Volunteer English Teaching Projects in Myanmar (Burma)
- Placement locations: Dala, near Yangon (Rangoon)
- Types of schools: Monastery-run school
- Age of students: 5 - 18 (mostly 5 – 15)
- Class sizes: 20 - 40
- Role: Teacher or teaching assistant
- Accommodation: Guest houses and small hotels
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Volunteering on a Teaching project in Myanmar - one of Asia's poorest and least developed countries - can be challenging but also incredibly rewarding. Whether you are on a gap year, at university, or coming to development work as an older volunteer on a career break, you will have a role to play and your contribution will be valued.
You do not need any formal teaching qualifications or a TEFL certificate. We do not require any previous teaching experience, as Projects Abroad has fully trained staff to guide each volunteer's experience.
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has only recently started to open up - politically, economically and socially - following decades of military rule and international sanctions, and the effects of the many years of isolation will be felt for some time to come. In particular, access to education and healthcare is severely lacking outside of the cities. Children in poor communities like in Dala have few opportunities for schooling except through Buddhist monasteries.
Living and working in Dala offers a glimpse in the daily lives of many people in Myanmar. It is a small township located on the southern bank of the Yangon River, opposite central Yangon (Rangoon). It remains largely rural despite its close proximity to the city, as there are no bridges or tunnels connecting the two areas. Crossings are only possible by ferry, which takes 20 minutes.
Volunteering on a Teaching Project in Myanmar (Burma)
Our partner, a monastery-run school, provides free education to 600 students. However, there is only one local English teacher. This person works closely with our volunteers, providing translation help when needed.
Volunteers focus on teaching English through arts and crafts, music, drawing and educational games. Much of the local education system is based on learning through songs and games, so volunteers are often asked to help provide inspiration for new activities. Volunteers who are willing can also help teach parts of the formal instruction on English grammar.
Older students have learned some English vocabulary and are very eager to practice. Social interaction, friendship and support are key things you can offer. Whether you are helping with homework, playing sports or teaching a new game, the time and attention you give will build the students’ confidence and future prospects.
Volunteers work Monday to Friday, approximately 11am to 5pm. A lunch of typical local cuisine is provided at the monastery.