Welcome to ESP

ESP is a school situated in the Mae La refugee camp in Thailand, on the border with Burma. The school was founded in 2003 with the aim of offering young refugees and internally displaced persons (IDP's) an educational program with focus on engineering subjects. The three year long program is practical as well as theoretical, and aims at providing students with useful skills for themselves and their community, while also preparing them for potential future studies.

Mae La camp
is home to approximately 50,000 refugees from Burma, most of them from Karen State, where continuous human rights violations by the Burmese authorities have forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes during the past decades. For both those internally displaced in Burma and for the refugees crossing the border to Thailand, educational as well as job opportunities are scarce. For many of the young people living in the refugee camps, there is little to do other than wait for either an end to oppression in Burma, or an opportunity to resettle to a third country. Educational initiatives like ESP are therefore greatly needed; they give young people opportunities, better prospects of future work and potential further education, while helping the community by producing skilled and confident young people.

Are you interested in helping, volunteering as a teacher, or just want to know more about the school? Browse the site, or contact us!


  • ESP Funfair: Saturday 3rd November ESP Funfair: Saturday 3rd November On Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd November we had no lessons. Why? We needed to move tables, clean the school, borrow plates ...
    Posted Nov 15, 2012, 5:43 PM by ESP MAELA
  • 2012-2013 mid-term exams 2012-2013 mid-term exams We had midterm exams which started in the second week of October and we are going have final exams starting in the second week of ...
    Posted Nov 15, 2012, 5:41 PM by ESP MAELA
  • BGET training in using and maintaining solar panels As soon as students had finished their exams in March there was no time to rest, as BGET would come and provide a two day training course in using and ...
    Posted Sep 26, 2012, 1:24 AM by ESP MAELA
  • Graduating student for 2011-12, Saw Law La tells his story In 2011-12 there were 7 graduates from final year, along with a number of other students graduating from second year and moving onto further education or employment opportunities. Saw ...
    Posted Nov 14, 2012, 4:56 PM by ESP MAELA
  • English classes in the holidays In April and May all of the schools in Mae La close for the summer holidays. However not wanting to waste this time, in 2012, ESP will be undertaking English ...
    Posted Sep 26, 2012, 1:22 AM by ESP MAELA
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ESP life

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