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.


Volunteering opportunities for 2019 – 2020

Grounds Manager – required immediately

This is a perfect position for someone who enjoys working outdoors.

Spoken Hindi would certainly be an advantage.

Key responsibilities are to:

  • oversee the grounds staff and ensure they perform their duties
  • manage the upkeep of the garden and grounds
  • check for required maintenance and repairs, and
  • coordinate upkeep of rooms with receptionist and housekeepers.

Receptionist / house manager

We are seeking an energetic, efficient and computer-literate person for our reception office.

Key responsibilities are to:

  • meet and greet guests
  • do bookings management and emailing
  • oversee the accommodation – cleanliness, preparedness and maintenance – working closely with the cleaning and ancillary staff, and
  • coordinate with the kitchen staff with respect to menus, meals and ordering of groceries and vegetables.

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.