Nepal – Teaching in Buddhist Monasteries

This program is now open to international volunteers!


Join GoEco at a Buddhist monastery in Nepal to teach English and math to Buddhist monks of all ages at the monasteries! This program is most suitable for those especially interested in Buddhist culture and religion.

Program Highlights:

  • Engage in positive cultural exchange with Buddhist monk students
  • Teach the children about your own culture and learn about theirs
  • Help the students practice their English speaking skills
  • Assist in teaching mathematical skills and English grammar
  • Enjoy the diverse landscape of Nepal during free weekends


Your Schedule at a Glance (Minimum four-week commitment):

Day 1, Sunday: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). You will be picked up from the airport and taken to settle in to your accommodations at the monastery and meet fellow volunteers.

Day 2, Monday: Volunteers will receive an introduction to Kathamdnu and to the monastery before beginning volunteer work.

Days 3-6, Tuesday- Friday: Rewarding volunteer work at the monastery.

Days 7-8, Saturday and Sunday: The weekend is free for volunteers who are extending to spend how they wish.

Remaining Weeks: The remaining weeks will follow the schedule of volunteering Monday-Friday and having weekends free. Departures are on a Saturday.


Location icon Location of the Project: Various locations in Nepal

Project length Project length: Min 4 weeks – Max 12 weeks

Arrival Airport Arrival Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)

Volunteer Work Volunteer Work: Teaching English in local monasteries

Age Age: 18 – 70

Number of Volunteers Number of Volunteers: Up to 20 international volunteers


What’s Included

Accommodations Accommodations: Volunteers stay in the monastery in either a shared or private room.

Food Food: Three meals a day are provided on the weekdays; Breakfast and dinner are provided on the weekend

Airport Transfers Airport Transfers: Airport pickup is provided upon arrival

Orientation Orientation: All necessary introductions and training will be provided.

Support Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.


What’s not Included

Flights,visa (about US$30 at the airport upon arrival), travel health insurance, lunch on the weekends, personal expenses

Nepal is a country of diverse and rich geography, culture and religion. The mountainous north contains eight of the world’s ten highest mountains, including Mount Everest – the highest in the world. In Nepal it feels as though the clock has gone back several hundred years. The capital city is a maze of narrow, unpaved streets lined with terracotta-roofed houses. With its thousands of shrines, temples and antiquities, Kathmandu is often referred to as a “living museum.” Hinduism is practiced by the majority of people in Nepal, while Buddhism, though a minority faith in the country, is linked historically with Nepal. Siddhartha Gautama or Buddha Gautama, a native of Nepal, gave birth to the Buddhist tradition.


Due to the fact that the monks spend their lives inside the monastery, this program provides them with the amazing opportunity to learn English, as well as experience another culture, from an international volunteer. The monastery in Pharping takes in children from the age of eight, mainly children who lost their parents in the Earthquake in 2015. Some children come from mountain villages where otherwise they wouldn’t have an education, so they join the monastery to have a better start in life. Volunteers will be assigned to a specific project, depending first on needs and availability and then on personal preference.

These projects include:

Teaching: Depending on abilities and past experiences, some volunteers may be assisting a local teacher, while others may be able to lead class on their own. Volunteers will teach English informally – which gives you the opportunity to use your imagination and plan your daily lessons as you see fit. There are no guidelines, other than to engage your class and allow them to practice English. Classes are available for both children and adult monks, for approximately 1-2 hours every day.

Other Tasks: Volunteers may also have the option to get involved in other tasks around the monastery such as gardening, cooking or helping out in the library.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in intensive meditation courses and the chance to take field trips to Hindu and Buddhist holy sites during your placement.

Schedule: Volunteers will work Monday-Friday and have Saturday and Sunday free.

Holidays: Please note that the monastery students are on vacation during the months of December and January. No volunteering will take place during this time.

Volunteer work does not take place during national holidays, but you are always welcome to join in the local celebration.
Please note these consecutive holidays, which may impact short-term placements, before registering:

  • March 8-10, 2020

Internet icon Internet: Internet and phone service can be accessed near the village. WiFi is available in the Pharping accommodations.

Accommodations icon Accommodations: During your volunteer placement you will be staying in a monastery in either a shared or private room. Standard rooms will house 4 to 6 volunteers, or you can choose to update to a double or private room for an additional fee (subject to availability). Staying in the monastery is a great way to experience a level of cultural and linguistic immersion that goes far beyond the limits of a tourist. Electricity is available, although power outages are common.

Food icon Food: You will be provided with three meals a day during the week. The typical Nepalese meal is ‘daal, bhaat, tarkaari’ (lentil soup, rice, and vegetables). Other foods such as noodles, ‘roti’ (flat round bread), and different kinds of seasonal fruits and vegetables are also eaten. Boiled water will be available for drinking. Only breakfast and dinner are provided on the weekends.


Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Police clearance
  • High level of English
  • High school graduate
  • Able to work in high altitudes
  • Good physical fitness
  • Motivation to teach
  • Immunizations (please consult your doctor)

Culture Week (Highly Recommended):
A Culture Week is the first step towards a great stay in a new country. It is designed so that you can begin to understand the Nepalese culture. It is a fun-filled week that is dedicated to getting to know Nepal and some of its cultural aspects firsthand. You will also have time to meet the local people, taste the local cuisine and get familiar with Nepalese customs. Given its objective – learning about traditional rural Nepal culture, it is appropriate that this week takes place in Kathmandu. There are many opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture, including visits to local villages, touring temples, local fairs, and some amazing natural scenic sites that you can explore during your free time.

If you would like to do some sightseeing and trekking, a fun trip can be added to your Nepal experience, or you can also discover new places independently. Nepal offers a great combination of nature and culture. Highlights include:

  • Pokhara – picturesque lake-side town, and the base for many activities. Great live music scene, with plenty of cool bars and hotels. Fast becoming the destination of choice for travelers due to the scenery, adventure sports and nightlife.
  • Royal Chitwan National Park – join a safari and view tigers, rhinos, and other animals in the jungle.
  • Annapurna area – popular trekking region of Nepal, where the world-famous Annapurna Circuit is located.
  • Rafting – join an exhilarating white water rafting trip.


One Week Nepal Venture (Add-On)
For an additional fee, volunteers can spend one more week exploring the Himalayas in this beautiful country! Activities include jungle exploration, hiking, white wate rafting and other blood-pumping adventures!

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