Best Decision of My Life: Volunteering at a Buddhist Monastery

Ana Margarica with the young monks

I must say volunteering at a buddhist monastery in Nepal was the best decision of my life. Not only do i have the oportunity to pass knowledge along, as i can hang out with the children from the monastery and the locals from the village anytime. It’s a truly immersive experience.

Participate in the daily Meditation at the Monastery

I can wake up at 5 am and participate in their daily meditation, which is a true privilege, at 6:30 am i watch the sunrise and take breakfast, and by 9:30 i’m starting the day in the best way, playing educational games with the kids and teaching them grammar. To get their atention, i have to create different challenges every day, so this is both stimulating for me and for them.

Nepal is a Magical Place

At night we have dinner all together and sometimes, the chosen game is to catch fireflies and watch their light. So, it’s a different routine, with new details that amaze me everyday. Nepal is a magical place and Hasantar nunnery is like home.

How can this program be improved?

I think the program can be improved by keeping track of what is being taught to the children, so that they can make progress, since teachers are constantly changing and sometimes they end up repeating the same syllabus. – Ana, 20 years old, from Portugal

How to apply for volunteering at a buddhist monastery

Visit the Teaching Project at the Buddhist Monastery here. Learn more about other volunteer projects in Nepal, such as teaching English at a primary school, volunteering at an orphanage, or the medical internship at the pediatric clinic in Kathmandu.

Moreover, you can find the complete overview of all our cheap volunteer programs on our home page!

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Teaching English at the Buddhist Monastery: Filipa from Portugal and Natasha from the US

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  • Hello, I'm Alex and I am from San Francisco, CA. I am an ESL teacher and I've been teaching overseas for the past six years. Now, I am teaching in Malaysia. Last June, I spent 4 weeks volunteering in Zambia, Livingston helping build an elementary school. I would like to volunteer at the monastery for a few weeks this summer and would kindly ask for some more information of this project. Best regards.

  • Hi my name is rham i would really like to volunteer in an orphanage i just want to know the steps or qualifications that you need and being a volunteer is really what i needed hope you could help me know the steps thanks! best regards!

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