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SMD is a school for Himalayan children, ethnically Tibetan, who otherwise would struggle to access education at all.



Number of volunteers required?

One or two.

Other requirements?

Commitment is very important: SMD is a year-round school and 9 months is the prefered volunteering commitment, although the local politcal situation can sometimes dictate otherwise. Liason with both the school’s director and the Volunteer Programme Co-ordinator when preparing for volunteering is vital. An interest in education and extra-curricular skills (music, arts and crafts, drama, sports9 would be very useful indeed.


The opportunity to assist a well-established organisation working to help seriously underprivileged children and to live and work amongst monks.

Minimum length of stay?

A school year (September to June) is strongly preferred, but shorter stays may be possible.

Volunteer tasks?

As SMD is a school, almost all of the voluntary work is education related.


SMD was established in 1987 to provide education to children from the Himalayas. The children are ethnically, culturally and linguistically Tibetan. There are about 200 students from pre-school to grade 10.

Current volunteers?


Former volunteers?


Sophie Mayerhoffer, Austria, UWCAD 04-06 

2005-2006: Angie Toppan and Edmund Cluett, RCNUWC Staff members on leave (

2003: Chamila Sten, Denmark, RCNUWC 2002 (