Trips back home come rarely, if at all.
Khin Mar Thi, 17, was sent to the nunnery with her four sisters, and their parents simply cannot afford the journey for visits.
Like many who persevere with a monastic life until the end of high school, she has resolved to remain a nun rather than returning to the secular world.
But even Khin Mar Thi confesses to the odd pang of envy when she sees normal teenage girls.
“I sometimes wish I could be beautiful like them,” she says, adding she also misses her parents.
Dhama Theingi, however, is itching to leave and start training as an engineer – if she obtains the grades.