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Volunteer and Job Opportunities in FPMT
From directors to work-study volunteers, there are many different ways you can help FPMT centers, projects and services – please have a look to see what jobs and volunteer opportunities are currently open.
Click here for more background about offering service in the FPMT organization.
Join the Work Exchange Program
Chenrezig Institute, Queensland
We usually have about nine “volunteers” on the program working in the kitchen/cafe, grounds/maintenance or housekeeping – all vital to keeping this busy teaching centre open. We are about 90 minutes north of Brisbane on 160 acres of the beautiful sub-tropical Sunshine Coast hinterland. In exchange for thirty hours per week over five days we offer three meals a day, accommodation and access to teachings (including those of our two resident geshes) and meditations. People with building skills are particularly welcome to apply but the main requirements are an interest in the dharma, enthusiasm and reasonable English. For more information or an application form visit www.chenrezig.com.au or call (61) (7) 5453 2108.
Resident Teacher Opportunity
Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala
A wonderful opportunity for an FPMT Foundational or In-Depth Buddhism registered teacher to offer service at this vibrant center in a very blessed environment. The Resident Teacher will mainly teach courses and lead retreats at Tushita for ten months per year (February-November), ideally for 2 years.
Physiotherapist and Nurse Needed, plus Volunteer Opportunities
Root Institute for Wisdom Culture, Bodhgaya
The Shakyamuni Buddha Community Health Care Centre in Root Institute is looking for a physiotherapist and nurse volunteers. For more info please click here.
Additionally, each winter Root Institute seeks seasonal volunteers to work alongside the Centre Director, Centre Manager and Spiritual Programme Coordinator to form a team of dedicated FPMT students working to fulfil Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s wish for students to meet and practice the Dharma in Bodhgaya. Volunteering at Root Institute is a wonderful opportunity to live in the blessed environment of Bodhgaya while benefiting others! We have openings for an Office Manager and short-term Office Assistant. Click here for more information including how to apply.
Experienced Gardener or Farmer Opportunity
Kushi Ling Retreat Centre (in northern Italy) is looking for an experienced gardener/farmer who can take care of the grounds of the centre. We are looking for a person with a long term-vision to help develop the centre, which has always had a strong emphasis on ecology and a sustainable lifestyle. The person should be able to grow most of the vegetables for the centre’s use and take care of the flower garden. She/he could furthermore use the grounds (3,5 hectars) of the centre to create an income for herself/himself growing vegetables, fruit or medicinal plants. The centre could also develop a branch for teaching “simple life-style techniques” including gardening as well as meditation. Devotion to Lama Zopa and his vision as well as knowledge of or willingness to learn Italian would be essential. For further details please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yiga Chodzin Study Group
Yiga Chodzin is a probationary retreat centre (study group) and urgently seeks a person, or a couple, to serve as housekeeper/manager and, if able, as handyman. The minimum requirements are to be able to cook for resident Sangha and individual retreaters, mow lawns, clear snow, chop/carry firewood according to the season, do the shopping, and to keep the premises clean and functional.
The position is ideal for someone who wishes to live in semi-retreat and at the same time offer service to others. This is a pioneer situation, so conditions are negotiable.
To apply and for more information, email the Coordinator.
Vegetarian Cook, Housekeeper and Groundskeeper Positions Available
Mahamudra Centre, Coromandel
If you would like to offer service and are sure that you can live contentedly in a somewhat isolated rural area, please contact us. Information about the centre can be found on www.mahamudra.org.nz
Click here for more about each position, and application details.
Volunteer Positions Available
Oseling Retreat Centre, near Granada
We are looking for a vegetarian cook, to cater for courses, retreats, staff and volunteers. Responsibilities include cooking for up to 25 people, ordering kitchen supplies and maintaining kitchen to high standard. If you would like to offer service and nourish others with your cooking, we would love to hear from you.
We also need a housekeeper to take care of retreat-houses, dormitories, co-ordinate volunteers, assist with hospitality and if possible relieve on the cooks days off, and a person capable of taking care of the maintenance of the center.
