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Hotel or tourism internship in Myanmar

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Tourism in a larger scale has only recently started in Myanmar, but is strongly growing. You can get to know tourism in Myanmar and gain valuable practical experience through a hotel or tour operator internship in Myanmar.
 
 

Details

 
Only since the dissolution of the former military junta in 2011, international tourists have been visiting Myanmar in considerable numbers - and with a tremendous growth. The development of tourism in the country is progressing strongly, as the country boasts great tourism potential: Breath-taking landscapes, countless cultural and historical attractions, and friendly people. Through a hotel or tour operator internship in Myanmar you will not only get to know this fascinating country first-hand, but you will also gain valuable experience in the fields of hospitality and tourism.
 
Tour operators are typically organizing tours through the whole country, which usually include sightseeing of historic pagodas, temples, monasteries, fortresses and cities, and landscapes such as the Ayeyarwady River on which ship cruises are arranged, or Lake Inle, which is known for the stilted settlements of the Intha people, featuring the characteristic fishermen and floating markets. Hot air ballooning over landscapes and historic sites is very popular in Myanmar, too. Beach tourism is of increasing popularity.
 
We can organise internships at various hotels of different sizes and standards throughout Myanmar, and also internships with tour operators.
 
How it works:
 
Simply email us your CV/resume including a recent application picture, and tell us whether you prefer a hotel or tour operator internship. We will then suggest you a possible hotel or tour operator within a few days and will give you details about the location, your tasks, working hours, etc.
 
Great extra benefit:
 
Some hotels even provide interns with free accommodation and/or boarding. This is especially likely when you do your internship in rural Myanmar.
 
Your role as an intern:
 
At smaller hotels interns will generally train in all departments, for example Front Office and Front Desk with bookings, inquiries, check-in, customer service and guest relations; Housekeeping (ensuring quality standards); Food and Beverage (restaurants/bars, stock keeping/inventory/shopping), etc.
 
At larger hotels work tends to be separated by department, so the tasks for trainees will also be more department-specific.
 
Interns can work in several departments and discuss their preferences on beforehand with the hotel, and you will usually be assigned to departments where you will have customer contact and use your foreign language skills.
 
With a tour operator, you will design tailor-made travel itineraries, you will communicate with inquiries and clients in foreign languages, you will write texts about tourism activities in Myanmar in foreign languages for the tour operator's website and social media, and you will support the tour operator with various administrative and logistic tasks at the office and with direct customer contact.
 
Ideally, you already have basic experience in either hospitality, services, customer care or tourism (e.g. you are currently a student/trainee of a relevant career, or you already have relevant practical experience through an internship, job etc.), however this is not mandatory if you are motivated and interested in hospitality and/or tourism in Myanmar.
 
For hotel internships, we recommend the months of October to March, which are the peak season. During this period you can get the know the tourism sector when its bustling and gain a lot of great experiences!
Info Box
General
Location: All over Myanmar
Availability: all year, flexible start
Minimum Duration: 70 days
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Accommodation: Some hotels offer free accommodation and/or meals. If accommodation is not offered, we arrange affordable accommodation for you at your destination
Internship
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification of Supervisor: Hospitality and tourism professionals
Minimum Qualification Of Intern: See text
Further Contribution To Project: None
Remuneration: None
Volunteering
Volunteering Possible: No
Required Qualification For Volunteer: -
Further Contribution To Project: -
Expectations: Professional attitude, Do you have the "right" attitude?
 

Rate

 

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The World Unite! Service Package includes:

 
  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
  • Preparation Session via Skype; together with further participants
  • Arrangements of necessary documents for your visa application, but not the official government fees for them (See costs below)
  • Pick-up and Transfers from/to Rangun International Airport (RGN) on arrival and departure from/to Yangon
  • Personal support staff at your location and at our international office
  • Orientation and Introduction in Yangon
  • Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
  • 24 Hours emergency support by local support team
  • 50 USD Contribution to your project
  • Local SIM Card with 10.000 MMK air time
  • Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university
 

The Rates do NOT include:

 
  • Accommodation and Meals (see below)
  • Travel to/from Myanmar (you book it on your own; we can assist you)
  • Official fee for Visa (see below)
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Local Transport (Estimated amounts see below)
  • Please note that for supervised/mentored internships, some organizations charge further contributions. You find this information in the "Info Box" below the respective internship description.
 

II. Accommodation Costs

 
In Yangon:
 
Accommodation at Guesthouse, Hostel or Bed&Breakfast, incl. simple, local breakfast. You can choose between the following options:
 
Dorm Room bed (4-share to 12-share): 6-12 USD/Person/Night
Single Room: 20-30 USD/Night
Double/Twin Room (only available in case of 2 persons booking together): 10-15 USD/Person/Night
 
Farm-stay near Hmwabi:
 
200 USD/month/person on full board
 
At the Buddhist meditation centre Thabarwa:
 
No costs for dorm room accommodation including 2 simple meals per day!
 

