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Jumping in with both feet

Images from Lisa Godard's time in Myanmaar so far.

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The gold plate-covered Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar and the oldest in the world: “I took this shot during the famous robe-weaving contest," says Godard. "For 24 hours teams of women compete nonstop to weave robe for the largest Buddha.”

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Fishing boats docked in the Yangon River: “I have also been in one of these fishing boats when I went on a hash run (an international running club). We had to get in these boats to get to the starting point of the run. Very colorful boats and sturdy, but I still prayed that I would make it to the other side without sinking in the awful dirty water,” Godard said.

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“During October we celebrate another Full Moon holiday. This holiday is a light festival that is celebrated for a week," says Godard. "During this time the school has an Homage Day where we all get dressed up in our traditional clothes and the students (all 320), parents, teachers and the owner of the school file into the gym and the students sit on the floor in front of the teachers and bow down to the teachers and parents three times asking us for forgiveness of any wrongdoings as they all recite a prayer of sorts. My colleagues and myself (in blue dress, far right) pose for a photo in our traditional longies after the Homage Paying Ceremony.”

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Some of Godard’s ESL students, who range from first- to fifth-grade.

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Women selling fruit in a local market


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