Make a difference at Root Institute

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!

Root Institute is a dynamic and very active dharma centre on the outskirts of Bodhgaya, a quick rickshaw drive or walk to the Mahabodhi Temple.

The centre is run by Indian and international staff and volunteers in a friendly and collaborative environment. Your job will involve interacting with other departments, so an open, friendly and patient attitude is essential.

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 the wishes of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche to repay 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 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 workplace.


Summer volunteering 2019

A position has opened up at Root Institute for a volunteer over the summer. We offer a bed in a single room and three vegetarian meals per day for the summer months – Jun to mid-Sep.

Receptionist & hospitality

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • emailing guests
  • handling reservations
  • meeting and greeting guests at reception, and filling out the corresponding paperwork
  • handling guest queries and complaints and liaising with the corresponding department to find solutions.

Application process

If you would like to know more about this position and think you would like to work in Bodhgaya in India, holiest of holy places, then please email the following documents to our Director, Ven. Tenzin Paldron:

  • current C.V.
  • letter of motivation, including why you wish to work at Root Institute, in Bodhgaya
  • recent photo
  • two professional references.