Volunteer with Minmahaw School

Minmahaw School

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.

Our Activities

What We Need

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.

We are not currently accepting teachers until February 2018. If you are interested to work after February, please apply to be waitlisted for the 2018-19 school year.

Minmahaw Summer School is from mid-March until the end of May.
Minmahaw Academic Year is from beginning of June until mid-March the following year.
There is a 4 week minimum stay for volunteers. If possible, it is an asset if a volunteer can stay for 14 weeks.

What We Provide

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.

Important Info

Suitable For


Minimum Stay

Any period of time

Staff Size

5 to 10 people


Volunteers must provide for their own housing, transportation, and meals

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Your Contact Person

PO Box address PO Box 91, Mae Sot, 63110, Thailand, Mae Sot, Thailand.
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Other Information

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
Green Guesthouse
R1 Apartments

Motorcycles and cars are available for hire from many Mae Sot outlets.

Our Wish List

There is a need for fundraising. If you are interested to take part in this important work, please reach out to contact@minmahawschool.org.

What are you waiting for?

We at Minmahaw School would love to hear from you!