MONASTERY SCHOOL TEACHING 2017
Open all year, starting on Mondays, participation fee 175€ per week. Program runs Mon-Fri, (free weekends). Culture week mandatory: 210€ to start the programme.
- Code : G/BM/MS2017
- Dispo : 5M / 4F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
During this program, you will be teaching English at a monastery school. Most of the students enrolled here come from hard upbringings. The monastery school offers free education to those whose families cannot afford to pay for their education as well as orphaned children. With a total of around 6,000 students, you might find yourself teaching primary levels to pre university levels. Our program focuses on the teaching of English to students, especially considering how tourism in Myanmar has risen in the last few years. Speaking English fluently will give the students a chance to communicate as well as get a higher paying job in the future. The monastery school also teaches other skills such as carpenter training. With that being said, any skill you can teach that might prove invaluable to these children is welcome! The monastery school is situated in Nanshe, a residential suburb in Northeast Mandalay. Mandalay is the second largest city and the last royal capital of Burma as well as the economic hub of Upper Myanmar. It is also considered the center of Burmese culture. The monastery school was founded in 1993 by two monks whose aim by opening up the school was to support children from poor families as well as orphans. Today, the school teaches over 6,000 students from ages 7-18 and different religious backgrounds including Muslims and Hindus. The monastery is also the home to many, with over 1,000 people (from monks to orphans) calling it their home. The aim is to help local children who did not have a chance to study the English language with foreign people to improve their English language skills. This will increase the chances for these children in their future educational and working career. Moreover, we realize that it would be very nice for local students to study/practice English with foreign people and experience intercultural exchanges.
During your participation in the program, you will be staying in an authentic monastery. You will share your room with 2 – 4 people. There are western toilets available and cold showers only. There is wifi available in the office areas. There is not much around the monastery as it is located in a residential area in the outskirts of Mandalay, but there is a library where you can relax inside the monastery as well as a local shop where you can buy basic things. The accommodation covers 6 nights and 7 days. Arrival is on Sunday and departure is on Saturday at 12:00. Food will served as Burmese food, which has a lots of rice, vegetables, meat, egg etc. We provide three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) per day on weekdays and two (breakfast and dinner) on weekends at the monastery.
During the program, you will be staying at the same monastery where you will be teaching. The monastery is located in Nanshe, a residential suburb in Northeastern Mandalay. Since the monastery not only teaches but also aids students in other way, it is the home to over 1,000 children aged 7-18 whose parents are unable to take care of them. Monks reside here as well. The students are friendly and always curious to meet newcomers. Many are pre-university students, which will allow you to interact and maybe even become friends with them. This is a great chance for an authentic cultural exchange! Since the monastery is not located in the center of Mandalay, there is not much around. However, there is a local shop located inside the monastery. The main city is still quite close and can be reached in 5 – 10 minutes driving. Mandalay is a favorite among those who visit Myanmar as it has a great number of attractions, including the Golden Palace Monastery, the Mahamuni Pagoda, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, Mingun Temple, the Bargaya Monastery, to name a few. Mandalay Hill is another attraction that you can visit during the weekends. In fact, the city of Mandalay got its name from this hill. Mandalay Hill is famous for its abundance of pagodas and monasteries and for being a pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Getting to the top of the hill is a rewarding experience and once there, you will be greeted by a panoramic view of the city and the Sutaungpyei Pagoda (“wish-fulfilling” pagoda). Close to the monastery is a bridge that is a must visit for those who love watching spectacular sunsets or sunrises!
A good level of English is required. Open all year, starting on Mondays, arrival on Sundays and departure on Saturday morning, participation fee 175€ per week. Program runs Mon-Fri, (free weekends), culture week mandatory to start the programme: 210€. Compulsory starting dates for 2017: 02/01 – 16/01 – 06/02 – 20/02 – 06/03 – 20/03 – 03/04 – 17/04 – 01/05 – 15/05 – 05/06 – 19/06 – 03/07 – 10/07 – 17/07 – 24/07 – 07/08 – 21/08 – 04/09 – 18/09 – 02/10 – 16/10 – 06/11 – 20/11 – 04/12 – 18/12. Reception at Mandalay International Airport (MDL) on Saturdays and Sundays