Teach English to Buddhist Monks (NEP-53)

Type: Education: Teaching languages - Country: Nepal

Brief description and main aims

The goal of this project is to teach English to Buddhist Munks in Nepal and assist them in becoming creative open minded, able to learn international language, fluency in speaking (in English) and can learn new things. As a result, the young monks will be able to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing, can be able to discover new things and they can share their faith with people all over the world. Volunteers for this teaching project in Nepal will have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Buddhist tradition and spirituality while sharing their passion and understanding.

Volunteer tasks

Volunteering  as  an  English  teacher  to  children  in  a Buddhist    monastery    is    a    deeply    rewarding    and unforgettable   opportunity   to   give   back.   This   project requires the volunteers to be respectful to the monks and abide by the rules at the monastery.  As a volunteer, you will  also  witness  and  participate  in  traditional  Buddhist rituals  while  organizing  games,  paintings,  drawings,  and other  creative  activities  for  the  young  monks.  You  will get the chance to learn and immerse yourself in Buddhist culture.

  • Volunteers will become a real part of everyday life in a monastery
  • Supporting recreational and artistic activities forcused on educational learning
  • Develop activities that fit the monks' needs. Prioritizing listening,  reading  and  speaking classes
  • Help some children individually to develop their English level
  • Make  educational  activities  with  the  monks, during which  they  can  practice  according  to  their own language level and courage them to speak English more openly
  • Converse about the culture back home and ask about their childhood and life as a monk
  • Assist with administration
  • Be a role model to the monks. (It is forbidden to smoke or drink in front of the students) 

Volunteer requirements / Skills

We do not require you to have any specific knowlegde or qualifications; however, you must be able to the children. You will be working in a religious setting that is likely to be very different from your own, you must be culturally sencetive. Monks may participate in various religious activities at different times of the year, the format of your volunteer program may change. We request you to be flexible to accommodate changing situations. 

The volunteer should:

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old
  • Should not have any types of criminal convictions and should provide a clean criminal background and check report
  • Volunteers should have positive energy, confident and able to motivate children and being soft to the children
  • Volunteers should be open minded and good attitude for working with children


The project is located in Kathmandu, and other parts of Nepal.

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

It depends upon the location; volunteer will be placed inside the monastry. Volunteers must strictly follow the rules of the monastery duing their stay. Basic Nepali food will be provided to volunteer - lunch snack and dinner. Volunteers will share a room with another international volunteer participation in the same program.

More Information

 Note: The program fees for this project are different than the normal ICYE program. Please contact your country coordinator for further updates. 

A maximum of 4 volunteers can be engaged in this project. Volunteers need to check with the hosting organization in advance to see the availability of the project.

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