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PROJECT NAME: MONASTERY TEACHING
LOCATION: DARJEELING, INDIA
START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)
ACCOMMODATION: STAY AT MONASTERY
MIN DURATION: 4 WEEKS
MIN AGE: 18+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
*Mid June to 1st week of July, December & January are winter vacations in Darjeeling, thus this project will not function during this part of the year.
Volunteer in the enchanting city of Darjeeling, nestled in the Himalayas, where Buddhist monasteries thrive. Darjeeling is renowned for its mist-covered mountains, sprawling tea plantations, and captivating monastic sites. During the program, you will stay within the monastery, and will have the opportunity to impart English language skills to the monks within a classroom setting.
By spending time at the monastery, you will learn more the teachings of Buddhism, embracing various aspects of the Buddhist monk’s way of life. Your lessons will be focused towards novice monks covering different age groups.
The project encompasses multiple monasteries, accommodating monks aged between 8 and 25 years old. These monasteries offer classes ranging from Nursery to Grade 5, with approximately 10 to 15 students in each class. While your primary subject will be English, you will also have the freedom to teach other subjects, such as Mathematics, Science, or any subject of your preference.
Darjeeling is a hill station in the state of West Bengal in India. Set amongst steep and snowy mountains, the city of Darjeeling has been popular with locals as well as international travellers as a great holiday destination. Darjeeling also has much more to offer. The climate is cold here throughout the year. Tea plantations and picturesque monasteries add a unique value to the atmosphere in Darjeeling.
- To help teach monks English
- Immerse yourself into the lifestyle in a monastery and learn about Buddhism
- Teach other subjects such as math and science
Food & Accommodation
You will stay in the monastery for a true authentic experience. At the monastery, all the meals will be provided during the whole program. We have several monasteries in Darjeeling and most them do have shops, etc nearby.
Food will be a mix of Western and Indian food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables.
Darjeeling & Sikkim Projects
- Cultural Orientation Week, Sikkim
- English Teaching, Sikkim
- *Buddhist Monastery Teaching, Darjeeling
- Kindergarten Teaching, Darjeeling
- *Community Construction, Darjeeling
1 Week - $395
2 Weeks - $555
3 Weeks - $815
1 Month - $1075
2 Months - $2195
3 Months - $3295
1 Day Orientation
24/7 In-Country Support
Project Materials & Equipment
Pre-departure Expert Advice
Preperation Tools & Checklists
Certificate of Completion
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 is a more lived-in expereince and would suit anyone wishing to truly immerse themselves in the Buddhist culture and who would like to learn more about the daily lifestyle of the monks.
- 3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
- Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
- Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
- 1 day orientation
- Daily transportation to project
- In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
- Fundraising support
- University course credits (where applicable)
- Certificate of Completion
- Travel Insurance
- Tours, Souvenirs & spending money
Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.
A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Siliguri Bagdogra Airport, Bagdogra (IXB). You must arrive between the hours 08:00 to 14:00 on Sunday.
If arriving outside the pickup times, we charge an additional fee for any extra night’s accommodation before your program, and an extra fee for a private transfer.
Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this).
From Bagdogra airport to the accommodation it’s around 4+ hours by road.
Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice. Our ground operators will help you organise additional trips with special (non tourist) rates which can be paid directly in local currency. As a volunteer you will gain access to local knowledge, opportunities and value you simply would not find if staying as a standard tourist.
There are many sights you can explore and trips you can do in Darjeeling. Some of the attractions are as follows:
- Singalila National Park
- Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
- Observatory Hill
- Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
- Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre
- Japanese Peace Pagoda
- Yiga Choeling Gompa
- Himalayan Tibet Museum
- Sunrise over mount Kanchenjunga, Tiger Hill
- Tiger Hill
- Happy Valley Tea Estate
Participants above the age of 65 should have medical clearance.
• 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.
• 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
• Be thoughtful to poor communities by not displaying expensive items and clothes
• Wearing local clothes could help you build a good working relationship with the community
India is an eclectic and intoxicating cultural experience like no other! Home of the famous Taj Mahal, the Himalayas, the sacred Ganges river, and over 1 billion people of varying languages, cultures and beleifs, India is sure to push you to the boundaries of your comfort zone.
IVI is focused on establishing sustainable employment and education through volunteering efforts in India. Children in some of the regions we service have not had basic nutritional background. Over 950,000 newborns per year in India die from infections. Education about health for families provides a strong foundation for self-care in the communities we service in India.
India’s climte ranges from tropical down south to alpine up in the northern mountain regions.
From April until the start of October is summer, and in most places in India, is very hot. In June the monsoon rains start in Kerala down south, and move inland. Further north and in the rural areas of Rajasthan, it can get pretty cold from December to January- sometimes as low at minus 5 degrees!
Be prepared for some hot temperatures but if in the Sikkim region, bring along some warmer clothing as it can get cold in the mountains.
India is a country FULL of culture! From the beautiful colours, different religions, ancient traditions and the smells of spices- India is a country like no other. It’s the the second most populous nation after China, with over 1.2 billion people.
The most prominant religions are Hinduism and Buddhism and around 13% of the popualrtion are Muslim. Because there are so many religions, India celebrates a large number of festivals throughout the year. Some of these include Diwali, Holi, Eid and Good Friday.
In India, the cow is considered to be a Holy animal and you will see cars either driving around, or simply waiting if a cow is in the road holding up traffic! In some parts of India it is forbidden to eat meat or drink alcohol.
You will see many temples in India, as well as colourful clothing, particually the sari’s that the local women wear, and many cultural dance shows and activities.
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