Teaching English to Buddhist Monks

Teach English to Buddhist monks with IVI Volunteers in beautiful Sri Lanka! Buddhism is a prominent part of this country and you can be part of a project that teaches English language skills to young monks. Provide the monks with an opportunity to become proficient in English, teaching them communication, written and spoken skills.

Project Photos

Photos of Accommodation

Program Description

Volunteer with IVI inside a Buddhist monastery where young monks are preparing to speak about Buddhism across the world, meaning knowing English would be very beneficial to them. You will be helping them in their spoken English and conversational skills, as well as written English. The majority of your time will be teaching the monks to read and write.

This project is now around 2 years old and was initially set up to increase the monk’s proficiency in English, both in written and spoken skills. During this time, we have noticed a vast improvement in the English communication skills of the monks, who have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this project.

Program Duration & Availability

Min duration (weeks):1

Aims & Objectives

The main goal is to improve the proficiency the monks English conversational skills, as well as written and spoken English.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

  • Teach the monks to read and write in English.
  • Advance their English communication skills.

Starting Dates

During 2019

This project starts every week.

During 2020

This project starts every week.

Volunteer 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

  • As the project is situated inside a monastery, you are required to wear modest clothing that covers your entire body and does not expose any part of your body. Clothing should be preferably white. Light coloured clothing of a single colour is also acceptable. You will not be allowed to wear footwear inside the monastery.
  • Volunteers above the age of 65 should have medical clearance.

Location

Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination, known for its tea plantations, sacred temples, spice plantations and cultural dance shows. It’s around 115 km from Colombo and sits at 465 meters above sea level. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth, it has a nickname as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. This bustling market town has a rich cultural diversity and plenty of things to for tourists, from handicraft markets to ancient temples and adventure activities. It also hosts the Kandy Esala Perahera festival each year.

Accommodation & Food

About the Accommodation

You will be accommodated in one of our volunteer houses, which are located 2-4 km away from the centre of Kandy. There is a refrigerator for volunteers to use to store food and beverages.

Available Room Types

Standard Room
All meals included Yes *
Free beverages Yes **
Persons per room 4-10
Wifi in public areas No
Laundry facilities Yes ***
Safety box Yes
Lockable rooms Yes
Hot shower Yes
Private bathroom No
Bed linen Yes
Towels No
Air conditioning No
Fan Yes
Mosquito protection No

* Three meals per day during weekdays and two per day on weekends
** Water, tea, coffee and milk
*** At an additional fee

Food Arrangements

You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals will be a mix of Western and Sri Lankan style food, including mainly vegetarian dishes of rice and vegetables. You can also eat out at any of the local restaurants.

Facilities

The volunteer house is located 2 kilometres away from the Kandy city centre, where you can find anything you may need.

The closest ATM and supermarket to the accommodation are a 15-minute walk away.

Mandatory Orientation Day

On your first Monday, you will join our orientation day, to get acquainted with your new surroundings, as well as local culture. Your project continues as usual from Tuesday onwards.

Schedule

  • Welcome meeting, introduction to Sri Lanka and the various projects, general/ house rules, code of conduct and organising important documents
  • Sinhalese Language Lesson
  • Cultural Lesson- learn more about the do’s and don’ts
  • Kandy City Tour

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the project.

Sights & Surroundings

Royal Botanical Gardens

The Botanic Gardens are situated around 5. km to the West of Kandy. Once being only for the Kandyan royalty, they are now open to the public to wander around at their leisure. There’s 60 hectares of beautiful garden to explore, where you will see a huge Javan fig tree, pretty orchids and even monkeys!

Knuckles mountain range

This stunning mountain range is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and hosts many walking trails. You will find small villages, beautiful waterfalls, numerous native wildlife and rice fields. This is the perfect place for people who love the outdoors and adventurous hiking trails.

Sigiriya (Lion Rock)

Another UNESCO World Heritage site, this ancient rock is situated around 91km North from Kandy and is very popular with tourists, who can climb up to the top for some seriously stunning views. Along the way you will see antient rock carvings and paintings on the walls of this sacred rock. It will take roughly just over an hour to climb up.

Yala National Park

Located on the South coast of Sri Lanka, this stunning park hosts one of the highest leopard densities in the world. Not only that, you can also spot elephants, monkeys, birds, buffalo and more. There are numerous tours in Yala, from day tours to over several days of safari.

Adam’s Peak

Around 91km South of Kandy you can climb to the top of this sacred sight, just as the locals do for pilgrimage. It’s a bit of a trek up in the dark but totally worth it to see the sun coming up over the clouds, mountains and lush forest. You will be greeted by stunning views to reward your efforts!

Hortons Plains National Park

You can trek through this beautiful national park to ‘World’s End’, a 9.5km round loop trail, taking around 3 hours. This is a pretty easy walk, but you will be greeted with amazing views out over the countryside and above the clouds! It’s best to visit here early (before 10am) as the clouds can roll in after that and block the incredible views.

Udawatta Kele Reserve

Situated near the Kandy lake, this nature reserve is complete with monkeys and birds- fantastic for wildlife and nature lovers. Here you will find wooded forests, over 400 species of plants and 70 bird species. You can trek through the forest for a relaxing break away from the city.

Tea Plantations

Kandy and Nuwara Eliya are both popular places to visit a tea plantation, for a refreshing taste of some of Sri Lanka’s best fresh tea! Not only do they produce great tea, the landscape is stunningly green, with endless hills rolling off into the distance.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

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