English Teacher for Buddhist Monks

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founded in 2015
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Coordinator | Manju
Coordinator | Manju
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High­lights

You will live and learn Buddhist while you are in Buddhist Monastery
Explore new ideas and possibilities beyond your imagination
Teach children motor and kinesthetic skills.
Every Morning you will welcome to prayer / meditation room
Volunteer and have a very unique and life affirming time abroad
Volunteer to teach young monks and learn about their lifestyle in a fascinating monastery. Teaching English to Buddhist monks one of the wonderful opportunity in Nepal. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Teaching Buddhist monks in Nepal is one of the wonderful opportunity. You will have to opportunity to learn their culture and lifestyle. Most of them are Tibetan monasteries opened by Tibetan refugees that fled the Chinese occupation. These monasteries house hundred of monks enrolled in the life of a monkhood from early in their lives. They study and live in the monastery. They mostly use Tibetan language only during their study and their chances of learning English are very limited.

The tremendous Buddhist presence has lead to Buddhist monastery being established in all region of Nepal. Many of these historically significant monasteries are open to the public and located within the Kathmandu valley and surrounding area. In this project you will be educating Buddhist monks in the age range of approximately 5-16 years old. In the monastery at any given time there around 30 to 40 monks, of which there will be 2 classes, one for seniors and one for junior students. A unique opportunities of this placement is the volunteer will have a rare opportunities to witness and participate in traditional Buddhist rituals.

Recently, the Rinpoche or the high lama of the monastery have realized that the monks need to learn English if they are to spread the teaching of Buddhist and communicate effectively with outside people. Hence the monasteries are looking for volunteers to teach English to Buddhist monks. Teaching English to Buddhist monks is an excellent opportunity for volunteers who are interested in Buddhism and culture. In the monastery, volunteers will also have  wonderful opportunity to learn vahrayana from of Buddhism and witness colorful rituals and prayers.


Your responsiblities as a Volunteer:- Volunteers will primarily work as English instructors either in the schools of the Tibetan children’s village or children home. The monastery are usually very spacious. A central building will house prayer room and the main altar. There will be other building for accommodation, eating and staying. During the teaching you will be encouraged to converse with monks to improve their speech you can talk about things back home and ask them about their childhood and life as monks

Typical day

You will have  a wonderful day everyday you will have to join praying at 5:00 am. This is the optional if you join at 5:00 am in the morning but your break fast accord at7:00am with tea and biscuits after that you will have teaching class inside the monastery. Again there is lunch time at 11:30 am. after the lunched you have few hour free time. 3:00pm is the another chanting time everyday you will have to join them for an hour after the praying you will have another teaching class until 6:00 pm and then dinner. And the following day is the same thing you can do at the monastery.


Teaching English is the main way you will help but there may also be the chance to teach Math's and Science. You can expect to teach around 3 to 4 hours a day – however some days may be busier than others. There will be flexible curriculum syllabus in Nepal when conducting your lessons. There is usually a government course guide book available according to class standards that focuses on Math's, English and Science.

You will have a lot of free time, which you can spend travelling, relaxing or learning about the Buddhist way of life. You will find the monks to be accepting and genuinely grateful for your help. You will get the chance to eat with the monks and have the opportunity too take part in some meditation rituals if you are up early enough to learn this practice too!

Free-time activities

You will have many way to donate your time in Nepal. There is historical places to visit, such as: Bouddhanath, Durbar squires, Hindu temples, Swyambhu Nath ( monkey temple) to explore the city's. Hiking and trekking, wildlife safari, rafting and many more thing to do while your free time. 

Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) or Nepali (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
English, Maths at High School level
Required Documents
Diploma Certificate and Criminal background check certificate
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Open minded, flexible
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 10:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by NVDP

Safe and comfortable Accommodation

Airport Transfer pick up / drop off

three organic food a day
Transportation placement drop off/ Pick up
Training facilities
24/7 support
Administration and government tax
Project contribution cost


Airport Pickup at Tribhuvan International Airport

We will well organize airport pick up by personal car either comfortable transportation to our hostel. On receipt of your flight details, NVDP will organize an airport pick up and drop off to your accommodation in Kathmandu (this will not exceed 2 nights). This is covered by your program fee and as such there will be no charge and we will endeavor to be on time. We cannot be held accountable for problems such as traffic jams but we will do our best to meet you punctually. Also please note that we are not allowed into the Arrivals Hall of the airport so we will meet you just outside the main EXIT Hall with a name plate with NVDP logo. The area is not big and it should be easy to find each other. Please note that any offers to carry your luggage will come from outside parties (not NVDP staff) so if you are approached and accept, you will be expected to pay a tip. We strongly advise not to accept those services as it encourages begging. Should you leave the country immediately after the volunteering / internship, NVDP staff can drop you at the airport.

Accommodation

Volunteers will live at the Monastery in separate volunteer living quarters. Accommodation is basic but comfortable. The rural located project accommodation are more simple and without the western style toilets, not hot showers we request to volunteer can not expect the luxury accommodation in rural project. The Accommodation in urban is more Modern. 


Accommodation in Nepal is comfy but generally very basic. Particularly in rural locations most accommodation will have western style toilets however some options only have Indian style squat toilets so be prepared.

Food & Beverages

We only provide food when they are in the monastery. Three meal of day with tea and coffee. We do not provide hard drink and no allowed to hard drink at the monastery. Food is very simple and extremely delicious. Food during your placement is included in the program fee. You should receive two to three meals a day throughout the placement, which will be of a Nepali standard, usually Daal–Bhat (lentil soup – rice), vegetable curry, pickle etc. If you wish to supplement your diet with other food, these expenses are yours. We will only cover food and accommodation for the period agreed for your placement and only at your placement.

If you go trekking or wish to stay in Nepal after your agreed period of placement, you will be responsible for your own expenses. If you decide to go away during your placement we cannot refund you any money and you do this at your own cost. In most cases you will be staying with a host family after the program orientation and will share the same food with them. Should you have any dietary conditions, you should let us know before your arrival in Nepal. Should you wish to return to the city at the weekends, you must cover your food and accommodation costs yourself. In case you want to make any trips during your placement, the period is still counted within regular placement time and that time won’t be extended to your date.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. We assist you to find cheap flights to Nepal.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Nepal provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Nepal you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Nepal.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

It is very flexible volunteer can start anytime or any date this program in Nepal but volunteer need to  inform us before 4 weeks that we need arrange living arrangement in the monastery. You should arrive into Tribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu. You will be met at the airport by one of our airport representative who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will spend the rest of your day at leisure.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$850
5 weeks
$981
6 weeks
$1,113
7 weeks
$1,244
9 weeks
$1,506
11 weeks
$1,769
20 weeks (max. stay)
$3,250
Average fees
$188 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. NVDP will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with NVDP during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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English Teacher for Buddhist Monks

Volunteer to teach young monks and learn about their lifestyle in a fascinating monastery. Teaching English to Buddhist monks one of the wonderful opportunity in Nepal.

$188/week

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