Volunteering in Myanmar

Myanmar stretches from the foothills of the Himalayas in the north where Mount Hkakabo Razi rises 5,881 metres, down to the Bay of Bengal in the west and the Andaman Sea in the south.

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Cleaning the terrace at Maha Wizaya Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar.
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Kathleen Magee volunteers at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation in Nay Pyi Taw.
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Fresh whole coconuts for sale, Yangon, Myanmar.
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Angus Johnstone (bottom right), volunteer Program Development Mentor at the University of Nursing, Yangon.
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Buying flowers for offering at a small market in Yangon, Myanmar.
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Australian volunteer Jessie Goldie with her colleague at the Land Core Group (LCG), Han May May Aung, Yangon.

Myanmar faces signification development challenges. According to the World Bank, approximately a quarter of the population live in extreme poverty and food insecurity is an ongoing challenge.

Australia’s aid program seeks to contribute to some of Myanmar’s complex development challenges. Volunteers have worked with NGOs and government bodies to support humanitarian assistance to refugees; they have assisted in the development of Myanmar’s health, education, political and social reforms; and have worked to enable the private sector to boost economic growth.

The Australian Volunteers Program aligns with the Australian Government’s Aid Investment Plan for Myanmar , with volunteer assignments focusing on a range of development issues, including:

  • education
  • governance
  • peace/post-conflict/humanitarian
  • economic growth and trade
  • private sector
  • rural development
  • women’s economic empowerment.

Australian volunteers are placed in Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw, Mandalay and Bagan.