Volunteer Abroad in Myanmar
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Dala, near Yangon (Rangoon)
- ACCOMMODATION: Shared volunteer apartment
- LOCAL LANGUAGES: Burmese
Myanmar (also known as Burma) is one of the most underdeveloped countries in Asia and there is a great deal of need for volunteer assistance. If you are looking to give back and travel in Asia (especially Southeast Asia), volunteering in Myanmar is a wonderful way to contribute and explore an Asian country and culture, whether you are on a gap year, career break, or vacation.
Decades of military rule, unrest, and sanctions have left their mark in Myanmar and there is a significant lack of economic progress and endemic poverty. This has impacted education, infrastructure and public services in particular. However, the country began lifting tourism restrictions in 2011 and since then, Myanmar has working hard to get back on its feet after years of isolation from the rest of the world.
As a volunteer in Myanmar, you can contribute to sustainable development in Southeast Asia and help uplift communities where there is a tangible need, especially with regard to education in underprivileged schools. No matter what project you choose, you will have an important role to play to help bridge the gap between the needs of local communities and what the government can provide.
Where You Will Live in Myanmar with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad is based in Dala, a rural area located less than an hour away from Yangon, Myanmar's colorful former capital city. All of our volunteers live in shared apartments and can explore the town by bicycle or on foot, discovering local markets and interacting with the locals. You will find the local people to be friendly and optimistic, especially as the country continues to open up economically and politically.
Even though the town is located close to Yangon, it remains rural and underdeveloped as there is no bridge across the Yangon river to connect the town to the city. However, you and the other volunteers will still be able to explore this vibrant city and its colonial era buildings, tourist attractions, and bustling markets.
Travel and Sightseeing Opportunities 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.
The country 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 dozens of opportunities for exploration and adventure. The mix of culture, history, and nature without hordes of tourists also add to the allure of this destination.
In recent years, it has also become easier to travel on and explore the rest of Southeast Asia from Myanmar, and neighboring Thailand is a short flight away. From here, you could follow the well-trodden tourist trail through Thailand, or head for Laos or Cambodia.