South East Asia Program Comparison

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Teach English in Thailand

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Teach English in Myanmar

Teaching experienced required?NoNo

No

No
NationalityA passport from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand or European Union (EU Nationals excluding Irish Citizens will need C1 certification of their English proficiency)A passport from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia or New ZealandA passport from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand or the continental EU (EU Nationals will need to be level C1 or C2 certified and other accreditation may be needed)A passport from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Non-native English-speaking candidates from EU countries may also be considered for positions, depending on English fluency.
Degree Required?Yes.

A bachelors degree in any field. Read why degrees are required on our blog.
Yes.

A bachelor’s degree in any field – Complete and certificate in hand (Letter of graduation not acceptable)
- GPA 2.5 or above
- For Canadian applicants – French speaking universities not accepted.
Yes.

A bachelors degree in any field. Read why degrees are required on our blog.
No.

Bachelor’s degrees are not required, however some teaching experience is preferred if you don’t have a bachelor’s degree
TEFL/TESOL certification required?Yes.

A 120-hour, internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL certificate or equivalent qualification. We offer an in-class TEFL/TESOL course as part of this program.
Yes.

A 120-hour, internationally accredited TESOL certificate or equivalent qualification.

We offer an in-class TEFL/TESOL course as part of this program.
Yes.

A 120-hour, in-class internationally accredited TESOL certificate or equivalent qualification.

We offer an in-class TEFL/TESOL course as part of this program.

Note: Online TEFL/TESOL certificates are not accepted for this program.
Yes.

A 120-hour, internationally accredited TESOL certificate or equivalent qualification.

We offer an in-class TEFL/TESOL course as part of this program.
Age GroupBetween 20 and 45 years of ageIdeally between the ages of 21 – 40 years oldIdeally between the ages of 21 – 60 years oldBetween 21 and 45 years of age
Health requirementsIn good physical and mental healthMust be in excellent mental and physical health, all medical conditions need to be declared.

Read more about South Korea's strict health policies here.
In good physical and mental healthGood health. You may have to take a medical exam when you arrive in Myanmar and this may include a blood test.

Earning Comparison

How much can I earn per month?

$800 - $1300

$1900 - $2300

$1200 - $2000

$700 - $1200

How much can I save per month?Depending on your lifestyle, most teachers manage to save between 10% and 40% of their salary, more or less $150 to $450.The average cost of living in South Korea is quite low, and seeing as your accommodation is provided, it is easy to save between 20% to 50% of your salary, more or less $380 to $1150Depending on your lifestyle, most teachers manage to save between 10% and 30% of their salary, more or less $120 to $600 The cost of living in Myanmar isn't too high, so depending on your lifestyle, you could possibly save up to 20% of your salary. More or less $140 to $240
How much time off will I have?- 16 official public holidays
- 2 and a half months of school holidays

The first semester starts around the end of April or beginning of May with a semester break from late September to mid-October

The second semester starts around the end of October or beginning of November with the end of the school year holiday usually starting approximately at the beginning of March until the end of April.

Most Thai schools also close for all national holidays and Thai religious holidays, check with your school for exact information.
The school year generally starts at the beginning of March and runs through until mid-July.

The second semester starts at the end of August and continues until mid-February.

Within these semesters, schools also schedule two-week long breaks, but the exact dates are up to the school itself.

There are two other school holidays in the year: Lunar New Year: Three-day holiday celebrated on the first day of the lunar calendar year. The holiday generally falls between January and February and Chuseok Korean Thanksgiving: Three-day holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar year. The holiday generally falls between September and October.
Language centers run all year round, for vacation teachers usually have an allocated amount of annual leave and they book it off in advance.

The public school year runs from September to May with a break between June - August. Everyone closes for around 10 days during Tet holiday in February.
A long holiday in April called "Thingyan" or the "Water Festival" which lasts around 10 days, one-day religious and governmental holidays (generally full moon days, Eid, Deepawali, Christmas, Independence Day etc) and leave which needs to be booked off in advance.
Do I get weekends off?YesYesSome language centers require teachers to work over weekends.Yes
Where will I be teaching?We place teachers in a variety of locations from small towns to large cities and from coastal to to inland locations. We'll do our best to match your preferences, it will come down to availability where you're placed.Big or small cities
South Korea is highly urbanised so even towns with smaller populations will feel quite developed.
- Cities
- Satellite towns around cities.
- Yangon, a bustling and steadily growing city

- Outside of Yangon, in small, medium, and large sized towns and cities.
Who will I be teaching?A variety of age-groups are available from pre-k all the way up to high school. We do our best to match your preferences, exact placement will be determined by availability.- Kindergarten
- Primary (elementary and middle)
- High school

We do our best to match your preferences, exact placement will be determined by availability.
Private Language Schools or Public Schools.Private Language Schools or Public Schools.

Fees

Enrollment Fee$500

What's included?

$500

What's included?

$500

What's included?

$500

What's included?

Online TEFL fee-
Program Fee$1700

What's included?

$1700

What's included?

$1700

What's included?

$1800

What's included?

Total Fee$2200$2200$2200$2300
Final Fee Due 8 weeks prior to TEFL start date8 weeks prior to TEFL start date8 weeks prior to TEFL start date8 weeks prior to TEFL start date
TEFL/TESOL Duration3 weeks3 weeks3 weeks3 weeks
Orientation Duration1 week1 week1 week1 week
Teaching/Volunteering Duration 4-5 months or 1 year1 year1 semester (4 to 5 months) in public schools or 4-12 months in private schools1 semester (6 months)

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