Teaching at a Monastery

Gomba monastery
Taking lunch all monk children
Monk childen at their beds
Gomba monastery
Taking lunch all monk children
Monk childen at their beds
Teaching at a Monastery

The main objectives of this monastery volunteer program is to enable Buddhist monks to develop an additional language skill. By the end of Buddhist high school graduation they will be able to explain their way of life and what they learned about Buddhist philosophy during their time at school. This program gives the volunteer the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Buddhist way of life while teaching English in the school of a Buddhist Monastery.

This is an ideal opportunity for those who are passionate about working with children and who are interested in Buddhism. Morning and late evening is free time in which you can join in meditation, rituals, prayers and songs with Buddhist Monks if you wish.

The VFN/Nepal will manage all the activities related working in Gomba (Monastery). Though predominantly a Hindu country, Buddhism is also practiced by many Tibetan people who are in exile in Nepal. This is a perfect project if you are interested in Buddhism and the life of Buddhist monks.

What skills do I need?
No previous teaching experience is required, though it is preferred. Volunteers joining the Buddhist monk teaching programs in Nepal should be fluent in both written and spoken English. Volunteers do not need to be native English speakers if they possess sufficient fluency. Volunteers who are flexible, patient and interested in the lifestyle of Buddhist monks will enjoy this program.


The Monastery is situated on the outskirts of Kathmandu, near Boudhanath (also called Boudha). It is about 15km from the city, and about 5km from the airport. The road to the monastery is accessible all year round.


As a volunteer you will primarily work as English instructors in the Monastery. You will teach English to Tibetan and monk children for 3-4 hours a day. In addition to English teaching, volunteers will assist in other school extracurricular activities. In the evenings you can organize games, drawing, singing, dancing, and other creative educational and extracurricular activities.

Morning and late evening time is free. If you have an interest in Buddhism, this is the perfect time to join meditation, rituals, prays, and songs with the Buddhist monks. This project gives perfect opportunities to immerse in Buddhist religion and lifestyle.


The rooms are basic, there are shared toilets and showers and the Monastery provides 2 or 3 simple meals a day and coffee & tea. During your stay you can join daily in the morning- and afternoon- Puja with the Monks.

Cost Breakdown

This program may have a Reservation Fee, which is included in the total cost. Your Reservation Fee is due once you commit to the program, with the remaining Program Fee balance due 30 days before your arrival date.

4 weeks:     $604 Longer:     +$93 per week

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Note: All listed prices are in US Dollars.

How To Sign Up

Signing up is a three-step process:

  • Fill out an Inquiry Form. Please note: submissions must be made at least 4 weeks prior to your prospective start date.
  • A member of the Volunteer Global team will get in touch with you to confirm program availability for your chosen dates, and schedule an interview if needed.
  • Once your interview is complete, you will be notified to submit your Reservation Fee to reserve your program and schedule. Your final Program Fee is due at least 4 weeks prior to in-country arrival in order to reserve your placement.

Important Note

This is a pilot program. As part of our program development process, we ask our first groups of participating volunteers to provide additional feedback to assist us in ensuring the most rewarding experience possible in cooperation with Volunteer Foundation Nepal for their associated programs.

Registration must be completed at least one month prior to your program start date, so...let's get started!


  • 18 and older
  • Good health
    • Fluency in English is required
Country: Nepal

Type of Work: Children & Youth, Education

Duration: 4 weeks - 8 weeks
Fee: From $604
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Your Program Fee Covers:

  • Registration and pre-departure interview
  • Volunteer handbook (when available)
  • 24/7 U.S.-based staff support
  • In-country housing and certain amenities
  • Training and guidance from host group
  • Host program needs, such as tools or supplies for your project
  • Post-trip thank-you packet
  • Monthly newsletters

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, it does not cover your flight, passport/visa, vaccinations, transportation while in country, exit fees, meals, or personal expenses. Click here for full details about your program costs!