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Darjeeling Teaching at Buddhist Monasteries

Experience the Buddhist culture in a monastery while teaching English to novice monks.

Teach English and help improve the language skills and communication skills of monks in a Buddhist monastery. Experience the simple way of life practiced by the monks and get a unique opportunity to immerse in their day-to-day lifestyle and learn about Buddhism. This program lets you discover a world beyond the busy cities where you will get close to nature and peace of mind.

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Description

Program Description

This program takes place in Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayan city called Darjeeling. Darjeeling is popular for its misty mountain views, tea plantations as well as picturesque monasteries.

During this program, you will teach English to the monks in the classroom. You will also get a chance to learn about Buddhism while practicing various features of the lifestyle of a Buddhist Monk. You will be teaching to novice monks of various ages.

The project will involve various monasteries wherein the age of the monks are between 8 to 25. The monastery has classes between Nursery to Grade 5. Each class approximately has 10 to 15 students. You will be mainly teaching English but you will also be able to teach other subjects such as Maths, Science and any other subject of your choice.

Immerse yourself in the teachings of Buddhism, deepen your understanding of meditation, and embrace the simplicity of life at the monasteries. This program offers a unique opportunity to experience the tranquility and wisdom of Indian Buddhism firsthand while also imparting your knowledge to the monks.

Besides that, you may also have the best time throughout your stay as you will engage in fun, relaxing and recreational activities held after a long day of your program alongside other participants.

Finally, you can not miss every single weekend experiencing nearby scenic views and historic places. Thus, we will make sure to assist you in organizing your weekend getaways and enjoy every bit of your time.

Aims & Objectives

To help teach monks English and in return, to get our participants immersed into the lifestyle in a monastery and to help them learn about Buddhism.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

You will teach primarily English and various other subjects to the monks, both young and old, for around 2 to 3 hours of various age groups every day.

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

***January and February are winter vacations in Buddhist Monasteries, thus this project will not function during this part of the year.***

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                –

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

The following are further necessary in order for both the participants, local staff and everyones involved to have a meaningful, enjoyable and safe community program.

  • Older participants or over 65 years are required to have a medical clearance as proof of their physical fitness as they may perform various activities.
  • Participants below 18 years old need a signed parental consent as proof of involvement of their children for the program. If possible, accompaniment by an adult is highly advised.
  • Genuine interests and passion with teaching children/monks.

  • Excellent time management and self – organizing and strong desire to take on new challenges and learn as much as possible.
  • Recommended a COVID – 19 Vaccination, purchase travel insurance, medical and Covid – 19  insurance prior to your arrival.
  • Have completed or recommended the following vaccines: Polio, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria/Tetanus, Typhoid, Malaria, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis.

Additional Equipment

Teaching Materials:

  • No specific equipment required for this project. However, you are more welcome to bring with you some educational materials to be used for learning activities such as games cards, coloring books, pencils, ball, musical instruments, worksheet, books/comics,cultural items and many more meaningful learning resources.

Dress Code:

  • Cover up as much as possible in the spirit of the local culture to avoid embarrassment.
  • Your clothes must not be too short, too tight, or too revealing. Kindly make sure your shoulders and legs are covered.
  • Dress professionally since you will be working in a professional environment while teaching the children/monks.
  • It is completely fine to wear western clothes as long as they fit the local standards.
  • Be thoughtful of the graphics, symbols or text printed on your clothing and avoid wearing clothing styles that might be inappropriate particularly inside the monastery.

Others:

  • An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun and please carry with you preventive agents during outdoor activities, such as mosquito repellents for insect bites.
  • Moreover, bring Medicines with you especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis as well as other medicines for headaches and stomach aches.
  • Refillable water bottles and hydration packs to stay hydrated throughout the day particularly during class.