Martina, a vibrant and passionate volunteer from Italy, recently embarked on a life-changing adventure in Kathmandu, Nepal. For two weeks, she immersed herself in the serene and spiritual atmosphere of a Buddhist monastery, dedicating her time and energy to teaching and making a positive impact on the lives of the monastery’s inhabitants.
Amidst the bustling chaos of Kathmandu, Martina discovered a haven of warmth and hospitality. The people she encountered were not just welcoming; they became her family. In a short span, she forged beautiful connections with fellow volunteers and locals, turning strangers into lifelong friends. The shared experiences and the common goal of contributing to the monastery’s well-being created a bond that transcended cultural differences.
The heart of Martina’s journey was her interaction with the students at the monastery. In the tranquil surroundings, she found the best students one could ever hope for – eager to learn, open-minded, and spiritually enriched. The exchange of thoughts and emotions during her teaching sessions created a profound connection that words struggle to capture. Martina was not just imparting knowledge; she was a catalyst for a mutual exchange of wisdom and understanding.
As she navigated the teachings of Buddhism with her students, Martina’s enthusiasm and passion radiated, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those she touched. The teachings were not a one-way street; they became a dialogue, a dance of shared insights and newfound understanding.
Martina expresses her heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved in this transformative experience. From the monastery staff to fellow volunteers and, most importantly, her students – each person played a crucial role in shaping these two weeks into the best of her life. The journey was more than just volunteer work; it was a celebration of humanity, cultural diversity, and the power of education to bridge gaps.
Martina’s story is a testament to the transformative power of volunteering and cross-cultural exchange. It exemplifies the profound impact that a passionate individual can have on a community and how such experiences enrich the lives of both the giver and the receiver. As Martina returns to Italy, she carries with her not only memories of Kathmandu but also the enduring spirit of compassion and interconnectedness that defines the true essence of volunteerism.
Teaching in monastery volunteer placements can teach English, Math, creative and fun activities or sports to the monks for around 3-4 hours per day. Even if you are less experienced, we have teaching materials that help you when needed. In turn, the monks share their knowledge and culture with the volunteers. If you ask the monks, you can get the chance to learn meditation techniques and receive in-depth knowledge of the Buddhist culture. This is one of our most popular volunteering posts, due to the unique way it allows you to truly be involved in the life of a Buddhist monastery.
You do not need any specific qualifications for this work, but a good command of the English language is vital. You must also be a culturally sensitive person because you will be working in a religious environment that is likely to be very different from your own. As Buddhist monks have to participate in different religious activities at various times of the year, the structure of your volunteering program can sometimes be altered. We ask you to be flexible to accommodate this.
Volunteering in a monastery is available in Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and Salleri (Solukhumbhu, Himalayan region). As a volunteer at the Buddhist monastery, you will work in a monastery and may also work with the attached community schools for non-monastic children. For more information go to our locations page.