NVDP

English Teacher for Buddhist Monks

Kathmandu, Nepal show on map

NGO | NVDP

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.

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 acurd 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.

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.

Free-time activities

You will have many way to donate your time in Nepal. There is historical places to visit, 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

Program 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) and Nepali (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
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 and Friday from 07:30 - 17:00

Suitable for

Singles
Groups
50+

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All program fees are charged directly by NVDP.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
NVDP (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

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
Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (historical and religious)

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

The simple room with simple bed. There is 2 bed each room with attach toilet and bath room with hot shower. Due to the nature of the countries in which our projects operate, the standards of accommodation and hygiene may, in some cases, be below Western standards. There may be occasions when specified accommodation may change at short notice due to circumstances beyond our control. NVDP will provide alternative accommodation of similar standard in this instance.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$850.00
5 weeks
$981.00
6 weeks
$1,113.00
7 weeks
$1,244.00
9 weeks
$1,506.00
11 weeks
$1,769.00
20 weeks (max. stay)
$2,950.00
Average fees
$180.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Kathmandu/Nepal between 4 weeks and 20 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. NVDP will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Nepal.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
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