How You Can Help
Thank you for your interest in Jamyang Foundation! Many opportunities await those who would like to help. You may offer financial assistance, goods and services, or volunteer at one of the Jamyang Foundation projects.
Jamyang Foundation welcomes volunteers at all its education programs for women in the Himalayas. Students in these programs are keen to learn English, arithmetic, gardening, leadership skills, Hindi, social studies, accounting, and health care. Simple vegetarian food and housing are provided. Volunteers must take care of their own travel expenses, health insurance, and incidentals.
A background in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is helpful, but not required. The most important qualifications for teachers are patience and openmindedness. As a mark of respect for the students' monastic lifestyle, volunteers are asked to familiarize themselves with local etiquette. Elementary English textbooks are available at most locations, but it would be helpful to bring additional textbooks or teaching tools. Volunteers are also very welcome to help with planting and caring for trees, flowers, and vegetable gardens.
The monasteries in Zangskar, the most remote location, as especially in need of volunteers. Opportunities may also be available at monasteries in Kinnaur and Spiti. Most volunteer opportunities are available during the summer months, due to the Himalayan mountain climate. The summer is beautiful, but the winter is icy cold with lots of snow. The roads there are generally only open from June to September. The mildest climate is found in Kinnaur, where it is possible to stay through the winter. During the winter month, it is also possible to volunteer at Sanghamitra Institute in Bodhgaya, which is easy to reach from Delhi or Kolkata.
- Yangchen Choling Monastery
- Changchub Choling Monastery
- Khachoe Drubling Monastery (Jujik Shel)
- Pishu Monastery
The weather varies greatly at the different locations. At the monasteries in the Himalayas, the summer is beautiful, but the winter is icy cold with lots of snow. The roads there are generally only open from mid-July to mid-September. The mildest climate is found in Kinnaur, where it is possible to stay through the winter.
These education projects are having far-reaching consequences for women and Buddhism in the Himalayan region. We deeply appreciate all assistance. Please click here for further information on how to volunteer.
We gratefully accept monetary donations of any amount. The funds you donate directly support education programs. Jamyang Foundation operates completely by the kindness of volunteers. Except for printing and postage, all donations go directly to the programs. The students are in constant need of educational supplies, health supplies, nutritious meals, clothing, and other necessities. Due to the high cost of postage, these supplies are best purchased locally. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.
For just $20/month, you can educate a girl or young woman and prepare her to take a leadership role in a desperately poor and culturally endangered region of Bangladesh or the Himalayas. Please click here for more information about our scholarship programs. If you would like to sponsor a scholarship, please visit our Donate page!