Every year we receive enthusiastic volunteers in our orphanages in Minethouk on Inle Lake. They engage in all kinds of fun and educational activities with our girls and boys. Think of practicing English or another language, singing, dancing, drawing, crafts, textile work forms, cooking, gardening, first aid, computer lessons and much more.

Each volunteer brings his or her own skills and talents. The girls and the boys think it's cool when volunteers come. It brings variety and fun. It is also very enriching for the staff of our orphanages and not least for you as a volunteer. It will truly be an unforgettable experience!

More information

Are you interested in volunteering in our orphanages in Minethouk? Please contact our secretary Nico Schoenmakers. His details can be found on the contact information page.

At your own expense

The Care for Children Foundation is a non-profit organization. Unfortunately we cannot reimburse you for your travel, accommodation, local transport and meals. In the afternoon you can have a meal in the girls' orphanage.


It is not allowed to stay overnight in the orphanages as a foreigner. The town of Minethouk is close to the city of Nyaung Shwe. That is the touristic starting point for many tours on and around Inle Lake. There are guesthouses and hotels in Nyaung Shwe for every budget. The orphanages in Minethouk are easy to reach by bike (45 minutes), taxi (20 minutes) or boat (30 minutes). Before dark, the volunteers have to return to their guesthouse or hotel in Nyaung Shwe.


Volunteering in Myanmar requires some preparation. You must arrange a visa, the reason for your visit must be apolitical and you must understand and respect the culture. And of course there are also specific rules of conduct with regard to physical contact, smoking and drinking, talking about politics and religion, excursions, etc. Our secretary will be happy to tell you more about this.

The location of the orphanages

The orphanages are within walking distance of each other in the town of Minethouk on the east side of Inle Lake in Myanmar. Minethouk is about 10 kilometers away from the city of Nyaung Shwe. Heho Airport is close to Nyaung Shwe, but the city is also easily accessible by land from Mandalay. The largest town nearby is Taunggyi, northeast of Nyaung Shwe and Minethouk.

Just pay a visit

If you make a holiday trip through Myanmar, you are most welcome to take a look at our orphanages. The children and the staff really like that. If you want to bring something, bring fruit from the local market. That is healthy and you are doing everyone a favor with it. At the girls' orphanage there is a tea house, where we would like to welcome you with a cup of tea or coffee.