FEMALE ENGLISH TEACHER needed for Buddhist nuns at Drikung Kagyu Nunnery (Dehradun, India)



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  • Description


    The nunnery is a branch of an institute that functions as an educational center as well as a center to preserve and promote Buddhism under the traditional Drikung Kagyu Lineage.

    At present the Nunnery is divide into preparatory classes, Retreat College and Monastery sections. Some of the other nuns as well as some of the new ones who do not wish to join the college get the chance to receive appropriate education in the monastery section.

    The Institute encourages the nuns to be confident, responsible and to gain knowledge and wisdom to become leaders of their own nunnery. Workshops on discussions, public speaking, leadership and a good command of English are being introduced to allow the nuns to step out into the world. The Institute hopes that in time, the nuns will be independent enough to help their community by becoming good administrators, teachers, translators, traditional physicians, health workers and by establishing schools, health centers and homes for the old and needy.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Language practice

  • Help


    The volunteer position (only for females) centers around teaching basic levels of English to Buddhist nuns for a maximum of 3 hours a day. There are a total of 3 classes a day for 1 hour each and each class will have no more than 10 students. Sunday will be half day (2 classes) and Monday is holiday. Being a native speaker is not necessary as it is more important for the nuns to practice speaking than to hone their grammar skills.

    Comfortable accommodation and good food will be provided in exchange for volunteer services. Travel expenses are to be borne by the volunteers themselves. Buses, taxis, trains and flights are available from New-Delhi to Dehradun on a regular and daily basis.

  • Languages spoken

    Tibetan: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Hindi: Fluent
    Nepali: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    A comfortable house is provided to volunteers. This consists of a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.
    There are general stores and eateries at walking distance to the nunnery for your basic needs. Transport is easily accessible to take you into the heart of Dehradun city.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    After doing volunteer work for a few hours a day, you can be free to roam the surrounding area or immerse yourself in Buddhist culture and teaching. There are lots of options for the explorer in you. From the hill town of Musoorie (1 hour away) to village home stays, to hiking trails and camp grounds. Everything is a stones throw away. Volunteers can hire bicycles to head into the city or access the plentiful mountain trails around the area.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week

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