Gap Years, Community Volunteering
Teaching Assistant Volunteer in Buddhist Monasteries, Nepal
Teach English in Nepal's Tibetan monasteries and help the young monks realise their true potential. This is an amazing hands-on volunteer project abroad, ideal for Gap Year travellers.
For many of us, Nepal conjures up images of the snow-capped regions of the Himalayas and endless trekking opportunities. True enough, those images are a mainstay in Nepalese culture, but there is so much more exoticism to this small country. As a volunteer in a Buddhist monastery, you will be given the unique opportunity to uncover the hidden beauty of Nepal - a beauty that the average tourist can only dream of experiencing.
Why you are needed:
Throughout Kathmandu there are several monasteries housing hundreds of Tibetan children and adults who attend the monasteries and undertake educational training in Buddhism. Being able to speak and read English is a skill that can dramatically change the course of a Buddhist monk’s life, and this Teaching Assistant programme is designed to help Tibetan kids and adults learn how to explore scriptures written in English, and to circulate the practice of Buddhist teachings to the whole world.
You will be volunteering in a monastery where you will add an extra dimension to the teaching curriculum that occurs at the monasteries.
- What's included?
- Dates & duration
- Project life
- Flights & Visas
- Pre-departure information and advice
- In-country assistance and support
- 24-hour emergency contacts
- Sightseeing activities
- In-country induction or training
- Donation to the project
- Transportation: airport pick-up
- Accommodation: volunteer or on-project residence or homestay
- Food: Three meals included and provided by staff or host family during workdays
What's NOT included?
- Monthly stipend
- Transportation: airport drop-off, transportation from the accommodation to the project and back
Teaching English in Nepalese monasteries is a great opportunity for volunteers who want to teach English abroad.
Dates and duration
Please check availability with a Twin Work & Volunteer travel advisor. Call 0800 80 483 80 or contact us.
- Minimum age 18 yrs.
- Teaching experience is desirable but not mandatory.
- A good command of oral and written English.
- Volunteers need to be independent, enthusiastic, adaptable and hard working, as well as have an open-minded attitude.
- Most importantly you need to enjoy working with children and be respectful of the Nepalese culture.
- International volunteers are welcome.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport and taken to your accommodation. All volunteers will receive a one-week induction/training period before their project begins – this induction takes place in Kathmandu and is facilitated by the language instructors 'Sanju' and 'Sila'. This week is designed to allow you to familiarise yourself with the town and the surrounding area, as well as learn about Nepali culture, food and language.
- Once your placement begins, you will be given an additional mini-orientation at the program site so that you are aware of your responsibilities and the opportunities that are available to you.
Your main duties at the monastery will be to teach English and occasionally supervise extra-curricular activities and sports classes. Ability levels in each class may vary and the children's ages can range from 5 to 20 years old! So there is plenty of scope in the type of classes you will be teaching. You will be responsible for planning your own English lessons, organising games, conducting workshops and other creative activities.
In your free time:
Your monastery will be based in Kathmandu. You can arrange to take days off to explore Nepal and some of its world famous attractions - rafting on the Tibetan border, trekking the Annapurna circuit, kayaking along the Himalayan River, or even bungee jumping with the longest free-fall bungee jump in the world.
Festivals take place in Nepal almost every month of the year. The main festival in Nepal is Dashian, usually in November. If you're lucky enough to be around during some of these festivals you'll be able to celebrate them with your host family and fellow volunteers.
Accommodation and Food
- Shared accommodation is provided with a local host family or inside the monastery.
- To keep things comfy, volunteers are required to bring their own sleeping bag.
- Three meals a day will be provided during workdays - except during the induction period!
- Cups of tea are served every morning and afternoon.
- Food will be healthy, nutritious, and locally sourced. One of the staple parts of most Nepalese meals is dal bhat (rice), which you will have to eat with your hands – it is uncommon to use cutlery in Nepal.
Flights, Transportation & Visas
- Flights are not included
- You need to book your flight to the international airport of Kathmandu, where you will be met and taken to start your induction
A visa is necessary to enter Nepal. You can obtain your visa from Royal Nepalese Embassies or consulates as well as at entry ports into Nepal.
CIBT Visa advice...
For expert visa advice we advise our volunteer, work placement, and internship participants to get in touch with CIBT - a company that we work in partnership with. Our UK, Canadian, and US travellers can use CIBT for visa advice and to get their visa applications processed - with visas returned within a week.
Safety & Insurance
- All of Twin Work & Volunteer's placements are in partnership with recognised and established local organisations, run by or employing local people. These organisations, depending on the nature of what they do, might be small-scale NGOs, family projects, schools or orphanages, or local initiatives with environmental or social goals.
- We often use local businesses to provide logistical and support services to volunteers such as transfers, pick-ups, accommodation and so on. In this way, we support the local economy through helping independent local businesses to thrive. We take our partnerships very seriously and work extremely closely with all our partners.
- We provide 24-hour emergency support from the UK and our partners provides support locally.
- We have an agreement with the crisis management service Tranquillico, should the very worst situations arise.
- If any wider safety concerns arise in the destination, such as civil disturbances or natural disasters, we seek advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and implement their recommendations where appropriate.
Comprehensive insurance is available for all programmes. You have no obligation to take up insurance with any of these companies, but insurance of a suitable sort is mandatory on all our programmes.
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