Volunteering at Jamyang is fun and we appreciate and love our volunteers! It’s a great place for enthusiastic people to be in a dharma environment within an exciting central London location.
Here’s how you can volunteer according to your time and abilities:
Short Term Volunteering - few hours or a day:
Just come for a few hours, or few days to offer your time and skills.
Please include a short summary of any specific skills you have, and what times and/or days you have available.
Full time Volunteering - 3 month residential programme:
Volunteer in a more serious way, by joining our 3 month residential volunteer Work Programme scheme. You can work in our Hospitality Team (offering service such as cleaning, greeting visitors to Jamyang, setting up rooms for events etc) or in our Cafe Team (offering service in the Cafe: cleaning, serving customers, barista work, some cooking (with training given).
If you want to apply, you must be able to demonstrate oral and written competency in the English language at least equivalent to the B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).
Please include a short summary of why you would like to live and work at Jamyang for 3 months, any specific skills you have.
Please be aware that this programme is a 35 hour a week service, with 2 days off per week. We offer a single room accommodation and all meals, plus access to most teachings and in house events. These positions really are about taking the opportunity to offer service and deal with our own self
centredness head on.
It is helpful to have a strong, healthy body and mind for this programme!
Help Host School Visits at Jamyang:
Jamyang Schools visits have been going for many years and the feed-back we receive has always been extremely positive. An opportunity has arisen for some new volunteers who would like to get involved with helping show children and teachers from the local Primary Schools around the center. We are looking for a person or persons who would be able to commit 2 or 3 hours on an irregular basis ( up to 4 or 5 days a month) during school term time.
The role involves:
1. Greeting children and teachers and giving them a brief introduction to the general rules and safety issues.
2. Speaking about the historical background of the building.
3. Showing small groups around the cells, garden, entrance hall and the small and large gompas.
4. Explaining the meaning of the Buddha Statues and the many Thangkas.
5. Telling the ' Life Story of the Historical Buddha'.
6. Leading a non-Buddhist meditation for a few minutes for the visiting children. To begin with until you felt confident your role would be to assist and learn from the existing volunteers.
Contact Jamyang: Phone 020 7820 8787 or
Volunteer for any of these specific Community Days during the year:
Annual Jumble Sale – held on the Bank Holiday in August each year. We need volunteers before the Jumble Sale day, to help sort the jumble. On the Jumble day itself, we need people to man the stalls, help in the Cafe, help with clean up at the end of the day, and help after the sale to distribute left over jumble (vehicle and driver would be excellent!)
Peace In The City Days – Three times a year on a Sunday, we host these Community Days to raise funds for Jamyang. Therapists offer their time free of charge, and the public purchase half hour therapy sessions at reduced rates i.e. massage, reiki, shiatsu, yoga, reflexology, head massage etc. Our Cafe is open these days too, and it’s a really lovely community day, relaxed and peaceful.
Annual Work Camp - Held usually in August each year. We ask for help from volunteers to come and do painting, carpentry, tidying up jobs, gardening and all sorts of other way to help us maintain our historic building. Volunteers can come for the whole week, or a day, or a few hours, according to their time. We offer accommodation and meals in return for your help.
Repaying The Kindness Volunteers:
Jamyang runs a programme offering respite days to carers. Each respite day may include some of the following: offering delicious food and drink, simple meditations, yoga, art & craft days, talks by guest speakers, dancing, music, healthy eating advice, and group outings both within London and beyond.
We are looking for people who would like to experience the taste of compassion in action — we need additional practical help for our ongoing programme of daytime events for carers — we would like to build up a bank of people willing to offer some of their time to this project. You will most likely need to be available during the daytime and resident in London.
* A carer is someone who looks after a relative, partner or friend or child who is ill or frail or has a physical, mental health or learning disability.
Or leave a message on +44 (0) 20 7820 9020.
Help our Spiritual Programme Coordinator:
Mike Murray, who organises Jamyang's spiritual programme (and much, much more!), is always looking for volunteers who can spare a few hours or days, helping him do tasks such as: keeping our meditation rooms clean & tidy, taking care of our Library (cleaning, sorting and cataloguing books).
Help our Communications Wizard:
Adnan Hadzi, our communications expert, always needs help with recording the teaechings for upload to the website, live streaming of events, delivering leaflets and helping with publicity.
Volunteering to do a specific project:
Historic Display Board: Creating a display board showing the history of the Old Courthouse to hang at Jamyang.
Skills required: Some artistic sense of display of material, researching history of our Old Courthouse (we have a lot of written material and some photos already), getting text and photos ready for print, researching printing options and prices, organizing for the board to be properly hung.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN VOLUNTEERING!