TEFL jobs in Myanmar
Myanmar has a tumultuous political history. Since 1949 the country has been engaged in the world’s longest-running civil war, and certain areas of the country are still unsafe for foreigners due to ongoing conflict, so make sure to always check Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice before making travel plans. That being said, tourism in the country is booming. Away from the troubled border regions in the north, Myanmar is a safe country for EFL teachers to work in.
Where to find work in Myanmar
You can acquire a business visa before you travel or purchase one on arrival for a slightly inflated cost, as long as you have a letter of invitation and a sponsor letter. These are single entry visas, valid for 70 days, and can be renewed or turned into a Multiple Journey Entry Visa for Business which is valid for 6 months. Until only a few years ago there were very few opportunities to be found teaching English in Myanmar. The opening up of the country and a more pro-Western attitude means EFL teachers in Myanmar are in increasing demand. You can secure well-paid work with benefits even without previous teaching experience. As long as you have a TEFL qualification and a university degree you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding work, but the sought-after international school jobs will expect applicants to be experienced, well-qualified, and professional.
Employers in Myanmar
Adonai is a charity taking care of orphans and vulnerable children in Myanmar, where there may be opportunities to volunteer as an English teacher.
Brainworks is part of the Total Group of schools, hiring TEFL qualified teachers with experience both of teaching and of living in a developing country.
Green Heart Travel offers paid positions of 3 months, 6 months or 1 year. Salary is $750-$1,150 per month.
If you’re from Australia or New Zealand (or happy to travel there for the induction) and want to volunteer in Myanmar, visit Palms.
SKT International College is one of several linked education centres in Myanmar, including kindergartens, primary schools, and secondary schools.
Teachers Across Borders has previously run workshops in Myanmar – contact them for details of future volunteering opportunities.
Teach in Myanmar lists a number of TEFL opportunities across the country. Most positions require native speakers with a BA degree, TEFL and 1+ years of experience.
Check out The TEFL Org Jobs Centre for listings of current teaching positions in Myanmar.
Those aged between 21 and 45 can apply to the teaching program run by Travel Bud.
You need a TEFL to teach with XploreAsia in Myanmar. Those aged 20 – 55 can apply. You’ll earn around $800 – $1,500 per month.
The Yangon Academy has an early childhood center, elementary school, middle school and high school, and they follow an American curriculum. A TEFL or CELTA is not sufficient to apply – you need a professional teaching qualification like a PGCE, a BA degree, 2+ years’ experience, native or fluent English ability.