Myanmar Arrival Procedure:
ARRIVAL AIRPORT: Yangon International Airport (RGN).
On arrival in Myanmar, you will be collected by a clearly visible Projects Abroad staff member who will be holding a Projects Abroad sign. You will be taken straight to your accommodation and introduced to the staff and volunteers. Our staff member will explain how meals and the living arrangements in your accommodation work, and they will explain the plan of action for the next couple of days. After this, you’ll be left to relax and settle in to your accommodation.
It’s about a 30-minute drive from Yangon International Airport (RGN) to your accommodation. Travelling time is dependent on traffic. Very early or late arrivals at Yangon International Airport (RGN) will also be collected and taken straight to the accommodation.
Volunteering in Myanmar: Induction and Orientation
Depending on the time of your arrival in Yangon you will either have your induction the same day as your arrival or the following day. On the day of your induction, you’ll be picked up from your accommodation and taken for an orientation around town, including different landmarks and amenities such as the post office, banks, and bureaux de change. During the orientation, you can purchase a local SIM card or phone and you’ll be taught how to use the public transport. You will also have the opportunity to meet other volunteers in destination.
The Projects Abroad induction co-ordinator will show you how to travel from your accommodation to your placement and back again. If the placement and your accommodation are in walking distance, the route will be shown to you. If this distance is further, you’ll be shown how to use public transport to commute daily.
The handbook and any necessary safety and security measures will be explained to you on this day too. If you are participating on a Standard Project, all necessary work-related transportation costs will be covered by Projects Abroad.
If volunteers arrive over the weekend they will have their induction on the Monday morning, because banks and the post office are closed all weekend and the exchange bureaus are closed on Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
Use your weekends to travel and explore Myanmar’s unspoilt landscapes and interact with locals. You will have exciting travel opportunities to explore beautiful religious sites in Mandalay, Pagan or Yangon, or take a trip to Chaungtha’s beach. Use this time to meet other volunteers and make lifelong friendships that span across the globe.