Location: Mandalay, Myanmar
Duration: Minimum 1 week, maximum 6 months
Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday
Cost: £250 GBP / $350 USD per week
Includes: all food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities
Does not include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations
- Get to know the amazing country of Myanmar, its people, culture, food and environment.
- Flexible placement, tailored according to your interests and abilities.
- Help young people develop their careers in Myanmar.
Myanmar or Burma was not a touristic destination for a long time; however, recently it has gained popularity among tourists. And although many areas of the country are still closed to foreigners, most major cities and attractions are waiting to be explored. This is a country, which has preserved its traditions and culture and is a wonderful authentic place to discover. Influenced deeply by the most prevalent religion, Buddhism, as well as by colonisation, Myanmar has ties with its neighbouring countries - India, China and Thailand, and many ethnic minorities. Mandalay, the second-largest city and the last royal capital of the country, is a favourite destination for its great number of attractions.
Mandalay is also the economic hub of Upper Myanmar and it is considered the centre of Burmese culture. The monastery school is situated in Nanshe, a residential suburb in Northeast Mandalay. The school was founded in 1993 by two monks whose aim was to support children from poor families as well as orphans. Today, the school teaches over 6,000 students from ages 7-18 and different religious backgrounds including Muslims and Hindus. The monastery is also the home to over 1,000 people - from monks to orphans.
At the school, you will get a chance to share your professional skills and knowledge and inspire different career paths for the students who are between 13 and 18 years old. This project aims to train the students in new skills, to broaden their career options and to help the monastery with the teaching. You can teach practical skills such as hairdressing, cooking, tailoring, carpentry, IT skills or anything else you can teach in a workshop which may help their future.
This will be a life-changing experience for both you and the students - you can inspire them through an active workshop, share your practical and theoretical experience and confidently lead the group. The students may choose to further their studies and find a job related to the workshop.
You may expect to work 4-5 hours a day, about half of that time being for preparation. Your days will look like this;
On Monday you will go through orientation, a lesson sit-in and a group meeting.
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday you will have time for lesson planning, class preparation and then you will lead your workshops.
On Friday, in addition to lesson planning and class preparing your class, you will have a program evaluation.
***The schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***
During the program, you will be staying at the monastery located in Nanshe, a residential suburb in Northeastern Mandalay. You will share a room with 2-4 people. There are western toilets available and cold showers only. Wifi is available in the office areas. The accommodation covers 6 nights and 7 days. Arrival is on Sunday and departure is on Saturday at 12:00.
There are three meals provided per day on weekdays and two (breakfast and dinner) on the weekends. The meals are traditional Burmese food with lots of rice, meat, eggs etc.
It is important to understand that Myanmar is a country that has very recently opened its doors to visitors and its infrastructure is slowly being built. The roads have greatly improved in recent years, but it still takes quite a while to travel by land. It is also important to keep in mind that some areas in Myanmar are closed to tourists or they might require a special permit to be accessed. However, it is possible to move around Myanmar independently via plane, bus, train and even boat.
- Minimum age 18.
- Passion and enthusiasm to get to know Myanmar, lots of energy and creativity!
- Skills or knowledge from a profession that can be taught in a practical way
- Experience in a related trade or profession
- Minimum 1-week commitment - 30+ hours a week
- Necessary vaccinations.
- Necessary flight & visas.
- Full travel & medical insurance. Please see our info pages for more information and to get a quote.
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* Currency conversions are approximate.
** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee.
Project Fee includes food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and project activities.
Private rooms are available for an additional £100 per week.
What's not included:
Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.
Placement Support Package
For your trip, we will help you organise and plan everything you will need from start to finish. Our coordinators know each project & country like the back of their hand, and will be able to offer personalised advice to ensure your trip is well-planned & executed to perfection.
This includes one-to-one assistance planning and booking;
- Pre-departure Support - Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Essential Items and anything else you will need before you set off.
- Ongoing In-country Support - whilst you are on the project you can Contact us at any time with any questions or concerns and we will do whatever we can to help.
- 24/7 Emergency Support - a phone number that you or your family can ring at any time, night or day in case of emergency.
Our Placement Support Package costs £349 / $449 / €425 per person, and can be purchased once you are ready to confirm your place.