This wonderful project was created with the goal of helping to improve the education of Thailand’s Buddhist monks. Love Volunteers works with a local organization that offers free programs involving teaching novice Buddhist monks English in temple schools. The volunteers’ role in the classroom depends on the school as well as their own comfort level.
Volunteers will be paired with a Thai teacher and have the option of simply helping out with daily lessons, or if confident, can jump straight in and start taking their own lessons. Many of the monks volunteers teach would have lived relatively sheltered lives, having joined the monasteries at a very young age. This program teaches the monks more about other cultures and places, allowing for shared cross cultural teaching and understanding.
Goals of this Project:
- Provide free lessons to Buddhist monks, helping them to improve their English language skills
- Expose non-English speakers to native English speakers in order to improve pronunciation and conversational skills
- Expose volunteers and Buddhist monks to different people and cultures
What to Expect
A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:
7:00am Breakfast in the Volunteer House
7:45am Travel to the Buddhist Temple School
8:15am Pre-start meeting with program supervisor
8:30am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START
Volunteers break for lunch, provided at the Volunteer House, for several hours each day as per the local custom.
4:30pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END
4:45pm De-brief with the program supervisor
Evening Volunteers have free time in the evening to relax in the comfort of the volunteer house and prepare their evening meal or explore the city and dine out at one of the many eatery options.