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Teaching English to Buddhist Monks

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Project Overview

Actually, Hinduism is the major religion being practiced in most regions in Nepal. However, Buddhism is also practiced by a minority set of people in the country. There are Buddhist Monks who are actually championing the teachings of the great Buddha in the country. The impact the monks are making in the nation is quite glaring. In most cases, the Monks are very primitive and illiterate. They are usually eager to learn English and other subjects. GVS has actually come up with a program to help them learn English. You can volunteer to assist in that regard.

Actually, there are famous monasteries in Chitwan, Pokhara, Kathmandu and other locations in Nepal. The Monks are dwelling securely in such monasteries. They rarely come out to mingle with the people. They are separated to live secluded prayer lives on daily basis. In most cases the Monks are compelled to be poor as part of the general lifestyle. They don't have access to public schools or universities. They are always expected to be in the monasteries all the days of their lives.

Hence, there's the need to help the monks to learn the English language. This will help them live better lives. In the recent times, monks do have one or two engagement to do among themselves and even among a selected group of the outside world. As times are changing, monks are beginning to get enlightened. They need to acquire basic skills in English language in order to fit into the current stage in the world. GVS is now partnering with various social and welfare organization in making sure the English language is taught in various nooks and crannies of Nepal including the monasteries. You can always partner with us by volunteering to teach English to the Monks.

You're Responsibilities as a volunteer

When you volunteer to teach English to the Buddhist Monks, you're expected to perform the following roles:

  • Assisting the local monastery authorities
  • Teaching monks the basics of the English grammar
  • Improving their English speaking and writing skills.
  • Training them in various other subjects like mathematics, science, computer etc.
  • Arranging games, sports, drawing, singing, dancing, and other creative educational programs for Buddhist Monks.
  • Training the local administration staff in proposal writing for fund raising.
  • Introducing creative techniques for learning and teaching and allow the Monks to learn and understand English more easily.
  • Arranging different seminars and public debates for the Buddhist Monks in order to aware the local people about the problems facing by poor monks.

PLEASE NOTE: The work is very flexible. You can get your work schedule from the local monastery authority. You're expected to work 3 to 4 hours daily as from Monday to Friday. You still have the opportunity to adjust your work schedule to suit your holiday periods and other engagements you may have. You can always spare time to go on tourism within the nation. Remember, the activities mentioned above are just an outline, you might also be asked for other projects related activities by project coordinator, and you must be willing to give them a helping hand.

Education Requirements and Project Skills

  • You must have excellent knowledge of English grammar to participate in the project.
  • You must be 18 years or above (If you are less than 18 years and you have a strong desire to work, you can participate in our projects, but you have to bring a permission letter from your parents or guardian).
  • You're expected to obey the rules and regulations within the monastery where you'll be working.
  • You should have qualities such as perseverance, patience, creativity, enthusiasm, genuine interest in Buddhism, self motivation and so on.
  • You should also have a flexible attitude, open mind and eagerness to work with Buddhist Monks.

How GVS makes all the difference in your trip

Teaching English to the Buddhist monks can be very interesting and enriching. GVS ensures you're adequately protected as you carry out your duty. You're exposed to the rich monastic culture obtainable in the monastery where you'll be working. You're also exposed to learn a lot about the great Buddha and his teachings. There's a lot you can learn from the Buddhism religion. You can share your belief and culture with the monks as you go about teaching them. You have the opportunity to establish lasting friendship with the monks and the local indigenes. Your life is sure to be enriched in the process.

The below given project fact file gives you a quick and general overview about the program. If you having any confusion or questions about the given program, then please feel free to write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.organd let us know about your problem. We will solve your problem and our customer care center will reply you in 1-2 days.

Country: Nepal
Project Type: Teaching English to Monk
The Locations: GVS projects are located in rural and urban areas of Kathmandu
The project starting dates: Our orphanage project begins on every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. If you are not able to schedule your flight date in the above mentioned date, then please write us:info@globalvolunteersolutions.org for other alternative dates so that we could arrange alternative dates for our volunteers.
Who can apply – Our orphanage program is open for all ages and nationalities. You should be at least 18 years old. However, if a volunteer is less than 18, then he/she has to take permission letter from their parents or from their guardians.
Requirements and other skills: Our orphanage project does not need any specific qualification or special experience, all you need is lots of enthusiasm, flexibility, self-motivation, full confidence and open mind to learn from new cultures. A volunteer must have at least medium level of English communication skills for this project, as you will need English to exchange your views with others
Project Duration: We have both short-term and long-term projects. How ever it will depend on the volunteer’s demand and flexibility. Projects are available from 2 weeks up to 12 weeks.
Required Donation: You pay $375 for 2 weeks, US$145 for every week thereafter except registration and application processing fee.
Donation Contribution: Almost 70%-80% weekly program fee directly goes to your food and accommodation plus project support. Remaining 20% -30% donations goes to field management, coordinators and other general expenses in the host county.
Arrival/Departure Point: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal
Accommodation: You will get minimal types of accommodation. Volunteer should not expect any luxurious accommodation while stay and work in the project site. Our Accommodation depends on your project locations. You may stay with a host family or in a Guest House in single or shared room with a fan, with a shared bathroom with cold water and half board.
Food: Host family provide 2-3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch or dinner) or as per the itinerary. You will receive normal and same types of food that local family prepares for themselves. Volunteers do not expect special food from the host family. Some volunteers have lunch at the orphanage or as per the itinerary
Project Hours: Working Hours are flexible; 5-6 days a week, approximately 3-4 hours per day, all other time is free. The project coordinator or staff will provide you all the working hours and activities that you will need to prepare in the project.
Cost of getting to the project from host family: Depending on location; up to 1 hour bus ride or other types of transportation (Budget approximately US$10-15 per week): NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR WEEKLY FEE.
Support Group: GVS has an effective and sound support system which is always present to route and guide you whenever you need any kind of help. You can contact our local coordinator 24/7 for any help or assistance.

