Paid Teacher In Myanmar

Paid Teacher In Myanmar

Journey to this storied outpost of pagodas and jungles to jump-start your teaching career.

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When you become a paid teacher in Myanmar with GeoVisions, you will be earning a competitive salary with generous benefits.  Your teaching job can be an excellent alternative to the traditional post-graduate employment path. It is also an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, while experiencing the rich culture of the East.

This is a full time teaching position.

You may apply at anytime during the calendar year and we accept applications each month throughout the calendar year.  The peak hiring season is March through September.  This is a paid position with a salary of US$800-$1,200 per month.  (Highly qualified teachers can earn up to $1,800 per month.)  Host schools provide assistance in finding comfortable accommodations. The salary may not seem particularly high in Western terms, but it is good in local terms and will comfortably cover living expenses with extra for enjoying life outside of teaching.

About The Salary When You Teach English In Myanmar

The salary range for a starting teacher is USD $750 to $1,500. If  you are extremely qualified, then you could earn up to USD $1,800 per month. But you will have to pass a probation period in which you generally earn USD $750 for two months, then they get an automatic increase to the upper limit, depending on ability and credentials.

  • Myanmar has just recently opened its doors fully to the west. If you are between the ages of 21 and 45, Myanmar will prove to be a popular, adventurous and exciting destination for native English speakers interested in teaching full time in the schools in Myanmar.

    If you are over the age of 45, give us a call.  We can usually place you, but it might take a little longer.

    If you are an experienced teacher, or if you have an Educational Degree and you did your student teaching, you could qualify for the highest monthly salary.

    A very few positions are available for non-native English speakers. Your accent must be very slight. You will need to participate in a Skype video call and take the iTEP Conversation test online.

  • Teaching English in Myanmar can be the start of a lucrative, professional career path as well as your chance to gain international experience! This experience will be useful in your home country upon your return from Myanmar by giving you an edge over applicants with no classroom experience.

    Getting paid to teach English full time in Myanmar can be an excellent alternative to the traditional post-graduate employment path. It is also an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, while experiencing the rich culture of Southeast Asia.

    If you are graduating with a degree in Education and you’re having trouble finding a job … we have hundreds.  And we need you!  Teach full time, earn a salary with benefits and build up your resume.  When you’re finished in Myanmar you can come home and find a job.  And with classroom teaching experience … you go to the top of the list of job candidates.

  • Yes! Think about traveling with a friend or two. While we may not be able to place you in the same town or school, with enough time we can get you close! Plus you have weekends to travel together.
  • 1 year
  • $2,079 without TESOL and $2,489 taking the TESOL course in Myanmar.
  • Surprisingly, when teach in Myanmar program fees and other expenses paid are compared with salaries earned and the lower cost of living, teachers abroad earn more than they spend.

    Did you know that being a teacher in Myanmar is one of the most affordable ways to experience international travel even if you have to pay program fees and flight expenses?

    To see how the math works, press the red button below. See for yourself that being a teacher in Myanmar can be one of the most affordable ways to experience international education, work and travel, while having the experience of a lifetime!

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What age groups will I be teaching?

All ages. You may teach from kindergarden up through high school. It depends on the school that is interested in your profile. When you take the TESOL course you will be trained to teach people of all ages and skill levels.

Working hours? And days per week?

The position is full time and will range from 25 to 35 hours per week in the classroom, five days of the week.

Is it possible to have medical or accident insurance?

GeoVisions covers you with $0 deductible medical, travel and accident insurance during your entire stay.

What is the phone and Internet connectivity like?

Cell phone networks are in development, but used by a minority of locals. Internet access is becoming increasingly more common, but connectivity is slow. Pre-paid simcards can be bought for $100 USD a piece, and can be sold again, even after being used.

What if I am unhappy in a job? Can I get a new one?

It depends on the circumstances. If you perform poorly or are fired for poor behavior, then we are not responsible to find you a new job. But if the issue is beyond your control, then we will help you find a new position.

Dress code for teaching?

Professional dress unless otherwise negotiated with the school.

What is the level of English and behavior of students?

