International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon is a volunteer-run charity and there are many ways you can support the activities of the Center. Volunteering is a fun way to meet like-minded people, learn new skills and get more involved. Volunteering can be undertaken by anyone without training, or with minimal training, and can take as little or as much time as you wish. Any help will be greatly appreciated!

help needed

The work is varied and could include gardening, household, cleaning, painting, maintenance etc. We are always interested to hear about any specific skills you may be able to offer.





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 We provide accommodation and three vegetarian meals a day in exchange for 7 hours of work per day, with two days off per week. A volunteer visit can be arranged for short term or long term periods and are arranged in advance. Please fill in the form below to apply for a volunteering visit and contact us with any questions you may have. We will reply to you shortly.

Application form

What to expect

IKRC GC is the International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon which holds the fifth Kadampa Temple dedicated for World Peace. The Temple is situated within the beautiful region of Northern Arizona, with stunning views, adjacent to the historical Route 66, and the town of Williams. IKRC Grand Canyon offers a healing and rejuvenating experience of finding peace from within.

Volunteers join in many areas of community life, such as cooking, gardening, housekeeping etc. There are often building projects, and we are are always interested to hear about any specific skills you may be able to offer. Whilst these activities are not always strenuous you will need to be reasonably fit and active to come on a volunteering visit.

Typically you will volunteer Monday to Friday but depending on the activity, it may also include weekends. You will have two days free each week when you can explore the area, join our classes or just relax in the friendly atmosphere of the center.

The Spiritual Program

As a volunteering visitor you are welcome to take part in many of the spiritual activities at the center. Please check our calendar for availability of classes, retreats and chanted prayers.

The classes are free to volunteering visitors provided they are hosted by the IKRC, and are not during your working hours.

How long can I volunteer for?

A volunteering visit can be arranged for short or longer term, but will always start with a one-week trial. We reserve the right to ask a volunteer to leave if problems arise. Volunteering visits MUST be booked in advance, and you will be asked to provide references.  We are unable to accept anyone who has not completed the full application process.

Community Life

We ask that all our volunteers follow some basic principals of living within a Buddhist community, namely; not to drink alcohol, smoke, or eat meat on the premises. We also ask you not to play musical instruments, and to use headphones if listening to music.

What we provide

We will provide seven days free dormitory accommodation and three vegetarian meals a day. Your volunteering commitment will be 35 hours (usually spread over five days).

All meals are vegetarian, we do provide vegan and gluten free options, please notify us in advance.

What to bring

You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel for dormitory accommodation. You should also have sturdy footwear and if possible waterproof outer layers. In general you should bring comfortable clothes suitable for the season and for a range of tasks.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is a must. We will ask to see a driver’s license or other ID upon arrival, and require emergency contact information as part of the application process.

There is nothing in this world that compares to being at the blessed grounds of the temple and getting the opportunity to help with cleaning, landscaping or other tasks.  It naturally makes you feel peaceful and joyful and leaves you with a feeling of gratitude for such an extraordinary holy place to appear in our world.  You can feel moment by moment how your mind is becoming more clean and how you learn from every activity and from every person you meet.  The spiritual lessons received in every interaction, will take you a long way.  No ordinary vacation has ever given me the profound peace of mind that I find when coming to the Temple to help. Thank you Venerable Geshe-la for this most kind gift. 

— Ellen, California

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