Myanmar, pronounced MEE’un-mar, is a large country tucked in between India, Bangladesh, Laos, Thailand and China. It is renown as the country of a 1000 pagodas but there is so much more to this amazing country.
Voluntourism – is it the evil of our time?
It is a natural response to have compassion when we see suffering; it’s part of our human nature. Thanks to globalisation and access to the internet, the world is a much smaller place. To go a day without seeing those overseas who desperately need our support, is almost impossible.
So in response, you would love to help. To get amongst it. Possibly even see the world while you’re there.
Voluntourism is the perfect solution.
Or is it?
It is early March in Yangon. With the cooler months behind us and the hotter months fast approaching the dust hangs in the air like soft smoke and yet it’s 8am and already hot. Like 30 degrees hot.
Today’s agenda: Meet 75 new trainee nurses and begin their training in essential nutrition.
So just how is the information we present in our health education projects received by Myanmar’s nurses? We asked Ester, Cing Date Nuan and Cing Lam Do Kim, students at Tender Love Nursing College, what they thought of Exousia’s Nutrition and health care training.
This is Bella. She is a qualified nutritionist based in Brisbane and loves to help people get healthy and stay healthy. Bella joined the Exousia team on an Exousia Abroad trip to share what she knows about staying healthy and eating right with 100’s of student nurses in Myanmar.
Want to know what it’s like being a volunteer on an Exousia Abroad trip?
Volunteers are at the heart of what we do what we do here at Exousia. With the help of many volunteers over the years we have managed to reach in excess of 2500 people with our education program.
Jen left her busy Sydney nutrition clinic in good hands as she joined us in Myanmar in September of 2017.