Teaching English in Myanmar (Burma)

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Myanmar (Burma) Overview

Myanmar (Burma) is a fascinating place to be at the moment as the nation slowly opens up to the world. Because of this, there are a large number of opportunities (both voluntary and paid) but many are not advertised online. Myanmar has beautiful scenery and a fascinating culture. It is safe to live there as a foreigner as long as you do not openly discuss the politics of the country but bear in mind that power cuts are common and can be quite frustrating when planning class activities reliant on electricity. Flexibility and patience are important qualities that will be required.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres and kindergartens 1,200 – 1,800 (DOS) Various shifts 2 weeks plus national holidays
‘International’ schools 1,500 – 2,000 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 4-6 weeks plus national holidays
International schools 2,000 upwards 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 8 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs

Yangon (Rangoon), Mandalay.

Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp.

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Tips

1. Consider doing some voluntary work in your spare time as it can be of huge benefit to local people.

2. Be careful about discussing local politics openly.

3. Make sure that your employer has agreed to pay the costs associated with the business visa (see below) before signing a contract.

Red tape

The situation is such that most employees arrive in Myanmar on a tourist visa. This is then converted into a business visa. Having a business visa entails flying out to Thailand to renew it every 7 weeks (at the expense of your employer). Whether this is a good or bad thing is a matter for you to decide.

Cost of living

Local food and transportation costs are low but accommodation is rather expensive. It is standard to pay for up to twelve months in advance so arrange accommodation as part of your employment contract if at all possible.

Tax and salary information

Employers are generally responsible for paying taxes and salaries are usually paid on a monthly basis.

Summary

The local people are eager to learn and friendly Accommodation can be expensive – especially when you have to pay for a year upfront
Myanmar is actually a rather safe place to be as a foreigner The country remains politically unstable
Myanmar is a fascinating place to be at present Blackouts happen on a regular basis – even in Yangon

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4 Comments

  1. charles gillbanks says:

    Hello
    I am a male 54 yrs of age and migrated to Aust from Burma in ’69 when I was 10.
    I am seeking a job in Burma to teach English and Maths.Please explain to me the procedure I have to undertake.
    Thanking you,
    Charles Gillbanks

  2. Stephen Zin Lwin Htun says:

    Hello,

    My name is Stephen Zin lwin Htun and I am looking for the English teaching Job. I am certified TEFL 100 hours course from UK.

    Thank you,
    Stephen Zin Lwin Hutn.

  3. cmcgrath says:

    Hello,

    Curtis from Canada, 100 hr TEFL certificate looking to teach in Myanmar. Please email application details.

    Thank you.

  4. jeesuekim says:

    Hello,
    My father was stationed here as a captain for the ROK after the Korean War. I have a database of how Burma looked in the 1950s and 60s, and would like to see how I can be part of it opening up, and building its infrastructure, as my father had envisioned but found it impossible as a married military man of engineering. But he looked at your waterways many times.

    Thank you.

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