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Internships & Volunteering in Myanmar (Burma)

We are happy to announce that we can now also arrange internships and volunteer placements in the land of the golden pagodas and breathtaking natural vistas – Myanmar (Burma). Here you can find an overview of our exciting volunteering and internship options in Myanmar and we hope that you will have fun reading and seeing some recent photos from our new placement options. 

Social Work, Nursing and Medicine at Buddhist monastery: 

The Thabarwa Center is a Buddhist monastery, providing a home, nutrition, and nursing and medical care for around 2500 people in need. You will live with and meditate with the monks and nuns, and you support the centre with social work related activities. Volunteers with experience in nursing, medicine and therapies are particularly needed. You can also get involved in communications and teaching English.

Click here to find further details about this placement.

Urban development and building conservation in Yangon: 

For many people in Myanmar, tourism provides an important source of income. This is especially the case for producers of handicraft products and artwork. Hla Day supports artisans and local groups with the design and sale of their products. As a volunteer or intern you can make use of your creative skills in Marketing or Design.

You can find further information about this placement on this link.

Sustainable Handcrafts from Myanmar: 

For many people in Myanmar, tourism provides an important source of income. This is especially the case for producers of handicraft products and artwork. Hla Day supports artisans and local groups with the design and sale of their products. As a volunteer or intern you can make use of your creative skills in Marketing or Design.

Click here to find further details about this placement.

Tropical organic farming in Myanmar: 

Many agricultural practices in Myanmar are inefficient and even harmful to the environment. NEED Myanmar is training young farmers in sustainable organic farming and environmental conservation. As a volunteer or intern you can work on the farm of NEED and learn about tropical farming, you can teach related topics, you can assist the organisation in marketing, or you can do research for your dissertation.

You can find further information about this placement on this link.

Hotel or Tourism Internship in Myanmar: 

Tourism in a larger scale has only recently started in Myanmar, but is strongly growing. You can get to know tourism in Myanmar and gain valuable practical experience through a hotel or tour operator internship in Myanmar.

Click here to learn more about this option.

Please visit us on our website for further information about our programs!

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Local Community Engagement Abroad: Fundraising for Village School in Zanzibar

As an active part of the local community in their host countries, many of our volunteers and interns contribute to the local community in a variety of ways, even beyond the actual activities in their host organization.

One example is Alina, a participant in the sea turtle conservation and recycling program in Nungwi, Zanzibar.

During her time in Nungwi, Alina did only actively participate in her own project, but also helped out in a small village school. The school was founded to provide access to education for children who can not afford to attend public school and to provide them with a safe place to study and play. A large number of students now regularly visit the school, which is fully funded by donations. Thanks to the motivation and dedication of many helpers, there are now four classrooms, a staff room and a schoolyard.

Back in Germany, Alina started a donation campaign in a local newspaper. Just a few weeks later, two large packages of notebooks, pencils, pencil cases and board games arrived in Nungwi.

The participants of our sea turtle conservation and recycling program handed the donations over to the children and the school teachers.

Thank you very much for your commitment Alina!

Best regards,

Lisa, World Unite! Environmental Coordinator in Nungwi

Read more about our committed volunteers around the world. 

Visit us on our World Unite! website and find all the details about Alina’s volunteer program here

 


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Culture shock China? – No, valuable life experience! – Madeleine’s hotel internship in China

World Unite! participant Madeleine has just returned home from her 3-month hotel internship in China. She does not only see her stay in China as a way to get to know a new culture, but also as a possibility to gain valuable life experience.

World Unite! arranged my internship at the Holiday Inn Tianjin Binhai, a 4 star hotel in the new TEDA district, a business location. My decision to do an internship in China left some of my friends and family quite perplexed. I heard things like „What? China? Isn’t this crazy? “ Yes, probably it was to some extent, but looking back I can say that going to China and to immerse into a completely different culture and the Chinese lifestyle was one of the best decisions of my life.

Through the preparation materials from World Unite! I felt well prepared regarding cultural differences in China, at least in theory, which proved to be very helpful though.

