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Teaching English in Buddhist Monasteries

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Teaching English in Buddhist Monasteries in Nepal

Nepal, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, has evolved into a pilgrimage destination for Buddhists worldwide. Despite its history as a Hindu nation until 2005, Buddhism holds a significant presence, with numerous monasteries and schools teaching Buddhist philosophy. Engage in the Teaching Monasteries Program, a volunteer initiative organized by Hands for Help Nepal, offering a unique opportunity to teach English in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Lamjung.

Program Objectives:

The Teaching Monasteries Program aims to provide volunteers with a rewarding experience while offering English education to monks. As a volunteer, you will be placed in monasteries where you’ll teach English for 2 to 4 hours daily, catering to 12 to 35 monks with varying English proficiency levels.

Teaching Environment:

Monks primarily study Buddhist subjects in the Tibetan language, and English is an optional language to enhance their communication skills. You may follow existing English subject curricula or design your lesson plans based on the monastery’s requirements. Beyond English instruction, volunteers can engage in extracurricular activities like playing, dancing, storytelling, and even participate in meditation and yoga sessions facilitated by the monastery’s principal.

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Teaching and tutoring English to Buddhist monks.
  • Assisting in creating low-cost teaching materials.
  • Sharing teaching methodologies with local monastery teachers.

Project Locations:

  1. Jhyamling Monastery, Balaju
  2. Kaygur  Monastery, Pharping
  3. The Monastery, Baudha
  4. Pokhara Monastery, Pokhara
  5. Hyulsa Hyon Monastery, Lamjung

Program Cost:

  • 1 Week: €300
  • 2 Weeks: €350
  • 3 Weeks: €400
  • 4 Weeks: €475

Each additional week: €50


Upon arrival, volunteers receive a comprehensive orientation covering Nepali cultural norms, language basics, personal safety, health guidelines, and travel information. The orientation ensures that volunteers are well-prepared for their project and acquainted with local customs.

Date and Duration:

  • Program starts on the 1st and 16th of each month.
  • Volunteers can commit from 2 weeks to 5 months in a calendar year.


During orientation, volunteers stay in a hostel in Kathmandu. Depending on monastery availability, volunteers may stay in the monastery, either in their own room or sharing with fellow volunteers. It’s important to note that accommodations in rural areas may be basic, with limited access to electricity.


Nepali cuisine, dominated by daal (lentil soup) and bhaat (rice), is the staple. Volunteers can expect two meals a day, with snacks provided in the afternoon. Host families may offer local snacks like puff corn, beaten rice, or noodles.

Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Nepal while contributing to the education of Buddhist monks through the Teaching Monasteries Program. Join us for an unforgettable volunteer experience!