Myanmar

Director's Welcome

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Jeff McCusker, Country Director

Welcome to Peace Corps Myanmar!

Myanmar, The Golden Land, is a unique and fascinating country providing a great opportunity to pursue the true mission and goals of the Peace Corps, and build people-to-people ties with people who are warm, caring, and friendly. With our initial program in English language teaching as a base, a lot has been accomplished in these first few years to build trust and relationships in 40 communities across central Myanmar. There is lots more to be done in this country with a population of over 56 million people and there are many opportunities for Peace Corps Volunteers to make a real difference in their communities.

We are privileged to partner with the Ministry of Education to strengthen teacher capacity and provide student classroom instruction. Our Volunteers take on the respected role of teachers in public middle and high schools and work side by side with local Myanmar teachers of English. For almost two centuries, the English language has played an important role in Myanmar in education, political, and social spheres. Myanmar citizens are very motivated to learn English for academic and professional advancement. And our English education project assists with the Government of Myanmar’s plans to align student learning outcomes to the rapidly evolving needs of the emerging economy.

Along with the technical assistance we offer in English education, our Peace Corps Volunteers facilitate cultural exchange and build friendships that last a lifetime as they work towards all three goals of Peace Corps. They become friends, mentors, leaders, planners, ambassadors, and catalysts for change as they learn about their communities and the people in them.

Volunteers in Myanmar have built the trust of the government and people by demonstrating the best qualities that have served Peace Corps volunteers over the decades throughout the world: adaptability, respect, and cultural sensitivity. In turn, our Myanmar hosts have warmly welcomed us to this beautiful and diverse country as we build relationships with people at the grassroots level.

Volunteers and staff are excited about the work we do and are glad you decided to visit this site to learn more about the projects and activities that are underway. The links on this page will take you to stories and videos from volunteers and their communities. If you are interested in applying to serve in Myanmar, pay special attention to the sections on living conditions, training, health/safety, diversity and inclusion, and of course, the packing list. Also explore our active Facebook page. We really hope you’ll join us!

Jeff McCusker, Country Director

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