Susu Thatun, the head of UN Peace Support Unit in Yangon, Myanmar


Myanmar (formerly Burma) is located in South East Asia and is home to some 54 million people from 100 ethnic groups, meaning over 100 languages and dialects are spoken. Myanmar shares borders with India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand.

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Development challenges

Country history

Working in partnership with the Australian Government, AVI first sent volunteers in 1988 to provide humanitarian assistance to refugee communities living along the Thai-Burma border. In 2012, AVI opened an office in Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar. It has managed volunteers working with NGO and government bodies, supporting Myanmar’s health, education, political and social reforms and economic growth in the private sector.

Our country staff



5th floor, Building C
Shwe Pyi Aye Condo, Shwe Pyi Aye Street

San Chaung Township, Yangon

Our priority areas

Improving education outcomes

A big focus for Myanmar is to improve education outcomes. We respond to this by supporting teachers and education professionals through mentoring and training. From curricula development in tertiary education, to improved vocational training and language courses.

Strengthening governance

Government organisations have invited support in many areas, including language, communications and organisational development expertise. Australian volunteers assisted the establishment of legal aid centres and the peace building process with the Myanmar Peace Centre and the United Nations’ peace building program. Governance also extends to supporting national and international NGOs, as well as social enterprises to implement projects for marginalised communities like youth, women and people living with disabilities.

Enhancing economic growth

Volunteer assignments aim to enhance the country’s economic growth, through support to social enterprises and organisations that enable the private sector. In organisational development, volunteers are enhancing the effectiveness of the Union of Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Mandalay Chamber. The number of social enterprises is growing in Myanmar, and Australian volunteers are supporting these organisations through specialised positions like chef trainers, or developing skills in business management.

Supporting post-conflict and humanitarian efforts

Volunteer assignments along the Thai-Myanmar border have aimed to improve health (including psycho-social support/mental health), education and disability inclusion among the refugee populations. Within Myanmar, volunteer assignments are supporting government and international organisations in the peace building efforts.