On arrival to Tianjin, I was welcomed in a very friendly way and my colleagues and the hotel managers were super nice, although a bit reserved. However, I learned that this is simply the way Chinese people behave, whereas at the beginning I tended to take the friendly but restraint attitude personal.

My main task at the hotel was to communicate with the international guests, including Germans, who came to Tianjin for their business trips. I was the contact person for them, answered questions, clarified special requests for them with the managers and collected their feedback to constantly improve the guest’s satisfaction. In addition, I helped out at the breakfast service and during the happy hour in the evenings. I also had some tasks at the Front Desk, including the preparation of member key cards. As you can see, my tasks were quite diverse and gave me the chance to gain a valuable insight into the hotel industry.

I would always have the weekends off to explore the country. I did several trips to Beijing (around 120 km from Tianjin), visited the Great Wall and tried out numerous Chinese restaurants. The only difficulty in everyday life was communication in English on the streets or in shops, as most locals speak only Chinese. Nevertheless, they are very friendly to Europeans and very helpful and I was able to communicate quite well with a Chinese-English translation app, which a Chinese colleague downloaded for me. In addition, I learned important words in Chinese through the Chinese classes at my hotel.

I had some concerns about security before traveling to Tianjin, because with its 15 million inhabitants it is significantly larger than any German city. However, I felt very safe, even when I was walking by myself at night. There are cameras at every corner and there are hand luggage checks before you enter the subway. Also I felt that presence of the police in public is significantly higher than in Germany.

All in all I can say that I had an incredible time in China. Both at the hotel as well as in everyday life I was treated in a very friendly way and people were always helpful. I feel that I have personally grown a lot during my time in China. Also, there was so much to discover during my leisure time and doing some shopping is highly recommended 😉

From my point of view it is definitely worth to try out and to experience something completely different. My advice is to try not to be prejudiced and to come without big expectations. Be open to new things and always be friendly to your colleagues and the people around you. That way you will have an incredible time in China that you will never forget! If you are diligent, reliable and polite, you will definitely have the Chinese on your side, because these attributes are highly valued and often associated with Germany.

Best wishes and enjoy China!

Yours, Madeleine

You can find the details about Madeleine’s placement here


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Workshop Environmental Conservation & Recycling at Schools in Zanzibar

We are sending you many environmentally-friendly regards from our environmental coordinator Lisa in Zanzibar. The participants of our sea turtle and environmental project in Nungwi have organized a workshop on recycling and waste prevention in a local village school. Here you can read Lisa’s report:

Our World Unite! Participants in the sea turtle and environmental project have offered a workshop on recycling and waste prevention for children from a village school in Nungwi.

The aim was to teach the children what kind of garbage they and their families produce everyday and how much of it is actually plastic waste. Plastic waste poses a big problem for people, animals and the environment on Zanzibar because it either thrown away on the streets, ends up in the sea or is burned.

The children have learned how long it takes for various materials to rot (paper, fruit skin, plastic, cans and glass) and what happens to our environmental when these materials are burned. The fact that plastic can remain on dumpsites for centuries, and that toxic gases are released when it is burned, left the children quite perplexed.

Finally, we were looking into ideas for alternatives to producing plastic waste and showed the children various ways of recycling waste materials. On Zanzibar, for example, old plastic bottles are reused for bottling milk, oil or juices. Plastic containers are used to fetch water at the village wells. But what can be done with all the soft plastic?

After the school visitwas followed by a trip to the sea turtle and environmental project, where children could learn how to make Ubuntublox. Ubuntublox are large blocks of soft plastic that can be used to build various things such as houses, benches or even tables. Especially when pressing the blocks everyone had a lot of fun.

We look forward to seeing you and your support to work together towards a more sustainable and garbage-free Zanzibar!

Best regards,

Lisa

Click here for all details about this program!


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Sea Turtle and Environmental Conservation on the Tropical Island of Zanzibar

Pauline from Germany spent 4 weeks in the Sea Turtle and Environmental Conservation program in Zanzibar. In our blog she describes her experience. 

