Teach English to Young Monks

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Coordinator | Sahil
Coordinator | Sahil
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Volunteer work in Chiang Mai at monasteries and temple schools to teach young monks elementary subjects
The objective is to enhance the knowledge of monks and novices in both religious and secular subjects
Have an interactive exchange session with these monks, where you get to learn about the spiritual side of life
Meet other likeminded participants from around the world
Explore the beautiful city of Chiang Mai during weekends and free time
Volunteers joining the Monks Teaching Volunteer Program in Thailand, Chiang Mai will teach novice Buddhist monks at five different monastery schools. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Volunteers joining the Monks Teaching Volunteer Program in Thailand, Chiang Mai will teach novice Buddhist monks, who are in the age group of 12-18 years. The placements are provided to interested volunteers at five different monastery schools, in the beautiful city of Chiang Mai. Objectives of these schools are "enhancing the knowledge of monks and novices in both religious and secular subjects" and "providing secondary education for boys who are unable to afford such opportunities elsewhere."

Volunteers will be intrigued to see that it’s not just the students who are budding monks but also the teachers who are fully learned Buddhist monks. One of the schools has both novice monk students and non-monk students (however the majority are monks), separated by classrooms. This a great volunteering abroad opportunity for those on their gap year to gain some intense international work experience. Teaching monks volunteering is one program where you are not only the teacher imparting knowledge and sharing views but also the learner who get to learn the basics of life science from the wise monks. Not only it is important to the school administration that volunteers aid in English education at the school, but also that volunteers receive a rich experience about Thailand, Thai culture and Buddhism during their service.

Typical day

Friday: Arrival in Chiang Mai
Saturday: Orientation + neighborhood familiarization tour. The orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, covering topic areas; such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behavior, food, and other suggestion over things to do in Chiang Mai.
Sunday: City tour of Chiang Mai + Language classes
Mon to Fri: Volunteer work
Breakfast - To be self-cooked (ration is provided at the accommodation)
Working hours at the placement - 08:00 am to 11:30 am and 12:30 pm to 04:00 pm
Lunch - 11:30 am onwards (Provided at the placement)
Dinner - To be managed by volunteers on their own outside
The same volunteer work schedule continues for the coming weeks
Weekends: Free to explore the city

Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating in.

Free-time activities

Volunteers can take part in the Thai Cookery classes or Thai Massage course which is available all around Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai also boasts of restaurants of every international cuisine. During the weekends, you can travel to the cities of Pai, Chiang Rai or fly down to the capital city of Bangkok.


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 (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV and Passport Copy
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Participants should have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. Volunteers need to be flexible and open-minded. You should also be proactive and have the ability to take initiative
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Volunteering Solutions
24 hrs Assistance and support from Staff
Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
Airport Pickup 
2 Day Orientation and half-day city tour
Cultural Dinner and Show
Food - 2 meals a day
Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost) 
Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)
Airport Pickup at Chiang Mai International Airport

Volunteers are picked up from the Chiang Mai International Airport in Chiang Mai by the coordinator or representative. Volunteers who’d be present already in Chiang Mai will be met by the staff at a designated meeting point decided beforehand. Please note that volunteers are provided pickup from the airport between 8am and 8pm only.


Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer’s home in Chiang Mai. Accommodation is shared with other volunteers. The volunteer house accommodations are located in safe and secure neighborhoods within the Chiang Mai city. We have 3 volunteer homes in Chiang Mai and you would be staying in one of them. All three are very close to each other and have same facilities and are located in the heart of the city.

Food & Beverages

All ingredients for breakfast are provided and volunteers can cook their own breakfast. Lunch is provided at the schools on all working days (Monday to Friday).

Internet Access
Good 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 Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) in Chiang Mai. We assist you to find cheap flights to Thailand.
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 Thailand provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Thailand you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Thailand.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

  • September - 02
  • November - 04,18
  • December - 02,16

  • Jan - 06,20
  • Feb - 03
  • May - 12
  • June - 02,16,30
  • July - 14
  • Aug - 04,18
  • Sep - 01
  • Nov - 03,17
  • Dec - 01,15

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$231 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Volunteering Solutions will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Volunteering Solutions during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Volunteers joining the Monks Teaching Volunteer Program in Thailand, Chiang Mai will teach novice Buddhist monks at five different monastery schools.


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