Overview of other costs:

 
  • Around 80-140 USD/Month for self-catering (lunch and dinner at affordable yet good restaurants)
  • Visa 70 USD per 70 days
  • Small local expenses (e.g. Internet, local transport): around 30-50 USD/Month (Estimate)
  • Insurances around 30-50 USD/Month

 

How do I pay?

 
Once all your questions have been answered and you confirm that you want to participate, we will email you an invoice. You can pay it via bank transfer or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit of 200 EUR when the invoice is issued. One months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package.
 
The payment modalities for rent and possible further costs (e.g. internship supervision fees, as stated in info box of the respective project description) depend on your host country and placement. We will inform you beforehand. In many cases these costs are paid on site, but for some countries and placements they need to be paid partially or fully in advance.
 

Extras

 

Other Projects That Might Interest You:

 
 
These projects are suggestions for alternatives that may interest you or those that could be chosen as COMBINATIONS. The combination of projects in different organizations is often possible and usually cheaper than two individual bookings. Please contact us to know more!
 

Travel Health Insurance

 
We recommend the following travel insurance that is meant specifically for participants of internships, volunteering, language study, work and travel, and courses abroad. It is available for travelers of all nationalities and usable for all countries, except your home country. You can also add a journey liability insurance.
 
Just click on the link, fill in the form and you will get a confirmation email.
 
 
 

Getting there

 

Getting to Yangon

 
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You will book your flight to Yangon Airport (also: Rangoon; RGN). Please remember to share your flight details with us so we can pick you up at the airport and bring you to your accommodation in Yangon.
 
Even if your workplace is not in Yangon, you will spend your first few days there to acclimatize (we will organize a good accommodation for you in Yangon). In Yangon you will participate in an introduction and orientation program by your local coordinator and get to know the other participants of our program. After that you will travel by bus or airplane to your actual workplace. Buses go from Yangon to almost all corners of the country and cost around 20 USD per route (e.g. to Mandalay, a ride of 10-12 hours), domestic flights are around 50-90 USD per route and only take around 1-2 hours.
 

FAQs

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 
Are there fixed start dates for the project, which I must adhere to?
No, you can arrive at any date and you can hence, plan your trip according to your availability and the prices of flights. We can pick you up from the airport even at night.
Can I stay longer at my accommodation after my volunteering/internship or arrive earlier?
Yes, this is possible and we will give you our best rates. Just let us know when you arrive and leave and we will let you know the costs.
During my stay, can I travel around the country?
Of course you can travel around during your time in Myanmar and get to know this fascinating country. If you want to travel during your time of volunteering/internship, you should ask at your placement whether your absence is ok. Probably it is better if you plan some time to travel AFTER your volunteer/internship assignment.
Is it safe to travel to Myanmar alone as a single female traveller?
As most Buddhist countries, Myanmar is considered a safe travel destination for women. Approximately 80% of our participants are female and between 18-25 years old. Not a single instance of a serious security breach has occurred. Our coordinator will advise you on how you should conduct yourself in order to avoid problems - your dressing style, valuables, and in dealing with local men. Our preparation materials elaborate on this matter. If you follow these basic rules that apply equally to many other places, the risk in Myanmar is minimal.
Will I be the only volunteer/intern in the project or in Yangon?
The total number of participants that participate simultaneously with an organization depends on the size and activity of the organization and responsibilities of volunteers/interns. We try to avoid too many volunteers/interns in an organization at the same time. It may be that you are alone in your work site, but usually there are, throughout the year, other participants in Myanmar, who you can meet in your spare time, if you desire so.
What vaccinations do I need?
We recommend that you ask your physician or an Institute of Tropical Medicine for recommendations. Our preparation materials also include a chapter about vaccinations and health.
Where do I live?
In Myanmar and in Yangon we cooperate with several hostels, guest houses and Bed&Breakfasts, and we have a suitable option for any preferences and standard. You will share the accommodation with other travelers from around the world or other participants of our programs.
 
We also consider the distance to your volunteer/internship assignment.
 
In Yangon, accommodation is typically in the city centre, e.g. China Town or near Sule Pagoda.
 
As a non-resident, it is not legal in Myanmar to live in private accommodation or with host families.
Can I choose my accommodation?
You can tell your room preference (e.g. single, double, dorm room) and we will suggest you the available options.
Does my accommodation have internet facilities?
Yes, the hostels usually have Wifi internet. You can also access the internet with your smartphone. We will give you a local SIM card with some initial credit, which you can top up as needed. You can easily activate a data package (around 10 USD for 6 GB).
How can I do my laundry?
You can either do your laundry by hand, or ask for laundry service at your accommodation.
I am a vegetarian. Can I get vegetarian food?
Many restaurants in Myanmar at least have one vegetarian dish. At the supermarkets there are many vegetarian food ingredients.
What language skills do I need?
English language skills are widely spread in most parts of the country. Anyway, people are happy if you try at least to speak some words in their local language.
 
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