Both positions are for a 3-6 month term, or longer, giving 36 hours a week service with one or two days off, depending on the season,(July and August being the months with most work. We offer single room accommodation, all meals and opportunities to attend retreats and courses.
Please contact the center at email@example.com
Land of Joy is a new FPMT retreat centre at Greenaugh, in the Northumbria National Park in the north of England. The board seeks a director to lead the establishment of the centre. In particular, the director must have proven excellent skills in team development and management, and in business management. The director will have devotion to Lama Zopa Rinpoche and alignment with the FPMT Mission Statement. The director will work closely with the spiritual programme coordinator and resident teacher in creating Land of Joy. The post will be subject to contract, with the possibility of a modest remuneration package. For a job description and applications information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org . Applications deadline: 14th May; interviews 28th May 2104.
Volunteer Work Opportunities
Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London
Would you, or anyone you know, like to spend some time in a Dharma community?
Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London offers the unique opportunity to be a Work Programme Volunteer in a vibrant and friendly FPMT city centre with a resident English-speaking geshe. We provide free board, accommodation and Dharma classes, plus a small weekly allowance, in return for three months work, five days per week. We are looking for volunteers to join the hospitality team, which cleans the centre, does some washing and ironing, and sets up our events (which can be physically demanding).
This post is very much about service – to visitors and to students – and about enjoying helping others get the most from their time here. As English is the working language of the Centre it helps to have good spoken and written English and some computing skills, but the main qualities you need are friendliness, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour (as sometimes it can be a bit full on here!).
Retreat Land Project Manager Opportunity
Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, WA
Buddha Amitabha Pure Land is a rural retreat land in Washington State, USA. The retreat land is in its beginning stages to become a retreat center and we are now looking for a project manager who is able to create a master plan, infrastructure and oversee the building of the retreat center.
More information and how to apply - deadline April 30 2014
Milarepa Center, Vermont
We are currently accepting applications for our 2014 Residential Work Study Program. Work study at Milarepa Center offers participants a unique experience of living, working, meditating, and studying at a residential Buddhist retreat center. It is a wonderful opportunity to live among a community of Buddhist practitioners as you develop and deepen your practice. During the summer we focus on working to create and serve programs for the community, as well as working on projects to keep the Center thriving. 30 hours of work each week is required in exchange for room, board, and participation in courses and programs.
Relief Cook and Skilled Volunteer Opportunity
Vajrapani Institute, Boulder Creek, California
Volunteer Handy Man/Woman Needed
Land of Calm Abiding, Big Sur, CA
VOLUNTEER HANDYMAN/WOMAN FOR LAND OF CALM ABIDING. Golden opportunity for Dharma student who wishes to serve Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche by taking care of his meditators in isolated long term retreat. Central Coast of California wilderness center, three miles from the ocean. Good opportunity to serve a small community of meditators and to create the cause to eventually do your own long retreat! Must have Buddhist Refuge and be a non-smoker. Must be fit, active, hard-working, like isolation and nature and be able to drive 4-wheel drive truck and ATV. Handyman skills required and a valid driver’s license would be helpful. No children, no outside dogs and no outstanding debts. Contact us at email@example.com
FPMT International Office, Portland, Oregon
Would you like to offer service? The International Office of FPMT, located in beautiful Portland, Oregon, has several different opportunities available for volunteers. This is a great way to learn about the Foundation and the many activities that the office manages. Some of the areas that need help are in filing, database entry, IT support, general office help for individual departments, and order fulfillment and customer service for the Foundation Store. Volunteering is also an excellent avenue to apply for paid positions as the office continues to grow. Please contact Chuck Latimer for more information
Statements of Appreciation
First of all, congratulations on the successful launch of the DB Online programme, its fantastic!!! Second, I’ve long meant to comment on how amazed I am by all resources of the FPMT Education Department, and the breadth of the Education Program worldwide (and accessibility) from DB to the Masters Program. Its all first-rate, from the teachings, the resources and materials, all the booklets, audio and video FPMT offers are quite fantastic, and such an important support for anyones practice at any level. The love that’s gone into all of it is abundant and obvious.
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