Burma Volunteer Programme

The Burma Volunteer Program (BVP) helps to build the capacity of Burmese community based organizations (CBOs) and non-government organizations (NGOs) by providing work placements within the Burmese community to enthusiastic and talented volunteers from around the world.

The Burma Volunteer Program (Thailand) provides educational opportunities to mixed ethnic nationality students from Burma who are presently living in Thailand. The program began in January 2000 and provides volunteers every three months to a variety of groups based in Thailand.

As you read this there are Burmese students in Thailand who need English language skills. After leaving their home country they have come to Thailand with the hope of educating the world to their country's plight.

Typically the groups concerned are involved in social development, labour rights, and women's issues. Volunteers live with the group they are working with and a small discretionary allowance is provided to assist with food costs.

Unlike many other organizations, BVP does not charge a program fee and prides itself on the fact that many volunteers have leveraged their volunteer experience to gain full-time employment with both international NGOs and host organizations at the border. Placements are unpaid and volunteers have to cover travel, visa and personal insurance costs. Positions sometimes provide accommodation, food and local transport costs to save the volunteer the expenses of day-to-day living.

The minimum commitment for volunteers is 3 months, and volunteers are required to attend a week long orientation in Mae Sot before starting their placement. Candidates should be native English speakers, or fluent English speakers with EFL qualifications and/or relevant experience.  Demonstrated knowledge of human rights or international politics is a plus.

You will be based on the Thailand-Burma border area.


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