The level of English is pretty strong for Southeast Asia. It is much more advanced than Thailand, for example. Part of this has to do with the country’s history as a British colony. Compared to Western kids, they are much more respectful and disciplined. This is likely to do with the conservative nature of Myanmar society and the strong respect for elders and family.

What sort of power adapter do I need?

Myanmar uses the same sort of adaptor as other parts of Southeast Asia. These can be purchased at most electronic or travel stores.

How much is accommodation?

In the city, the price ranges from $200 to $300 USD per month.

The former name of Myanmar is the Union of Myanmar, formerly known as the Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma. At one time Myanmar was one of the most powerful empires in Mainland Southeast Asia, stretching across modern-day Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

The capital of Myanmar was changed from Yangon, the largest city, to Naypyidaw in 2005.

Myanmar gained its independence in 1948. From 1962 to 2011 the country was ruled by a military regime.

Since the election in 2010, a civilian government has been installed. Although, the military still has a large influence, the country is taking great strides towards democracy. Since 2011, Myanmar has been making major efforts to improve ties with the West, and because of this, and the country’s immense beauty.

Myanmar’s tourism sector has experienced a major boom. There are higher numbers of Westerners visiting the country than ever before and this has dramatically increased the demand for English language education.

The majority of the country lies between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator. The country does lie in the monsoon region of Asia, where the coastal regions receive over 5,000 mm (196.9) inches of rain annually. The southwest monsoon season starts between mid-May and mid-June and lasts through October. The rainy season peaks from July through September.

Northern regions of the country are the coolest with average temperatures of 21C (70F) and the costal and delta regions average at around a maximum of 32C (90F).

During the month of March, temperatures generally reach their peak. Temperatures in Yangon (Rangoon) can reach 40C (104F), while other areas, such as Mandalay and Bagan, can reach even higher temperatures.

GeoVisions has journeyed to Myanmar on several occasions throughout the last year to speak with the locals and ex-patriots currently residing there to learn what the true level of English proficiency is and what are the major need areas. The level of English proficiency in Myanmar is higher in urban areas than it is in rural areas, though the desire to learn English is equally high across the country.

Myanmar people understand that English is very important to their well-being and their future. They seek ways to learn English inside and outside of the school system, and private language schools are developing at an increasing rate, which has raised the demand for English language teachers. Many turn to English language Institutes and private tutoring classes—methods of teaching in public schools lack proficiency in speech and conversation. Those who can afford it hire private teachers. Some visit volunteer organizations that provide free classes. Parents in major cities, such as Yangon and Mandalay, often send their kids to international schools. English communication skills are also crucial to young professionals entering the job market.

Because of the professional and personal importance to Myanmar people of building a capability in English language communication, a decision to teach English in Myanmar will have an enormous impact on the lives of Myanmar people and on the future trajectory of the country.

The predominant religion of Myanmar is Theravada Buddhism, followed by Hinduism and Islam, with a vast number of religions that vary greatly from tribe to tribe. The Shwedagon Temple, which is located in Yangon, is considered the most religious Buddhist temple in the country. It is also known as the “Golden Temple”, because the spire is made up of gold and the temple is embedded with gold, rubies and other precious gems. The locals describe the light that the temple reflects as the very presence of Buddha.

The people of Myanmar are hard-working, but live a relaxed lifestyle. Though many regions are very poor, they are happy with what little they possess. Whether on the streets of the cities, or on the dirt roads in the rural farmlands, markets are flooded with vendors selling and trading their goods. This is also the main source of income of the lower classes.

For leisure time, the Myanmar people like to relax and converse in local teashops, as tea is a major commodity, or play traditional games, like Tak-raw, where a small reed-woven ball is passed to each other using only their feet. They also often play a tire-toss game that is similar to bowling. Volleyball and football are also very popular sports.

Because of the many bordering countries, regional foods vary depending on location. A large influence of curry dishes and restaurants dominate the West, while in the East, traditional Chinese and Thai food are the predominant food. Mohinga, a fish soup, is the countries customary breakfast.

Many of the women wear thanaka, an off-white paint that is spread on their cheeks and down the bridges of their nose. It’s used cosmetically as well as sunscreen. Longyi is a traditional long-cloth skirt that varies in color and pattern, worn by both men and women.