Program Dates & Costs

In order to adjust the flight schedule of the volunteer and to make our schedule more flexible, All Global Volunteer Solutions programs start on every 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month Volunteers are advised to adjust their flight schedule and other important works according to language program schedules (not available in Cambodia). It is very unlikely to make extra arrangements for the missed classes. Internees and volunteers can stay and wait at the hotel on their own expense to start the program from the beginning.

Note: if a volunteer could not schedule or arrange their flight date in the above mentioned dates, then please write us for other alternative dates

Fee For Volunteer Programs
2 Wks  3 Wks  4 Wks  5 Wks  6 Wks  7 Wks  8 Wks  9 Wks  10 Wks  11 Wks  12 Wks 
$275 $350 $425 $500 $575 $650 $ 725 $ 800 $ 875 $ 950 $ 1025
Fee For Volunteer Internship
2 Wks  3 Wks  4 Wks  5 Wks  6 Wks  7 Wks  8 Wks  9 Wks  10 Wks  11 Wks  12 Wks 
US$310  $385 $460 $ 535 $ 610 $685 $760 $ 835 $910 $985 $1060
Airport pick up, transfer to host family/hostel and orientation: US $125

Allocation of Global Volunteer Solution Fees:

If you are wondering where your volunteer's fees are going, then you should know that all of Global Volunteer Solution's programs solely rely on participant program fees. With the fees volunteers pay to enroll in the program, Global Volunteer Solution is able to attain its goals, thus raising the bar for hygiene, education and social status of local communities and bridging the gap between the Western and Eastern cultures. Ultimately, Global Volunteer Solution, its diligent volunteers, and its hopeful grassroots organizations are able to work towards a deeper cultural understanding, global unity and goodwill.

There are four categories to the Global Volunteer Solution program fees allocation

Application processing Fee
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Registration Fee
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Weekly Project Fees
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Language & Cultural Orientation

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One week language and cultural Training

General Questions, Before you Travel

01. What’s the best time to apply for a Nepal i volunteer program?
02. How long will it take for GVS to process my application?
03. What are the documents required from me during the application period?
04. Are there necessary qualifications for volunteers in the Nepal program?

Passport and Visa Information
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Program Informations

01. What in-country support do I have when in Nepal?
02. Can I get a daily schedule of programs in Nepal?
03. Where is the Nepal programs situated?
04. What is the official language of Nepal?
05. How long does the Nepal volunteer program last?
06. Will GVS arrange my flight to Nepal?
07. Is there a particular airport that I must contact and book my flight with?
08. When should I arrive in Nepal?
09. How will I recognize the GVS country coordinator?
10. What should I do if my flight to Nepal is delayed?
11. What happens if my in-country contact fails to show up?
12. Is there anything I need to prepare before leaving for Nepal?
13. How do I travel back to the airport after my volunteer program?

Food and Lodging

01. Where, how and with Whom Will I be staying with in Nepal?
02. What room will I be staying in?
03. Can I stay with my girlfriend/boyfriend or female/male friend at the same room?
04. Can I bring my local villager friend in my room?
05. Can I bring electrical appliances?
06. What about my meals?
07. What are the dos and don’ts during the project duration and the stay with the host family?
08. What happens if I am unhappy with my project or hosting facilities?
09. May I decide how long I want to stay once I get there?
10. What do I do in my free time when I am not working in the project?
11. What about drinking water?

Health and Safety Queries

01. Is it safe in Nepal?
02. What are the principle health risks in Nepal?
03. Do I need to get health insurance?
04. Who do I contact in case of a health-related emergency?
05. What are the sanitary conditions in Nepal?

Money Information

01. Is it safe to carry cash with me?
02. How much money should I bring with me?
03. What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?
04. Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
05. How do I make contact with the GVS in-country coordinator?
06. How can my family members contact me?

Local Culture Information

01. Is there a special dress code that I should follow while staying in Nepal?
02. What should I know about Nepalese religious conduct?
03. How do I respect the Nepalese people?

Materials to Bring

There are different materials that you can bring with yourself

Free Time

Enjoying free Time in Nepal

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is derived from generic information about the country, and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly, and the information contained here may not be up to date. Participants should consult Global Volunteer Solutions staff or travel advisors to verify this information.