Meditate and help others in a Buddhist meditation center close to Yangon, Myanmar



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    We are a meditation center located in Thanlyin. This is also a non-profit humanitarian organization. It is a place where volunteers can practice meditation and donate their time, effort and energy to help others and do unlimited good deeds.

    The center was established in 2008 by a local monk for the general benefit and it is taking care of the most crucial needs of the local community. It has grown to a small village offering refuge 24 hours a day, seven days a week without restrictions. It is a sanctuary for people from all class and regions who seek refuge or care and attention and/or the desire to practice meditation.
    The center provides sanctuary for more than 3400 people including the aged, sick, disabled, homeless and helpless. It provides help without discrimination or restrictions.

    Volunteers here in the center will have the unique opportunity to live, work and learn alongside monks and Burmese people in a way not possible on your typical travels.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    Elderly Companion
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Everybody is welcome to visit the center and enjoy a unique feeling of volunteering.

    The center is not just a place to volunteer and help others, it is also a place for all to learn, grow and have the opportunity to make valuable life changes to lead a happy and meaningful life.

  • Help


    As international volunteers we can help the center in several ways.

    Some of the activities are helping patients with general care, washing and physiotherapy. Also volunteers can help in the maintenance and building activities at the center. Teaching English to locals and children, cooking, gardening is also something that we do.

    ------- We are always in need of nurses, paramedic, medic, doctors, physiotherapist and veterinaries. --------

    Basically each volunteer is free to participate in every activity as they like or to learn a new skill. Volunteers can also propose and discuss new projects if they have any skills that can be useful for the benefit of the center and its residents.

    There is the opportunity to follow guided meditation, learn more about Buddhism or practice on their own. Meditation and yoga teachers are always welcome to join and organize lessons for all volunteers.

    Volunteers here in the center have the rare chance to join the monks collecting alms during the morning and have a unique experience about Buddhism and really interact with the local people.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers will be hosted in separate male and female dorms. If the dorms are full, we have an open space where we will arrange a clean place to sleep. Bed linen, security lockers and mosquito nets are provided.

    Breakfast and lunch are provided by the center and a kitchen is available for the volunteers to prepare the dinner together. Free R/O filtered water is available free throughout the center. There are also several restaurants and shops in the center for any extra needs that you might have.

    Thanlyin is just 40 minutes away from Yangon city center and can easily be reached by public transportations or taxi.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We request people who come here, even for a short time, to follow the monastic code of morality which includes:

    Not harming any living being.
    Not taking what is not given.
    Not sexual misconduct.
    Not harmful, harsh or false speech.
    Not taking drugs or alcohol during your stay here.

    Please pay attention that cats, dogs and even cows are walking freely around the center. Don’t worry the cows don’t bite.

    Wifi is no more available but a 4G Burmese SIM card withHey,

    You are welcome to arrive during office hours between the time of 9am-11am, 1pm-5pm following directions from website menu ‘How to Come’. As you reach our center go first at the registration office to register yourself. Then things will flow naturally.

    You do not need anything special to bring, except if you want to make your bed Burmese style can be very basic. Remember to read the volunteers guide book on your arrival, you may find it in the office or ask some other volunteers who has been here for some time to find out information and activities ongoing.

    P.S: If you will apply for an tourist visa, use any Yangon hostel address for it.

    Have a safe journey.

    WiFi is no more available but a 4G Burmese SIM card with 1Go of data cost less than 2$ and can be find at the center.

    In the center there are patients with HIV or tuberculosis; they are in a closed off area witch his showed to the volunteers during the welcome tour. The volunteers will never be asked to be in contact with these patients. They have qualified caretakers.

    The center provides gloves, face masks, disinfectant solutions, etc. to protect the volunteers and the patients. A volunteer coordinator is always present to show the right procedure and to answer any questions the volunteer might have.

    It is also important to have all your vaccinations updated, this is for your own safety and others.

  • 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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