Over the years we have met teachers who have had horrible experiences when they think they are going into a fantastic overseas teaching job only to find out they are not going to a real school, but a corporate school and not a true International school. They have been caught in a signed contract without having visited the school or met the administrators. Where do they turn without a support team whose only job is to look out for you?

At GeoVisions, we have pre-screened the school and the position and in most cases, we have placed teachers at that school before. We make sure you’re being paid the highest salary possible. We provide a formal orientation, starting when we pick you up at the airport in Bangkok. We’ll take care of your first week’s accommodation. You will meet other teachers just like you the day you arrive. Attend our BBQ at the training center and start enjoying the GeoVisions safety net immediately. We help you with your visa, your formal documents and we make sure your new school is ready to receive you. In fact, if your placement doesn’t work out, we will move you to another school.

Go beyond the beaten path and experience Myanmar. Be part of history being made as this country slowly changes and it becomes a hotspot for adventure travelers. But still notice the “old ways”. There is much less technological development in Myanmar. People still travel by horse and buggy, bicycles and trishaws rather than by car. Cell phones and ATM’s are rarities outside major cities. GeoVisions’ Teach in Myanmar program allows you to live and work in this most interesting country while helping to improve the English skills of local children and experiencing and engaging in an important cultural exchange. You will find a rich culture built upon a fascinating history.

Making the decision to travel abroad is among the most exciting and adventurous moments one can have in a lifetime. Naturally, along with this decision may come questions and concerns, which is completely normal and understandable. It is important to know that you are not alone with these questions. Many others who have left their home and their country behind in order to explore the unknown, discover new cultures and make a community impact through the gift of teaching English have all had to take this initial plunge. We have recently launched a Teach Myanmar program that offers participants a sustainable adventure as a paid English teacher in this exotic and beautiful land, and also makes a positive impact on the lives of the local people.

This opportunity is available to degree holders only. It is also a requirement that participants possess a 120-hour, internationally accredited TESOL or TEFL. You can earn that independently before departure, or you can earn it through GeoVisions.

Program Requirements And Responsibilities
  • Applicants must be open to placement throughout all regions of Myanmar.
  • Applicants must be in good mental health.
  • Applicants should be at least between the ages of 21 and 45 years of age.  If you’re over 45, give us a call anyway.
  • Applicants must have a 120-hour TESOL/TEFL and also participate in the onsite orientation program.
  • Foreigners who work in Myanmar must hold a “Business Visa” which allows them to stay in the country for 10 weeks at a time. Then they need to leave the country to Thailand to renew their visa and reenter Myanmar.
  • The school may help pay for the visa trips to Bangkok (They usually have teachers fly to Bangkok via AirAsia and they can get reimbursed for the trip), but not all schools will do this and this will be based on teacher performance and school budget.
  • Applicants must be native English speakers and hold a valid passport from one of the following native English speaking countries: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, or Ireland. There are very few paid teaching jobs for non-native English speakers. The non-native English speaker deadline is December 31 and the intake date in Myanmar is January 29, 2017.
  • Teachers will teach English in a classroom setting, working to improve students listening and speaking skills.
  • Teachers will prepare in-class activities focused on language development such as dialogues, games, pronunciation and grammar activities, songs, role-playing and conversation groups.
  • Plan lessons and presentations for your class.
  • Attend some faculty meetings.
  • Help plan and implement some extra-curricular activities (after-school English clubs, art projects, sporting activities etc.)
  • Teach Monday through Friday, 40 classroom hours/week.
Please note: If an applicant does not meet the requirements for age, having a degree, or any of the other requirements, but we consider them a good fit, then their application may be considered for the program.

Teachers with an Education degree or teaching qualification in their home country will be hired much more easily than those who do not (and it is also possible that they could earn a higher salary based on their qualifications).  Most applicants are accepted within about 3 weeks of making application to GeoVisions.

Applicants not taking the TESOL course can receive their conditional school assignment prior to departure.  Upon arrival in Myanmar, teachers will meet with the school for a formal interview.

