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During your time at the project you will be staying at an authentic Buddhist monastery school located in Northeastern Mandalay. The school was founded in 1993 by two monks who wanted to provide support to children from poor families. Today, the school provides support and education to over 6,000 students between the ages of 7 and 18 years, all from different backgrounds. The monastery also plays home to approximately 1,000 people, including monks and novices. Many of the learners are pre-university students, which allows for great interactions and also the opportunity to make new friends. This project is ideal for an authentic cultural exchange!

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Location of the Project:  Mandalay, Myanmar
Project length:  Min 1 week - Max 8 weeks
Arrival Airport:  Mandalay International Airport (MDL)
Volunteer Work:  Teaching and child care
Age:  18-60 (This project accepts volunteers who are 17 years old with a letter of consent from a parent or guardian.)
Number of Volunteers:  Up to 20 international volunteers

What's Included

Accommodations:  Shared rooms at the monastery, 2-4 people per room
Food:  Three meals a day (excluding lunch on the weekends)
Airport Transfers:  Airport pickup upon arrival
Insurance:  Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
Orientation:  All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival
Support:  Local in-country team and 24-hour emergency support

What's not Included

Flights, personal expenses, lunch on the weekends, visa (if required)
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a country in Southeast Asia bordered by India, China and Thailand. Despite its recent modernization, the essence of the mythical landscape is undeniably still intact, making the country a uniquely authentic place to explore. From golden Buddhas and ancient treasures in Yangon, to magical temples in Bagan, the tranquility of Inle Lake and treks through the Shan hills - Myanmar is a magical place that is sure to excite and intrigue you.
During this program, you will be teaching English. The school offers free education to students whose families cannot afford standard education. With a total of around 6,000 students, you will find yourself teaching from primary to pre-university levels.

This project focuses on affording learners the opportunity to communicate in English as well as get higher paying jobs in the future. You are also welcome to teach other subjects as long as you use English as your main language of instruction and prompt the students to speak English during your lessons.

Upon arrival, you will be shown the teaching and subject schedule in order for you to choose your classes.

As a volunteer on this project you will:
  • Help students improve their English language skills and future employment opportunities
  • Assist the local staff with quality support
  • Give you an experience of intercultural exchange and valuable teaching skills
A typical day:

It is difficult to provide a specific schedule as you will get a choice to teach different classes at certain times; sometimes you will be placed by staff in a class that needs your help the most. You will; however, be expected to teach at least four 45-minute long classes every day, Monday to Friday. School is in session from 8am to 4pm, but there are also night classes available for the live-in students. Lunch is provided at midday every day.

Please Note: Teachers are required to wear modest clothing - shoulders, legs and knees should be covered.

Internet:  WiFi is not available, but volunteers can purchase a sim card for $5 at nearby stores.
Laundry:  Laundry services are not provided.
Accommodations:  Volunteers will be staying in an authentic monastery school. You will be sharing a room with up to 4 other volunteers. Each room has a private bathroom with a western - style toilet and cold shower. There is a school library where you can relax as well as family-owned shops where you can buy basic things.The accommodation is located in the same place as the project itself, which is a fifteen-minute walk from the northern gate of Mandalay Palace. While not located in the center, it is still a busy hub with plenty of restaurants, traditional coffee shops and markets around!
Food:  All meals are provided during the week and consist of basic Burmese fare - lots of rice, vegetables, meat and eggs. Vegetarian options are available. Two meals are provided on the weekend.
Please take note of this project's minimum requirements:‚Äč
  • Good English
  • Police clearance
  • CV/ Resume
  • Motivation to work with children 
  • Happy to work in a hot and humid climate
  • Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)
Culture Week

For an additional fee, volunteers can come one week before their project start date to experience the culture and traditions of Myanmar! Get to know your fellow volunteers and enjoy your pre-volunteer time exploring the local outdoor markets, making a splash in the rivers, or learning some phrases in the local language!


With its variety of attractions, Mandalay is a favorite among those who visit Myanmar. These attractions include the Golden Palace Monastery, the Mahamuni Pagoda, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, Mingun Temple and the Bargaya Monastery to name just a few. The city center of Mandalay is close to your accommodation so the possibilities for sightseeing and exploration during your free time are endless. Along with these excursions, a view of one of Myanmar’s world renowned spectacular sunsets or sunrises is a must!

Mandalay Hill

Another recommended attraction that you can visit during the weekends Mandalay Hill - famous for its abundance of pagodas and monasteries as well as being a pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Getting to the top of the hill is a rewarding experience and once there, you will be greeted by a panoramic view of the city and the Sutaungpyei Pagoda (“wish-fulfilling” pagoda).

Bagan Temples

Probably Myanmar’s most famous attraction are the Bagan Temples. They can be reached by bus, plane, train and even a boat from Mandalay.

Inle Lake

Another famous destination, known for its unique beauty and adventure possibilities, including hiking, boat riding and more!


Another option close to Inle, albeit a bit less developed, is Kalaw. It has become a favorite among backpackers escaping the crowds but still wanting to get a taste of the nature that Myanmar has to offer. If you have time, it is possible to go on a three-day trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake!
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