Thabarwa Center (actually a whole village) was founded by Venerable Sayadaw Ashin Ottamasara hosts foreign volunteers who want to do good deeds and/or meditate. I did plenty of both.
Try to arrive Sunday/Wednesday morning; informational meetings held at noon these days.
It's April, so I was perpetually sweaty, dirty and a little stinky until that glorious cold shower in the evening before bed. But so is everyone else. Between 5-20 other volunteers each day I was there.
One of my typical days at Thabarwa.
4:30 Wake up
5:00-6:30 Yoga (in my room by myself but most others participate in morning meditation)
6:30 - 7:00 Breakfast (rice + stuff)
7:00 - 8:00 Alms Rounds with monks or sweeping/cleaning/work
8:00 - 11:00 Continue chores or socialize with other volunteers
11:00 Lunch (rice + different stuff)
12:00 - 16:00 Read in Library (the only place with air con) or meditation or do special projects
16:00 - 17:00 Walking with patients in wheelchairs
17:00 - 18:00 Walking meditation around stupas
18:00 Dinner (Vit-C drink mix for me since I'm observing 8 precepts but rice + stuff for everyone else)
19:00 Basic Buddhism class
20:00 Glorious cold shower followed by a load of sink laundry
21:30 Lights out, eye mask on, earplugs in
Just relax and go with the flow. You can do as much or as little volunteering and/or meditation as you want. Longer term volunteers can teach English to monks and nuns. I even did a couple graphic design projects for the center.
Shared accommodation and meals are basic but free. However, I recommend making at least a small donation before you depart like $5 (5,000 kyat) per day.
Free, filtered water throughout the center.
Cats and dogs everywhere.
Keep shoulders, knees & everything in between covered.
Things to bring: mosquito repellent, dietary/digestive supplement, hand fan, reusable water bottle, hat, handkerchief, nuts & dried fruit (sealed to keep out ants).