We are a non-profit, adult education project in Hpa-an, Kayin State, South-eastern Myanmar operating since 2013. We run an 8-month residential course with 20 young adults (age 18-30). The programme starts in mid January every year and continues until the end of September. The focus of our course is to provide participants with a broad range of skills, in particular language skills, analytical thinking skills, computer skills as well as training in a range of areas so that they are ready to lead the change in Myanmar. We aim to overcome some of the weaknesses in the state education system. Tuition, food and accommodation are all provided to participants free of charge.
We believe our values explain our school pretty concisely: *️️️ Equality & Respect *️️️ Co-operation & Participation *️️️ Leadership & Initiative *️️️ Learning & English *️️️ Goals & Ambitions.
We find our students through entrance assessments conducted in different villages throughout the state. We are open to students of all ethnicities and religions.
Given the complex situation in which we operate, we have no fixed academic requirements for students. To date, our student mix on beginning our programme have been 30% university graduates, 40% in the process of attending distance university and 30% other - many of whom returned to Myanmar after completing their education in refugee camps or migrant schools in Thailand. Education certificates obtained in these schools are not recognised in Myanmar, though we have had very successful outcomes (in terms of well-paid community focused employment) for these students on completing our programme.
There are 5 key elements to our programme:
1. English: to enable the students go on to learn more, either formally or informally, English is crucial. It is also of great use to find work in the Community sector. For this reason, the school operates in an immersion environment- students must speak English all the time, in and out of class. Despite having learned it in school, most students have no experience having spoken English before the arrive with us, but progress quickly.
2. Analytical Skills: we explicitly teach skills like Thinking and Reasoning, Persuasive writing, Debate, media literacy etc.
3. Community & Social Development: we want our graduates to go on and contribute positively to their communities - we teach Active Citizenship, Community Project Management, Principles of Democracy, Development, Environment
4. Vocational Skills: computer skills, teaching skills (and two weeks teaching practice), introduction to interpretation and translation
5. Work-placement: on completing the 8-months with us, students go on to complete a 10-month work placement in a community role. This can be interpreted broadly - teaching, advocacy, journalism, research. Most of our alumni are working in Kayin State community-based organisations or NGOs.
There is more information on our website, please feel free to contact us and request the address.
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Our student cohort represents many of the different ethnicities, cultures, and religions in South East Myanmar. If you are looking for an insight into the rich diversity of this country then this is a marvellous opportunity. The students are eager to share their personal stories, teach you about the history of their country and state, as well as introduce you to their traditions and practices.
We are a small, relatively new project so we often operate on an all-hands-on-deck policy. We are open from mid-January to mid-September and need volunteers over this period each year.
All classes are taught through English, so the first 8 weeks of our programme (mid-January to mid-March) are heavily focused on enabling participants to communicate adequately in English (we have an English-only rule within the compound). Through this time, it would be great if we could get volunteers who either with ESL experience, or interested in this kind of teaching.
The remaining part of the programme (mid-March to mid-September) covers other topics including Development, Active Citizenship, Essay Writing, Debating, Critical Thinking, Teaching Skills, Environment and other topics. During this time, we would love to have volunteers who have an interest in social science topics such as these.
We are flexible but would envisage volunteers teaching about 2 hours a day in the classroom, and any additional amount of time outside classroom hours spent around the school informally with the students would be greatly appreciated.
We don't charge a fee for food or accommodation for volunteers, however volunteers should be aware that we are a small project operating on a tiny budget.
We are looking for volunteers willing to spend a 1 or 2 months at school as we find it important for teachers to spend a longer time with students and follow the subjects from beginning to end.
The accommodation is relatively basic; we sleep in shared bamboo dorms within the school compound. This is for volunteers who are seeking an authentic experience rather than a luxurious one. If volunteers would prefer to sleep elsewhere, there are guest houses available downtown (at about $6 per night) but we are not in the position to cover this cost and we would still expect volunteers to spend most of their days in the school in order to profit from socializing with the students outside regular classes.
The school is located within walking distance of the town centre (around 20 minutes) and there are bicycles available for volunteers to use. There are also a number of small shops in the neighbourhood.
Hpa-an is a beautiful town situated about 6 hours by road east of Yangon. It is the capital of Kayin/Karen State and has a remarkable level of ethnic diversity.
Surrounded by stunning landscape of limestone mountains, caves and swimming holes: it is one of the most scenic areas in Myanmar. However, we believe the real appeal of coming to volunteer with us is the opportunity to get involved with, and get to know the continuing reality of Myanmar through our bright, motivated students.
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