Volunteer in Myanmar (Burma) with Projects Abroad
Myanmar, also known as Burma, is one of our newest destinations and is an authentic taste of Asia. With the lifting of the tourism restrictions since 2011, it’s an ideal time to discover this previously hidden country. Myanmar is finding its feet again after decades of being essentially closed to the outside world, and volunteers are needed to help uplift local communities. Whether you are on a gap year, on holiday from university or taking a career break, there’s a role for you as a volunteer in Myanmar.
Where we are based in Myanmar
Projects Abroad is based in two locations in Myanmar: Yangon, Myanmar's colourful former capital city, as well as Dala, which is situated less than an hour away from Yangon.
Even though Dala is located close to Yangon, it remains rural and underdeveloped as there isn’t a bridge across the Yangon river connecting the town to the city. However, volunteers will still be able to explore this vibrant city and its colourful colonial era buildings, tourist attractions and bustling markets.
Volunteers live in shared apartments and can explore the towns on bicycle or foot, discovering local markets and interacting with friendly locals.
Development is likely to increase over the coming years as more investment takes place in Myanmar. The local people are friendly and optimistic, especially as the country is opening up economically and politically. However, many still live in poverty and continue to struggle following many years of sanctions and military rule. Myanmar still has a long way to go to even reach the development level of its neighbours. The many years of isolation mean that education, infrastructure and public services suffered in particular. Volunteers will play an important role in the coming years to help bridge the gap between the needs of local communities and what the government can provide.
Volunteer Travel and Tourism in Myanmar
Myanmar is the second largest country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Thailand, Laos, China, India and Bangladesh. With its southern coastline on the Andaman Sea, just north of renowned Thai beauty spots like Phuket, Myanmar also has plenty of tropical islands and beaches to explore.
Myanmar has a wealth of scenery and landmarks, and offers a glimpse into what Southeast Asia was like before it became a tourist hotspot. From the Buddhist temples at Bagan to the nature trails and floating villages of Inle Lake, the country offers many opportunities for exploration and adventure. The mix of culture, history and nature without hordes of tourists make this an alluring destination.
It’s also become easier to travel on and explore the rest of Southeast Asia, and neighbouring Thailand is a short easy flight away. From here you could follow the well-trodden tourist trail through Thailand, or head for less developed Laos or Cambodia.
Projects available in Myanmar (Burma)
Work with disadvantaged children at one of our partner placements, assisting local staff and organising educational activities. You can choose to volunteer at a children's home or special needs school.
Live and work in Dala, Myanmar and help disadvantaged children at a free monastery-run school improve their English abilities.