Volunteer Nepal Monastery

Join thousands of volunteers on affordable programs helping to change the world one family at a time…

Satisfy your passions and dreams by making a difference in the lives of monks on this incredible adventure.

Feel what it’s like when the monk’s life has been made better because YOU were there

Partner with others who know that a better world begins with changing a single life

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Teaching English To Buddhist Monks

Are you looking to volunteer Nepal monastery and learn about the Buddhism and Buddhist lifestyle? Would you like to assist young Buddhist monks learn the English language and immerse yourself in Buddhist culture? This program is what you are looking for!

Nepal, home to eight of the tallest mountains in the world, offers you the opportunity to experience breathtaking backdrops that range from the Himalayas to national parks, to amazing antique

architecture to vibrant culture, to lush forests to interesting wildlife. Full of natural and cultural blessings, Nepal is a true heaven on the earth.

The Buddhism is the second most practiced religion and is an integral part of society and identity in Nepal. Most of the Buddhist monasteries in Nepal are established by Tibetan refugees that fled the Chinese territories long ago. The monks residing in the monasteries have been isolated from mainstream society for a long period of time.These monks spend their time living, studying and practicing the teachings of Buddha in their native language.

When you join this monastery teaching volunteer opportunity in Nepal, you will help young monks improve the English language. Also, it will be a wonderful opportunity for you to learn Buddhist culture, rituals and prayers while fulfilling your passion.

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts

As a volunteer, you will teach English and other subjects to young monks and support in recreational and artistic activities for about 5 hours a day. You will engage them in healthy discussions regarding their culture and their childhood. You will organize extra-curricular activities such as games or drawing, singing, and dancing activities, among others.

This exceptional volunteering experience in Buddhist monastery is very meaningful. Your invaluable help allows the young monks learn the international English language so that they can share their rich culture, history, religion and the teachings of the Buddha to the world. Besides, the knowledge of the English language also allows the monks to connect with the mainstream society and make them future bright.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific skills and qualifications required to be a volunteer in monastery. However, you must be respectful to the Buddhist cultures, traditions and rituals. You should also be helpful, compassionate and have passion to work with young monks. Similarly, it is of great importance to show great interest, loving, kind and be self-driven to ensure your stay in the monastery is rewarding.

Volunteer Schedule

While volunteering teaching English in monastery in Nepal, each and every day will be filled with life-changing experiences. You will immerse yourself in Buddhist culture and the way of life of the monks.

There is no such a fixed daily schedule as tasks vary every day. Your daily schedule will circle around the activity of the monastery.

Here is a sample to give you an idea of what to expect:

  • 5:30 AM: Jumpstart your day by joining in the prayer
  • 7:30 AM: Enjoy breakfast
  • 9:00 AM To 11.00 AM: Have a great time teaching English to the young monks.
  • 11:00 AM To 11.30 AM: Teatime.
  • 11:30 AM To 12.00 PM: Your classes continue.
  • 12:00 PM To 2.00 PM: Lunch break: a great time to connect with your students
  • 2:00 PM To 4.00 PM: Class time resumes, continue teaching the monks
  • 4:00 PM: Work usually ends around this time. You are free to travel around the local area or do some shopping and sightseeing.

The Start Date

RCDP’s volunteer Nepal monastery begins every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month all-year long. In case of any travel constrictions, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

Dates and Fees

Every year, hundreds of volunteers arrive in Nepal to volunteer from UK and USA based organizations and end up paying up to $2500 to volunteer for 2 weeks. However, RCDP offers the most affordable program fee. Our program fee starts as low as $180. The program fee is divided in as registration fee ($279) and weekly fee.

In addition to Nepal monastery volunteer programs, RCDP runs many projects to help poor children and orphanages. We are presently running 2 orphanages in Nepal and school construction/renovation program (for detail, visit:http://www.rcdpnepal.org/about_rcdp/achievements.php). Majority of your program fee is used for your program. However, as RCDP aims is to support poor communities and children, we use remaining saving (if any left)) to run or manage our orphanages and community projects.

Weekly fee is divided between room/3 local foods a day (50%) and project donation/support of local project staffs (50%). This allocation may be different depending up on location, project type etc. However, our coordinator will explain these issues before you pay the fee.

The weekly fees include:

  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Airport pickup and transfer
  • In-country support
  • Program Orientation
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

The weekly fees exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer
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Volunteer Nepal Monastery Guide


This complete Volunteer Nepal Monastery Guide Book is jam-packed with comprehensive information so you can begin your life-changing volunteer with Buddhist monk program without a hitch. From preparing trip to living overseas and then returning home, you’ll discover all the guidance you need.

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Accommodation and Meals

While volunteering with Buddhist monks in Nepal, you will stay with our warm welcoming host family. The members of the family are educated, responsible, mature and experienced with international volunteers. You will be at ease as the family offer three local meals a day with other modern facilities, including western–style toilets, electricity and running water (not hot water).

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Free Time and Weekend Exploration

While volunteering in Nepal with the Buddhist monks, you will work around 5 hours a day in weekdays and get two days weekend off (Saturday and Sunday) to explore the natural and cultural splendors of Nepal. Explore the national parks, antique architectures, vibrant Nepalese culture to make your stay more rewarding during your free time.

Learn more about your free time and weekend exploration in Nepal.

Safety and In Country Support

Our volunteers’ safety is our utmost concern. Our in-country coordinator and other field staff memberswill be in touch with you from your arrival to departure dates. They will regularly examine your placement, accommodation and safety. If you get in an emergency situation, you can directly call our representative and get help quickly.

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Volunteer Nepal Monastery: FAQs

Arrival and Departure

We arrange airport pick up for volunteers in our programs. All you need to do is provide us your final flight information and we will arrange your pick up. Our local airport representative will meet you at the arrival point at the Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer you to your respective placement. In the case of a missed or delayed flight, notify us and we will arrange for the new pick up schedule.

At the end of the project we do not offer airport drop off services. However, your host family or your local coordinator will help you to find safe and secure transportation to the airport.


You need to secure a tourist visa to visit and volunteer teaching monks in Nepal. Depending on your nationality, you can also secure visa on arrival. However, we suggest our volunteers to secure a tourist visa by visiting nearby Nepal embassy in order to avoid unnecessary hassles.

There is on-arrival-visa available at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Citizens of countries like the UK, USA, Australia and Canada.

You can always choose to extend your visa if you wish to continue working in our teaching Buddhist Monks volunteer program. Just pay a visit to the Immigration Office in either Kathmandu or Pokhara city and fill up a visa extension form. You can learn more about Nepalese visa policies and its requirements by visiting this Nepal Immigration Website.


When participating in our Nepal monastery volunteer opportunity, you need to get vaccines for Polio, Rabies, MMR, Yellow Fever, chickenpox, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, and Malaria.

Please visit CDC website for more details about vaccinations required to travel to Nepal.

Other Amazing Volunteer opportunities in Nepal

RCPD arranges many other volunteer opportunities in Nepal. Please check out the following links for detail information.

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