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General teaching project Myanmar   (published in Myanmar)

November 15, 2017 by   Comments(0)

My husband and I decided to have a go at volunteering (even though we are quite old, both 52) and settled on the general teaching project in Myanmar. We decided to join after having bought tickets to fly to Yangon only 3 weeks before arriving. Ordinarily I think it takes a while to get everything in place to join one of the projects, but the project organiser was amazing and managed to fast track us through the paperwork phase.

So here we are, in Yangon, teaching teenagers in a monastery  school in a very poor neighbourhood.

when we arrived here we were met be the local representatives of the project and taken to a hostel, our home for the next few weeks they let us load of our suitcases then immediately whisked us of to visit the famous  Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, (an absolute must when visiting Yangon) and afterwards  we had dinner and a short introduction to the project handbook.

Next day we were picked up from the hostel and taken to the monastery and was introduced to the English teacher and the principal munk at the monastery.

We also got to meet some of the kids we are going to be teaching. The level of English is quite basic so when we got back to the hostel we spent a few hours getting some lesson plans together, crossing our fingers we had gauged the level right.

Today we were on our own trying to find our way to the monastery it entails getting a taxi to the ferry terminal then catching the very heavily used ferry to Dala, on the other side we have an agreement with a rickshaw that wait for us and takes us to the monastery every day.

We were teaching a class of varied aged children from 11 to 16 some local children and others the young monks from the monastery so it is quite a big age gap.

All the kids are really eager to learn and want to ...

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