Volunteering in a Buddhist Monastery- Fujian, South China.



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    PROJECT describtion

    as volunteering / workaway in the buddhist temple are abit different in other offers, applicants once applying approved in our temple subject to admitt the nation laws and rules of the temple ,

    if you make a special trip to our temple and stay longer than three days, please make a second options for you trip becasue maybe the days your staying is under passport control and you may not allow to stay due to FORCE MAJEURE.

    volunteer should follow the direction of the head monk and team leader, topics involved politics , religious , and other sensitive issues are extreamly not welcome, break the rules infer you ought to leave the temple !please understand these! thank you!

    COUPLES SUGGESTED TO READ THE NOTICE CAREFULLY, SINCE SOME OF THE COUPLE WORKAWAYERS WERE SHOW ing Intimacy onto the public or in the dinnng hall , some talking loudly ...etc..

    Describtion of the project:

    VOLUNTEERING:----in Nanshaolin Buddhist Temple from Sept -October -Nor-Dec-2018/-Jan-Feb-March,-2019

    A volunteering opportunity in a local temple in Fujian Prov , south China, We need short/ long term (1 week-3 months )volunteers to help on following positions:
    1, organic farm work- pick vegetables, land formation
    2,house keeping--the dorm building inside corrdior ,window,swap floor, help washing and dry beddings.
    3,kitchen work---, cut/chop vegetables,, clean/wash vegerables,clean the gabages,
    4, labor works as chopping the fire woods and light construction work
    5,preparation avenue for ritual & ceremony
    6, general cleaning in the temple yard / pray halls,/student training hall
    7,help with weekends charity sales---setting the equippments, help preparing the food and martials
    8,some teaching --- introducing your cultural background to the martial art students and other volunteers. 9.technical support for internet and website
    10. photography and film making/documentary/video and clips editing/
    11,fund raising for cultural events and project.
    12,cultural exchange programs and event planning--we are seeking partiner to work with to promote the traditional chinese cultural (martial arts, tea, food, Chinese medicial treatments and herb medicine, music,
    13.other work assigned by the head monk radomly

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️the daily tasks may be as followings

    everyday after breakfast , after some 10minutes of rest, we need to meet at the reception room and the head monk will assign the task for the morning ( 7:30-9:30). and around 2:30pm will be noticed to know what to do in the afternoon.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Importance to the workawayer/volunteer

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️The mandatory schedule for everyone in the monastery including volunteers and workawayers runs every day as follows;
    5.00-6.00 Morning chanting (optional)
    6.30 Breakfast
    7.10-9:10 Morning work
    11.00 Lunch
    11:30-14:30 Break
    14.30-15:30 Afternoon work

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️17.00 Dinner
    18.00-19.00 Evening chanting ( optional)
    18:00-19:30 Group discussion and study Buddhism philosophy
    Generally we work two hours in the morning and two in the afternoon. It depends mostly on the needs of the temple. As the most common volunteers here are devoted, they serve the temple every day of the week. The same is expected for workawayers, but of course people may ask for a day off.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️there are morning pray(chanting) and afternoon pray(not fixed) and evening pray(chanting) , as volunteers you are welcome to attend that co called class. for those who attending the morning pray , you need to get up early at 4:50 and get ready to be waiting in the main pray hall at 5:05am.

    daily routin parys are mainly for monks and layman Buddhist (kulapati), its not a obligatory for workawayers.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️for couple workawayers, as you may know it is volunteered in the Buddhist temple , according to the buddhism rules , man and woman are forbidden to sleep in one room or show intimacy on the public or in front of others. also , it is not allowed that man enter woman's dorm room , you need to ask the house maid or team leader if you need to help.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️if you dont want to work and feel no good, or leave the temple for personal reasons for hours, or with other volunteers or personeels go to town for any reasons, you need to ask your team leader for leave in advance.

    *️️️️️️️you may leave temple overnight but you should take responsibility for yourself!!!

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️its not encouraged for workawayers to go to other departments in the temple for work/chat/ without group leaders admission.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️for smokers, its not allowed to smoke in the room as well as in the temple yards, you need to find a quite place and avoid to be seen by others especially be seen by the students , as you know there are some 120 teenager boys practice martial arts close to the dorm building everyday.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️workawayers are suggested to buy insurances to cover possible injury and medical cares.
    there is a small clinic in the temple for light injury and health maintenance. please remember the main hostipal is some 30km away down to the town center. so kindly remind you be very much careful to take care of youself while working and resting.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️the internet and wifi,
    as the monastery is located on the top of the mountain, so the signal of the wifi is not stable and strong enough , so advice you to buy a local sim card if necessary .. please book in advance if you need one , it could be charge by day .

