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 Buddhist sites in the world is in Southern of Nepal. Where it is believed that the birth place of Buddha was. Consequently Nepal has been remarked throughout the world as a Buddhism touristy destination. Teaching English at monastery play very important role to monks and nuns to learn English for boosting career prospects in mainstream society. Monasteries do not follow the government education system in Nepal, it follows principally Buddhism philosophy.

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

Volunteers on this insightful program will work daily around 2 to 4 hours, 6 day in a week accordance to Nepalese working day. You can contribute in many ways, mainly you can anticipate to engage in the following tasks:

  1. Teach English to monks/nuns of all ages .
  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.

Orientation

You will be picked up at the airport by VfN staff upon your arrival and taken to the Hotel. You are provided a day induction which will include basic information about your placement. This is a great chance to assimilate with other volunteers and get to know the team. Included in orientation:

  1. History, culture and traditional insight about Nepal
  2. Learning the basics of the Nepalese language words of welcoming, greeting and expressions.
  3. Safety and health issues, as well as communication system in Nepal.
  4. Information and tour to Kathmandu’s most visited tourist spots.

Accommodation

The project fee include we organize accommodation that will be modest, but comfortable, safe and close of your placement. In orientation period you will be placed at a guest house or hotel in Kathmandu. During the volunteering the living condition will be far from luxurious but you will get own single room or share with group friends. Host family are always supportive, welcoming and caring for volunteers. The accommodation have running water and electricity is sometime unreliable. Squat toilet is common in Nepal and western toilets might be unavailable in Host family or hostel. WiFi is available but we recommend to get SIM card with data package to keep in touch with family. This is an excellent opportunity to stay with Nepalese family in order to learn and experience the way of life. On the some of our Programs you can choose the accommodation option. This includes host family, hostel or guest house. We highly recommend in winter season to pack warm cloths and sleeping bag.

Meals

You are given Nepali meals three times in a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner in the placement. Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari (pulses, rice and curry) are staple food for most Nepalis. Tarkari is vegetables curry, pickle, and occasionally meat curry also will be provided to you. Additional foods, you should self afford. For drinking water, you are given two mineral bottles (one liter of each bottle) in a day, or you can buy self of which total cost may comes to be about US $5 dollar in a week. If any of you have special dietary habits and requirement, please let us know on the time of you do apply so that we could make arrangement for. We do our best to well taking care of volunteers. Meanwhile, you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We highly appreciate the flexibility of volunteers.

Project Location

On this program location, volunteers can make a great experience of vibrant city of Kathmandu, as well as rural life of surrounding the valley and neighbour districts. On the placement volunteers will stay with local host families or hostel in the Kathmandu Valley. Some of the monasteries have own hostel facility to volunteers if you wish to stay.

  1. Kathmandu.
  2. Pharping
  3. Pokhara.
  4. Lamjung.

Cost

The program fee listed below include the cost of accommodation and meals on volunteering duration. Also the cost cover your pick up and drop off, sightseeing of major heritage sites in the town. Though flight ticket, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, personal extra spending money and excursions are not included on this program fees.
Volunteer for Nepal always try to make its fees to be affordable.

S.N Weeks Cost €
1 1 Week 250€
2 2 Weeks 320€
3 3 weeks 400€
4 4 Weeks 450€
5 Each additional week 50€

 

FAQ

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. If you are below 18 year (16 or 17) we should talk with parents or guardian. There is no age limitation for maximum age to those who are 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.

Can I talk to people who have volunteered before, if yes then how?
Literally as a newly established organisation we don’t have more volunteers few numbers had volunteered, however, we do encourage volunteers to contact with former volunteers participants. We will provide their contact no or email upon request. All of our previous volunteers are as an ambassador who deliver message to other who are interested.