I was curious if anyone has or knew of someone who has worked in the Mae Sot area, teaching or working with the Burmese refugees?
I know of many NGO's in that area, but would be interested to hear from anyone who has been there, and what their experience has been.
PB... knew a couple of guys that worked with Burmese fugees and said that it was the worst of both worlds... Not much to add except... Why the interest?
Last edited by Hollow; 22nd June 2009 at 10:52.
This is it... The apocalypse.
^Thanks for cleaning up the thread.
I am going to work there or Chiang Mai with an NGO. I can't say exactly which one. I wondered if anyone has ever worked or volunteered there before. I know some things about it, as my friend did a three month stint working with woman's groups and refugees in the area.
theres a very nice catholic school there on the way to the bridge
cant remember the name but a nice set up
paid about 30k i think
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^Cheers, reinvented. I already have the organization that I'm working for, but I bet there are lots of schools in that area. Were you going to work at one?
i was about 8 years ago, but had a change of career
Was wondering if anyone actually did the Burma Volunteer Project in the last few years and wouldn't mind me picking their brain!?
I'm in Mae Sot now and was curious if anyone on here knows where to look for work? I would also be interested in doing volunteer work while I'm here. I see this is old info but hopefully some new info can be added.
On a side note/rant, the western NGO's I've come across in this part of the world have seemed, for the most part, creepy - people who imagine themselves coming over here to the "third world" as an act of "altruism", helping "refugees", getting their pictures taken with children and animals, etc, but who are actually very self-serving and condescending. So, I'm skeptical of western NGO's, and the UN "refugee" office, for that matter. The locals I've met working for NGO's, on the other hand (such as a doctor and child care-taker), haven't given me that impression, probably since they're working with their own peoples.
But I suppose that doesn't apply to you...I'd recommend simply talking with people in town there. I may head there later this month (for a stamp over the border) and would be interested in hearing what's going on there. Have you been over the border? What's it like on the other side (Myawaddy)? Mae Sai and Tachileik are quite nice as well, a lot of friendly people.
Don't even get me started on those who pay to 'volunteer' for dodgy organisations, just so they have something to put on their cvs or stories to tell in the pub to impress friends. The organisations they work for are worse though...
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Mae Sot a place I have always wanted to go to, but have not done so yet.
Also, any information on what happens visa wise at the border there would be good
Different duration of visa's you can get at the crossing etc?