Atu Build

Atu Build, Myanmar

2 - 10 March, 2019

Myanmar is among the poorest countries in Asia with one in four people living below the national poverty line. Your team, strengthened by international support, will be giving a family in need hope for the future by empowering them with a safe and decent home.

This project aims at improving the quality of life and health of rural residents in Thanatpin, Bago District through improved housing, water and sanitation, community driven development, disaster risk reduction and response.

Myanmar is among the poorest countries in Asia with one in four people living below the national poverty line. Most of the poor live in rural areas which also tend to be affected by civil conflict or natural disasters such as forest fires, landslides, floods and storm surges.

According to the survey of houses in 15 villages in Thanatpin township, 38.4% of houses are exclusively made with bamboo posts, bamboo floors and walls with thatched roofing. These houses are not resistant to floods, cyclones and strong winds.

Bago, a former capital of Southern Myanmar, is known for its abundant Buddhist temples and stupas and the remains of a former palace.

Saturday 2nd March:

Meet your team in Yangon and get to know each other over a team dinner in Myanmar’s cultural capital.


Sunday 3rd March:

After checking out of your hotel in Yangon, the team will travel to Bago by bus (2 hours).

Discover the local sights with your team in Bago before enjoying a formal welcome dinner and orientation session with the staff at Habitat for Humanity Myanmar. 


Monday 4th March:

Meet your partner family and the Habitat build staff who will complete your safety orientation for the first day of building


Tuesday 5th – 7th March:

Full days of building with your teammates


Friday 8th March:

Final day of building, hand over ceremony and dedication of the new home to our partner family. This will include a celebration with the partner family, a cultural performance on behalf of the community and a simple shared lunch. 


Saturday 9th March:

Today will be filled with cultural activities around the Bago area – you will take a team trip to the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (also known as the Golden Rock). Spend the evening celebrating the week with your fellow teammates at your farewell dinner. 


Sunday 10th March:

Depart for home or further adventures – many of our volunteers combine a build with travel to other overseas destinations. Don’t forget to visit the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon before you leave!

  • Build Week Costs: $1500USD twin share (+$180USD per person for single option) including donation, accommodation, some meals and domestic travel requirements
  • Registration deadline: 10th January 2019
  • Fundraising contribution deadline: 10th February 2019

*You must be a full time student.

What’s included in your build week costs:

  • Twin share accommodation (single accommodation available at an additional cost)
  • All meals Monday – Saturday
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water on the build site
  • Return airport transfers
  • Transport to and from site each day
  • Local sightseeing activities as per itinerary
  • Support from your team leader, Habitat for Humanity Australia and Habitat for Humanity Myanmar
  • Personal fundraising webpage and access to fundraising resources
  • Local host coordinator and translator
  • Welcome orientation
  • All necessary building materials and safety equipment
  • Dedication and home handover ceremony with partner family
  • 24 hour in-country support
  • Insurance while on the build site


Excluded Costs

  • Flights (Habitat can help advise the best flights for you through our partners at Flight Centre’s Travel Club)
  • Visas
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel Insurance

Need more info?

Please leave your contact details and we will send you an information pack on this volunteer experience.

Ready to sign up for an experience of a life time?

A Global Village trip is a truly rewarding experience. Get your hands dirty on the building site, interact with the families whose houses you are helping to construct, experience the country like an insider and do it all alongside a team of like-minded volunteers. No experience is required, sign up today!

Download the Atu Build build brochure here

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