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Volunteer in Thailand: Teaching at a Monastery in Thailand

ELI Abroad

Street Address:
2828 N Speer Blvd. Suite 230, Denver, United States
United States

Teaching at a Monastery in Thailand

Chiang Mai
Dates of Program
First Monday and Third Mondays of the Month
Both (group and independent)
Age Restrictions
18 Years+
Project Review

Our volunteers teach novice Buddhist monks, middle school to high school age, at different monastery schools located in the northern city of Chiang Mai. Objectives of the schools  include "enhancing the knowledge of monks and novices in both religious and secular subjects" and "providing secondary education for boys who are unable to afford such opportunities elsewhere." All the students at four of the schools are novice monks and many, but not all, of the faculty and administration are Buddhist monks. One of the schools has both novice monk students and non-monk students (however the majority are monks) separated by classroom. Many of the novice monks are orphans from the hill tribes, and some of them are learning Thai as a second language and English as a third.  These teaching positions are a great way to learn about Buddhism and contribute in a meaningful way. After morning alms rounds, the day begins with morning assembly at the monastery schools.  All the novices, line up and the faculty and staff give morning announcements, followed by prayers and meditation. Classes begin at 8:30. Fresh Thai curries and stir fried dishes, served over steamed jasmine rice are served for lunch.  Volunteers are encouraged to share their lunch time chatting with novices and other staff.  After lunch, more prayers and meditation is practiced before classes resume in the afternoon.

Major Responsibilities

Major responsibilities of volunteers:

  • Teaching English to monks
  • Assisting local teachers
  • Raising funds for this program
  • Sharing information and cultural values
Cost/Program Fee
USD 700 for 2 Weeks and USD 1700 for 12 Weeks
What program fee Includes

Program fee covers:

  • Pre-Departure Packet
  • Airport Pick-Up in Chiang Mai
  • Orientation
  • City Tour
  • Accommodation
  • Most meals
  • Access to a Travel Nurse and Activities Coordinator
  • 24/7 In-Country Support

Program fee does not cover:

  • Round-Trip Transportation to Chiang Mai
  • Return Trip to Airport
  • Required Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Visa Fees
Skills/ Qualifications

No specific skills or qualifications are required. We expect our volunteers to be kind, flexible, friendly and have good communication skills.

Arrangements for Room/Food

Arrangements of food and room for volunteers is managed by host family. For detailed information on the arrangements contact us at:

Any Missing Important Information

Travel insurance is not included in the program fee. We prefer to let participants decide what kind of coverage they need. Since you are about to volunteer in another country, we ask you to make necessary preparations before departing. It is best if volunteers arrive on a date below before 8pm, so orientation can take place over the weekend and volunteers can start their program bright and early on Monday. 
Arrival Dates for 2010: January 2, January 15, January 29, February 12, February 26, March 12, April 2, April 16, April 30, May 14, June 4, June 18, July 2, July 16, July 30, and August 13.For detail information on this project contact us at:

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