Great Wall Nepal Pvt. Ltd. - Volunteering in a Monastery

Teaching in Monasteries

Buddhist monasteries are the centre of both religious practice and education study. There are a large number of Tibetan children living in Nepal following traditional education. The monks learn traditional monastic debate, logic, text-memorization and classical Tibetan Calligraphy as a priority in its curriculum.

These children are from economically backward society and some from the remote regions. They have no access to education of any kind back home. Their parents often can't afford to send their children to school even if a school exists in their village. So the monasteries are only the place which provides them an opportunity for education of Buddha along with modern education.

Apart from the education the monk and nunnery students are provided with the facilities of boarding, food, stationery, medicine, and opportunities to grow and other important needs, free of cost. However the financial constraints the Nepalese government does not provide any financial contributions or subsidy to these students; the education costs are met by voluntary donation.

Your responsibility as a volunteer at a Buddhist monastery is to provide basic conversational English instruction to monks and nunnery students. You will be responsible for planning your own creative English lessons and activities, such as games, drawing and painting, and observe and participate in traditional Buddhist rituals. If the volunteers are interested they can also participate in some monastery run programs and meditation during free time. Your teaching will have a great contribution in the students' life. These children later in the future will be able to explore more scriptures written in English and to circulate Buddhist teaching practice to the whole world.

Program requirements:

  • You do not need any formal teacher training or experience to participate, but whatever experience you do have will be taken into account when arranging your day-to-day activities.
  • Eligible to obtain a tourist visa to Nepal
  • A good command of oral and written English
  • Volunteers need to be independent, enthusiastic and adaptable, hard-working with an open-minded attitude.
  • International volunteers are welcome.
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