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. Root Institute seeks committed volunteers to form a dedicated team who will fulfil Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche's wish to return the kindness of the Indian people by providing the opportunity for people to study and practise the Buddha dharma and by serving the impoverished community in and around 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 programmes 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.

If you would like to know more about any of these positions and if you think you would like to work in Bodhgaya in India, holiest of holy places, then please email the following documents:

  • Current C.V.
  • Letter of motivation
  • Recent photo
  • 2 professional references

To Ven. Tenzin Paldron, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For all these positions, we have a preferred commitment for at least 6 months. All volunteers (three months or more) receive accommodation plus three delicious vegetarian meals per day and a great deal of satisfaction and merit from benefitting many people. 


Volunteering opportunities for 2017 - 2018

Events Coordinator and Hospitality

We are seeking an energetic, efficient and computer-literate person to coordinate special events that will take place at RI during the season.

Key responsibilities are to:

  • Meet and greet guests;
  • Data entry and emailing;
  • Preparing brochures, hand-outs, and guest and meal badges.
  • Overseeing the accommodation and meals - cleanliness, preparedness and maintenance of rooms and the arrangement of dishes in the dining hall. This involves working closely with the cleaning, dining and ancillary staff and volunteers.

Media Specialist with expertise in videography

We are looking for an enthusiastic, skilled and conscientious individual to work as a media specialist, preferably with expertise in videography to make a film about 30 years of Root Institute.

Key responsibilities are to:

  • Review our history, albums and photos of the past 30 years;
  • Interview relevant people;
  • Take video clips of various part of RI including its social service projects;
  • Finding suitable music.

Putting together this video by the end of December 2017.


Health Assistant at the Shakyamuni Buddha Community Health Care Clinic (SBCHCC)

The role of the assistant with our health programs is two-fold:

  1. to maintain accounts, cash box and registers; and
  2. to assist with fundraising via social media and thanking and keeping in touch with donors.

The health assistant works under the project manager and coordinates also with the main accountant at RI and with the director.

Requirements for this position:

  • Having at least 1 year relevant experience
  • Having teamwork spirit
  • Having experience with management of accounts, social media and fundraising
  • Being patient, compassionate and creative.

Acupuncturist at the Shakyamuni Buddha Community Health Care Clinic (SBCHCC)

The role of the acupuncturist with our health programs is two-fold: providing direct care to patients in conjunction with Indian staff; and going to the villages with the mobile clinic to treat the villagers.

Requirements for this position:

  • Having 1 year experience
  • Having teamwork spirit
  • Being generous and compassionate

Dentist at the Shakyamuni Buddha Community Health Care Clinic (SBCHCC)

The role of the dentist with our health programs is two-fold: providing direct care to patients in conjunction with Indian staff; and also treating the children at Maitreya and neighbouring schools.

Requirements for this position:

  • Having 1 year experience
  • Having teamwork spirit
  • Being generous and compassionate