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Teach English at a Monastery School

Mandalay, Myanmar

Agency | GoEco

Help to provide education for and support to children from poor local families.

The project

During your time at the project you will be staying at an authentic Buddhist monastery school located in Northeastern Mandalay. The school was founded in 1993 by two monks who wanted to provide support to children from poor families. Today, the school provides support and education to over 6,000 students between the ages of 7 and 18 years, all from different backgrounds. The monastery also plays home to approximately 1,000 people, including monks and novices. Many of the learners are pre-university students, which allows  great interaction and also the opportunity to make new friends. This is a great chance for an authentic cultural exchange!

The location

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a country in Southeast Asia bordered by India, China and Thailand. Despite its recent modernization, the essence of the mythical landscape is undeniably still intact, making the country a uniquely authentic place to explore. From golden Buddhas and ancient treasures in Yangon, to magical temples in Bagan, the tranquility of Inle Lake and treks through the Shan hills - Myanmar is a magical place that is sure to excite and intrigue you.

Volunteer Work

During this program, you will be teaching English. The school offers free education to students whose families cannot afford standard education. With a total of around 6,000 students, you will find yourself teaching from primary to pre-university levels.

This project focuses on affording learners the opportunity to communicate in English as well as get higher paying jobs in the future. You are also welcome to teach other subjects as long as you use English as your main language of instruction and prompt the students to speak English during your lessons.

Upon arrival, you will be shown the teaching and subject schedule in order for you to choose your classes.

As a volunteer on this project you will

  • Help students improve their English language skills and future employment opportunities
  • Assist the local staff with quality support
  • Give you an experience of intercultural exchange and valuable teaching skills

Culture Week

For an additional fee, volunteers can come 1 week before their project start date to experience the culture and traditions of Myanmar! Get to know your fellow volunteers and enjoy your pre-volunteer time exploring the local outdoor markets, making a splash in the rivers, or learning some phrases in the local language!

Typical day

It is difficult to provide a specific schedule as you will get a choice to teach different classes at certain times; sometimes you will be placed by staff in a class that needs your help the most. You will, however be expected to teach at least four 45 -minute-long classes every day, Monday to Friday. The school runs from 8am to 4pm, but there are also night classes available for the live-in students. Lunch is given out at midday every day.

Please Note: Teachers are required to wear modest clothing - covering your shoulders, legs and down to your knees

Free-time activities


With its variety of attractions, Mandalay is a favorite among those who visit Myanmar. These attractions include the Golden Palace Monastery, the Mahamuni Pagoda, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, Mingun Temple and the Bargaya Monastery to name just a few. The city center of Mandalay is close to your accommodation so the possibilities for sightseeing and exploration during your free time are endless. Along with these excursions, a view of one of Myanmar’s world renowned spectacular sunsets or sunrises is a must!

Mandalay Hill

Another recommended attraction that you can visit during the weekends Mandalay Hill - famous for its abundance of pagodas and monasteries as well as being a pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Getting to the top of the hill is a rewarding experience and once there, you will be greeted by a panoramic view of the city and the Sutaungpyei Pagoda (“wish-fulfilling” pagoda).

Bagan Temples

Probably Myanmar’s most famous attraction are the Bagan Temples. They can be reached by bus, plane, train and even a boat from Mandalay.

Inle Lake

Another famous destination, known for its unique beauty and adventure possibilities, including hiking, boat riding and more!


Another option close to Inle, albeit a bit less developed is Kalaw. It has become a favorite among backpackers escaping the crowds but still wanting to get a taste of the nature that Myanmar has to offer. If you have time, it is possible to go on a three-day trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake!

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Good English
Motivation to work with children
Happy to work in a hot and humid climate
Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

Suitable for


Any questions? Just ask. We at GoEco are happy to help you.

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Services by GoEco
Accommodations: Rooms at the monastery are shared between 2-4 people
Food:  Three meals a day (excluding lunch on the weekends)
Airport Transfers
Insurance:  Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
Orientation:  All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival
Support:  Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support

Airport Pickup at Mandalay International Airport

Airport pickup upon arrival is included.


Volunteers will be staying in an authentic monastery school. You will be sharing a room with up to 4 other volunteers. Each room has a private bathroom with a western - style toilet and cold shower. There is a school library where you can relax as well as family-owned shops where you can buy basic things.The accommodation is located in the same place as the project itself, which is located fifteen minutes walk from the northern gate of Mandalay Palace. While not located in the center, it is still a busy hub with plenty of restaurants, traditional coffee shops and markets around!

Laundry:  Laundry services are not provided.

Internet:  WiFi is not available, but volunteers can purchase a sim card for $5 at the store next door.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

All meals are provided during the week and consist of basic Burmese fare, consisting of lots of rice, vegetables, meat and egg. Vegetarian options are available. 2 meals are provided on the weekend.

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Mandalay International Airport (MDL) in Mandalay. We assist you to find cheap flights to Myanmar.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Myanmar provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Myanmar you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Myanmar.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Mandalay/Myanmar between 4 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Myanmar.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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