Teaching English to Buddhist Monks

Teaching English to Buddhist monks in Nepal is a wonderful and rewarding teaching volunteer opportunity for those who are interested in learning Buddhism and culture. A teaching English to Buddhist monks volunteering opportunity will help and allow volunteers to learn about Buddhist culture and lifestyle. Monasteries are home to hundreds of monks who have devoted their lives to monkhood from an early age. They study and live in the monastery and mostly use the Tibetan language only during their study and monks’ chances of learning English are very limited.

Teaching English to Buddhist monks is an incredible opportunity for volunteers who are interested in Buddhism and culture. Volunteers will also have a wonderful opportunity to learn the Vajrayana form of Buddhism and witness colourful rituals and prayers. As a volunteer in the teaching English to Buddhist monks program, you will work in the monastery where you will be teaching English to Buddhist monks.

Volunteers will be encouraged to speak with monks to improve their speech and will also teach them about grammar rules and try to increase their vocabulary. Volunteers will work in the monastery where volunteers will find accommodation for eating and studying. The monasteries are usually very spacious. A central building will house a prayer room. Volunteers should also be flexible practical self-motivated and open-minded to learning about new cultures.

Teaching English volunteer or teaching in a Buddhist monastery to Buddhist monks in Nepal, you can enormously benefit their learning and language development. As a result, by working with international volunteers the monks can vastly improve their communication and pronunciation skills to a new level.

Teaching English to monks and learning about their way of life in a Nepalese Buddhist monastery is a unique opportunity that can be life-changing, and you should not miss it.

Teaching English to Buddhist Monks Highlights:

  • Volunteer and have a very unique and life-affirming time abroad
  • Discover your new passion and propel your CV with an international experience
  • Have the choice between rural and urban locations in this stunning and visually arresting country
  • Enjoy a lot of free time by travelling, relaxing or further learning about the Buddhist way of life
  • Receive insights about the culture that are not granted to tourists

What does a teaching English to Buddhist monks volunteer?

Teaching English to Buddhist monks volunteers can teach English, math, science, vocabulary and engage Buddhist monks in creative and fun activities or sports for around 3 to 4 hours per day in the monastery. Most of the monasteries follow the school syllabus and we provide teaching materials to assist you. Moreover, the monks share their knowledge and culture with the volunteers. Teaching English to Buddhist monks is one of our most popular volunteering programs and it offers a unique opportunity to get fully involved in the daily life of a Buddhist monastery.

Do I need any qualifications or skills for teaching English to Buddhist monks?

You do not need any specific qualifications, but you must have a good command of the English language. Additionally, you should be culturally sensitive as you will be working in a religious environment that may be quite different from what you’re used to. As Buddhist monks participate in various religious activities throughout the year, the structure of your volunteering program may need to be adjusted at times so you remain flexible to accommodate any such changes.

Where in Nepal can I volunteer in a monastery?

Teaching English to Buddhist monks volunteering opportunities are available at Buddhist monasteries in Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara Valley and Salleri Himalayan region. As a teaching English to Buddhist monks volunteer, you will work in the monastery and may also assist in community schools for non-monastic children. Here is more information about volunteer work locations.

Orientation begins on the morning of next day your arrival and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Nepal – an introduction to Nepal, Nepalese customs, language training details, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Nepal, and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to visit local temples, sample authentic Nepali food, meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. The program may vary depending on your time of arrival. We will manage to include all below mentioned activities in you introduction program.
• Arrival and introduction host family
• Survival Nepali lessons and cultural discussion
• Local amenities and sightseeing and project start

On arrival in Nepal, volunteers stay in a host family in Kathmandu for their orientation.

Volunteers are then accommodated together in homestays and hosted by local families who have been approved by our program staff. We give your host family a fee for your support, food and board. It is exciting to stay with a host family, providing you with a unique opportunity to learn about the Nepalese way of life, meet local people, try traditional food and speak the local language – especially when host families in Nepal tend to have limited English.

Living is basic but comfortable and most homestays have electricity and running water, with the exception of some rural homestays which are without these conveniences during the dry season. Squat toilets are the norm in Nepal and you will not come across many western toilets. Volunteers can also expect low-pressure showers that are generally not heated; however, this is refreshing after a day in the heat.

You can expect to share a room with one to three other volunteers and bedrooms have single beds and bunk beds with bedding provided. It is recommended volunteers bring their own sleeping bags and mosquito nets for any trips away.

WiFi is available in most of the volunteer homestays. If you would like to keep connected during your stay, we recommend bringing an unlocked mobile phone and purchasing a local SIM card when you arrive in Nepal.

The staple meal for most Nepali families is dal bhat, which consists of lentil soup (dal), rice (bhat) and vegetables in curry (tarkari) and/or meat (masu) with a side of pickle/sauce (achar). Volunteers are served two meals per day at their homestay and can purchase additional food to supplement this if they wish.

Volunteers can have a meaningful impact on Nepalese communities by providing assistance with a wide range of activities that help make life, and the future, better for local people. Volunteer World Nepal has a number of volunteer projects in Nepal. Some are located on the outskirts of the capital city of Kathmandu in rural and urban areas, while others are in Pokhara and Salleri. Pokhara is located in mid-western Nepal and is a popular tourist destination, renowned for its amazing mountain views. Salleri is the Everest Mountain region: beautiful landscapes, hillsides dotted with villages, a lively weekend bazaar, a Tibetan camp, and many spectacular Buddhist monasteries. In Salleri you can teach in Schools, teach English in a monastery, work in a Health Clinic or work in Construction. Salleri is a small Himalayan Region town that serves as the headquarters of the Solukhumbu District.

Low-cost, fully hosted volunteer abroad programs in Nepal.
Your registration fee and your program fee provide access to a fully hosted volunteer experience with Volunteer World Nepal. In order to apply to join Volunteer World Nepal you are required to make your registration fee payment of 100 dollars.

Key Information:

Improve access to quality education
Various locations in Nepal
Homestay accommodation
Based in monasteries across Nepal
Up to 4 - 5 hours volunteers a day
Fully hosted experience from 200 dollar for 1 week
Base Camp treks and other tours available
Durations from 1 - 4 weeks
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Program fee for two weeks: 350 USD
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  • No booking or Credit Card Fee
  • Free Cancellation

What's included:

  • Two meals (breakfast and dinner)
  • Accommodation
  • Orientation and survival Nepali language lesson
  • Cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • 24/7 email and telephone support
  • Volunteer handbook
  • 24/7 hours emergency support
  • Dedicated VWN program and travel co-ordinator
  • Regular program inspection
  • Scholarships for low income students

What's Excluded:

  • Flights to Kathmandu
  • Visa cost
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Domestic flight costs
  • Transportation costs for the volunteers who want to work outside the Kathmandu Valley
  • Personal items, extra beverages and entertainment expenses
  • Personal travel and sightseeing
  • Transportation service during weekends travel
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