CAREER MENTOR PROGRAM 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/CMP2017
- Dispo : 5M / 5F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
We have partnered with a local monastery school who would really appreciate teachers of different work backgrounds. Do you have any practical skills you could share with these youth? Examples of what you could teach are: – Cooking/Culinary skills – Basic Programming – Basic Website design – Hair dressing – Carpentry – Tailoring Learning more about a particular field through classes and exercises can inspire local students! We hope that some may even choose to further their study and get stable jobs in the future from such workshops. At the very least it will give them some life skills and broaden their ideas. The classes should be delivered as an active workshop, so you need to have practical or academic experience in your field, and be confident in leading a group. You’ll be out of your comfort zone, teaching in a language the students will not be used to so the more “hands on” your lessons are, the more your students benefit. You may expect to work 4-5 hours a day, about half of that time being for preparation. The children will be between 13-18 years old Aims: To train local students with new skills. To broaden the village youth’s career options To support the monastery with teaching manpower
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!
Program participant criteria: The volunteer has skills or knowledge from a profession that can be taught in a practical way and has experience in a related trade or profession. Additional equipment : Clothes that cover your shoulders and knee for visiting schools and sacred sites. 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.