Mote Oo Education accepts experienced and qualified volunteers. Some work with Mote Oo on teacher training or materials development. Others we match with partner organisations around Myanmar and on the Thai-Myanmar Border, for a minimum period of ten weeks. Depending on the volunteer’s professional background and skills, and the needs of the organisation, volunteers might work in teaching, teacher training and support, curriculum and materials development, organisational development or research.
Mote Oo does not charge either the volunteer or organisation for this service, nor do we supply stipends, training or ongoing pastoral care.
Where possible, host organisations will provide:
- at least two basic meals a day
- basic accommodation in Thailand.
Note: In Myanmar, volunteers may have to fund their own accommodation in guest houses (this costs up to $750 for one month)
Volunteers would be expected to pay their own:
- visa costs
- travel costs
- accommodation costs (if a host organisation is unable to provide accommodation)
- food costs (above the two basic meals a day provided by host organisations)
Note about our policy:
- Mote Oo Education is a locally run educational organisation which aims to help exceptional grassroots organisations find hard-working volunteers.
- Any volunteer positions with Mote Oo require a minimum of 10-week commitment.
- Mote Oo does not charge either the organisation or the volunteer for volunteer placement.
- Mote Oo does not offer extensive support for volunteers or organisations beyond advising and placement.
- Volunteers are responsible for their own trip planning, healthcare and well-being during their volunteer placement.
If you have any questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan & Dan
“We retired early from our positions in an Australian university, completed a TESOL qualification and moved to Myanmar to volunteer. For three and a half years now we have taught English and other subjects to young adults in a number of organisations in Yangon, and in schools on the Thai-Myanmar border.”
“People at our age and stage of life have a great deal to offer the developing communities of Myanmar – general or specific knowledge, experience, time, and the potential to self-support, for example – and we certainly encourage more retirees to do a stint of volunteering in this part of the world. Your rewards will very likely be uncountable!”
“It has been a challenging experience at times, but without doubt the most satisfying and rewarding phase of our working lives, and we plan to continue to volunteer here for as long as we are able.”
“I am a tutor and lecturer in international relations and humanitarian law from New Zealand. I’ve been volunteering with organisations on the Burma border since 2012.
I first taught exam preparation classes that helped people to prepare for higher education, and over the last two years I have assisted Mote Oo Education with editing and proof reading of modules on politics, citizenship, history and social sciences.I am currently completing a PhD that looks at the relationship between humanitarianism and non-state actors along the Thai-Burma border. I appreciate the chance to gain deeper understanding of the context and issues here in terms of my research interests, and for the opportunity to contribute to local organisations here that are doing such valuable work.”
“I was a human rights education coordinator in South Korea, and prior to that I used to work on migrant workers and refugee issues.
I taught human rights, gender, peace and conflict to Karenni youth for a year in KnNC (Karenni National College) which is located in Mae Hong Son with support from Mote Oo using their resources.
Many of students from KnNC want to study further at university level however, both Thai and Myanmar government does not recognise the school’s graduation diploma, students have to go through competitive process to achieve their dreams.”