Teaching to Buddhist Monks

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founded in 1989
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High­lights

Integrate into the monks way of life for a true cultural experience!
Teach writing, reading and conversational skills through various activites
Teach basic English to novice monks
Stay in a stunning mountainous region
Volunteer at a Buddhist monastery, teaching children and adult monks English and other subjects. Stay in this beautiful mountain town! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
50+
Teach novice monks English in this stunning mountainous setting! Here you’ll be interacting with monks on a regular basis, learning about their way of life and exchanging ideas and intercultural learning. The project involve s various monasteries and monks are aged between 8 to 25. The monastery has classes between Nursery to Grade 5. Each class approximately has 10 to 15 students. You will mostly be teaching English but can also teach, Math, Science , or a subject of your choice.

*January and February are winter vacations in Buddhist Monasteries, thus this project will not function during this part of the year.

Location
Sikkim is a small state in northwest India, bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. Spectacular scenery coupled with Buddhist monasteries are the highlight of this fascinating region.

Typical day

Monday to Friday
You will teach primarily English and various other subjects to the monks, both young and old, for around 2 to 3 hours of various age groups every day. There are various allotted starting time at the monasteries, thus you will be given the time schedule at the project location.

*This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
*January and February are winter vacations in Buddhist Monasteries, thus this project will not function during this part of the year.


Free-time activities

Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice. Our ground operators will help you organise additional trips with special (non tourist) rates which can be paid directly in local currency. As a volunteer you will gain access to local knowledge, opportunities and value you simply would not find if staying as a standard tourist.

Around Sikkim, there are plenty of outdoor activities, such as hiking, old ruins, museums, temples, and markets. 

Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
Police check or working with children check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI
Accommodation
3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
1 day orientation
Daily transportation to project
In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
Fundraising support
University course credits (where applicable)
Certificate of Completion
Airport Pickup at Bagdogra Airport
Airport
Pakyong Airport, Sikkim (PYG)
Siliguri Bagdogra Airport, Bagdogra (IXB)
Arrival Time(s)
Sunday 08:00 to 20:00
Sunday 08:00 to 14:00

Meet us at a meeting point
Phul Chandra Niwas, Development Area, Brahma Kumari Road, Gangtok, East Sikkim.
Pickup Time(s)
Sunday 08:00 to 14:00


Accommodation
You will stay at our volunteer centreIn our center, where there is a small library, a dining room, a lounge area where you can hang out with fellow participants and a beautiful garden to relax. The house sleeps 2-4 people per room, and includes wifi, hot showers, bed linen, fans and moisquito nets. There is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

The meals are a mix of Western and Indian food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice per week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants.

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 Bagdogra Airport (IXB) in Bagdogra. We assist you to find cheap flights to India.
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 India provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in India you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for India.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Program starts every Monday. Arrivals on Sat/ Sun. If arriving on Sat, an extra night is charged.

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)
$1,350
8 weeks
$2,470
12 weeks
$3,570
20 weeks (max. stay)
$5,200
Average fees
$299 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Involvement Volunteers IVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Involvement Volunteers IVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Teaching to Buddhist Monks

Volunteer at a Buddhist monastery, teaching children and adult monks English and other subjects. Stay in this beautiful mountain town!

$299/week

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