Teach English to Buddhist Monks (NEP-53)

Type: Education: Teaching languages - Country: Nepal

Brief description and main aims

Teach English to Buddhist Monks in Nepal and help them to become proficient in this language. This will let the Monks to be able to speak and write in English and be able to share their religion with people from around the world.  

Volunteers  at  this   project  in Nepal  will  also  get  an  amazing  opportunity  to immerse  in  Buddhist  tradition  and  spirituality while  sharing  their  love  and  knowledge  of  the English language.

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
  • Play educational games with children
  • 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
  • Be a role model to the monks. (It is forbidden to smoke or drink in front of the students). 

Volunteer requirements / Skills

There are no specific skills or qualifications required. You are expected to be respectful to monks as well as the rules at the monastery. Interest in Buddhism, flexibility, and self-motivation will help the volunteers to make their stay rewarding. Native English speakers are preferred but not mandatory. If you have sound knowledge of the English language, you can contribute to this project despite being a non-native English speaker.

The volunteer should:

  • be endowed with good character and ability to adapt
  • have a good will and desire to learn
  • have patience and be collaborative
  • show enthusiasm and the ability to maintain motivation and reliability
  • have confidence in their knowledge and the subject that they are teaching
  • have  good  management  skills  to  ensure  an effective support
  • have a positive ability to inspire and encourage children in learning and exploring their multiple talents
  • show creativity and initiative when planning and taking part in activities


The project is located in Kathmandu.

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

Volunteers  of  this  project  will  live  with  host  family  or  in a volunteer  house.  From the volunteer house, you need to travel by bus which takes 15 / 20 minutes’ drive and 10 minutes walking  to reach the project.  You  will  be  sharing  rooms  with  volunteers  of  other  nationalities  joining  the same program. Lunch and dinner are provided by the host family or hostel. Food  is  mainly local  style  mainly,  however,  the  hostel  cook  may  serve  different  types  of  Nepalese  and Indian food .The main types of food will be rice, lentil soup and vegetables. If you are interested to cook food or learn then please let host family know about it.

More Information

Note: aside from the regular fees, volunteers are required to pay additionally 100 euros every week while participating in this project. 

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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