My 4 weeks in Zanzibar have passed way too fast (book for a longer duration!!!), are among the best times in my life. Not only did I get to know lots of wonderful people among the other volunteers; also the aquarium staff is amazingly friendly and I felt welcome from my first day. If I needed assistance, I was always welcome to contact them and everybody was trying their best to help me. Except for my initial day, I did not feel homesick at all during the entire stay.

Working with the turtles was a lot of fun. Besides the daily tasks such as changing the water in the pools, there are other duties and tasks which vary on a weekly basis. The working atmosphere is quite relaxed and work never gets boring.

In the afternoons there are voluntary environmental conservation activities. Given the enormous waste problem on the island, plastic waste is recycled and in parts reused to build furniture or decoration objects.

You will also have enough free time to go on excursions. My personal highlight was a snorkeling trip to Mnemba Island, where we even saw dolphins next to our boat. Other trips I made were a spice tour (which is much more interesting than you would imagine) or a weekend on the east coast where you can go kite surfing. But you can also just spend the entire day in the project or on the beach.

I would definitely do this trip again, because of the amazing people I have met and the experience of living in a different culture.

Best wishes,

Pauline

You can find further details about the Marine Turtle and Environmental Conservation Program on this link.

Visit us on our website www.world-unite.de for further information about volunteering in animal or nature conservation.

 


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Electives, Medical Internships & Cultural Learning in Morocco

Wrivu, Bradley and Georgina from Australia traveled to Tangier, Morocco with us for their medical internship. There, they did not only get to know their  host country’s medical system, but have also immersed themselves in the local culture.

Thank you for helping us coordinate our time in Morocco. Morocco is a beautiful country with an incredible culture, and we really appreciate the way World Unite helped us make the most of our time. You have been professional, kind and gone out of your way to ensure that we are safe and comfortable during our stay, and for that, we are extremely grateful. We also opted take French lessons during our stay in Morocco and I would highly recommend this to anyone considering it, without hesitation. Madame Khadija is a wonderfully humorous teacher and will make the lessons extremely interesting. 

Thanks again,

Wrivu, Bradley and Georgina

Ready to intern abroad? Here you can find information about Wrivu’s, Georgina’s and Bradley’s internship.

In many of our partner programs, language skills of the country’s national language are not mandatory, but locals will for sure be delighted to see that you are interested in picking up a few words in their language! Even if you just learn a few words in the local language, this will be greatly appreciated. In Morocco, we organize French, Arabic and Darija language lessons for you.


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Happiness is contagious! Paula’s volunteer placement in Moshi, Tanzania

Paula has worked as a volunteer in Moshi/Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for 3 months. In our blog, she describes what was most impressive about her time in Tanzania.

I have spent 3 months volunteering in Moshi, Tanzania and it was literally the best time of my life! Moshi is a cute little town, located right at the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. It was important for me to be in a place together with other volunteers to be able to meet new people, to exchange experiences and of course to discover the country. Moshi is perfect for that!

I worked in an orphanage where around 30 children between 0 and 6 years live. The children are divided into two groups: the babies and the 2-6 year olds; I was with the older children. As a volunteer I assisted the children with their daily routines from morning to evening. I helped to feed, wash and change the baby’s diapers, put the children to bed and played with them on a daily basis. It was amazing to see how after a while I was more and more able to integrate into the work routines at my placement and how I was able to actively support the local team.

On the weekends, me and fellow volunteers often went on trips to other places around Moshi to see more of the country. I also went on a safari and travelled to Zanzibar for a week, which I highly recommend.

I am incredibly grateful for this formative, beautiful time and can not put into words how much I miss Moshi and especially the children. I would like to recommend this experience to anyone with an interest in working with children, but World Unite! offers other volunteering and internship options in Moshi as well.

In addition, the culture in Tanzania is unbelievably impressive and exhilarating, most people are so open, loving and hospitable that one immediately feel at home and welcome. During my time in Tanzania, I learned that it often needs very little to be happy and that happiness is definitely contagious!

Best regards,

Paula (Germany)

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