Nepal - Teaching in Buddhist Monasteries
In this program you will teach English and math to Buddhist monks of all ages at the monasteries. This is most suitable for those especially interested in Buddhist culture and religion. Due to the fact that the monks spend their lives inside the monastery, this program provides them with the amazing opportunity to learn English, as well as experience another culture, from an international volunteer.
The monastery in Pharping takes in children from the age of eight, mainly children who lost their parents in the Earthquake in 2015. Some children come from mountain villages where otherwise they wouldn’t have an education, so they join the monastery to have a better start in life.
Volunteers will be assigned to a specific project, depending first on needs and availability and then on personal preference. These projects include:
Teaching: Depending on abilities and past experiences, some volunteers may be assisting a local teacher, while others may be able to lead class on their own. Volunteers will teach English informally - which gives you the opportunity to use your imagination and plan your daily lessons as you see fit. There are no guidelines, other than to engage your class and allow them to practice English. Classes are available for both children and adult monks, for approximately 1-2 hours every day.
Organizing Afterschool Activities: Some volunteers will be in charge of overseeing outdoor or indoor games and projects to engage the students outside of their everyday schedule. You will organize educational and environmental activities, as well as singing and dancing games, painting, or other crafts.
Other Tasks: Volunteers may also have the option to get involved in other tasks around the monastery such as gardening, cooking or helping out in the library.
Project length: Min 4 weeks - Max 8 weeks
- Accommodations: Volunteers stay in the monastery in either a shared or private room.
- Food: Three meals a day are provided on the weekdays; Breakfast and dinner are provided on the weekend
- Airport Transfers: Airport pickup is provided upon arrival
- Insurance: Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
- Orientation: One-week orientation in Kathmandu including including visits to local villages, touring temples, yoga classes and more.
- Support: Local in-country team and 24-hour emergency support
What's not Included
Flights, personal expenses, lunch on the weekends, visa (about US$30 at the airport upon arrival)