Teaching Young Buddhist Monks Project (Kathmandu, Pokhara)

Due to winter activities, the monk teaching project is not available from the last week of December to 2nd week of February. Please confirm this with us before applying for the program.
volunteer in teaching young buddhist monks project in nepal
  • Teach English to Buddhist monks so that they can communicate effectively to people
  • Have an enriching experience teaching Buddhist monks at the monastery
  • Immerse in the life of a monk and learn about the fascinating Buddhist culture and rituals
  • Practice Nepali while enjoying breathtaking Himalayan views, natural wonders and peaceful people in your downtime

If you’ve always been fascinated by Buddhism, this is the entrancing opportunity for you learn more about it while teaching young monks! Volunteer in Nepal and teach eager, enthusiastic young monks the English language in a monastery. Teaching is rewarding, but teaching young monks, is even more gratifying. Not only will you be helping the monks, you’ll be able to learn about the Buddhist culture and rituals in Nepal. Many of these monasteries are opened by Tibetan refugees who fled their homeland after China occupied Tibet. In the monasteries, large numbers of Buddhist monks live, study and practice the teachings of Buddha in their native language. They seldom have any opportunity to learn English. Recently, the Rinpoche (or the high Lama) of the monasteries have realized that the monks need to learn English if they are to spread the teaching of Buddha and communicate effectively with outside people. Hence, the monasteries are looking for volunteers to teach English to Buddhist monks. Take part in this project, and perhaps you might embark on the path to enlightenment!

Volunteers' Responsibilities

By volunteering in Nepal, you will be working in the monastery where you will teach English to the monks. The monasteries are usually very spacious, with a central building which houses a prayer room and the main altar. There will be other buildings for accommodation, eating, and studying. our efforts will be focused on teaching conversational English in public or private schools, six days a week. Depending on your individual interests and skills, and on the needs of the local staff, your daily activities involve, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching English to the young monks
  • Helping students to improve their Basic English and conversational skills
  • Supporting recreational and artistic activities focused on educational learning
  • Organizing and developing activities that encourage learning
  • Converse about the culture back home and ask about their childhood and life as a monk
  • Assist with administration
  • Organize games, drawing, singing, dancing and other creative educational and extra-curricular activities
How You Can Make a Difference

The Buddhist monks need teachers who are fluent to teach them English, so that they can better able communicate their teachings in the future. Teaching English to Buddhist monks is a terrific opportunity for volunteers interested in Buddhism. In the monasteries, you will have plenty of occasions to take part in meditation, rituals, prayers, and songs with the Buddhist monks. You'll enjoy the work as the monks are very well behave and extremely eager to learn from international volunteer.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications needed to join our Buddhist monks project in Nepal beyond a fluency in English. However, your understanding of the Nepali culture and language can help improve the experience for you and the monks. Consider enrolling in our one-week Language & Cultural Immersion program. Volunteer teachers should have strong English fluency, both written and verbal, although no previous teaching experience is required. Volunteers should have a love for teaching, English and conversation. Volunteers should also be enthusiastic, reliable, flexible, patient and strive to be good role models for the students. It is extremely important to note that monks are highly respected figures and follow strict and exemplary life rules. Only volunteers with serious discipline can join this project.

Project Location

This project is located in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Nepal is a country of matchless beauty. On the northern borders of Nepal, the majestic mountains of the Himalayas draw visitors in the thousands every year. As you travel south from there, you’ll pass countless snow-fed rivers, deep ravines and gorges, green valleys and a gorgeous panorama of overlapping hills. Nepal eventually ends on the flat plains that border India. In these varied terrains, countless ethnic groups thrive with their multitude of languages and unique cultures.

Kathmandu: Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in Nepal. The city is known for pagoda style temples dotted around the city and the half a dozen ancient historical places and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. During your free time, volunteers can do many things in Kathmandu like visiting Buddhist temples of Swayumbhunath and Bouddha or Pashupatinath, one of the holiest Hindu shrines. There are also many fine restaurants and bars in Kathmandu and you can also visit mountain top retreat of Nagarkot for a one night sojourn. One a clear day, sunrise from Nagarkot has been described as spectacular and you can also see clear views of Langtang Himalayan range.

Pokhara: Pokhara is a beautiful, small valley that is a starting point of many treks to the Annapurna region. From Pokhara itself, you can see breathtaking views of Maccha Puchure (Fish Tail Mountain) and Annapurna range. The town has many lakes and the lake side area of Lake Phewa has many fine restaurants and hotels. Other activities you can do while in Pokhara are paragliding, canoeing, boating and visits to spectacular mountain tops sights where you can see great views of the Valley and the snow-capped mountains.

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