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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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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Recently I had the chance to build new partnerships through which I can help promote positive change in my community.  
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Volunteer Jami and her host family

To give you an example of how motivated my host family is to learn English there was one Sunday I went out for couple of hours in the morning and came back to find that my host mother had learned nearly 50 new vocabulary words. 

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School Girls in Myanmar
Peace Corps adheres to a strength-based approach, meaning that recognizing one’s (and one’s partners’) idiosyncratic abilities and how to share them is an integral component of pre-service training (PST).
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Students sit in a classroom at their desks

I’ve been serving as a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Volunteer in Myanmar since September 2016 and I’ve loved every second of it.

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Volunteer Lainey Heyl and fellow teacher Daw Hnin Nu Nwe stand next to a flag, with a view of mountains behind them.

My journey throughout Peace Corps Myanmar has been short but sweet. 

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“What Can I Do?’: Finding My Role as one of the First Peace Corps Volunteers in Myanmar

Daw Soe Soe Min and Daw Nwe Nwe Oo, two grade seven teachers assigned to be my co-teaching counterparts, ushered me up the stairs of our administration building and into the headmaster’s finely furnished private quarters. 

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