Nepal Monastery Experience
A unique volunteer experience
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Group Size: Varies. Avg 1-8
Trip code: ASIM
Duration: 2-8 weeks
This trip is an incredible and rare opportunity for you to not only gain an insight into daily life within a Buddhist community, but to work with, eat with, and live with the monks themselves, teaching English to young monks and helping them learn and progress on their spiritual journey. You'll be contributing to daily lessons in the monastery as well as getting to know the children by planning and taking part in fun activities that allow them the time to step away from serious studies and enjoy themselves. You'll have the chance to meditate with the monks, and will even be given access to prayer sessions - an experience you won't find on a tourist trail.
- Visit the temples and world heritage sites of Kathmandu
- Teach English to young monks in a Buddhist monastery
- Travel around breathtaking Nepal during your free time
- Gain an understanding of the Buddhist culture and faith
- Immerse yourself in Nepalese culture & tradition
- Live in a monastery and take part in meditation & prayer sessions
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Your flight to Nepal should arrive at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) on your programme start date. You can arrive at any time. An airport pick up is included.
Your return flight or onward travel should be arranged on your programme end date.
During your orientation you will stay in a private house where a member of the in-country team also stays, which is a 20-minute drive from the centre of Kathmandu. The rooms are basic but you'll have a comfortable bed, western-style toilet and shower with hot water and Wifi (please note, Wifi can be slower and sometimes intermittent compared to access at home).
For the duration of your volunteer placement, your accommodation will be in the monastery that you are placed at. You will be sharing a room with other volunteers of the same sex. There is one toilet and bathroom for all volunteers (between two and eight volunteers). Bedding is provided but past volunteers have found a sleeping bag to be useful particularly during cooler periods.
Breakfast and dinner is included at the monastery, which will consist mainly of Nepalese food with the odd western influence thrown in. You can expect lentil curries aplenty (daal), lots of spinach and potatoes with chips from time to time. In a typical placement you'll eat Nepali food twice a day - 9am breakfast and 7pm dinner.
Minimum age 18 years , maximum decided on participant’s health and fitness.
It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. You will be required to obtain a tourist visa for your time in Nepal. Please contact your nearest Embassy of Nepal for the most up to date visa information.
DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)
An enhanced DBS check is required for this programme. If you do not hold a certificate dated within 12 months of your programme start date, please contact us as we can help you arrange the DBS check for an extra fee.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.