Positions (June - April)
Pre-school – Upper Secondary (Grade12)
* One – year contract with the possibility of renewal.
* Approximately 25 teaching hours per week (depends on position).
* USD $1,500 + /month (depending on experience & position)
* Furnished accommodation
* Reimbursed airfare and visa fee
* Airport pick up.
* Holidays & sick leave
* Plus more !!
N.B. Terms and rates are subject to change depending on the contract offered and international exchange rates.
We look forward to helping you have a wonderful teaching experience.
Things You Need to Know
Accommodation is usually arranged for teachers by the schools/institutions that we deal with. Depending on the location, they will have shared housing in which they will have their own bedroom and bathroom but a common living room and kitchen. Teachers pay for the utilities.
Cost of Living
Myanmar is a great place to live and work, and one thing that makes it more wonderful is the cost of living, which gives real value for money, as it is between one tenth to one quarter to that of native English speakers’ home countries. When shopping, expect to barter or bargain unless in a store where the prices are fixed. First of all, ask the price because the real value is somewhere between the price you’ve been quoted and half.
Dos and Don’ts
Myanmar culture is very complex and very different from the West; however, once settled in, your school will organize a cultural orientation and/or give you a manual to help you have a better understanding of what’s culturally appropriate and inappropriate. Here are some examples:
Show respect to monks, novices, nuns, and anyone who is older than you.
Respect the culture and traditions.
Expect questions about where you come from, how long have you been in Myanmar, do you like our food, etc. – the locals are curious.
Remove your shoes and socks when entering a pagoda/temple, person’s home and in some businesses.
If you want someone to come to you, wave them with your fingers turned down.
Cover your mouth with your hand if using a toothpick in public.
Be appropriately dressed when visiting religious sites.
Offer articles with both hands.
Do not sit next to a monk in a vehicle.Usually the seat closest to the door of a bus is reserved for monks.
Males should not shake hands with a Myanmar female unless she offers first.
Do not take photos of people without asking them beforehand.
Do not touch the head and shoulders or reach over a person’s head to get things.
Do not raise your voice or lose your cool. Loss of face in this regard is extremely difficult to overcome.
Do not point with your foot or use the index finger; use an open hand instead.
When sitting, do not point the bottom of your feet to any person. Try to sit cross-legged or tuck your legs underneath you.
Display affection in public.
Embassies & Consulates – check out our Links page.
Food & Water
Myanmar cuisine is delectably delicious and at very reasonable prices. No matter what time of the day or night, people are always eating. There’s various styles of restaurants, so you can always find something to whet the appetite . . . but do NOT eat street food. Fast food like Pizza Company and KFC can be found in Yangon, but not in other cities; however, there are plenty of Western restaurants.
Western-style supermarkets can be found in the Ocean Department Store in large cities like Yangon and Mandalay. There are very few convenience stores, but small general stores (mom & pop shops) are abundant. Supermarkets have a variety of good quality products, but are more expensive. If you want to shop daily for fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat, then go to a fresh food market. Also in street markets, you might have to bargain over the price but as a rule . . . when in Rome, so watch what the locals do and follow suit.
Do not drink tap water, but you can use it for showering and brushing your teeth. A 30 litre bottle of filtered water can be bought for 600 Kyat, which can be used for drinking, cooking or washing fruit and vegetables. And of course, the major brands of soft drinks plus some local brands can be found as well as a variety of alcoholic beverages.
There are a number of ways of getting around Myanmar that is cheap when compared to your home country.
Buses are probably the most common form of getting from A to B, as they pretty much go everywhere throughout the country and are quite comfortable.
Taxis are plentiful, especially in the larger centres, and you need to negotiate the price.
Motorbike Taxis go where other forms of transport don’t go. Fares depend on the distance and may have to be bargained.
Trains are slower than buses, but can be a lot more comfortable. There is a total of 10 rail lines that are divided into Lower Myanmar with 6 lines and Upper Myanmar with 4 lines.
Upper class offers 2 options:
Seating: Is similar to those on a bus with pairs of padded seats in which the passenger sits upright for the entire journey. This is OK for short distances.
Sleeper for longer or overnight trips: There are 2 kinds of sleeper – Standard and Special.
Standard sleeper: 4-berth and 2-berth lockable compartments, with bedclothes provided. Washbasin and toilets at the end of each sleeper carriage. Available on Yangon to Mandalay, Yangon to Bagan, and Mandalay to Myitkyina routes.
Special sleeper: self-contained compartments (maximum 4 people), with privacy (separate entrance, toilet, sitting and sleeping areas) but no access to the rest of the train. Water and fresh bedclothes provided. Usually only available on the Yangon to Mandalay route.
First class: usually wooden seats with cushioned bottoms. Only available on certain trains.
Ordinary class is simple wooden seats and usually very crowded, but unbelievably cheap and sitting next to an open window as the train goes through the countryside is a very pleasant experience.
Tickets can be purchased on the day or in advance for anywhere in Myanmar.
Yangon Circular Railway is a 39-station loop system that links downtown Yangon, as well as satellite towns and suburban areas.
Air: There are a number of airlines that operate regular domestic flights throughout the country. Advance booking is necessary during the high season and public holidays.
