, you might want to consider supplementing our menu with your own western type foods and snacks that are more to your liking. From our accommodation and you can use our bikes to ride to a few convenience stores nearby.
Please keep in mind that refrigerator space is limited and to prevent insect infestation open food items are not allowed in the rooms.
Our center is located in the hilly countryside of Prachuap Khiri Khan province amidst green surroundings. The accommodation consists of spacious rooms. There is a common area with a refrigerator, hammocks and a large communal swimming pool for you to chill.