Nepal is a home to Gautam Buddha and getting an opportunity to teach and help Buddhist monks in the homeland of Buddha is a very unique and spiritual experience. You will be living within the monastery accommodation and teaching monks in the morning or in the afternoon depending on monasteries.
You must be patient as the monks attend regular Buddhist pujas and classes. If you are determined to teach, you must work closely with other volunteers to set up a class system that maintains student interest while accommodating frequent schedule changes. Your impression as a volunteer will entirely depend on your motivation to know the monks as individuals and learners. You will be teaching 2 to 3 hours a day. Teaching at the monastery program has partners has 20 to 40 monks in the monasteries and approximately 6 to 20 years old.
The teaching Buddhist monks volunteer program runs all year round. But, as monastery is a religious institution there will be lot’s religious ceremony and Pujas(offerings). During these events there won’t be any classes. You are always welcome to join the religious events. The duration of the program would be 1 to 20 weeks.
Free time activities– Nepal offers breathtaking adventure activities all year round. So whenever you are free to want a break you can join some activities like trekking, hiking, paragliding, white water rafting, bungy jump, jungle safari etc. VCD Nepal also offers a combined package with touristy actives and cultural exchange experience. We can custom design an itinerary according to your preference.
✔ Gain spiritual experience ✔ Teach buddhist monks ✔ Learn buddhism ✔ Experience monastery life ✔ Stay within monastery ✔ Take part in Buddhist event and rituals
✔ 18 years+ or minor under parents guidance may join this program
Accomodation & Meals
Your accommodation and meals will be arranged within the Buddhist monastery. You will be provided a private room with a bed. In most cases you will share room with another volunteer. Meals is served 3 times a day. DalBhatTarkari (Rice, Lentils and vegetables) is the most common food cooked in Nepal. Tea is served few times a day.
You can either purchase bottled water at local tea shops or ask with your hosting family for filtered or boiled water.
Airport pick up and drop off
Accommodation at the Buddhist monastery 3 meals a day Public transportation to and from the monastery Sightseeing around Kathmandu
Language and cultural orientation
airport pick up and drop off
What’s not included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance, vaccinations and any personal expenses
Also be mindful that the monks are just normal boys — and that religion at the monastery is not in outward demonstrations but in true relationships — otherwise you may leave unfulfilled. Besides teaching monks you are also encouraged to organize recreational activities to develop their knowledge to understand life the out world. As a volunteer you have a rare opportunity to take part and experience in traditional Buddhist Pujas and rituals.
✔ Criminal background check Required ✔ Working with children check required ✔ Travel insurance for your safety ✔ Vaccines(Please visit your GP or seek for medical advice if you intend to volunteer and travel in Nepal. Please check out the link for more information. http://services.masta.com/VaccineChecker