Important Phone Numbers
Police: 199 (Yangon/Mandalay); 02 67 243 (Bagan); 082 23 078, 082 23 304 (Lashio); 059 41 004, 059 41 009 (Myeik); 074 22 077, 074 22 604-5 (Myitkyina); 067 414 224 (Naypyitaw); 081 21 009, 081 21 502 (Taunggyi)
Fire: 191 (Yangon/Mandalay/Myitkyina); 02 60 191 (Bagan); 82 23 302, 82 22 702 (Lashio); 059 41 059 (Myeik); 067 420 005 (Naypyitaw); 081 21 009, 081 21 502 (Taunggyi)
Ambulance: 192 (Yangon/Mandalay)
Tourist Information: 01 371 910, 01 374 281 (Yangon)
How to make calls within the same city/area:
When dialing from within the area, dial only the number – e.g. 123456.
From another area in Myanmar:
When in Myanmar, dialling from another area, dial the area code before the number – e.g. to call Yangon 01-123456.
You should arrange health insurance for yourself, as schools do no offer this.
Bringing Prescription Medication into Myanmar
Can you carry prescription medication into Myanmar? Yes, but only if they’ve been prescribed by your doctor, carried in their original, labeled vials, and accompanied by their prescriptions. Carry with you a letter signed by your doctor that explains the reason why you need a particular medication. Anti-drug laws are very stringent in Myanmar, and penalties for possession of illicit drugs are harsh. Don’t risk being stopped in customs, as it’s not worth it.
Money & Banking
The official name for the Myanmar currency is Kyat. It is fixed with the US dollar. Other currencies may possibly be exchanged (£, AUS$, THB) but you might need to spend some time finding a bank that will exchange them and the rate may not be as high as the US $. Paper notes are in 500-, 1,000-, 5,000- and 10,000 Kyat denominations.
If wanting to exchange US $, make sure they are in pristine condition with no folds or rips. 100's and 50's will get the best exchange rate so use lower denominations for paying hotels and restaurants - again condition is important. Also make sure they are the latest issue, as older bills will not be accepted.
To open a bank account in Myanmar, you need to go to a major bank; such as, KBZ, CB Bank, Aya or MAB and bring your passport and the necessary paperwork. You can get a USD, Euro or Kyat account. Your MPU (Myanmar Payment Union) card will probably take a week or so to arrive.
ATMs can be found in Myanmar, but they only dispense Kyat. N.B.: There is a fixed charge of 5000 Kyat plus your own bank's charge and a maximum withdrawal of 300,000 Kyat, up to three times daily.
Major credit cards are mainly accepted by airlines and large hotels. Their usage may expand in time.
Office hours for banks are generally 09.00 to 16.00 hours Monday through Friday, except on bank holidays and public holidays.
N.B. Most people tend to wait till they do their visa run, and then they send money to their bank outside of the country.
You know Myanmar is a tropical country and probably think what do I need to bring with me. The following is a list of some things. All of these items can be found here, but you may have your preferences. And of course, if there’s anything you’re still not sure about, send us an e-mail and we’ll let you know.
So as clothes are cheap, there’s no need to pack too much, but if you want to bring anything make sure it’s comfortable to wear. The best thing is cotton, as you will get hot, and light cotton is the best thing that you can wear in heat. Although it is hot, you will still want to bring your jeans and in the cooler season you will be happy to have a sweater and/or a jacket if travelling in the North.
But in general when dressing, use common sense and remember that Myanmar is a more conservative country than your home country. Teachers are held in high regard, so dress like a professional.
Best to bring your own rather than buy for sake of simplicity. Also make sure you have the correct conversion equipment for Myanmar. The Power Voltage is 230 V, and electrical sockets accept either flat-pin or round-pin plugs. So you can obtain an international conversion kit relatively inexpensively at an electronics store in your home country.
If you are on any prescribed medication, including birth control, it’s best to bring it with you along with letters from your doctor and other documents supporting what the medication is and why it is needed. You’ll be able to get pain relievers or cold medicine, but if you prefer a specific brand, you should bring that, too.
Most things are available in Myanmar. However, if you prefer a specific brand; i.e., certain types of toothpaste, make up, hair products, etc., then bring them with you.
Photocopy of Important Documents
If your passport or photo ID gets lost or stolen, it will help to have photocopies to show at your Embassy.
Teaching Materials & Documents
If you have any resources you consider essential to your classroom i.e. story books, craft supplies, stickers, incentive charts, etc., schools welcome their use as they want students to become more familiar with the English language and Western culture.
All foreign teachers who come to work in Myanmar are required to enter the country with a 70-day Business visa. Once the school/institution has confirmed that they will employ you, they will send you the required documents to obtain the visa. As for the processing time, this will depend on where you are applying for the visa, so it is recommended that you contact the embassy/consulate and ask them about this.
Alternatively, if you are lucky, the school might get you to get the visa on arrival at the airport. This is a very easy process whereby you complete an application form, give 2 passport photos on white background, and pay the fee (at present it is USD $50).
At the end of the 70-day period, the school/institution will provide you with the necessary documentation to get a new Business visa. For the visa run, you will most likely come to Bangkok. The school/institution will pay for your round-trip air ticket between Myanmar and Bangkok, visa fee, and accommodation (if needed).