Trip Details

Are you looking for an excellent opportunity to develop teaching skills? Teaching English to novice monks in a Buddhist monastery, you will be met with students eager to learn from you. While you’re at the monastery, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the day-to-day lifestyle of the monks gaining a unique opportunity to learn about the practices of Buddhism.

You won’t need any specific qualification to be considered for a place on the project, but you will need a good standard of English and a passion for teaching others. The monks you will be teaching range in age from children to adult. It is important that you respect their high social status and the rules that they live by. In order to be successful in your application, you will also need to be disciplined and very focused. Most volunteers will be able to stay on site. Where it is not possible for participants to stay overnight, nearby accommodation will be arranged.

You will also get a chance to learn about Buddhism while doing this. You will be teaching novice monks, both adults and children! You stay either in the monastery or in an accommodation nearby, this will allow for fully immersing yourself into the lifestyle of the monks!

Trip Itinerary

Your days will be split between teaching English to the monks and assisting with the teaching at a local school.  The actual schedule will be dependent on the monastery and local school’s timetables during your stay but you would normally be expected to spend 1-2 hours teaching at the monastery and then move onto a local school where you would work for another 1-2 hours. Although you will only be teaching for around 4 hours a day, you will be expected to spend some time preparing for your lessons and activities.

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Wednesday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Friday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Saturday & Sunday 

Free time to explore Nepal 🙂

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances

 

Trip Accommodation

Your new home will be an authentic Buddhist monastery. According to availability you can choose between different monasteries in or around Kathmandu. While the nearest one is just within Kathmandu, the farthest takes a 12 hour (overnight) bus ride and 4 hours of hiking to get to. Did we already say it’s authentic?

We take care of the (public) transport to and from the monastery.

Accommodation & Food

You will be accommodated at one of the monasteries , sharing a room with other participants on a single gender basis. You may also opt for a private room, subject to availability.

Food Arrangements
The meals are a mix of Western and Nepalese food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about once per week. You can also choose to eat out at any of the local restaurants.

Facilities
Our monastery is located about three kilometres away from the city centre, where you can find anything you might need. The nearest ATM and supermarket are located  15-25 minute walk away from the accommodation. We advise you to use the ATMs available in Kathmandu before leaving to the monastery located 16 hours away from Kathmandu.

Sights & Surroundings
Shopping in Kathmandu is an experience itself. Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist hotspot, is where shoppers can find Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian artefacts, wood carvings, handicraft and an assortments of unique clothing and apparel. There are also several malls where you can find fashionable clothing and grocery stores, offering everything from wine to breakfast cereals. There are numerous dining options available throughout the city, including Italian, Indian, Thai, Korean and Chinese in addition to a variety of local cuisine.

Transportation
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Kathmandu

Trip Country Info

Nepal

Population: Approx. 28.98 million
Capital: Kathmandu
Language: Nepali
Currency: Nepalese rupee (NPR)
Time zone: UTC +5:45

Namaste and welcome to Nepal, a country of high Himalayan Mountains, artistic monuments, exotic wildlife, and diverse cultures. Located between 80 12′ east longitude and between 26 22′ and 30 27′ north latitude, Nepal extends along the south slopes of the Himalayas in central Asia.

Although Nepal is small, it has the greatest latitudinal variation of any country. The land rises from the southern plains of the Terai, barely above sea level at 70 meters, to the top of the Mt. Everest, the highest peak on Earth at 8848 meters above sea level, in a distance of less than 200 km.

Book your volunteer travel  holiday and experience one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world as well as the highest mountain ranges. Nepal has lush valleys that team with exotic wildlife ready to be explored on your gap year adventure.  It is a beautiful country located in South Asia bordering both India and China.  As you enjoy your volunteer travel experience in Nepal you will come across many remote monasteries and villages that adorn the stunning landscape where you will experience the best of Nepal.  The outstanding beauty and friendly Nepalese people are the main reasons people book gap year holidays to Nepal and why they are a popular choice with us.   We have a compreshensive selection of gap year holidays in Nepal with a number of teaching and community programs on offer.

Have a look at our latest gap year experiences in Nepal or contact us for more about work & travel in Nepal or your questions about specific programs.  The volunteer Nepal program is a very good way for you to experience the most of what the spiritual and enchanted land of Nepal has to offer. You may also choose to trek Mount Everest or smaller mountain hikes like Poon Hill.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa