Teaching English to Buddhist Monks in Nepal
Nepal is in great need of volunteers from all over the world. It is one of the poorest countries in Asia, so they need help from abroad to make a change that will improve the communities’ living conditions.
Volunteers’ tasks are meant to ensure that the country develops sustainably without any interruptions, and that the Nepalese can enjoy an improvement in their quality of life. With Connecting Worlds Abroad, you will be able to be part of different programs that may involve teaching in schools and monasteries, assisting in clinics and hospitals, or helping farmers improve their cultivation and harvesting methods.
Being a volunteer in Nepal is not only a great opportunity to experience a different culture, but also to make friends, as many previous volunteers have stated how friendly and welcoming the local people are. It is also a one-time chance to challenge yourself just to enrich your wisdom, judgment and understanding of the world. Nepal offers all of this, as well as it allows volunteers to immerse into a complex society that is transitioning from a traditional and un-modernized culture, to a cosmopolitan one. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve valuable personal growth.
What’s included in our fair-cost policy?
All our programs include a fixed price Registration Fee of US$249 and a Program Fee that varies according to the duration of the program and the services included.
The Registration Fee covers the costs of all that Connecting Worlds has to do in order to organise the experience in an efficient manner and offer each participant a quality program. These costs include marketing, staff salaries, travel costs of staff who visit and inspect each of the programs on offer and Connecting Worlds’ solidarity fund among others. We need this fee just to sustain the organization.
The Program Fee is the total cost of everything related to the services that the volunteer will be able to take advantage of upon arrival to the destination of their choice. For example, accommodation, meals, transfers, the donation made to the volunteer project, welcome orientation and constant 24/7 support. The payment for this fee goes directly to the country in which the volunteer will be stationed, directly benefiting the local community. It’s a fee which helps organisations that work in the country associated with the program at hand to move forwards with their projects and generate work opportunities for the local community.
Thanks to our fair-cost policy, the volunteer benefits from not having to pay high fees and our local partners benefit from being able to invest in their projects and keep things moving forwards. Connecting Worlds also benefits from keeping the costs of its programs as low as possible because we get the opportunity to support local communities and make a difference in our own small but important way.
These programs related to teaching in monasteries in Nepal take place in the outskirts of Kathmandu and in Pokhara (200km away from the capital). The students are Nepalese and Tibetan monks and nuns of all ages, many of whom are living as refugees in Nepal.
Volunteers help the monks with their desire to learn English, but it is also valuable that they can share their knowledge of first aid, environmental issues, health and hygiene, as well as political issues and human rights. Volunteers generally have the opportunity to teach a range of age groups, from children through to adults. They are not required to hold a university or teaching degree, but they should have a high school diploma. What really matters is that volunteers are proactive, interested and are willing to share their life with others. In turn, they will have a great chance to learn about Buddhism and how the monks live by it.
People from every corner of the world and all walks of life, aged 18 or older and with a sincere willingness to assist others who need their help; are very welcome to join our local team in the programs run in this amazing country.
The minimum duration for most programs is one week and the maximum is twenty weeks, provided volunteers get the appropriate visa extension.
A good command of the English language is required for most programs.
Although the programs are run all year round and volunteers can join any day of the year, we prefer that they arrive on weekends and start off on their placements on a Monday. In the case that they arrive on any weekday, they will begin work and then attend their orientation course on the following Monday.
The programs are based in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal and a most eclectic combination of Buddhist and western influences.
On arriving at the airport, volunteers will be greeted by a welcome committee, and once settled, they will be filled in with all necessary details about their project and stay by a members of our local partner’s organization at their Office in Kathmandu. In this orientation volunteers are introduced to their host families, visit their project’s placement and have a tour around the two-thousand-year-old exotic and yet cosmopolitan city of Kathmandu.
Volunteers are accommodated in a Volunteers Guest House or in the homes of local host families carefully chosen by our local team.
Volunteers for the program located at the Monastery in Pokhara will be lodged in the monastery, which will give them the unique experience to dive deep into the Buddhist philosophy and a good insight of the monastic lifestyle.
Meals included in the program consist mainly on popular Nepali dishes based on rice, noodles, vegetable, chicken, mutton, pork, buffalo, beans and dairy products. Some examples of these are:
-Dahi: yogurt or curd concoction.
Juju Dhau: a creamy curd-based pudding.
-Aloo Tama: made of bamboo shoot and potato.
-Dal: lentil soup accompanied with rice.
-Trakari: a vegetables curry usually served as broth.
Beef is not consumed by most Nepalese because they consider the cow to be a sacred animal.
Generally speaking, volunteers will be required to work four to five hours daily from Sunday to Sunday, though in some projects Sundays are free.
A typical working day begins with breakfast at the guest house or family home at 8:00 AM, and depending on each project, volunteers will then work either in the morning or afternoon. Then they’ll have the evenings free for sightseeing and enjoying themselves together and with their new local friends, visiting museums and temples, going to restaurants, cafes and bars or exploring the market places and surrounding villages nearby.
Saturday is the primary day off in Nepal and is when volunteers can explore a little farther away from Kathmandu and visit Pokhara, Bhaktapur, Chitwan National Park, Gokyo Lakes and the Everest Basecamp.
-Nepal is a landlocked country in Southern Asia.
-Geographically speaking, it is placed on the Himalaya, surrounded by China and India.
-The population in Nepal is 27.5 million people.
-Nepali is the oficial language and it is spoken by 47,8 % of the population as their native language. Other languages are mahithili (12,1 %), bhojpuri (7,4 %), tharu (5,8 %), el tamang (5,1 %), el newari (3,6 %), el magar (3,3 %) y el awadhi (2,4 %).
-Nepal was a monarchy for hundreds of years until it was declared a republic in 2008.
-Hinduism is the most popular religion, being present in 81.3% of the population.
For more information, visit the following link: http://www.cwabroad.org/nepal-p-48.html
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|Teaching in Monasteries||USD 265||USD 415||USD 540||USD 665||USD 915|
*REGISTRATION FEE: All volunteer programs in Nepal attract a refundable* Registration Fee of USD 249 on top of the program Fee. A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment. You can calculate the value of your currency in US dollar using this currency convertor.
*Please read our refund policy.
What do my fees pay for?
Registration Fee: Discounted program fees, Support and guidance from CW staff, program marketing costs, pre-departure assistance, CW Solidarity Fund, administration costs, staff salary, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with participants. We need this fee just to sustain the organization.
Program Fee: Accommodation with a host family or at the volunteer house, 2 meals per day, airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.
What’s no included: Air tickets,Vaccinations, Certificate of Good conduct, Visa, Local travels and Personal expenses, International Insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation. Our participants in Nepal generally find USD 20 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.