Experience the quiet life at a Buddhist monastery while volunteering with in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Learn how to practice Chan (called Zen in Japan) meditation during your stay at our temple. We always need help from fit and healthy 16 – 65 year olds, especially over weekends and for big events like Chinese New Year!
As an active monastery, we invite you to join our morning chanting. evening meditation sessions, formal meals, as well as use our beautiful quiet meditation and calligraphy halls. We also have a small library where you can sit and read from our English range with a cup of tea and a bowl of congee.
Our monks, nuns, volunteers, and students are very friendly and helpful – even if they cannot speak much English.
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
- Learn about Chan Buddhism
- Experience a formal meal with mindfulness
- Learn tradition Chinese calligraphy
- Practice your Mandarin
- Stay in a peaceful and quiet area
- Easily accessible from Kaohsiung and Tainan
- Experience life at a modern Buddhist monastery (interact with monks and nuns and other people living here)
We ask for a minimum stay of 1 week. This allows time for orientation, training, and the opportunity to participate in some of our monastic practices. Some easier tasks may only require a minimum stay of 3-4 day.
Help is allocated based on preference and availability – see the list below for suggestions. You may choose something you are already familiar with or something new to develop your skills and we will try to match you.
Volunteering opportunities include:
Tourism: reception, tour guide, information distribution, prayers desk, shuttle service, etc.
Housekeeping, Gardening, & Maintenance: pruning, sweeping, cleaning rooms, dishwashing, statue restoration, pressure cleaning footpath, etc.
Office & IT: administrative work, technical/IT support, web development, etc.
Events & Exhibitions: ushering, guiding, stage support, set up & pack down, etc.
Education: teaching at our high school in subjects such as English, maths, science, ICT, sports, music, etc.
Elementary level Mandarin is convenient but not necessary.
If you are interested in teaching, we ask for a commitment of at least 2 weeks and a lesson plan.
Mandarin, Taiwanese, English, French, German
We offer full board (male and female dormitory accommodation with shared bathroom and 3 vegetarian meals) for free.
Private rooms, including family rooms, may also be available if required - contact us for more information.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours/day, 5 days/week