Myanmar

Stories from Myanmar

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Myanmar.

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Five middle aged women stand in a row, outside, in traditional Burmese green and white outfits.

At the end of the chaos that was evacuation, in the peaceful and alarmingly quiet days of shutdown, I think often of where I was 2 months ago. And though I know I’m in the right place now—at home in Ohio—I yearn for the heat, liveliness, and fabulously caring community of my life in Myanmar.

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Sometimes my fridge contains only an apple or two, but more often than not there are five, six, seven… or more. One day last week I counted 11 apples.

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Volunteering with the Peace Corps isn't easy, but collaboration and inspiration can come from the most unexpected places.

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I wake up at 6:30 a.m. to the sound of a woman shouting her wares as she walks by my house, a basket balancing high on her head. “Eggs!” she yells, “boiled eggs!”

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A young white male stands between his mother and father outside. All three smile.

The Thai phrase “jai yen yen” which literally means “keep a cool heart” is very special to me and happens to be tattooed over my heart.

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Girl Soccer Team from Volunteer Connor's school

Sports have always been my favorite way to connect with people. Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Tee-ball – it never mattered what the game was; instead, what mattered was the community and confidence it inspired.

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Paul with Myanmar students

I remember precisely the time and place when I got the news that I had received an invitation to join the Peace Corps in Myanmar. 

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Volunteer Emma at Shwedagon Pagoda

Recently, while settling in to watch the new Avengers movie with my counterpart at our nearest movie theater, I had a thought: you haven’t really lived in a foreign country until you’ve watched a movie there. 

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Ringing in the Myanmar New Year_Cover Photo

Kyaikhto, pronounced “Jai-toe,” is a town of simple, yet entrancing, scenery filled with locals who share a collective appetite for celebration. 

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English Club Fairytales in Myanmar

Once upon a time, I applied to be a Peace Corps Volunteer, received an invitation, traveled to Myanmar, began pre-service training, and taught fairytale mad libs. Now, you may be wondering what fairytales have to do with Peace Corps. 

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