Teach novice monks English in authentic monasteries! This program is tailored for those who are interested in teaching English and at the same time learning something new themselves.
You will be teaching monks of all ages, both adults and children, inside a monastery, which will give you the unique opportunity to immerse in their day-to-day lifestyle and learn about Buddhism. In this program you will teach different subjects including English and have one-on-one English conversation classes with the monks at the monasteries.
During this program, you will teach different subjects including English and have one on one English conversation class to the monks at the monasteries. You will also get a chance to learn about Buddhism while doing this. You will be teaching to novice monks, both adults and children! You will be staying either in the monastery or in an accommodation nearby, this will allow for fully immersing into the lifestyle of the monks!
After your introduction week at Kathmandu, During the monastery teaching phase at the Monastery, you will be accommodated at the monastery itself. You will be sharing room with other participants. We have monastery in different locations - Kathmandu, Pharping, Namobuddha, and Serlo - Everest region. In Kathmandu, the monastery is in Tinchuli, Boudha. When you are teaching at Tinchuli, Boudha monastery, you will be staying at the house in Kathmandu because this monastery is damaged by the earthquake so there is no space to stay at the monastery. But for other monasteries (Pharping, Namobuddha and Serlo) you will be staying at monastery.
Serlo monastery is the farthest one which takes about 12 hours of jeep drive and stay overnight in Phaplu and then the next day of about 4 hours hike to the Serlo Monastery.
Monastery in Namobuddha is about 4 hours drive from Kathmandu.
Pharping is about 2 hours driving from Kathmandu.
About Your Location
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 furthest 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.
*** Please note: The monastery in Kathmandu is still being re-built in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake. If you chose that one, you will stay in our own accommodation in Kathmandu instead and use public transport to get to your program.***
Aims & Objectives
To help teach monks English and reversely, to get you immersed into the lifestyle in a monastery and to help you learn about Buddhism. Please note, however, that we cannot guarantee that you will be able to learn a lot about Buddhism at the monastery from the monks themselves, because only few monks can communicate well in English and it depends on whether they have time for you. In any case you will have a very good chance to observe the practices of Buddhism in Nepal.
Weekly Schedule & Activities
You will teach different subjects from Monday to Friday, 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 kitchen gardening or at the library etc.
This project isn’t affected by public holidays, but there may be slight changes to the Introduction Week if arriving during a public holiday:
21 September - 08 October
19-21 & 26 October
03, 19 & 25 December
15, 18 & 30 January
14, 16 & 19 February
24 & 30 April
01 & 29 May
03, 12, 14 & 19 September
09, 16-23 October
07-09 & 13 November
Mandatory Volunteer Requirements
- Minimum age of 18
- Good level of competency in English
- Police clearance certificate
- Travel & medical insurance
Weekends free. Please note, however, that some monasteries have a different weekend system as they follow the lunar calendar.
Volunteers will stay at the volunteer house in Kathmandu during the introduction week. Then on Sunday you will move to your accommodation at the monastery where you will be teaching.
The volunteer house is 5 km away from the city centre and has rooms with 4 to 6 people sharing on a single gender basis and space for up to 36 volunteers. The modern bathrooms with hot showers are shared with your roommates. There is a modern kitchen and dining room, a frigerator where you can store food and beverages, a fully furnished living room, live-in staff on call 24/7, a garden with a comfortable, covered area for relaxing including a smoking area as well as 24/7 security. Other amenities available at the centre are a TV with SKY, DVD player and Wi-Fi. Unfortunately the internet connection might occasionally be slow and irregular. Laundry facilities are available at an additional fee. Single rooms can be booked in advance and at extra cost, however, please note that single rooms are always subject to availability.
The nearest ATM and supermarket are located a 15-minute walk away from your accommodation.
Rooms at the monasteries are shared normally between 4 to 6 participants with shared bathroom facilities. Wi-Fi is very limited at the monasteries. Please note that in Asia, cold showers are the norm.
If your flight arrives anytime Saturday or Sunday, we will pick you up from the relevant airport.
Transfer Coordinator: Prema (she speaks English)
If you are lost or have any major concerns regarding your transfer, please try to contact the coordinator at the airport first.
Emergency: Rajesh Shrestha (he speaks English)
Mobile: +977 9851 034 651
Land line: +977 1 437 7623
Email: [email protected]
Use these numbers only in case of a GENUINE emergency. If you experience problems with your pick-up, please call the transfer coordinator at the airport first before trying these numbers.
Tourist Police: Dial 4226359 / 4226403
The Tourist Police of Kathmandu are trained to assist you in English. Direct any safety concerns to them.
Local (vegetarian) dishes on site, 3 meals a day during weekdays, 2 meals a day during weekends.
At the monasteries only tea is served, no coffee.
Casual dress is appropriate during your time at the school, however, no see-through clothes or low-cut tops are permitted.
What to bring:
Toilet paper, towels, toiletries, mosquito nets and mosquito repellant are NOT provided so you will have to bring these along with you. Please also bring hiking shoes and tidy clean clothes for temple visits, and take care of malaria precautions.
Please remember to take care of the visa arrangements on time.
We highly recommend buying a cheap local SIM card for your whole time in Nepal, not only for your own personal safety, but also for easier and cheaper communication with the other volunteers, staff and family back home, and especially if you are traveling to us by yourself. You can usually get one during your introduction week. You will have to have 2 passport sized photographs to get a SIM card.