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Teach Monks English as a volunteer in Sri Lanka

Are you interested in a truly unique teaching experience? Why not teach Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka? It's an amazing way to exchange cultures and learn at the same time. 

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At a glance:

Volunteering: Teaching English to monks in Sri Lanka

Accommodation: Villa in Sri Lanka

Meals: Included

Dates: All year round

Minimum stay: 2 weeks


About the project:

This volunteer project involves teaching English to monks who are between 6 to 16 years and also adult monks (between 18 to 50 years).

Classes will be for 2-3 hours involving working independently and also at times along side their resident English teachers. Classes are held in the “Pirivera” (Buddhist Schools). A lot of monks are keen to learn English as part of their education but many Buddhist school currently lack funding for quality English Teachers, so this is a truLy worthwhile project.

What will I be doing at the monastery? 

  • You will teach English at basic and intermediate level to monks (4-5 in a group) during the monks school hours.
  • Timings of classes will be between 12.45pm to 5.30 pm (timetable to be determined on arrival) for about 2-3 hours. 
  • A lot of preparation is required as students have to lesson plan for their sessions. Our staff will be on hand to help with the initial phases of the teaching project and the local English teacher will also be there.
  • Topics and Ideas can be generated with our project staff but lesson planning and delivery will be done yourself so there is a lot of opportunity for creativity. 
  • There will be between 2 to 15 students in one classroom and you can work in small groups or with the entire class. There are very few teaching resources and classrooms are basic (generally with just a blackboard).
  • Classes will involve basic speaking, reading and writing English as well as some basic grammar sessions. We ideally prefer volunteers who have completed a TEFL to be able to work in such an environment however anyone who is keen to be a teacher or with native English skills should also apply.


  • You'll stay in a villa near the monastery


  • All meals are included


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