Are you fascinated by the Buddhist culture and dream of spending time in a monastery? Would you like to travel to Sri Lanka and teach English to Buddhist monks while you’re there? This program with IFRE lets you do just that.
Sri Lanka is an island south of India heavily steeped in the rich Buddhist culture. You will find countless monasteries and fascinating ancient temples from both the Hindu and Buddhist faiths. Spirituality seems to hang in the very air here, and Sri Lanka is just the destination for you if you are searching for travel with a deeper meaning.
A Pirivena is a monastic college, similar to a seminary, for the education of Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka. Piriven have been centers of education in Sri Lanka since ancient times. Often “lay people” (religious followers not holding religious positions) receive education at a Pirivena as well.
With globalization and other developments, there is a great need and desire for young monks to learn English. As there are no English teachers in the monasteries, you can teach English to volunteers who in turn will teach others, allowing them to spread their message more widely.
As a volunteer teaching English to monks in Sri Lanka, you will teach in a Buddhist temple school. The English language skills you teach these young monks will help them spread their message of peace, non-violence, and enlightenment to a world that needs these things now more than ever. You will also have the chance to immerse yourself in a monastery and learn all about the inspiring and powerful Buddhist teachings and traditions.
If you are seeking a spiritual experience in an exotic land while giving back and making a meaningful difference, contact IFRE today.
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Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact
While participating in this project to teach English to monks in Sri Lanka, you will be volunteering around 5 hours per day in the Piravena, or temple school. You will be teaching young monks from 8-21 years old.
In the project, you will have the opportunity to teach them conversational English, as well as other subjects that might be of benefit to them. You will have conversations with the young monks and interact and connect with them as you help improve their English.
Your time spent teaching English to these young Sri Lankan monks will contribute to the positive messages of Buddhism becoming more accessible to the outside world and inspiring your students to become global ambassadors for their spiritual beliefs and practices. By immersing yourself in a monastery, you will gain insight into the profound and sacred truths these monks devote their lives to.
The volunteering teaching English to Monks in Sri Lanka project is a great opportunity for volunteers to become intimate with age-old Buddhist rituals and traditions while interacting with young monks.
Skills and Qualifications:
Anyone can volunteer to teach English abroad to Buddhist monks. The only requirements for the program are that you have a decent grasp on the English language, and a desire to make a difference in the lives of your young students.
Since you will be volunteering in a monastery, you will need to observe the customs and maintain a high level of respect in this sacred space. No smoking or drinking is allowed, and you are expected to behave as a good role model for the children.