Nepal Teaching & Temples

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1. In Brief

Unlock the secrets of Buddhism whilst helping to teach children or young monks in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. Immerse yourself in the mystical and enchanting culture of the Nepali people and discover the adventures which lie hidden in Nepal's countryside.

Make a pilgrimage to one of Nepal's most breathtaking temples, tucked away high in the mountains, try exquisite cuisine in an atmospheric local restaurant, visit surrounding villages, and witness traditional practices, clothing, handicrafts, and customs. The peaceful setting of your monastery will both entice and envelop you during your Frontier experience in Nepal!

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  • Visit one of the most intriguing destinations in the world
  • Earn your TEFL certificate for free!
  • Make a pilgrimage to one of Nepal's most breathtaking temples


Location Nepal
Activities Teach English
Extracurricular activities
Live alongside Buddhist monks
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Hostel


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK TEFL certification if applicable
In-country Food
Airport pick-up
Ground transfers
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project


Babita Beswkarma, like many of Nepal's orphans, has had a life filled with tragedy. When she was seven her parents died of AIDS and she was left in the hands of her fellow villagers, who treated her cruelly for a year until they finally rejected her, calling her the "AIDS girl". Finally left in the care of her uncle, she was made to work as a slave, without rights or property.

Babita's story is all too common in a country where starvation is rife, home sanitation and running water are incredibly scarce, and where this year, around 10,000 adults living with HIV/ AIDS are expected to die.

You can give hope to these impoverished children, giving them the love and affection that they have been denied for much of their lives. You'll dance, sing, and play games with children as well as helping out in any way that you can at a remote mountain orphanage, where the sound of children laughing is the ultimate reward.


Though predominantly a Hindu country, Nepal has a significant Buddhist influence; beautiful monasteries all over Nepal are a testament to this. In Kathmandu, Buddhism is also practised by Tibetan people who are in exile in Nepal. Volunteers interested in working in a Buddhist monastery are able to teach English and immerse themselves in the Buddhist culture.

Though no teaching experience or skills are needed, volunteers joining the teaching and temples project should have good English both written and verbal. Volunteers are expected to be flexible and patient as not all teaching schedules are perfectly structured and much help is needed to improve efficiency. As a volunteer you will primarily work as an English instructor in the schools connected to the monastery, teaching kids and young Buddhists throughout the week. In addition to English teaching, volunteers may be able to assist in extracurricular activities and administration. In the evening, you can organise games, drawing, singing, dancing, and other creative education and extracurricular activities.

You will have free time in the mornings and late evenings; this is the perfect time to join meditation, rituals, prayers, and songs with the Buddhist monks.

3. What to expect


You'll be met upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport by a friendly member of in-country staff on the Sunday and taken for your first few days of induction. After an introduction to the project and the life and culture of Nepal you will begin your project.


You'll stay at a hostel close to the monastery: a beautiful, tranquil place where the serenity of the monks is contagious! This accommodation acts as a home for volunteers, monks and kids alike. You'll be a member of the family, and everyone will go out of their way to welcome you.


The monks will provide you with three mouth-watering local meals a day. Vegetarian diets can be accommodated.

4. The reviews

TEFL teaching in Nepal is a must if you enjoy happy, enthusiastic, vibrant folk who are eager to ...

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I had the most amazing 4 weeks in Nepal!  | 21 Jan 2013
  I had the most amazing 4 weeks in Nepal, time flew by! I was definitely nervous before...

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A home away from home  | 19 Apr 2012
Thank you so much for giving me such an amazing opportunity and experience here in both Kath...

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Teaching at the Temple  | 20 Jun 2011
    When arriving first at the airport I was unsure as to what to expect a...

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Unforgettable Nepal  | 6 Jun 2011
We have had an amazing experience here in Nepal, doing so much! Rajesh has been absolutely brilli...

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Tribeni's Buddhist insights  | 17 Aug 2010
My time at the Buddhist Monastery was amazing! When I first arrived at the monastery, I was nervo...

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Llio tells us about her Nepal experience  | 12 Nov 2008
The first week in Kathmandu was very interesting for me. We were taken to see famous sights such ...

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6. Extras


In your free time you are welcome to either relax and enjoy the serenity of local life or try your hand at conquering the countryside as you climb, bike, raft and shop your way through the region.

7. Dates and Costs


2 weeks US$1,245

Extra week US$445



Weekly.  Please aim to arrive on the Sunday.


2 weeks +

This project is available throughout the Christmas period


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • UK Frontier TEFL Certificate (Training day available at additional cost)


  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfers
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Kathmandu (KTM)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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