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Read This Before Paying to Volunteer Overseas

Recently, Projects Abroad announced that by the end of 2017, they will no longer send volunteers to help directly in orphanages, instead focus on supporting community-based care for children. Although this is great progress for a company that generates great profits through the vulnerable, this isn’t enough. Organisations such as Projects Abroad and IVHQ offer a wide range of experience for voluntourists, such as social work, animal care, building and agriculture, in addition to the  ...

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Myanmar, South East Asia, Tourism, Travel

Nga Htat Gyi, the ‘five story pagoda’

Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda features a 20-metre high Buddha statue. It is situated at the Ashay Tanya Monastery, and is nearby the Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha in Yangon. The walk up to Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda is pleasant. At the bottom entrance you will find two large white and gold mythological lions who guard the temple. Following this, there is a flight of stairs that are on a gradual incline, with benches on both sides. You can take your time to walk up these stairs, and despite the heat of  ...

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Myanmar, South East Asia, Tourism, Travel

St Mary’s Cathedral, Yangon

St Mary’s is Myanmar’s largest Catholic cathedral. The construction of this breathtaking building began in 1985 and was completed in 1899, thanks to a land grant from the Government of India. The cathedral has been through a lot. It survived the 1930 Rangoon earthquake with very little damage. It then resisted the Japanese invasion during World War II. The 1944 allied invasion of Rangoon (as Yangon was called back then) resulted in the damage of St Mary’s beautiful stained glass  ...

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Myanmar, South East Asia, Tourism, Travel

Ministers’ Building, home to the Burmese Martyrs

The Ministers Building, situated in Yangon, was formally called the Secretariat. It was previously the home and administrative seat of British Burma. Although it is closed to the public, I felt compelled to visit the Ministers Building due to the history. Built in stages between 1889 and 1905, this striking building is made from red bricks and is situated on a 6.5 hectare block of land. It was where General Aung San, who is considered the Father of the Nation of modern-day Myanmar, spent  ...

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