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Nepal: Teaching in Buddhist Monasteries

Nepal is a country of highly diverse and rich geography, culture, and religions. The mountainous north contains eight of the world's ten highest mountains, including the highest, Mount Everest. In Nepal it feels like the clock has gone back several hundred years. The capital city is a maze of narrow, unpaved streets lined with terracotta-roofed houses. With its thousands of shrines, temples and antiquities, Kathmandu is often referred to as a "living museum". Hinduism is practiced by a greater majority of people in Nepal than in any other nation. Buddhism, though a minority faith in the country, is linked historically with Nepal as the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama who as the Buddha Gautama gave birth to the Buddhist tradition.

About the project
Buddhism, as traditionally conceived, is a path of liberation attained through insight into the ultimate nature of reality. It is a religion or spiritual philosophy encompassing a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices, largely based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, commonly known as the Buddha (Pali/Sanskrit "the awakened one").

In this program you will teach English to Buddhist monks at the monasteries. This is most suitable for those especially interested in Buddhist culture and religion.

Due to the fact that the monks spend their lives inside the monastery, this program provides them with the amazing opportunity to learn English, as well as experience another culture, from an international volunteer.

As a volunteer you will live near the Monastery and Teach a few hours of English each day to young monks; children and adults, all of whom may participate in the class.

Volunteer work and contribution
As a volunteer you will live near the Monastery and teach a few hours of English each day to young monks; children and adults, all of whom may participate in the class.

Volunteer PlacementAfter a 3 day orientation into the lives and culture of the Nepalese, volunteers will have had an in-depth analysis of the volunteer opportunities to come.  Volunteers will be evaluated individually and will be appropriately placed in various projects based on skills and preferences.  Projects may include the following:

Teaching: Depending on abilities and past experiences, some volunteers may be assisting a local teacher, while others may be able to lead class on their own.  Volunteers will teach English informally - which gives you the opportunity to use your imagination and plan your daily lessons as you see fit.  There are no guidelines, other than to engage your class and allow them to practice English.   Classes are available for both children and adult monks, for around 1-2 hours every day.

Organizing Afterschool Activities: Some volunteers will be in charge of overseeing outdoor or indoor games and projects to engage the students outside of their everyday schedule.   You will organize educational and environmental activities, as well as singing and dancing games, painting, or other crafts.

You will also get the opportunity to participate in  intensive meditation courses and the chance to take field-trips to Hindu and Buddhist holy sites during your placement.

Accommodation & meals
During the placement volunteers stay with a local family  and receive a separate room with basic furniture. The families have received an orientation and have been through a screeing process-  western habits however may be a bit new to them.

Families provide two main meals a day. The typical Nepalese meal is 'daal, bhaat, tarkaari' (lentil soup, rice and vegetables) also other foods such as noodles noodles, 'roti' (flat round bread) and different kinds of seasonal fruits and vegetables are eaten. You will be eating the same food as the family eats everyday. Boiled water will be available for drinking. Electricity is available, although power outs are common, and phone/ internet service can be accessed near the village. Every Saturday you will have a day off.

Minimum requirements
Min age 18
High level of English
Able to work in high altitudes
Good physical fitness
Motivation to teach
Full travel & medical insurance
Immunizations (please consult your doctor)

To apply, see Teaching in Buddhist Monasteries

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