When you embark on a Road Scholar learning adventure, you may expect to study something astounding, meet some fascinating people and explore a place that intrigues you. But have you considered how your journey may also help others?

In Myanmar, a portion of Road Scholar's tuition fees goes to help fund educational initiatives in rural communities through a foundation. That means that not only are Road Scholars able to experience the fascinating culture and landmarks of this region, but they are able to give the gift of education back to children of the local community.

Because of the impact of Road Scholar learning adventures, the foundation has successfully built a primary school in Kanpauk Village, located 30 minutes from Bagan. Completion of the building was a challenge as the construction could only be done during the summer holiday — March, April and May — when the villagers weren’t as busy with their crops and children would be away from the construction site. While it still needs a final coat of paint, the building has already been used to teach three classes and hosted the school-prize award ceremony, as well as the school play!

But work hasn’t stopped there. In 2011, the foundation met Myat Minn Aung, a 16-year-old boy from a remote village in the Irrawaddy Delta who dreamed of becoming a doctor. Through a sponsorship, the young student was able to attend a university and receive his medical degree. He has returned to his village to set up a clinic, helping to care for his local community.

This year, the foundation will help to support another student named Aung Zay, a young man from Lekaing Village who dreams of becoming a teacher. He will pursue a degree at the Education College in Magway City.

Each year, a general donation of stationery is also made to local schools. Just think — more than 600 writing pads, 1,000 copies of coloring books and crayons were passed out to students in need because of Road Scholar!

We are proud to work with local organizations that give back to their communities. When you join Road Scholar on a learning adventure in Myanmar, we hope you will be delighted to know that as you learn, so can others.

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About the Author
JoAnn Bell, Senior Vice President, Program Development and Strategy, develops and manages more than 5,500 learning adventures in 150 countries and 50 states. JoAnn’s extensive travel industry experience informs her expert insight on everything from where to find the world’s most charming streets to must-see hidden gems across the globe.


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