Teaching English in Bangladesh

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Bangladesh Overview

Bangladesh is a fascinating place to live and work although, despite growing demand, there are still very few opportunities for English teachers. The vast majority of paid positions are in the lively, overcrowded capital city of Dhaka. Understandably, teaching resources may be somewhat lacking when compared to more common TEFL destinations in the region. Alongside the handful of opportunities at language centres, there are many opportunities to teach as a volunteer in more rural locations. Experienced teachers are encouraged to get involved in training local teachers.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres 500 – 1,000 (DOS) Various but often 6 days a week 2 weeks plus national holidays
British Council 1,700 – 2,500 Various – generally including weekend work 8 weeks plus national holidays
International schools 2,000 upwards 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs

Dhaka.

Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp., local interview preferred.

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Tips

1. Experienced teachers are advised to see if there are any vacancies at the British Council.

2. Speak with as many local schools as possible because there will probably be opportunities to mentor local Bangladeshi teachers.

3. BELTA (Bangladesh English Language Teachers’ Association), based at the University of Dhaka, is a great place for networking.

Red tape

Unless you have been offered a position with the British Council or an International School, chances are you will have to enter the country on a tourist visa before starting the arduous process of obtaining all the necessary paperwork.

Cost of living

The cost of accommodation and food in Bangladesh is very low. Western food imported from abroad is generally expensive.

Tax and salary information

Salary is paid on a monthly basis. Tax is usually paid by employers.

Summary

The demand for English tuition in Bangladesh is growing steadily Very few paid teach positions available
You can make a huge, positive difference to the lives of your students The levels of poverty and pollution may be highly challenging and upsetting to the inexperienced
Lots of worthwhile voluntary opportunities Obtaining the necessary work visas can prove rather difficult

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4 Comments

  1. Md. Mahamudul Hasan says:

    If you need any kinds of support for the Bangla medium tuition,please contact with me:01734676016,01987326983.

  2. m1 says:

    I want to take a career break from my nhs job in uk and work abroad, i have several years experience in customer service admin and can deal with people from all walks of life. I also have gcse grade A in both English and Bengali. Should there be any vacancies or opportunites can you please contact me on mac17735@gmail.com or 07803315089. Please note i am only fluent in English and sylheti bengali.

  3. Hello,i am a Srilankan.my Name is sewwandi bhagya.i am a secondary school English teacher in Kandy district,Sri Lanka.I hope to visit Bangaladesh ,becourse my husband has get promotion to work in a garment factory in Dhaka,capital of Bangaldesh.
    so i too hope to come with him and like to join with any school in Bangaldesh for teaching English.
    I have special degree in English language and have done my masters in linguistics.
    I have more than 5 years experience in teahing English.i have worked in gavernment universities,technical colleges,privet universities and schools.
    I have done a teacher training course under guidence of British Council in Sri Lanka.

    Since i kindly requesting for an oppertunity for teaching in one of your institutions.
    I look forword hearing from u

  4. I am Sewwandi Bhagya,From Sri LAnka please contact me on sewwandibhagya@gmail.com or my phone numbers
    077 9847972
    0773837539
    0812467113
    thanks

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