Volunteer to teach young monks and learn about their lifestyle in a fascinating monastery.
Nepal has many spectacular Buddhist monasteries. Most of them are Tibetan monasteries opened by Tibetan refugees that fled the Chinese occupation. These monasteries house hundreds of monks enrolled in the life of a monkhood from early in their lives. They study and live in the monastery. They mostly use Tibetan language only during their study and their chances of learning English are very limited.
Recently, the Rinpoche (or the high Lama) of the monasteries have realized that the monks need to learn English if they are to spread the teaching of Buddha and communicate effectively with outside people. Hence, the monasteries are looking for volunteers to teach English to Buddhist monks. Teaching English to Buddhist monk is an excellent opportunity for volunteers who are interested in Buddhism and culture. In the monasteries, volunteers will also have a wonderful opportunity to learn Vajrayana form of Buddhism and witness colorful rituals and prayers.
As a volunteer in teaching English to Buddhist Monks project, you will work in the monastery where you will teach English to the Monks. The monasteries are usually very spacious. A central building will house prayer room and the main altar. There will be other buildings for accommodation, eating, and studying. During the teaching, you will be encouraged to converse with monks to improve their speech. You can talk about things back home and ask them about their childhood and life as a monk. You will also teach them about grammar rules and try to increase their vocabulary. You must talk respectfully to the monks at all times.
No specific skills or qualifications are required for this project. However, volunteers are expected to be respectful to monks and monastery's rules. Interest in Buddhism, flexibility, and self-motivation help volunteers to make their stay rewarding and
Kathmandu: Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in Nepal. The city is known for pagoda style temples dotted around the city and the half a dozen ancient historical places and World Heritage Sites. During your free time, volunteers can do many things in Kathmandu like visiting Buddhist temples of Swayumbhunath and Bouddha or Pashupatinath, one of the holiest Hindu shrines. There are also many fine restaurants and bars in Kathmandu and you can also visit mountain top retreat of Nagarkot for a one night sojourn. One a clear day, sunrise from Nagarkot has been described as spectacular and you can also see clear views of Langtang Himalayan range.
Pokhara: Pokhara is a beautiful, small valley that is a starting point of many treks to the Annapurna region. From Pokhara itself, you can see breathtaking views of Maccha Puchure (Fish Tail Mountain) and Annapurna range. The town has many lakes and the lake side area of Lake Phewa has many fine restaurants and hotels. Other activities you can do while in Pokhara are paragliding, canoeing, boating and visits to spectacular mountain tops sights where you can see great views of the Valley and the snow capped mountains.