Minmahaw is a post-compulsory school for disadvantaged Burmese students (aged 17 - 23). It introduces the students to an international-style experiential education taught by foreign and local volunteers in an immersive English environment i.e all classes and conversations must be conducted in English.
Minmahaw School is a boarding school based in the town of Mae Sot, Thailand 500 km NW from Bangkok on the Thai/Myanmar border. The school offers intensive English immersion programs for disadvantaged Burmese aged between 17 and 23 years old that have completed compulsory aged education and have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to studies and leadership. The students do not pay for their accommodation or tuition.
Originally, (in 2007) the school was established with a single purpose - to prepare students to attend Tertiary Institutions (Universities) and the students were the children/grandchildren of political prisoners. Minmahaw worked then and still works now on the principle of Intensive English Language immersion; i.e., all lessons and conversations during school hours, which include Night Study five nights a week, are in English.
Teachers – qualified and/or experienced in a TESOL environment (English, Science, Mathematics, Computing, Social Studies, and other subjects)
Teaching load varies depending on volunteer numbers, and is negotiable according to school needs and volunteer skills. We aim to provide a minimum 10-12 hours of teaching per week.
Please click on the Apply to Volunteer button on this page for further information regarding the volunteer position.
Lunch is provided Monday to Friday
We will also provide volunteers with a bicycle, which is the most common mode of transport, whether staying for a short or long period.
Volunteers must provide for their own housing, transportation, and meals
There are many Guest Houses, hotels and apartments in Mae Sot, to suit all budgets and located within 10-15 minutes of the school campus. For example, Minmahaw volunteers often stay at one of the following:
Picture Book Guesthouse
Ban Thai Guesthouse
Phan Nu Guesthouse
Motorcycles and cars are available for hire from many Mae Sot outlets.