Teaching English in Buddhist Monasteries

Nepal is the birthplace of the Lord Buddha. However it used to be a Hindu Nation before restoration of 2nd democracy, 2005.There are a huge number of Buddhist people majority in Nepal according to the then government census, 2001. Now Nepal became a pilgrimage destination for Buddhist follower from throughout the world. There are number of monasteries, schools where Buddhism philosophy is taught. The education ministry of Nepal has allowed opening a Buddhist University in Nepal hopefully it will be established soon.

The main objectives of Teaching Buddhist Monks Program is to give opportunities to those who wants teach English to monks in return receiving a rewarding experience and knowing their way of life. As a volunteer you will be placed in a monastery where you will teach English to monks for 2 to 4 hours a day. Depending on monastery size you will expect the number of students 12 to 35 with moderate or beginners level English. The monks study Buddhist as a major subject in Tibetan language. English, Nepalese and others are optional in order to improve their additional language skill. In some monasteries they have English subject curriculum so you will follow the curriculum if you like to use your own teaching methodology then you can use it. The monastery which does not have any curriculum then you will use your own lesson plan that would be appropriate for kids. If you don't have any teaching experience and skills then don’t worry you will receive intensive course during your orientation.

You will arrange your class room in the monastery and if you would like to use teaching materials then we will provide you what we have or you can bring with you. Apart from teaching English you can also involve in extra curricular activities like playing, dancing, performing simple magic, story telling etc.Depending upon at some monasteries you may also take a part in meditation and yoga the Rimpoche Guruji (principal) will assist you.

As a volunteer you will be:

  1. Teaching and tutoring English to Buddhist monks.
  2. Assisting with creating low-cost teaching material.
  3. Sharing teaching methodology with local monastery teachers

Project Location:

  1. Jhyamling Monastery, Balaju
  2. Kagir Monastery, Pharping
  3. Nhedo Monastery, Baudha
  4. Pokhara Monastery, Pokhara
  5. Hyulsa Hyon Monastery, Lamjung


S.N Weeks Cost €
1 1 Week 250€
2 2 Weeks 325€
3 3 weeks 400€
4 4 Weeks 475€
5 Each additional week 50€


Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the airport in Kathmandu and placed in a hostel. You will go to Hands for Help office to introduce with staff member, code of conduct about Hands for Help Nepal and briefing about your project and placement.The orientation period goes appropriate to length of volunteering and necessities. The orientation will cover following activities

  1. Nepali cultural orientation, dos and dos not in Nepal
  2. Communicative Nepali Language Course
  3. Personal safety/health /communication system
  4. Sightseeing/ travel and tours information

Date and Duration:

  1. The program starts on the first and sixteenth of each month.
  2. You can volunteer from 2 weeks to 5 months in a calendar year.


During orientation volunteer will be placed in a hostel in Kathmandu. Either you will get your own room or share with your group friends.Depending on monasteries, if there is enough space then you will be staying at monasteries who provide you a room. You have to understand Nepal is a one of the poorest country in the world so you do not expect very cozy board in rural host family. Some placement may not have electricity they use either solar panel electricity with few voltage power or they use candle and kerosene lamp.


During orientation you will have food as per your choice in Kathmandu. There are varieties of restaurants that offer Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Nepali and other continental foods. During your placement you will be provided with Nepali food Daal (lentil soup), bhaat (rice) with vegetable and sometimes eggs or meat if you are non-vegetarian. Most of the meals with host families are organic. If they have buffalo or cow they will offer you non-pasteurized milk. Usually host family eat food at 8:30 am and 7:30 pm in the noon they provide you snack that would be puff corn, beaten rice, noodles etc.