How to Apply

Volunteer Positions Available

No positions are available in June or July

1) Conversational English : Central Institute of Buddhist Studies in Choglamsar would like four volunteers to offer English conversation classes (with mini lessons in grammar) for mostly afterschool classes (after 4 pm). Students are generally seniors and ages range from 16-20. One month minimum. Applicants who can serve longer are highly valued.

2) English Teacher
Volunteer needed for  monastery schools. Students age from 5-12. The schools would also like help in Science and/or Math. One month minimum. Applicants who can serve two months are given priority and are highly valued.  Please apply below.

Incompete applications will be deleted. If you have prior teaching experience, please describe in detail below.

Steps for the application process:

1) Complete the application/questionnaire below.

2) We will contact you to schedule a Skype interview or phone call.

3) We will then contact your references.

4) When your application is approved, you will be notified and requested to deposit your registration/application fee. This insures us of your commitment and secures your place in the program. We are responsible to the schools we serve and do not take that commitment lightly. This is non-refundable.

5) Once this fee has been deposited, we will write you confirming your position, dates, and location.
 Once we receive payment we will send you via email the volunteer handbook that will cover all needed information for pre, during, and post service and the Teacher's Manual.

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1. For which position would you like to volunteer? (refer to the volunteer openings listed above)

2. Start date:     End Date: 

3. Your level of English Competency

Speaking: Poor    Fair    Good    Excellent

Writing: Poor    Fair    Good    Excellent

Reading: Poor    Fair    Good    Excellent

Personal Details

4. Full Name as it appears on your passport: 

5. Birthdate (Day/Month/Year): 

6. Gender: 

7. Nationality: 

8. Email address: 

9. Contact phone number: 

10. Skype name (if available): 

11. Occupation: 

12. Educational Background: 

13. Residential Address (include house number, street, city, state, zip code, country)

14. Passport number: 

15. What experience do you have living or traveling in "developing" countries. Please explain below.

16. Please describe any and all teaching experience including ages of students, length of time teaching, etc.

17. What experience have you had working with children?

18. Have you ever learned another language? Please explain below.

19. Do you have any medical conditions or allergies? And if so, what procedures do you take to care for it?

20. Do you have any psychological problems (depression, trauma, anorexia, etc.) or have you seen a counselor in the past two years? Please explain bellow.

21. Do you have a criminal record or ever been convicted of a crime? (This does not necessarily preclude your service…we all have a past.)

22. What is your level of physical fitness?

23. If you walked 30 minutes uphill to get to your service placement (school, for example) and found the school closed for the day due to a religious activity, how would you respond? What would you do?

24. What are your hobbies and interests?

25. If you showed up to a remote school and found you had no teaching materials other than a whiteboard and marker, what would you do? (This is likely to be the reality.)

26. What do you do to entertain yourself and sustain yourself when feeling alone, isolated, or bored?

27. What do you expect from this experience?

28. What are you most excited about?

29. What are you anxious about?

30. Do you have any other special needs or considerations?

31. Anything else?

Emergency contact information – Please list two individuals who you would want contacted in case of an emergency

Emergency contact #1.



Telephone number:


Emergency contact #2.



Telephone number:


Provide contact information for two references
References should be previous employer or professor, not friends or family

Reference #1



Telephone number:


Reference #2.



Telephone number:


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