Myanmar Monastery staff member


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. 

Fast facts
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 on office in Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, and has managed 200 volunteers to work with NGO and government bodies, supporting Myanmar’s health, education, political and social reforms and economic growth in the private sector.

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. Through support to 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 - businesses established for social purposes - are growing in Myanmar. Australian volunteers are supporting such organisations through specialised positions, like chef trainers, or developing skills in business management.

Supporting post-conflict and humanitarian efforts

The volunteer assignments along the Thai-Myanmar border aim to improve the health, including psycho-social support/mental health; education and disability inclusion amongst the refugee populations.  Within Myanmar, volunteer assignments are supporting government and international organisations in the peace building efforts.

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