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Teaching Monks in a Buddhist Monastery

Take this incredible opportunity to combine both teaching and learning in this volunteer program, teaching Buddhist Monks in Nepal. You will teach different subjects including English and have one on one English conversation classes with novice monks at Buddhist monasteries in Nepal. You will also get a chance to learn about Buddhism while doing this. 

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At a glance:

Volunteering: Teaching English in a Buddhist Monastery 

Accommodation: Staying in the monastery or nearby

Meals: x3 varied and delicious meals a day included

Dates: Starts most Mondays

Minimum stay: 4 weeks


About the project:

In this exciting volunteer project, you You will be teaching to novice monks, both adults and children!

You'll start the program with an introduction week in Kathmandu, and then during the monastery teaching phase at the Monastery, you will stay at the monastery itself.

With the growing number of people around the world who are interested in learning more about the philosophy behind Buddhism, people have started seeking information regarding topics related to Buddhism. However, most of the monks have learned the religion only in their native language together with Sanskrit. This makes it difficult for the monks to communicate with English speaking communities and to teach them lessons related to Buddhism. 

Buddhist monks are now living in many parts of the world and many are visiting different countries for higher studies and for religious discussions, conferences, etc. One of the barriers the monks have is their lack of English knowledge to attend in such gatherings to contribute to such discussions, conferences. 

When English speaking communities seek the help of Buddhist monks (with regard to sharing their issues or for counselling), the Buddhist monks find it difficult to help them because of the language barrier.

So that's where you come in! No TEFL certification is required.

What will I be doing at The Monastery?

The aim of the project is to help teach monks English, and to immerse yourself into the lifestyle in a monastery and to learn about Buddhism.


  • There are monasteries in various locations – Kathmandu, Pharping, Namobuddha, and Serlo – Everest region.
  • The Kathmandu monastery is in Tinchuli, Boudha. When you are teaching at Tinchuli, Boudha monastery, you will be staying at the house in Kathmandu because this monastery is damaged by the earthquake so there is no space to stay at the monastery. But for other monasteries (Pharping, Namobuddha and Serlo) you will be staying at monastery.
  • Serlo monastery is the most remote monastery which takes about 12 hours driving in a jeep with an overnight stay in Phaplu, and then the next day about 4 hours hiking to the Serlo Monastery. 
  • The Monastery in Namobuddha is about 4 hours drive from Kathmandu. 
  • Pharping is about 2 hours driving from Kathmandu.
  • You will be staying either in the monastery or in an accommodation nearby, this will allow for full immersion into the lifestyle of the monks!
  • You will be accommodated at one of the monasteries itself, sharing a room with other participants.

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  • 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 at your own cost. 


  • Weather conditions in Nepal vary from region to region. Summer and late spring temperatures range from about 28C in the hill region of the country to more than 40C in the Terai. 
  • In the winter, average maximum and minimum temperatures in the Terai range from a brisk 7C to mild 23C. The central valleys experience a minimum temperature often falling below the freezing point and a chilly 12C maximum. Much colder temperatures prevail at higher elevations. 
  • The Kathmandu Valley has a mild climate, ranging from 19 to 27C in the summer and 2 to 20C in the winter. In the winter, it only snows in the high elevations, around 9,000 feet. In the highest elevations, it snows year-round. The monsoon can last from mid-June to mid-August although the majority of the rain arrives in July.


What to wear:

  • Winter: From December to February, the mornings and evenings will be cold; in the daytime, you will be fine with a sweater or thin jacket.
  • Spring: From March to May is the best time to be in Nepal as it is neither hot nor cold. However, it does get quite windy.
  • Summer: June to August. Hot, humid and monsoon season.
  • Autumn: Very pleasant and mild weather. It gets a bit windy but you will be fine with a sweater or a jacket.
Casual dress is appropriate during your time at the school. However, no-see through clothes or low cut tops are permitted.


What's included:

  • Airport transfer
  • Project transfer
  • Meals and Accommodation
  • Help organising flights and insurance for no additional fees
  • Support and advice in NZ before you leave including a volunteer Facebook Group
  • A Dedicated staff member in NZ to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip
  • Back up & Support in Nepal 24/7

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