Volunteer on the Thailand-Burma Border

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Mae Sot, Thailand via kindly anonymous
Vanessa Miller, Program Manager
bvp [at] burmavolunteers [dot] org


The Burma Volunteer Program (BVP) was founded in Thailand in January 2001 to bridge the gap between pro-democratic Burmese organizations looking for assistance and volunteers wishing to donate time and skills toward the creation of a democratic and just Burma.

Since then, BVP has placed more than 400 volunteers whose duties have ranged from teaching English communication and social sciences to report writing and human rights documentation.   BVP consistently has volunteer requests from various civil society groups along the Thailand-Burma border.   The minimum commitment for volunteers is 3 months, and volunteers are required to attend a 3-day orientation in Mae Sot before starting their placement.

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. Volunteer positions are non-remunerated, however, accommodation, 2-3 meals per day, as well as local transport (where applicable) are provided throughout the placement. Volunteers are responsible for their own airfare, health insurance, personal costs and incurred travel expenses. 

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.  

Visit our website www.burmavolunteers.org. For more information and application instructions please send an inquiry email to bvp [at] burmavolunteers [dot] org.


Generally volunteers are 21 years of age or older.
There is a minimum commitment of three months.
Some teaching experience or a TEFL certificate are helpful. Also experience in research and writing.
Most volunteers teach English, while others help with research, writing, and editing.
Volunteer costs vary depending on individual volunteers' lifestyle. Some volunteers live and eat with their organizations while others choose to pay for housing.

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