CONSTRUCTION EFFORT 2017
Open all year, starting on Mondays, participation fee 210€ per week. Program runs Mon-Fri, (free weekends). Culture week mandatory: 210€ to start the programme.
- Code : G/BM/CE2017
- Dispo : 5M / 2F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
Many local villagers need help with renovation and light construction. The little they earn goes towards their daily expenses, so it is common for their living quarters to be left in bad condition for a long time. This situation extends to communal areas such as schools, temples, and clinics too. They are usually in need of more funding and their maintenance budget tends to be very small or not considered a priority. This is where we saw a way to get involved in the community! By providing materials for repair, renovation and light construction, and using labour from our participants, we can assist the community while allowing you to engage with the community while helping them out! Our project coordinator will find the most suitable and more urgent work needed for you. Usually this will mean housing renovation and light construction like painting. Other typical tasks could be repairing chairs, tables, building walls or toilets. Tasks will depend on local conditions and what is needed at the time, but you can The aims are to support the local community with an organized workforce and to raise the standard of living in the area for its residents.
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!
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.