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Teaching English in Myanmar 101

Looking for an off-the-beaten track destination shrouded in mystery in the heart of Asia? Immortalized in the works of Kipling and known for its romantic temples and lush jungles Myanmar (once known as Burma) was closed off from the world economically and politically for generations.  In recent years, however, Myanmar changed governments and has seen a boom in interest, especially that of tourists and the English-teaching market. As a poor nation, Myanmar isn't a country where you will make a ton of money teaching English (many opportunities are volunteer in nature), if you seek a fantastic international experience in a country that isn't overrun by expats and tourists, Myanmar is a place to consider.

English teachers in Myanmar can find teaching jobs year round with May through September being one of the busiest. Although most interviews are conducted in advance over the phone and via e-mail, some schools prefer to interview in person. Teachers are typically responsible for their airfare and housing (though some volunteer programs provide housing). Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many share an apartment with other English teachers.

A decent salary combined with an extremely low cost of living affords English teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle on the cheap. Schools offer approximately 20 to 30 hours of work per week, leaving plenty of time to explore. English teachers typically need to have a BA to teach in Myanmar, and a TEFL certification is absolutely necessary as well. Most of those teaching English in Myanmar will find jobs in the major cities of Yangon and Mandalay.

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