Gavin Wisdom

Myanmar Instructor

B.A., English, Fort Lewis College

Gavin Wisdom received his BA in English from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He graduated Suma Cum Laude, with a focus on media ethics, but his true passion was the outdoor experience of the four-corners region. Outdoor adventure has been a cornerstone of his life, ranging from hiking/hitchhiking trips spanning the Japanese and Swiss alps, a cycling tour down the American Pacific coast, and “canyoneering” for weeks at a time in the ancient sandstone spires of southern Utah.

After two years of living in Myanmar, Gavin currently resides on his family homestead in Northwest Montana outside Glacier National Park. Before his current life of organic gardening, sustainable homesteading, and occasional encounters with grizzly bears, Gavin served six months on the board of directors for a post-tsunami NPO in Japan. This was his first experience managing teams of volunteers in hazardous work sites — he later began volunteering then working in Myanmar where a new wave was crashing: democracy.

Gavin has been in Myanmar since 2012. He is the co-founder and academic director of the Chin Institute of Social Science in the country’s western Chin state, and has since been the program supervisor for the Pre-College Program at the largest monastic school in the country, Phaung Daw Oo, in Mandalay.

With his free time, Gavin enjoys poetry, strumming his guitar, and his wonderful wife and family.