    *️️️️️️️️️workawayers are from all over the world. appreciated if you have your gift from hometown to share with monks or other volunteers. also your travel story or life experience are also welcome to be share with others ...

    *️️️️️️️there is a souvenir shop in the temple, you can find soft drinks and bottle waters and ice cream.

    *️️️️️️️If you cant work or feel not good , please ask for leave to the head of the team, its not welcome the workawayer go to other departments for casual talks or hound around .

    *️️️️️️️as the temple is located on the mountain, to experienced hikers, you can enjoy some short hikings around.
    please ask for leave in advance.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️for long term project:

    1, The temple just setup a world cultural exchange center, we need help on fund raising, website and art design of souvenir related to the martial art and Chinese Buddhism Philosophy promotion to the West.

    2. In Sept-Oct 2018, the 5th World Buddhism Forum is going to be held in Fujian Prov , south China, our temple is branch meeting avenue ,we need volunteering to do preparations for this grand event.

    *️️️️️ in late October 2018 the temple will host a martial arts short training class, this 7days long short course will let you
    know the martials arts forms , pray and chanting, hiking , free of accommdations but 200yuan for zen suit include a
    shoe for daily practice, if you are interested.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Travel opportunity

    thanks to the workawayer/volunteer's contribution to the temple, we will make travel suggestions or plan speical tours randomly as well as some short hiking's occasionally.

    1/there are many tourist cities(modern/ancient old city) within hours of high speed train trip from the project site, such as Guangzhou ,Huizhou , Zhangzhou ,Xiamen, Quanzhou, Fuzhou, as well as Taiwan is just opposite of the Taiwan strait, so you can plan your travel plan with the volunteering and experience the oriental Buddhism cultures and local interesting sites.

    2/the temple also organizes short hiking nearby and visiting other temple but not a routine.

    3/the temple will have Release ceremony and set animals (birds,fishes,etc)free. to natural and open sites, you are welcome to attend.

    3/in June and Jul /2019, we will organiz a backpacking tour in south Ganshu prov , west China. the main character of this 20-30dys long tour will be off-beating routes in local Tibetan region on the high mountain meadow and pasture, as well as home-stay and high mountain hiking ,camping, etc.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help


    We need a short and mdieum term volunteer to help on a organic farm attached to a Buddhism monastery in Fujian prov in South China, we will provide free three meals( vegan)and dorm bed(6ppl/deck room).,sometimes may stay in drum tower due to student camp activities taken the dorm beds ! organize tours in township cities and villages around ,short hiking as well as other trips to interesting sites within the province are possible but not a routine and fixed program!

    donations are welcome to temple as the daily running costs lots.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    they will have learn a buddist way of life and ; experience traditional Chinese medical treatment ; and enjoy the tea we planted by volunteers . you will have also the full planted vegan food for three meals for free !

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    6X beds dorm with bathroom(shower) or in a drum tower depends the beds availability for free。The three meals are full planted made and pure vegan (no meat/milk/egg) . There are shops and restaurants outside the temple. there is also a small shop in the temple where you can buy souvenirs as well as ice cream and soft drinks!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    volunteers will have time for off work,,,you have time for reading, shopping, and washing clothes, there is a mini bus services from the temple to the downtown, you may have opportunity to visit local farmers and villages and enjoy city tours nearby. please be attention that the final bus from the down to the temple is 16:30pm. and early bus from temple to the downtown is 8:00am. the bus fee is 5yuan. you can also find a taxi .

    visa issue: applicant should be noticed that the temple will not be reponsible for short/long term visa and generally not possible to issue such documents supporting you to get the visa from the Embassy!

    the dorm needs to keep clean by all the roommates.

    please don't have soft drinks in the dinning hall.



  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    (3-4 hours, 5 days a week, with 2 days off).

Monastery will offer short train course for learning basic martial arts to volunteers from all over the world. the picture shows that volunteers from France , US, Sweden and Hongkong were learning by the martial monk.
Volunteers from Kazakstain, US, France.UK, Russia,Brizlie, Slovensia. Sweden,were practicing meditation with the head monk.
Volunteers from Germany, Swiss,France, Briazil. Uk, Spain ,Ukraine have pictures with martial monks after performance.
Volunteers from Germany , France, Swiss are celebrating birthday
Master monk teaching martial art school pupils how to pay respect for Buddha
Vlunteers lead by the Master monk working on the garden where we planting and caring the vegetables for daily three meals.
Martial monks are on daily exercises
Packed vegetables ready for kitchen
Tea time
Volunteers learning from monks digging out bamboo shoots
Harvesting vegetables i was part of
Side view of the the Monastery --the project site
Loquat tree and fruits in the farm
Organic farm of the Monastery, volunteer will work here helping with planting vegetables for daily three meals.
Martial art school's students proforming for the tourists and visitors

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