About the local hosting organization
COM started aware of the global international voluntary exchange in 2008 in Vietnam and in 2012 participated the NVDA GA meeting in India. The first international volunteer workcamp was co-organized with NICE-Japan in October 2012 in Sobawte Village in Kayah state, Myanmar. The workcamps has been completed with volunteers from 15 countries including Myanmar, Asia, US and Europe. We finished 35 workcamps and recruit 310 volunteers until September 2016.
About the volunteer work
The local leader is working for society ambulance. COM co-organized together with local leader since 2015. This is second international workcamp. The local community didn’t have experience of hosting foreigners before workcamp started. The local young people also need to improve their knowledge on globalization, English proficiency and cultural exchange. It is also need to educate agriculture and environmental awareness to the local community. The landscape is surrounded with farms. The area is peaceful and calm area. MPT and Telenor SIM card available in the village.
The volunteers participate in the village by helping to the local community in their field of work. They will also work in cleaning and cooking by themselves. Sharing knowledge to the local community included in the work. There is planting, harvesting paddy, picking fruit and bean, digging mud and other farms work are included. The farm work may change based on weather. Teaching with the children from grade 5 to 7 is also included.
The host will arrange accommodation for volunteers. The sleeping area for girls and boys will be separated. In the project from monastery will provide pillow, bed sheet and mosquitoes net for volunteers.
* Volunteers should bring medicine especially for diarrhea, flu and fever and personal use.
* Volunteers may need to bring toilet paper since in Myanmar toilets, people use not paper, but water! But volunteers are also welcome to try a local way that can be more comfortable if they are getting used to it.
Special info about the food
The host provided three meals a day and all the meal are rice, salad, fried fish and some local food. Tap water is not drinkable and purified water will be provided to the volunteers. The vegetables are fresh from nature and many appetizers but some local food may oily and salty.
There will be meat only at the local market which happens once in every five days. We also prepare coffee and some local fruit sometimes.