Teaching English in Myanmar

Myanmar Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Yangon (formerly Rangoon), Mandalay$1200 – $1800

Myanmar (formerly 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 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.

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Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?Experience?
YesYes1-2 Years

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

Be careful about discussing local politics openly.

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.

Local food and transportation costs are low but the 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.

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

Pros and Cons of Teaching in Myanmar

Pros:

  • The local people are eager to learn and friendly
  • Myanmar is actually a rather safe place to be as a foreigner
  • Myanmar is a fascinating place to be right now

Cons:

  • Accommodation can be expensive – especially when you have to pay for a year upfront
  • The country remains politically unstable
  • Blackouts happen on a regular basis, even in Yangon