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VSO's three-pronged strategy in Myanmar focuses on education, health and civil society to ensure the most disadvantaged of its 51 million people participate in development that benefits them. Committed people are in urgent demand to work with them now to realise their potential.

51 480 000
Capital city
Nay Pyi Taw
GDP per capita
US$1 204
HDI ranking
148 out of 187
Life expectancy
67 years

A beautiful country of contrasts, Myanmar is making the transition to a fully open and accountable society, but human development indicators remain low. 


Our largest area of work is improving the quality of and access to learning opportunities.

The English for Education College Trainers (EfECT) programme, delivered with partners DFID and the British Council, is in place in universities and colleges throughout the country to build up the capacity of the next generation of primary, middle and high school teachers.

The EfECT project engages 21 of VSO’s current 26 in-country international volunteers. Less than a year in, it is already seen by partners and education professionals as highly effective. Research and first-hand feedback indicate that achievements exceed expectations, with satisfaction being expressed all-round at results to date.

Interested in volunteering in Myanmar? Alice Redfearn is a VSO volunteer working deliver English Language training to lecturers of student teachers - read her account or search current vacancies.


Our health programme focuses on maternal, reproductive and newborn health, with the vision that “in Myanmar, every woman has a right to have the children she wants (number and timing), to have a healthy and safely delivered baby and make sure her children survive and thrive." 

Our goals are to enable pregnant woman and children to receive quality maternal and child health services from skilled and competent staff, and to enable youth and adolescents to make informed decisions on sexual and reproductive health and to access quality services.

Do you want to help the development of this programme? Please see the current vacancies and apply.

Civil society

Our volunteers contribute to the organisational strengthening of civil society organisations – groups of people trying to organise for improvement and change in areas such as natural resource management, women’s empowerment and disability.

The very successful Amatae project, in partnership with the British Council, has entered its second phase, and a new project is due to start in late 2015 funded by USAID. Additional volunteers are urgently required to assist these exciting emerging groups in their development. 

Can you see yourself contributing to this vital work? See current vacancies now.

Contact us

For more information about VSO Myanmar or to find out about becoming a partner contact:

Address: Myanmar VSO office

17B-2, Thar Yar Waddy Street (off Sayarsan Road), Bahan Township, Yangon


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