Arrival Procedures for Volunteers in Myanmar
- ARRIVAL AIRPORT: Yangon International Airport (RGN)
When you arrive at the airport, you will be met by a Projects Abroad staff member who will be holding a Projects Abroad sign. They will take you straight to your accommodation and introduced to the staff and volunteers. One of our staff members will explain how meal times and the living arrangements in your accommodation work, and they will inform you of the plan of action over the next couple of days. After this, you will be left to relax and settle in.
It is a 30-minute drive from the airport to your accommodation (traveling time is dependent on traffic). Very early or late arrivals at Yangon International Airport (RGN) will also be met by our staff 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. You will also have the opportunity to meet other volunteers.
The Projects Abroad 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 you arrive over the weekend you will have your 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.