Volunteering in Nepal
Nepal is a land of snow peaks and sherpas, yaks and yetis, monasteries and mantras, between the high Himalayas and the humid Indian plains. The Himalayas of Nepal is the ultimate goal for most mountain lovers. Some of the most emblematic and accessible trails of the Himalayas are offered here, with rugged trails to Everest, Annapurnas and beyond, and most hiking areas escaped with minor damage to the earthquake of 2015. Other travelers prefer to see Nepal at a More refined pace, strolling through the squares of the medieval city of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur and joining Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims on a spiritual walk, Old stupas and monasteries. Even after the earthquake of 2015, Nepal remains the cultural power of the Himalayas; The Kathmandu Valley offers an unrivaled collection of world-class palaces, hidden alleys, sanctuaries and sublime temple art.
But the social situation of the population of this place is very difficult due to the different historical events that marked it notably as foreign invasions, monarchies, cultural clashes, armed conflicts and religious, etc. All this generated a widespread poverty in this country, Making it a structural and permanent problem. The poorest areas are rural, peasants are the most vulnerable to food insecurity because if they have poor crops do not have to eat.
Capital : Kathmandu
Government: Federal Republic Parliamentary
Currency: Nepalese Rupee (NPR)
Area: 147,181 km2
Population: 30,485,798 inhab
Religion: Hinduism 80.6%
Muslim and Buddhist minorities
Telephone code +977
Volunteering in a Buddhist monastery
TYPES OF CENTERS: Teaching English at Buddhist Monastery
VOLUNTEER ROLE: Assistant Professor of English
ACCOMMODATION: Host family
PRICE: From $ 680 Euros per 2 weeks
WHAT IS INCLUDED? Food, lodging, travel to and from the specified airport, transportation to and from the project, introduction and orientation in the country, 24/7 support
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED? Flights, visa costs, individual expenses
DURATION OF THE PROJECT: From 2 weeks
HOME DATES: Flexible
DATES: Flexible throughout the year for Volunteering scheduled two months in advance of the start date.
When Tibet, which invaded by China in 1959. Thousands of Buddhist monks fled and have since lived in exile in Nepal. Tibetan monks settled in Bouddha, northeast of Kathmandu and there are now more than twenty monasteries and convents of Buddhist nuns where they can practice their religious beliefs without being persecuted but remain the most disadvantaged and marginalized group of society.
In Tibetan Buddhist monasteries there are many children living there full time, some of them have no families. They live and learn everything there: like Tibetan, Nepalese, mathematics and English. Unfortunately, the monasteries have few resources and an acute shortage of personnel. There may be only 6 adults for more than 200 children. Often the existing teachers are former monks who may have previously lived in the monastery and do so in compensation for the help they received, but they are not fluent in English, nor possess teaching degrees.
How I can help?
You can come and play with the children! They can teach basic conversation English, or they can help with teaching about hygiene: such as brushing their teeth and washing their hands. This work does not sound interesting, but it is so important. The goal is that more Nepali children can learn English and improve their chances when they grow up. Also exposing them to contact with foreign volunteers can help teach them about the world, about their country of origin. What animals live there, where they are on a map, what languages do they speak?
Do I have to be a qualified teacher?
No. Although, of course, if you have a teaching degree, experience in working with children or any experience in teaching will help your transition into the classroom for teaching in the Buddhist monastery. However, if you do not have it, you can have other skills and you can share them with the children. We have ideas and lesson plans written by volunteers, this can help you get started.
What kind of people do you fit into this job?
Everybody! If you believe in making a difference in this world, if you have a true passion and love for children and are patient, flexible, safe and open you will have a new and unparalleled experience.
Are there places that can be visited for tourism?
Yes. Nepal is beautiful and laden with a strong tradition of Buddhist and Hindu cultures. There are many Buddhist temples that can be visited. Nepal is home to many of the world's most important pilgrimage sites because for thousands of years in a cultural tapestry. As part of your guidance, you will be taken on a tour site tour to visit some of the local temples and see some of the amazing things to be found in Kathmandu. So in your own free time, on free days or before or after your placement you may wish to visit some of the other beautiful areas outside Kathmandu: such as Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, Swayambhu Stupa (also known as The monkey temple for its visitors of animal origin), Pokhara the second largest large city of Nepal with its beautiful combination of lakes and mountains, our Chitwan National Park World Heritage Site - just to name a few. Feel free to talk to us as we are able to customize your plan.
Your time to stop dreaming and make your solidarity adventure a reality has arrived. We look forward to welcoming you very soon. A Buddhist monastery is waiting for you in Nepal.
Pre-departure online training with our staff.
Airport pick-up and transportation.
Accommodation in a family house in a shared room.
3 Homemade meals in your host country (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Walking tour in destination Guidance and Security Program in the country
Letter of recommendation (upon request)
Official Cetificado of Voluntary ServiceEmergency Contact Number 24/7
24/7 support and supervision in the country.
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