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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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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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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