Care Volunteer Projects in Myanmar (Burma)
Myanmar is going through rapid political, economic and social changes after decades of military rule. Even though many people are benefitting from these changes, the country is still struggling to care for some of its most vulnerable groups, especially abandoned children and people with disabilities. This will be a challenge for Myanmar for years to come.
- Placement location: Yangon
- TYPE OF PLACEMENT: Care centres and special needs schools
- Requirement: None
- Age of students: 3 - 18
- Class sizes: 30 - 70
- Role: Offering care and support for disadvantaged children
- Accommodation: Guest houses and small hotels
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
Many organisations are doing wonderful work to change this, but more help is needed to reach as many children and other vulnerable groups as possible. Volunteering on the Myanmar Care Project gives you an opportunity to make a direct contribution to help improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable groups in the country.
Volunteering on a Care placement in Myanmar (Burma)
As a Projects Abroad volunteer, you will work at one of our partner placements in Yangon, supporting the local staff by preparing and supervising educational activities for children from underprivileged backgrounds, including students at a school for the deaf and those at care centres.
At the school for the deaf, you will help run extra-curricular activities such as dance classes, arts and crafts, drama and English lessons. Your focus will be on encouraging creativity and cultural and language exchange, and providing much-needed support for the professional full-time staff at these organisations.
You can also choose to volunteer at a care centre in Yangon. In the mornings, you will mainly work with the younger children who have not yet started school. In the afternoons, you will spend time with the older children and teenagers once they have returned from school. During school holidays, volunteers work with all ages throughout the day.
On average, volunteers work at the centres between 4 and 5 hours each day. However, there is no limit to your work hours, and we encourage volunteers to make the most of their time.
You can get involved in the following activities:
- Planning educational and creative activities
- Playing games
- Teaching English vocabulary and writing to older children
- Helping with homework
- Supporting local staff and caregivers with the general running of the centre
Volunteers do not need any qualifications to join the Myanmar Care Project. Sign language skills would be an advantage for volunteers working in the school or the deaf, but this is not a requirement.
Volunteering abroad on a Care Project in Myanmar
Over the years, our volunteers have worked with children at orphanages and residential care homes in Myanmar. They have done incredible work at these placements, improving living conditions there and creating opportunities for children by supporting their education and care. However, we have decided to move our focus away from orphanages and homes toward community and family-based care. This is because we believe stable family environments are best for the children we work with. Read more about orphanage volunteering and our position on it. This means that instead of volunteering in orphanages in Myanmar, volunteers will work in placements like day care centres, kindergartens and schools, or support groups for the elderly and mothers and babies. This will help Projects Abroad build stronger relationships with local communities and – most importantly – help families stay together and flourish.