Volunteering at Root Institute
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Root Institute! Volunteering with us is a wonderful opportunity to offer service in the blessed environment of Bodhgaya. Volunteers should be willing to live according to the Buddhist Five Precepts, essentially with an interest in spiritual practice and a sincere respect for our spiritual environment (there is little normal social life in Bodhgaya). The spiritual programme as well as the community health projects are run according to Buddhist principles and beliefs. The work is satisfying and exciting, with space for creativity in the work place.
Each winter Root Institute seeks seasonal volunteers to form a dedicated team who will fulfill Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche's wish to provide the opportunity for people to study and practice the Buddhadharma in Bodhgaya.
Opportunities for 2014
- Teachers for Maitreya School
We are looking for teachers who would like to volunteer some time at our Buddhist primary school. There is a great need for English classes. We also welcome art or science workshops or whatever skills or education you can bring to the children.
Please contact Andy at the school using this form.
- Resident Sangha
Working closely with the Director and Spiritual Programme Coordinator, the role of resident sangha within Root Institute during the winter season (October to March) is to lead daily meditations, organise pujas, meet and advise new students, run short workshops, guide pilgrims to the holy sites around Bodhgaya and offer general help with the spiritual programme. (The quiet and beautiful (hot) summer months offer an opportunity for retreat.)
Health Programme Volunteers
The Shakyamuni Buddha Community Health Programme has long benefited from the service of volunteers who have come from other countries. Nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists work alongside our Indian staff and help to create systems that sustain the programme long-term.
Experienced nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists are welcome year-round for a preferred stay of six months (minimum three months.) If you are unable to commit to this length of time, or are inexperienced in these fields, you are welcome to observe our work in the on-site clinic and the village health programme on a short-term basis.
- Health Project Administrator (required immediately)
We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated individual to work in consultation with the Clinic Coordinator to oversee the administration of our community health and development programme.
Key responsibilities of the Health Project Administrator are to:
- Oversee and manage day to day finances;
- Ensure that donor obligations are met and compile reports and updates on the progress of the programme;
- Work on building donor support for our fundraising strategy;
- Oversee orders and distribution of homeopathic and allopathic medicine;
- Perform general administrative duties.
Key competencies and skills required are:
- Previous experience with office administration and finances;
- Excellent facilitation and communication skills;
- Cultural sensitivity and experience working in cross cultural environments;
- Adaptability, patience and flexibility is a must;
- Experience and/or qualifications in public health, community development or social work would be useful.
If you are interested and qualify with the above, please click here.
The role of the volunteer nurse with our health programs is two-fold: providing direct care to patients in conjunction with Indian staff and helping to develop sustainable systems that will support the Programme long-term.
Some of the daily nursing responsibilities include:
- providing daytime care for patients in our basic, 8-bed hospital;
- assisting with the general medical clinic (TB, Diabetes, HIV);
- aiding in the development of our village-level, health promotion programme;
- helping to manage the pharmacy;
- working closely with staff to aid in their professional development.
- providing regular health assessments of the children at Maitreya School and Tara Children's Home.
Experience with HIV+ children would be very useful.
Position: Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapists
- Our rehabilitation department is looking for enthusiastic, adaptable, and committed physical and occupational therapists who can help build the capacities of our staff in the rehabilitation, community health worker and orthopaedic programmes. A collaborative open attitude, along with strong skills and knowledge of rehabilitation/community based care are an asset. Essential qualities are patience, perseverance, an open heart and mind.
An overview of the therapist volunteer’s duties are:
- assessing and treating locals suffering from orthopaedic and neurological issues;
- working with children suffering from cerebral palsey, and their parents;
- improving the rehabilitation facilities in Shakyamuni Buddha clinic;
- training community health workers so that they can provide basic rehabilitation to villagers in a new community based rehab capacity;
- improving clinical reasoning skills of local staff and sharing techniques and OT/PT approaches to rehabilitation;
- jointly providing rehabilitation services to inpatients while sharing their skills with local staff;
- conducting home visits to assess individual patients' progress;
- daily mobile clinic visits.
The clinic is located on Root Institute’s premises. We ask that volunteers abide by the five precepts whilst living there - applicants should be content living and working within a spiritual environment.
To apply for any of the above positions, please click here, stating the position for which you are applying.