Helping Hands Nepal’s Teaching in Monastery program, an incredible opportunity to volunteer as an English teacher in monasteries across Nepal. This program offers a unique blend of cultural immersion, personal growth, and making a lasting difference in the lives of Buddhist monks and children. By participating in this program, you will contribute to empowering education and foster a deep cultural exchange experience.
Your Role as a Volunteer
As a volunteer in the Teaching in Monastery program, your primary role is to provide basic conversational English to the monks and children. Through your dedication and enthusiasm, you will help improve their English language skills, expand their knowledge, and enhance their opportunities for the future. Additionally, depending on the monastery’s needs, you may also be involved in organizing extracurricular activities such as sports, drawing, painting, and other creative educational classes.
Project Locations: The Teaching in Monastery projects are primarily based in Kathmandu, where you will find a rich concentration of monasteries and Tibetan Children’s schools. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, offers a vibrant blend of modernity and traditional culture, providing a perfect backdrop for your volunteer experience.
Duration: The minimum duration for this program is 2 weeks, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the monastery’s environment and build meaningful connections. However, you have the flexibility to extend your stay up to 5 months if you wish to deepen your impact and cultural exchange.
Orientation and Language Classes: Prior to starting your assignment, we offer a week-long orientation class to help you understand Nepalese culture, traditions, and customs. This orientation will also provide you with essential language skills, cultural knowledge, and safety and security tips. It serves as a foundation for a successful and enriching volunteer experience.
Accommodation and Meals: During your stay in Kathmandu, you will be accommodated in our comfortable hostel. You will have a separate room, and bathroom, kitchen, and restroom facilities will be shared with fellow volunteers. Our friendly field staff will visit the hostel regularly to provide support and ensure your well-being. Traditional Nepali meals will be provided, consisting of nutritious and flavorful dishes that reflect the local cuisine.
To participate in the Teaching in Monastery program, you do not need any specific teaching skills or experience. However, fluency in English, both written and spoken, is essential. Your dedication, patience, and respect for the local culture and customs will contribute to a successful and rewarding experience.
Program Fees and Support
Please visit our website or contact us directly to inquire about the program fees, which cover your accommodation, meals, orientation, field support, and other logistical arrangements. We strive to keep the fees affordable, ensuring that your contribution can make a significant impact on the education and well-being of the monks and children.
1. What is the daily schedule like for volunteers? Volunteers typically spend 2-3 hours each day conducting English classes with the monks and children. In addition, you may be involved in organizing extracurricular activities and assisting with homework. The rest of the day is free for personal activities, exploring the monastery, or immersing yourself in the local community.
2. Do I need teaching experience to volunteer in the monastery? No prior teaching experience is required. However, a good command of English, both written and spoken, is necessary to effectively communicate with the monks and children.
3. Can I witness and participate in Buddhist rituals during my volunteer experience? Yes, as a volunteer in the monastery, you will have the opportunity to witness and participate in Buddhist rituals, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of their spiritual practices and traditions.
4. Will I have free time to explore Kathmandu and its attractions? Absolutely! During your free time, you are encouraged to explore Kathmandu and its vibrant attractions. From historic sites to bustling markets and cultural landmarks, there is much to discover in this captivating city.
Join us in our Teaching in Monastery program and embark on a transformative journey of empowerment, cultural exchange, and making a lasting impact on the lives of Buddhist monks and children in Nepal. Apply now and be a part of this meaningful volunteer experience.