About Teaching English in Myanmar
To find a TEFL job and teach English in Myanmar, you will need a TEFL certificate and a 4-year college degree in any field. Native English proficiency is also expected to find a TEFL job. The average salary for an English teacher in Myanmar is about $900 - $1,800 USD per month.
Are you looking to teach English in an off-the-beaten-track destination in the heart of Southeast Asia? Known to many through the colonial era writings of Kipling or perhaps an old Tony Bourdain episode, Myanmar (once known as Burma) has long been famous for its ancient temples, lush jungles, vibrant cities, and the warmth and generosity of its people. For decades, the nation was largely economically, politically, and culturally isolated from the world. However, in recent years, Myanmar changed governments and has increasingly opened its doors to the world, creating a building demand for English teachers.
English teachers in Myanmar can find teaching jobs year-round, with May through September being one of the busiest periods. While some schools interview for teaching positions in advance over the phone and via e-mail, many schools prefer to interview in person. Teachers are typically responsible for their airfare and housing (though some volunteer programs may provide housing). Schools usually offer approximately 20 to 30 hours of work per week, leaving plenty of time to explore.
You will need a TEFL certificate to find a TEFL job and teach English in Myanmar. One option is to take your TEFL course in Yangon, Myanmar, where the course staff have extensive knowledge of the local job market and will provide you with the assistance you need to get hired. English does not need to be your first language, but native English proficiency is expected to find a TEFL job.
The average salary for a first-time English teacher in Myanmar is typically the equivalent of $700 - $1,000 USD per month. This may seem low, but given the local cost of living, many teachers can save up to 20% of their monthly income, which is excellent for extra travel or other endeavors.
Most of those teaching English in Myanmar will find jobs in major cities like Yangon and Mandalay.