Volunteer Teaching in a Monastery in Nepal

Education in Nepal is free, but getting a thorough knowledge of English is quite difficult since it isn’t the native language.  Our partner NGO provides volunteers with the opportunity to teach English to a community dedicated to a different mission.  Young Buddhist monks in Nepal rely on volunteers generous with their time and knowledge to teach them English.  This additional education allows them to expand their studies and share their experiences.  Volunteer teaching in a monastery in Nepal is your chance to get a glimpse into a world that few outsiders ever see.

The teaching in monastery projects are a great opportunity for volunteers who want to teach English in Nepal.  There are Several Tibetan refugees camps and monasteries that house hundreds of Tibetan kids.  These young children are receiving Buddhist monk educational training in Kathmandu to preserve the amazing cultural richness of Tibet and practice of Buddhism.

Volunteers on this project need to be comfortable working on their own.  They’ll be responsible for planning their own lessons, organizing games, and conducting workshops and other creative activities. Most of the morning is taken up with prayers; so teaching normally starts after lunch, for about 3-4 hours per day.

Our NGO partner currently supports two monasteries in Kathmandu.  One has over 60 young monks aged 7 to 18; the other is home to 70+ young monks, between the ages of 6 and 21.

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Room & Board

Accommodations for the Teaching in a Monastery in Nepal project are at the monastery.

  • Shared room (same-sex) in the monastery
  • 2 meals per day plus coffee & bread in the morning & snacks in the afternoon
  • The monastery only has squat toilet facilities — this is very common in Asia and may take some getting used to for those unaccustomed to these types of facilities
  • WiFi is not available, so volunteers are encouraged to purchase local SIM cards for their unlocked phones
  • Mosquito nets provided



As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.

1 week$350
2 weeks$450
4 weeks$550
Prices for projects in Nepal are in US dollars; please check the current exchange rate for costs in your local currency (www.xe.com).

Included: Airport pick-up & return (unless otherwise stated) • Location, language, and cultural orientation • Sightseeing tour around Kathmandu • Shared accommodation in volunteer HQ/hostel or host family home • 2 meals per day • 24/7 emergency phone & in-country support • Project Donation

NOT Included: Flights • Visas • Vaccinations • Travel insurance • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees

For custom lengths of stay not listed, please contact us for pricing.


All projects incur a $250 application fee.  Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.


Special Considerations | Teaching in a Monastery in Nepal


For special considerations regarding projects in Nepal, please visit the Nepal page.

Criminal Record Check

GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children.  Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee).  U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.

The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.