Teach & Learn with Monks at
Ancient Buddhist Temple in Sri Lanka 🇱🇰
Yogific has collaborated for a unique voluntary exchange program with Pepiliyana Purana Raja Maha Viharaya, a 600 years old Buddhist temple located in the capital city of Sri Lanka, Colombo.
Yoga teachers from the UK and other countries where Yogific runs events, can participate in the programme where teachers can get an opportunity to learn meditation with Buddhist monk in the temple and in turn teach them a foreign language. Yogific’s teachers will get free food and accommodation during the two-week-long stay.
We are currently looking for native English speakers but in future this programme will be open to speakers of other languages as well.
What do you get in return:
An opportunity to learn and practice traditional Buddhist meditation with the monks
Free vegan food and accommodation during the programme
Free occassional sight-seeing trip to explore Colombo and other neighbouring places.
And lots of gratitude from us
The full address of the temple is No 102, Dehiwala Road, Pepiliyana, Boralesgamuwa, Dehiwala. It is located in the capital city of Sri Lanka, Colombo, and is about 1 hour drive away from the international airport.
The teachers selected for the programme will be required to teach English to the resident monks for a set number of hours, 5 days a week. The number of hours will be fixed depending on the schedule of the monks and will be agreed in advance by the teacher.
It is not necessary to be a certified English teacher in order to be selected for the programme but the will to teach and learn is necessary. However, some teaching background will be an added advantage. The only requirement is that the teacher should be a native speaker of the English language.
The selected teachers will be offered free accommodation either inside of the temple complex or in nearby places depending on the availability. The accommodation will be basic but comfortable with options of shared and single accommodation.
Buddhist monks eat a simple vegetarian (mostly vegan) diet. The selected teachers will also be offered vegan meals – three times a day.
Teachers will be expected to spend a minimum of two weeks with an option to extend the stay upto three months. The temple staff is flexible with the dates.
Sri Lanka offers hassle-free e-visa for nationals of all European Union member countries. One can obtaon the e-visa by filling a simple form online. The temple staff will help you with the visa application and send all necessary documents. Please read this wikipedia article for more information.
It is not necessary to be a Yoga teacher in order to participate in this programme, however an understanding of Yogic and Buddhist philosophy is a must.
The programme is ongoing, and doesn’t have set dates. It begins in Jan, 2020 and extends throughout the year.
For Colombo: Colombo’s climate is fairly temperate all throughout the year. Best time to visit is between Jan-early April. April is the hottest month in Colombo with an average temperature of 29°C (84°F) and the coldest is January at 27°C (81°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 9 in March. The wettest month is May with an average of 382mm of rain.
For the entire country: Sri Lanka’s climate includes tropical monsoons: the northeast monsoon (December to March), and the southwest monsoon (June to October). The best time to visit the west and south coasts and hill country is from December to March, while the best weather on the east coast is from April/May to September.