Overview of the Project
More than 150,000 Tibetans live in exile in India, Nepal and Bhutan. Of those exiled, nearly 20 percent live in Nepal, where they are now free to practice their religion and rebuild their cultural heritage. As a result of this, there are several large monasteries in and around the surrounding mountains of Kathmandu where monks live and devote their lives to Buddhism. But lately, with globalization and other developments, there is a great need and desire for young monks to learn English. As there are no English teachers in the monasteries, our volunteers stay there with the monks and teach daily classes. Volunteers really enjoy this project, as they not only get to learn about, observe and even participate (if they choose) in the culture and Buddhist practices in the monastery, but they also find the monks to be enthusiastic students and incredibly appreciative of their work!
Role of Volunteer
As a volunteer in Teaching Buddhist Monks Program, you will provide basic conversational English instruction to young monks. Volunteers also organize games, paintings, drawings and other creative activities. As a unique facet of this placement, volunteers will witness and participate in traditional Buddhist rituals. Gaining insight to Nepalese language and culture is a good idea – consider enrolling in our one week Nepal Language Studies & Cultural Immersion program.