How you can help
Join our vibrant community
Take care of our visitors and beautiful centre
Live-in volunteer work roles are customer-oriented and focus on making our guests as comfortable and well-cared for as possible. Your goal is to make the visitor experience a smooth and happy one and help them build beautiful and lasting memories of their time at Chenrezig. Your generosity directly enables them to take part in Buddhist teachings, courses, and retreats.
Volunteering is a willingness to explore how offering service to others is a way of expanding our own hearts and minds.
What you give:
What you receive:
- the opportunity to serve others and live within a supportive community
- the benefit of furthering your own practice by attending teachings, practices, meditations, and yoga classes as your shift permits
- the chance to ask questions about Buddhism and put it all into practice
- the gift of meeting many wonderful like-minded people who are committed to discovering and exploring Buddhism
- the experience of gaining new work and personal skills to add to your CV, and direct knowledge of working in the hospitality industry
- The happiness of making lasting friendships with your fellow volunteers
We would like you to commit to at least six weeks, with the flexibility to stay up to three months or more. We encourage you to consider the longer time frame as most of our volunteers find this gives time to settle into a new lifestyle, build a relationship with the community and really develop their own practice. You will have a trial period of one month, followed by a review with the volunteer coordinator.
live-in volunteer application form
Register your interest using the below form. Once we’ve received the online form, we’ll be in touch to let you know about volunteer information sessions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What skills and characteristics do I need to volunteer at Chenrezig Institute?
- Commitment to Chenrezig Institute and our guests
- Enjoy living and working in a team environment
- Able to work independently
- Able to follow directions from your team leader
- Excellent communication skills
- Hard working
- Physical fitness (able to lift 10 kg)
- Able to move around a property with many stairs and steep inclines
- Able to stand for long periods
What type of work can I expect?
- Cleaning and making up guest rooms including stripping and making beds
- Regular deep cleans of rooms
- Vacuuming, mopping and dusting
- Regular cleaning of windows
- Cleaning kitchens and bathrooms
- Laundry, including washing, drying, and folding
- Emptying bins and restocking supplies when needed
- Sweeping and mopping rooms used for teaching
- Communicating with guests and reception
Kitchen tasks may include:
- Cleaning and preparing the Big Love Cafe for service
- Food preparation as directed by the Big Love Cafe chefs and bakers
- Welcoming and serving our guests
- Sales and cash handling
- Serving cakes, chai and drinks
- Making coffee. Barista training may be offered
- Clean up kitchen after food service
- Washing dishes
- Emptying bins
- Sweeping and mopping
- Restocking supplies as needed
Gardening and grounds maintenance tasks may include:
- Mowing and whipper-snipping
- Painting (and preparation)
- Moving equipment or furniture
- Emptying bins
- Road, pathways and surfaces maintenance
- Handyman jobs
What’s it like living in a Buddhist community?
CODE OF CONDUCT
It is expected that all volunteers, workers, staff, day visitors, students and sangha endeavour to maintain the following standards of behaviour:
- Protect living beings (do not kill even tiny insects, including mosquitoes)
- Respect others’ belongings (do not steal)
- Speak truthfully (do not lie)
- Respect Chenrezig Institute as a place for spiritual reflection and personal development (refrain from all sexual contact on the hill area)
- Cultivate clarity of mind and body (refrain from using drugs and alcohol)
Complying with this code demonstrates your respect for the community. As we are a monastic community, we also ask that you dress modestly at all times.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Where are you?
How do I get there?
Brisbane CBD is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes away. Brisbane International Airport is 1 hour 20 minutes away.
You can catch a train from Roma Street Station to the nearby small township of Eudlo, which is 10 minutes by car (6.7ks). This is the nearest station to Chenrezig. You will need to pre-book a taxi from the station to the centre.
What is the accommodation like?
What should I bring with me?
What about meals?
Where do I get shopping?
Larger coastal towns are Maroochydore, Caloundra and Noosa. A car is needed to visit these places. The inland town of Nambour is on the train line.
Is it easy to go exploring when I’m not working?
VISAS AND HEALTH INSURANCE
How do I get a visa to travel and volunteer in Australia?
Visa information for overseas volunteers (non-Australian):
You will need to visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs to check out which visa is most appropriate for your stay:
Chenrezig Institute accepts no responsibility for your visa application, visa requirements or the results of your application.
What about medical expenses in Australia?
You will need to get adequate health insurance cover before you arrive in Australia. As a visitor and non-citizen of this country you may not be covered by the national health system (Medicare) and medical treatment can be very expensive.
Chenrezig cannot accept liability for any health care expenses incurred by volunteers, including the call-out cost of emergency vehicles, hospital stays, surgery, procedures, treatment, doctor appointments or medications. The service of a reputable insurance company in your home country will help you protect yourself.