Teaching English at Monastery

Teaching English at Monastery

Nepal is a diverse nation with all the religions being present since ancient times here. Buddhism is second largest religion in Nepal. According to the 2011 census, 9% the population of the country is Buddhist. The most important place of pilgrimage in Buddhism is located in Southern of Nepal, called Lumbini, where is believed that Buddha was born. Consequently Nepal have taken the place for Buddhism tourist destination throughout the world. Therefore teaching English at monastery is very important for monks students to learn English in order to boost their career prospects in mainstream society. Many monasteries in Nepal where Buddhism philosophy is major subject and taught as well.

The object of teaching English at monasteries is to give opportunities to those who wants to teach English. In return receiving a reward experience and to know their way of living life. Basically, at the monastery English subject is facultative and Buddhism in Tibetan language is their major subject. Also you may chance to teach Maths and Science. Much of the time you will follow your own lesson and activities independently or alongside a fellow volunteer. Though some monastery have their owns from absolute beginners to moderate, those may have some conversational skills. No previous teaching experiences or local language are necessary.

You will receive all the details on the orientation program regarding the course where you are going to teaching monks. You will may arrange the classes and use teaching materials, will be provided what we have or you may bring yourself. Beside teaching English you may get them involve on extra curricular activities like dancing, drawing, playing game and magic etc.

As a Teaching English teacher you are at the monastery, may involve. If you want to take part in group meditation session or monastery rites will assist by Guru Rinpoche.

As a Volunteer you will

  1. Teaching and tutoring monks in English.
  2. Evolve new ways of teaching in a play-way method
  3. Assist the local staff of the monastery.
  4. Teach a class on your own once feel confident about it.


VFN staffs or coordinator would pick you volunteers up from Airport. You may have choice to visit the office if you long, otherwise, the list of program details will be forwarded to you. The purpose of the program is to give generic information about Nepal such as culture, language, food, places to visit and things you do as a volunteer. The followings are included in the orientation:

  1. History, culture and traditional insight about Nepal
  2. Nepali language class for basic words of welcoming, greeting, expressions, as well as about important and handy words.
  3. Safety and health issues, as well as communication system in Nepal.
  4. Information and tour to Kathmandu’s most visited tourist spots.


In orientation you will be placed at guest house in Kathmandu where you may expect to share a room with one to three other volunteers. There will be single bed, of a bunk of beds with bedding in bedrooms. During the volunteering you will live at comfortable homstays in which electricity, running water and WiFi is basic and available. However, some rural homestays may not have electricity and running water during the dry season. To stay with the host family it is exciting as well as a huge opportunity to learn about the Nepalese’s’ way of life. Squat toilets are the standard in Nepal and you will not come across many western toilets. WiFi is available in the volunteer homestays or host family. Please note, if you are going in the winter be sure to pack a warm coat.


Volunteers are given Nepali foods or meals twice in a day in accordance with Nepali style and standard. Dal- Bhat Rice and lentil soup, Tarkari vegetables curry and Achar pickle and occasionally meat (thrice in a week) the common Nepali dish will be provided to all volunteers. Additional foods, besides this, volunteers should afford themselves. For drinking water, you are given two mineral bottles (one liter of two bottles) in a day, of which the total cost comes to be about US $5 dollar in a week, you should budget extra. If any of you have special dietary habits and requirement, please let us know when you do apply so that we could make arrangement for you. We do our best to well taking care of volunteers. Meanwhile, you should not expect to eat as we normally do at home.  We highly appreciate the flexibility of volunteers.

Project Location

  1. Jhyamling Monastery, Balaju -Kathmandu
  2. Kagir Monastery, Pharping
  3. Nhedo Monastery, Baudha -Kathmandu
  4. Pokhara Monastery, Pokhara



S.N Weeks Cost €
1 1 Week 200€
2 2 Weeks 300€
3 3 weeks 350€
4 4 Weeks 450€
5 Each additional week 50€



What kind of volunteer work will I be doing?
We offer a range of placements in such as education, child care, orphanage, monastery and healthcare. Each program its own unique challenges so your role will vary depending on the project nature you’ll be working on. For more details, please you do mail us.

Why should I volunteer with Volunteer for Nepal?
-Provides quality programs on the cheapest program fee.
-Supports participants on pre-placement, in placements and post placement phases.
-Concerns about participants’ safety 24/7 support service.
-Experienced staffed members.

What is the application process?
You can apply on clicking Apply Now or download the form and send us. It will be highly obliged for completing the form. We do response as quickly as possible.

What should be the age of volunteers?
The minimum age should be 18 years. We need to talk with parents or guardian if you are below 18 year (16 or 17) There is no age limitation for maximum age, those mentally and physically efficiency for the programs..

How do I get Visa for Nepal?
You can get the visa on the spot when you arrive in Nepal, either at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) of Kathmandu or at road borders.

Why do I have to pay to Volunteer?
Volunteer for Nepal is non-profitable organization. Till now no grants from any organizations or donors. So the costs are to provide food and housing for volunteers, training, supervision and safety precautions as well as certain costs included in running the projects successfully. The cost varies depending on the programs.

What is included in the cost of Volunteering?
The cost covers various things depending on the project itself. Basically, included the following in the cost:
-Accommodations on your staying.
-Food (lunch & dinner)
-Airport pickup upon arrival and drop off.
-Orientation and training to familiarize volunteers with their surroundings and the work they will be doing.
-Sightseeing the most touristy area.

When do I have to pay full payment?
You can pay the program fee on the time of arriving and meeting with program coordinator.

How long do the programs last?
The first and second days of the program will be orientation and escorted for sightseeing, you can yourself explore some places and may do shopping as well. After all of this you will go to the placement for volunteer.

Do I need travel insurance?
It is mandatory to have a travel medical insurance.

What vaccination will I need?
Consult your doctor before flying to Nepal. These basic vaccinations are Tetanus, Hepatitis and Typhoid for your safety.  If you have altitude sickness, you should ask your doctor to prescribe proper medicines.

What skill and language are required?
There is no mandatory specific skill and language to volunteer. Basic english colloquial is enough. For the english teaching program you have to have writing and speaking English.

How safe is it to volunteer in Nepal?
Nepal is one of the safest destinations in terms of traveling and volunteering. There is no any organized terror groups who involve in violence and murder. Our all placements are located in very safe location in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Lamjung, all of our working location have police station.

What cost do I need to consider?
The cost you need to consider in addition to program fee, like flights, travel insurance, visa cost buying bottle of water, food during orientation, and spending money.

How can I communicate with my family back home?
Now these days Nepal also developing information and Technology quite speedily compare to other sectors. So you can communicate with your family and friends back home via mobile phone, internet, email etc.

Can I buy a Nepali sim card upon arrival?
Definitely you can buy Nepali sim card there are two cell phone companies Nepal Telecom and NCell have wide range of Network. It cost 2$ with few minutes credits. You need to have copies of passport size photos and a Xerox copy of your passport.