Building & Community for Groups in Myanmar (Burma)

  • Who?Groups of at least 5
  • When?Projects have flexible dates and run all year round
  • Where?Inle Lake, Yangon

A family in their new house
A family in their new house

Volunteering as a group on a Building & Community project in Myanmar is a unique, challenging and hugely rewarding experience. Volunteers will help to construct traditional Burmese stilt houses at Inle Lake for families in need, all the while interacting and being involved with activities in the village. Regardless of whether you’re a group from school, some friends from university, a group of work colleagues looking for a fulfilling break or an organisation looking to take your skills further afield, you will have a role to play and your contribution will be valued immensely.

An unfinished stilt house
An unfinished stilt house

Bases around the shores of the beautiful Inle Lake, many communities and families live in traditional Burmese stilt houses. These communities can be very large with thousands of buildings built on stilts within the lake, including schools, shops and monasteries. This choice of structure is to accommodate for the annual monsoons rains and the changing water levels that come with it. It truly is a sight to behold and will without doubt be a unique location for most that visit it.

Sadly though, there are many large families that struggle to get by and, with these types of structures, they have no choice but to live in very close quarters in one structure. The annual monsoons weather can also cause some of these structures to collapse leaving some families with nowhere to live. It is because of this that any groups volunteering on the project would provide invaluable work to help people that are desperately in need.

Volunteering as a group on a Building placement in Myanmar (Burma)

A traditional stilt house
A traditional stilt house

Volunteering as a group, you will all be working alongside local builders in constructing new stilt homes and repairing / maintaining current ones. The local builders will train, guide and supervise your group through every step of the process, as well as make sure that any health & safety rules are adhered to.

Your group will help with a variety of aspects of the build, depending on the stage of completion at the start of the project, including establishing foundations, cutting wood to size, fabricating walls and roofing, and constructing variety of features such as boat jetties and balconies.

Groups do not need any qualifications to join the Myanmar Building Project but the work is quite physically demanding so volunteers should be of reasonable fitness. If your group would prefer, you can combine this project with a Care project in Yangon so that you might spend a week on the Building project and a week on the Care project.

Other activities will include meeting the locals in the village, organising activities with the local children and interacting with Buddhist monks.

In the evenings and at the weekends your group will have free time to do as you please, whether its relaxing on the beach, exploring the city or travelling to tourist attractions further afield. For more information on leisure activities then feel free to contact us or contact our local staff on the ground, we’ll be able to suggest all sorts of ideas!

This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

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