Buddhist Monestary Experience Thailand

Experience life in an authentic Thai Buddhist monastery and participate in the Buddhist way of life guided by local monks. You will practice meditation and learn Buddhism in its purest form. Learn to meditate and chant in quiet and spiritual surrounding guided by monks.

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WHY
we need you in Thailand

  • Although Thailand’s economy is improving, there is still a wide gap between the rich and the poor.
  • The majority of Thailand’s poor live in rural areas, with a lack of education being a main contributor to poverty.
  • Due to economical developments, environmental degradation is evident. The decline of biodiversity and deforestation is increasing.
  • The expliotation of animals in Thailand is a big problem. With many being beaten and held in small cages for the tourist trade.

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HOW
can you help?

  • Experience life in a buddhist monastery for a true cultural immersion
  • Learn about Buddhism, meditation and chanting
  • Take part in the early morning alms giving ceromony to the Monks
  • Talk to the monks and learn from them in this cultural exchange

WHAT
can you do?

  • Take up daily roles in the monastery, such as cleaning and other chores
  • Enjoy daily morning meditation & chanting sessions
  • Stay at the monastery for a couple of nights and live as the monks do
  • Explore the local markets and other religious sites and live like a local

Why Involvement Volunteers International?

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  • Low Program Fees – From US$295
  • Excellent Safety Record, In-Country 24/7 Support & Emergency Assistance
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Project Description

  PROJECT NAME: BUDDHIST MONASTERY EXPERIENCE

LOCATION: WANG NAM KHIAO

  START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)

  ACCOMMODATION: ECO RESORT (SHARED ROOMS) & IN THE MONASTERY

  MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK

  MIN AGE: 16+

  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A

Visit Wat Ban Rai temple
Q&A with monk
_Common area in garden
Monks collecting alms
Breakfast in the temple
Pa Keep Tawan viewpoint
Hua hin (6)
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Cleaning the temple
dressed in white
the culture week in thailand placements
buddhist monasteries placements for travelers
buddhists lining up for daily rations

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Overview

Have you ever wanted to experience life in a real Buddhist Monastery and learn how to calm your mind by practicing mediation & chanting? This is a perfect opportunity to experience a taste of Thai Buddhism without having to spend months in a monastery.  You’ll learn all about the day to day living of monks and participate in inter-cultural learning as well as teachings about Buddhism.     

Buddhism began in Northern India around the year 500 BCE. The Buddhist tradition gets its name from a man known by his followers as “the Buddha”, or “the awakened one”. 

Cultural Do’s & Don’ts: Please note,

  • Women are not allowed to stay close to monks or touch the monks, so please be cautious.
  • Do not point your feet to the monks or the Buddha as this is considered disrespectful
  • Men and women cannot sleep together during temple stay and passionate contact is not tolerated
  • Please be calm/quiet during and following meditation and chanting
  • Monks only eat one meal per day (breakfast). This means we probably won’t have lunch and dinner on Wednesday and Thursday (when we will sleep in the temple’s grounds)
  • Please bring enough white clothes that are not tight fitting or see-through. This can also be purchased at the local market

Location

Wang Nam Khiao in the centre of Thailand and the ecological heart where an abundance of natural attractions in its forests, hills, wildlife and waterfalls that are easily accessible in locations such as Khao Yai National Park.

Project Tasks

  • Learn about Buddhism and the traditional culture
  • Practice chanting, meditation and other rituals
  • Stay in the monastery for a true immersion experience
  • Assist with daily chores

Food & Accommodation

You will stay in 2 seperate accommodations during the week with the first part of your stay at an eco resort in Nakhon Ratchasima province before staying 2 nights within the actual Monastery which is located approx  20 minutes away. During the Monastery stay, you’ll be staying in simple single gender rooms and be provided 1 large breakfast per day only as the monks eat only once per day! Thin blankets are provided upon request.   

The eco resort is remote, quiet and comfortable with basic amenities.  Located approx 15 km’s from town it’s far enough to feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere but close enough to basic services. The resort provides for shared single gender rooms and has a nice communal area with awesome views where you’ll spend time eating, relaxing with other volunteers. Wifi is available and receives decent reception. There is even a karaoke system for those who enjoy some cheesy fun! There is a small local store within walking distance. All other amenities can be found approx 15-30 minutes away.

There are 3 room types available, with the private room costing an additional $120 p/room p/week and the comfort room costing an additional $160 p/room p/week.

3 Meals are provided each which is typical Thai, including lots of rice dishes and fresh vegetables suitable for vegetarians. 