GeoVisions has screened all jobs and schools and provides all of the benefits listed below for the Program Fee:
  • $750-$1,150 USD / month, but can be up to $1,800 USD if highly qualified.
  • Business Visa Sponsorship.
  • Provide Air flight tickets to return home 1 trip/year (optional depending on school).
  • The program sponsor in Myanmar will assist in finding accommodation, but teachers pay their own rent. Rent is generally between USD $200 and $400 per month, exclusive of electricity and water (which is generally quite afforable). Accommodation is fairly basic. In some instances internet is provided in accommodation costs, in other instances it must be purchased separately.
  • Contract: 1 year renewable. Participants can sign on for shorter periods but this must first be discussed with GeoVisions.
  • Paid holidays – approximately 15 public holidays.
  • 10 paid vacation days.
  • A week of training during orientation, to be prepared for your teaching assignment before you ever reach your school.
  • 5 day orientation in Yangon, Myanmar or in Hua Hin Thailand.
  • An experienced U.S. based GeoVisions Program Manager who will serve as your coordinator and liaison with our in-country staff in Myanmar.
  • In-country basic language assistance.
  • Professional, locally-based staff to provide orientation, supervision and guidance throughout your stay.
  • Extensive medical, accident and dental insurance along with emergency evacuation insurance.
  • Important documents, including in-depth pre-departure packs, orientation information, and all in-country informational materials.
  • A toll-free 24-hour emergency hotline in the U.S.
  • Premium online membership at the ESL-Lounge.
  • Daily living advice.
  • A 12-month contract with a screened school.
  • Airport pickup in Yangon, or Bangkok, Thailand,  is provided if you arrive no more than 4 days before the start of orientation.  Pick up is not provided if you arrive late for the program.
  • TESOL courses (based in Yangon or Hua Hin, Thailand) are provided for an additional fee.

  • Intake Dates for 2017: July 31, Oct 2,
    2018 Dates" January 30, May 1, July 31, October 2

    Dates in Bold are dates the TESOL course is offered in Myanmar.

    Application deadline is December 31, 2017.
    Intake date in Myanmar is January 30, 2018.
    You must take the TESOL course in February.
    Dates for teaching: March, April and May. You will be evaluated in May and you could be offered a contract extension if you wish to accept it.

  • You teach 5 days per week. 40 hours per week.

  • 5 – days. The placement fee includes 3 excursions as well as a welcome dinner. Accommodations are $30 per night or $280 per month (includes electricity, WiFi, water, and use of laundry facilities) not included.

  • Native English speakers only.  You will teach in English.

  • Introductory Burmese is included in the Orientation.

  • 21-45 years of age.

  • Positions are typically in Yangon. There may be a few positions in other areas of Myanmar.

  • Not included. Orientation and TESOL will take place in Hua Hin Thailand.  In some cases orientation will take place in Yangon, Myanmar depending on enrollment.

  • Not included. Foreigners who work in Myanmar must hold a Business Visa which allows them to stay in the country for 10 weeks at a time. Then they need to leave the country to go to Thailand to renew their visa and then reenter Myanmar.

  • Your continued good health and your safety are paramount to GeoVisions. Access to medical treatment keeps you safe, healthy and participating on the program.

    Extensive medical and accident insurance along with emergency evacuation, baggage loss and delay, trip delay and LiveTravel™ emergency assistance is included for US citizens as long as you are on the program.

    Under the current insurance laws in the United States, we are unable to insure participants outside the US on our policy. However, if you live outside the US we hope you will still participate with us. You will need to scan your proof of insurance and send it to us.

    Yeah. We know. These laws make no sense to us either.

  • Included.  During the months where orientation and TESOL take place in Thailand, teachers will arrive into Bangkok 1-4 days prior to the beginning of their program and will transported to Hua Hin where the orientation and TESOL take place.  When orientation takes place in Myanmar, teachers will be picked up from the airport in Yangon to our campus if arriving within 4 days of the start of orientation.

  • Not included.

  • Not included. The accommodation for the 5 day orientation is $30 per night. Budget $280 for accommodation for the TESOL course if you are enrolled. While teaching, your school will assist in finding accommodation. Budget $280 per month for rent when you are teaching.

  • Not included. Budget around $150 - $180 for the month for food, depending on your standard of living.

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