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.
Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp.
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.
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.
|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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