_Common area in garden
_Dining area
_Hills of Wang Nham Khiao
Exterior of rooms
Toilet
Way to common area in terrace
View from terrace
Common area in garden
_Beds

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fees

Standard
Projects

– Cultural Orientation Week, Hua Hin
– English Teaching, Singburi
– Hill Tribe English Teaching
– Buddhist Monestary Experience
– Sports Coaching
– *Clay House & Building
– Beach & Environmental Conservation, Hua Hin
– English Teaching, Hua Hin
– *Construction & Renovation, Hua Hin
All prices in USD

  • 1 Week – $395
  • 2 Weeks – $450
  • 3 Weeks – $595
  • 1 Month – $795
  • 2 Months – $1795
  • 3 Months – $2655

*Construction project costs additional US$50 p/week for materials & supervison.
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What’s Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pickup
  • Local Transportation
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Pre-departure Expert Advice
  • Preperation Tools & Checklists
  • Certificate of Completion

– US$275 application fee applies in addition to program fees
– Application fee is one off per person (unlimited placements)
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– Discounts may apply if travelling in a pair or group!
– All credit card /international fees included in below pricing! 🙂

Testimonials…

“Highlights of the trip: Interacting with the kids, who are so genuinely excited to see you. It’s amazing how accepting, grateful and respectful they are! Meeting people from all around the world, particularly Europe! Made friends with girls from all over Europe and America, whom we met up in Bangkok for the weekend!”
Louisa
LouisaThailand Teaching Project
“Just when I thought I gave enough of myself with the work that I do, I have now uncovered another level of giving that I never knew existed. My heart is filled with love for all of the children and of course this beautiful country and it’s amazing people. They have all taught ME so much! Thailand is definitely the land of smiles. It will be extra special to me now after this experience.”
Lucy Lacunza
Lucy LacunzaThailand Teaching Project
“Being able to ride the bikes through to village to work each day, the flexibility of free time opportunities and the great opportunity to be able to help out through this amazing program. Being able to see the village and being taken to various locations to visit temples or the markets or shopping centres. was a great cultural experience”
Sam
SamThailand Teaching Project
“There were just the 5 elephants and we saw them 4days of the 5 we were there 🙂 in the mornings we would chop up banana trees for the elephants good and then feed them, ride and wash them and then usually went on an adventure in the afternoon, either near by village or waterfalls.”
Bronwyn
BronwynThailand Elephant Project
“This trip exceeded all of my expectations and I loved getting to know all of the children! A highlight of the trip was the English camp. We taught the children songs and dances and basic English skills. They were all so polite and friendly and eager to learn!”
Louise Tonus
Louise TonusThailand Teaching Project
“My favorite task was making a salt lick. A what now? A salt lick. It’s a patch of soil filled with minerals. Wild animals come here to munch away to supplement their diets with nutrients and get all nice and healthy. We hiked up past two lakes to a few spots that bulls often go to.”
Carolien
CarolienThailand Forestry Project
“I will always remember the students shouting shopping objects in English back at me. Teaching at the high school was challenging but fun and it was great to interact with older students. The team was really nice and welcoming to us, they made us feel very important.”
Natasha
NatashaThailand Teaching Project
“Some of the many highlights for me was partaking in the english camp which was a 2 day camp with5 different schools all participating. The kids and all the teachers and especially Kate made the whole trip so enjoyable. Meeting and living with all the other volunteers was also a big highlight.”
Emma
EmmaThailand Teaching Project
“The highlights were seeing the children at the orphanage/school and the various places we visited during the culture week- they were very interesting”
Emma Taylor
Emma TaylorThailand Teaching Project
“Everyone held very similar values which made it very easy and enjoyable to get along. Another highlight was the eagerness and willingness of the kids to learn. This made the trip very rewarding. The location was also beautiful and as there are hardly any tourists we were deeply immersed in their culture.”
Jessica Broome
Jessica BroomeThailand Teaching Project
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FAQ

Is the Monastery Experience in Thailand the Right Project for Me?

For those who want to experience an authentic cultural immersion, to learn more about Buddhism and to enjoy a simpler way of life, this this would be an excellent opportunity for you. 

What’s Included in the Volunteer Fees

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
  • Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
  • 1 day orientation
  • Daily transportation to project
  • In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
  • Fundraising support
  • University course credits (where applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion

What’s Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money

Is there an Orientation?

Volunteers in Thailand are encouraged to take up the orientation week to help you ease into the lifestyle and pace of Thailand. You will get to know your town and it’s facilities and everything required to make your stay comfortable. You may choose after the first few days to move straight into your chosen volunteer placement if desired or otherwise just enjoy the company of your new friends and extended family!

When confirming your dates please take note of the long holidays (mid-March till mid-May and October). During these times, renovation work continues, with the option to join special classes and English camps that are regularly requested by the local Thailand communities involved.

Arrival Information

Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.

A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Bangkok BKK (Suvarnabhumi) Airport, Level 2, Entrance 4. You must arrive between 06.00 and 16:00 on Sunday.

If arriving outside the pickup times on Sunday, you can book a private transfer for US$50.

If arriving on Saturday, you will need to pay US$50 for an extra night’s accommodation, or arrange your own accommodation for the night.

If arriving during the week, or on Saturday outside of pickup times, we charge US$50 for any extra night’s accommodation before your program, and another US$50 fee for a private transfer.

Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this).

What does a Typical Day Involve?

