Help at an eco-project in Myanmar - building, farming, caring for bears



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    Update We don't take more volunteers from June till October 19. Thanks !

    Dear Volunteers, we are looking for people to help us with building, gardening and many other activities, in a VERY remote area of the Burmese - Thai border ! You will work with a german lady and her kids, settled in since 2 years. At the moment, we are mainly working in the pesticide-free garden, on the mud house, and we are looking after 2 moon bears..

    We want you to help us ! our activities :
    o create an animal sanctuary in a remote area on the Thai- Burma border! We need your help to build a bigger house for the two rescued moon bears!!! Volunteers will be very close working with the bears - cooking for them and feeding will be your daily work.
    o gardening and clearing the ground for future projects.
    o building . We prefer skilled volunteers ! Either you have a professional training or are an experienced amateur. This community is completely off grid and has no electricity. For any building you should be skilled with hammer, handsaw and ideally machete. We need help with an open mind. You will be working and cutting with bamboos, hammer, saw or make soil concrete. We take only 4 volunteers at a time, Please let us know, if you don’t come asap, that someone else can come.

    Mu Aye Pu is a beautiful community on both sides of the Moie River, 130 km north of Mae Sot. You can find it at Maps.Me. In the vicinity are the Mae Moie National ark, with a waterfall, and Mae U su Cave. The people in Mu Aye pu are the Karen ethnic. From Dec-May it is possible to swim in the river.We have an amazing jungle with wild bears and many other animals under threat. We have a permaculture garden, raise some animals and do Adobe buildings. Last year we worked on the house of a foster family with 9 children, plus another house, which will become now our training center. And Two bears were rescued in the village, we have to look after them !

    Our community has bad or no phone connexion (thai true move only). Please do all your wifi or phone calls before coming. The next wifi is 15 km away, in an internet shop. It is also a problem to charge phones or laptops as all our electricity comes from a few solar panels. To get to us you have to cross a river, and public transport runs only from 6am to 3 pm.
    The closest place to take cash is located 40 km away (1h), so please bring some money with you from Mae Sot or Chiang Mai.
    Most of the time we have no car for medical emergencies. Our volunters need to be healthy and fit and we can’t accept people with diabete type 1, epilepsy or mental diseases.
    There are some rules in the village, like NO ALCOHOL is allowed. Also for swimming, people don't wear bikini, so it is better to follow the customs, wearing a shirt + short or a longyi.
    Please don’t start flirting with the locals, as the customs are very different and you might find yourself having to marry !

    We will try to answer you as soon as possible. We don't have an internet connexion, so please contact us 3 weeks before coming. Thank you to precise the dates which suits you for coming. We're looking forward to hearing from you !

    Sabine and community

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The location is totally off the beaten track and undiscovered by tourism.

  • Help


    For long term volunteers, there are possibilities to teach at the school as English teacher (no need to be native but fluency with the language is required) . our students belong to the Karen ethnic group of Burma and are very eager and motivated to learn the language. This is only for experienced travellers, not afraid to stay for months in a very remote area, with nearly nobody speaking English around, and respectful of the local culture.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German, French, Karen, Burmese

  • Accommodation


    So far the accomodation is very basic but sufficient. You arestaying in an independant guesthouse, in a shared room, with a nice view on the river. Electric light at night. Mosquito nets and blankets provided. If you have a thin mattress or a hammock, don't hesitate to take it.
    A Karen person, will cook you two meals a day, in exchange of a little participation

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Go and pick wild vegetables in the jungle, have a swim in the river (dry season), enjoying delicious Karen food or mingling with the villagers and play caneball will be some of the experiences that you will take home after you finished your stay with us!

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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