Jobs and Volunteering Opportunities

Offering ServiceThe best motivation is the goal to benefit others.

– Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Why offer service ?

  • To become more involved in this amazing and evolving philanthropic organization.
  • To join a great family of people who share Rinpoche’s vision of enlightenment for allsentient beings, and who work to make that a reality in their own lives and in thelives of those around them.
  • To have the satisfaction of working for the benefit of others, not for money or fame.
  • To have an opportunity to work and live in different places in the world.


FPMT are seeking to make Dharma relevant to new generations and communities and young people are currently under represented in our organisation. Therefore if you are a young person we would encourage you to apply.

Below are a list of current job and volunteering opportunities in the FPMT UK family.



Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London

Plant-based Sous Chef

Closing Date: 15th December 2017

​4-day/week – negotiable
Where: Cafe at Jamyang
​The Old Courthouse, Kennington SE11 4NA
Up to: 16K (pro-rata)
Reporting to: Head Chef, Director

About us:

The Cafe at Jamyang is a vegetarian independent Cafe situated in a Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Kennington. We’re a small and dedicated team of passionate people and we’re currently looking for a cook who could share the main day-to-day running of our busy kitchen.

Skills we’re looking for:

  • Professional kitchen training
  • The ability to plan and cook meals for 40+ people
  • Coordinate a team of 3-4 people, some of which are untrained or volunteers.
  • We all do everything, from chopping onions to making coffees and shutting down the Cafe.


About you:

  • You are a good cook, passionate about seasonal, vegetarian food and ethical sourcing and you’re interested in working in a community based cafe.
  • Possibility of growth in the role is encouraged and much hoped for! Hopefully you’ll be able to stay with us for a while.
  • Previous experience in a kitchen is required, but informal training for development can be considered too as long as it can be proved.
  • Being dedicated, committed and responsible are essential requirements.
  • A previous experience with a volunteer scheme would be preferred.
  • Some understanding of Buddhism would be helpful but isn’t essential.


About the job:

  • While on shift, meals and Monmouth coffees are part of the package. Free evenings are guaranteed as the Cafe shuts at 4pm but early starts (8am) can happen often, as well as weekends in day time.
  • Salary according to skills but bear in mind we’re a Charity… Meaning that you won’t get rich but your Karma will certainly get a boost. We’ll be ranging £8.50-10/hr, depending on experience.
  • We’re ideally looking for a 4-day position, mainly during week days and with odd days at weekend, but open to consider other possibilities with the right candidate.


Get in touch!

Please, send us your updated CV along with a cover letter explaining why you’d like to work with us and what you could offer to Cafe at Jamyang in terms of skills and experience by emailing
Successful applicants will be asked to a telephone / Skype / in person interview with the Cafe Manager and Jamyang’s Director in week 18th-22nd December. Trial shift in the kitchen will be in week 9th-12th January 2018. Position starting in February 2018.

Closing date for all applications: 15th December 2017, however you are encouraged to apply sooner!


The Foundation for the Development of Compassion and Wisdom (FDCW), London

Operational Manager

Closing Date: Friday 15 December at 12 noon UK time

Days per week: 3 days
​Length of contract: 1 year
Salary: To be negotiated on experience

The Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom is currently seeking a new team member. This is a rare opportunity to contribute towards a more compassionate and sustainable world, in an office where kindness, patience, skillfulness and warm-heartedness matter.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Overseeing invoice payments and daily financial tracking
  • ​Overseeing book orders and shipment of books
  • Contributing to financial reporting
  • Administrative support for all UK courses and workshops
  • Support to the Executive Director

Work status: This post is only open to candidates with the right to live and work in the UK.

Download the job description from the FDCW website.

Please send cover letter and CV to Grace Gyatso, FDCW Executive Director, via email to or visit the FDCW office.

Interview date of short-listed candidates to be confirmed.

​Start: Thursday 1 February 2018


FPMT UK National Office, UK

FPMT UK Tour Co-ordinator

Closing Date: 11th December 2017

The FPMT UK National Office has a opportunity for you to volunteer and offer service to Lama Zopa Rinpoche and to help spread the Dharma. The role is to organise UK teaching tours of national and international teachers and lamas in consultation with the Regional Co-ordinator.

You will liaise with Buddhist groups in the UK to arrange visits of FPMT registered teachers and high lamas, work with the UK National and European Regional Office and be responsible for coordinating creating travel schedules, managing budgets, booking domestic and international flights, Visa applications, Health Insurance and other travel arrangements while keeping costs economical.

Being organised, a great communicator and IT literate are key skills of this role along with a commitment to and some familiarity of the FPMT and its aims.

This is a volunteer position but expenses will be remunerated.

We are extremely fortunate in FPMT because we have so many qualified teachers who spent their lives in monasteries, living in the vinaya and studying extensively. These teachers are not only scholars in words, but actually live in the practice. They have good and sincere hearts. That is an extremely important model for the students – for inspiration to have a deep, clear understanding of Dharma and inspiration for practice.

– Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Please take a look at the FPMT UK Tour Coordinator – JD 2017 and if you feel you have the skills, time and motivation to offer this service, want more information or an informal conversation please get in touch.

Mr. Jay Simpson
FPMT UK National Co-ordinator
Tel: 07966792184, e-mail:


Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London

Work Programme Volunteer

Would you, or anyone you know, like to spend some time in a Dharma community? Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London offers the unique opportunity to be a Work Programme Volunteer in a vibrant and friendly FPMT city centre with a resident English-speaking geshe. We provide free board, accommodation and Dharma classes, plus a small weekly allowance, in return for three months work, five days per week. We are looking for volunteers to join the hospitality team, which cleans the centre, does some washing and ironing, and sets up our events (which can be physically demanding). This post is very much about service – to visitors and to students – and about enjoying helping others get the most from their time here.  As English is the working language of the Centre it helps to have good spoken and written English and some computing skills, but the main qualities you need are friendliness, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour (as sometimes it can be a bit full on here!). Contact


Land of Joy, Northumberland


Land of Joy is the UK’s FPMT retreat centre and is based in a beautiful, semi-remote location in Northumberland. We are building a very harmonious team of dedicated volunteers to ensure the smooth running of the centre and are looking for volunteers to join us in 2017, particularly a manager and cook and housekeeper.  Ideally volunteers for these positions will be able to offer long-term service. If you would be interested in finding out more about this opportunity in the UK, please see further volunteer information or contact for more details.