  • Monday – Depart from Singburi to Wang Nam Khiao, Stop at a set of waterfalls en route to Wang Nam Khiao, Arrive at the resort in Wang Nam Khiao in the afternoon, Walk around the village, Dinner, Meditation and Buddhism ethics (how to pray and kneel, how to act around monks, etc)
  • Tuesday – Early morning giving alms to the Monks, Introduction to the monastery, Breakfast, Q&A with a monk at Pha Rattanawan temple, Lunch, Watch a documentary about Buddha & Buddhism, Explore a big local market, opportunity to buy black/white clothing for the monastery, Dinner, Karaoke at the resort
  • Wednesday – Depart for stay at the Monastery, early morning giving alms to the Monks, Breakfast at the temple with monks and the community, Free time or, depending on the needs at the monastery, we may be asked by the monks to help with chores, Meditation & chanting
  • Thursday – Early morning meditation & chanting session (3:30 am), Short time for rest (meditation, shower, etc), Give alms to the monks, Praying, Breakfast at the temple with monks and the community, Free time or, depending on the needs at the monastery, we may be asked by the monks to help with chores, Meditation & chanting
  • Friday – Early morning meditation & chanting session (3:30 am), Short time for rest (meditation, shower, etc), Give alms to the monks, Breakfast at the temple with monks and the community, A visit to the old temple Ban Rai 2, Lunch, Explore a  mushroom farm, Head to Pa Keep Tawan viewpoint, BBQ Dinner
  • Saturday – Breakfast at the resort, Transfer back to Singburi for further programs or taken to the Wang Nam Khiao bus station if this is the end of your program.

What Happens on Weekends?

Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice. Our local team will help you organize additional trips with special (non tourist) rates which can be paid directly in local currency. As a volunteer in Thailand you will gain access to local knowledge, opportunities and value you simply would not find if staying as a standard tourist in resorts.

Are There Any Special Requirements?

Please bring enough white clothes that are not tight fitting or see-through. This can also be purchased at the local market

Country Information

With a long sandy coastline and jungle-topped islands anchored in crystal blue waters Thailand is a tropical getaway and favorite traveling destination for holiday makers and volunteers from all over the world. Thailand’s culture is generous, warm and outgoing and the cuisine is world renowned for a tropical abundance of fresh and varied flavors of spicy, sweet, salty and sour. 

Thailand is a fascinating and exotic country to explore. Through volunteering, you’ll gain a love in the people, culture, scenery, cuisine and in the overall lifestyle of Thailand.

We offer diverse project options catering to many different interests. Volunteering is the ideal way of assimilating into the local Thai culture and experiencing the real lifestyle in Thailand.

Climate

November to Febuary is the best time to visit Thailand, with a pleasent temperature through most of the country. From March to May temperatures can get very hot. The monsoon rains start from about June to October. Showers usually are quite predictabe and come in short bursts, so this time of year can be great to visit, as everything is so green and there are fewer crowds!

Temperatures are around 30 degrees on average throughout the year. If in the North of Thailand in the winter, evenings can get quite chilly, so bring some warm clothes too!

What’s the Culture Like in Thailand?

Vietnam has one of the oldest cultures in South East Asia, creating a rich history with ancient traditions dating back thousands of years. It also has a large Chinese influence. Elders are very well respected in Vietnamese culture, the older you are, the more respect is shown to you. ‘Saving face’ is a concept shown by most Vietnamese people and is thought of as extremely important in their culture. This means that if you feel angered or annoyed by someone, you do not show it and remain respectful. If you lose your temper/ are rude, then this is seen as losing face and therefore a loss of reputation and self-respect.

Vietnamese is the most widely spoken language, other languages include Chinese, Khmer, Cham and tribal dialects. Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism are the main religious beliefs in Vietnam, and you will find many temples dotted around the country. You will often see the local people giving fruits and burning incense to give as offerings.

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Weekends & Extra Tours

Thailand has thousands of Buddhist temples dotted all over the country. From the small local ones to popular attractons like Wat Pho in Bangkok which has a 43 metre long Buddha!
Temples
TemplesThailand
Thailand has plenty of National Parks, with amazing trekking routes, through the jungle, mountains and natural waterfalls you can swim in!
Jungle Trekking
Jungle TrekkingThailand
Now who wouldn’t want to go here?! The southern islands in Thailand are just stunning. From white sands to crystal clear water, theres so much to do here, from water sports, relaxation, luxury resorts to basic wooden beach huts! Some of the most popular are Phi PHi, Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui and Koh Chang.
The Islands
The IslandsThailand
Stay on a floating bungalow in the middle of Khao Sok National Park! You will be surrounded by nature and can make use of the free inflatable tubes to float on, swim in the clear water or go for hikes in the jungle.
Floating Bungalows
Floating BungalowsThailand
Bangkok is an exciting city and one thats very easy to get around. Try the Lebua sky bar- where they filmed ‘the Hangover 2’. The views from the top are incredible!
Bangkok Sky Bar
Bangkok Sky BarThailand
If you take a visit to Chiang Rai (and you should), then take a visit to the White Temple. The architecture is really quirky and the whole building is impressive. Chiang Rai is also a lovely little town to explore.
The White Temple
The White TempleThailand
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