Teach English in Myanmar

TravelBud Enrollment Coordinators

TESOL accreditation

Including cultural orientation

Guaranteed job placement

Earn $700-$1200 USD per month



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Want to teach English in Myanmar?

Here’s where you start.

It can be scary and intimidating traveling to a foreign country and the complex documentation and requirements can be overwhelming and confusing.

We know. We’ve all taught abroad before.

TravelBud Guides you through your Teach Abroad Adventure

Here’s how we help

  • Everything explained clearly. We’ll walk you through each step and make sure you’re prepared.
  • We help you plan. From what to pack to what documents to gather when.
  • Guaranteed job placement. We place you in carefully selected and reputable schools around Myanmar.
  • Accredited TESOL and cultural orientation. We provide the essential courses to help you succeed abroad.
  • 24/7 support. Once you arrive in Myanmar we’ve got your back in an emergency or to answer any questions.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

Experience your own unique cultural adventure by teaching and traveling in Myanmar with TravelBud.

Experience your own unique cultural adventure by teaching and traveling in Myanmar with TravelBud.

Why Teach English in Myanmar?

  • If you’re looking for a truly raw and authentic experience on the road less travelled then our brand new Teach English in Myanmar program is for you.
  • No-degree is required for this program and earning potentials are high. Teachers typically earn $700 – $1200 USD per month.
  • Despite slow political change, the country is fast becoming a destination of choice for international travelers seeking unique adventures and cultural enrichment thanks to the very low travel costs, incredible sights and the mix of cultures from all over Southeast Asia.
  • Described as the next Thailand, you’ll be one of the first teachers to experience the buzzing local environment full of opportunities for adventurous, long-term visitors and your 6 month full-time teaching position will provide valuable English skills to the Burmese people.

Travel Opportunities Teaching English in Myanmar

Within the past two years, tourism in Myanmar has increased exponentially. It is fast becoming a hotspot for adventure travelers thanks to the very low travel costs, incredible sights and the mix of cultures from all over Southeast Asia.

We’ll provide advice and suggestions for exciting travel experiences in and around Myanmar.

Experience the famous skyline of ancient Bagan, the major drawcard for travelers to Myanmar.

Experience the famous skyline of ancient Bagan, the major drawcard for travelers to Myanmar.

Visit Kawthoung, Myanmar.

Visit Kawthoung, Myanmar.

Experience the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.

Experience the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.

Visit pottery kilns in Nwe-Nyein near Mamdalay, Myanmar

Visit pottery kilns in Nwe-Nyein near Mamdalay, Myanmar

An ancient shipwreck on the the island of Thabyugyaing, South of the Ngapali beach, Myanmar.

An ancient shipwreck on the the island of Thabyugyaing, South of the Ngapali beach, Myanmar.

Taken at sunset at U Bein bridge in Myanmar, just outside of Mandalay.

Taken at sunset at U Bein bridge in Myanmar, just outside of Mandalay.

Catch a train around Myanmar and see rural life and culture. This photo was taken as Hsipaw.

Catch a train around Myanmar and see rural life and culture. This photo was taken as Hsipaw.

Do I Qualify To Teach English in Myanmar?

You don’t need to have any teaching experience to teach English in Myanmar.

You do need:

  • 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.
  • Bachelor’s degrees are not required, however some teaching experience is preferred if you don’t have a bachelor’s degree
  • TESOL or TEFL certificate – minimum 120-hour course. If you already hold a recognised certificate, you may be eligible for our placement & orientation only option.
  • Good health. You may have to take a medical exam when you arrive in Myanmar and this may include a blood test.
  • Between 21 and 45 years of age

All applications are reviewed on a case by case basis with the final say coming from schools and placement partners in Myanmar. While reasons for denial or acceptance to the program are not always provided, once you are accepted, placement is guaranteed.

How long is the teaching contract for?

  • Placements are for 1 semester (6 months).

What if I don’t have a TESOL certificate?

We offer both in-class and online TESOL courses to prepare you for your adventure abroad. Read about our TESOL courses below to learn more.

If you’re unsure about any of your qualifications, chat to us! We’ll answer all your questions and do our best to accommodate you.

Explore the beautiful landscapes in Myanmar.

Explore the beautiful landscapes in Myanmar.

Teach English in Myanmar TESOL Courses

We offer both an accredited online or in-class option for anyone who doesn’t have a TESOL or equivalent certificate.

If you already have a 120-hour TESOL or equivalent, our placement team will review your application and confirm whether your qualification is valid.

Many TESOL courses are not accredited and do not provide adequate preparation for teaching. That’s why we recommend completing our 120-hour in-class TESOL in Myanmar. It will give you the best possible preparation and ensure that your students get the best education.

TravelBud In Class TESOL Course

Our 120-hour Teach English in Myanmar TESOL course will ensure that teachers are properly prepared for teaching English prior to being placed in Myanmar.

The TESOL Course is a 4 week course which takes place in Yangon, Myanmar and is tailored specifically for those preparing to teach English in Myanmar.

It consists of a 5 day cultural orientation program followed by 3 weeks of theory and practical learning.

You’ll also get to meet fellow teachers and forge new friendships while participating in exciting cultural activities and excursions.

Many of our teachers visit the friends they make during the in-class TESOL course. As we place teachers across Myanmar, this becomes valuable as you’re able to visit your friends in different parts of the country and fully experience all that Myanmar has to offer.

You'll meet fellow teachers and make life-long friendships during your in-class TESOL in Yangon, Myanmar.

You’ll meet fellow teachers and make life-long friendships during your in-class TESOL in Yangon, Myanmar.

Costs

What Will I Earn?

As an English teacher in Myanmar, you’ll earn $700 to $1200). This will comfortably cover your living expenses and weekend adventures.

How much does it cost?

The following costs make up the program fee and are payable to TravelBud before you head over to Teach English in Myanmar.

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In-class TESOL, Guaranteed Job Placement, Orientation and Support (Highly Recommended)

The in-class TESOL courses is tailored specifically to teaching English in Myanmar and will give you valuable insight into Burmese culture and the specifics of teaching in a Burmese classroom.

Total

$2300

Enrollment Fee and Support

Required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team.

$500

In-class TESOL, guaranteed job placement, orientation and 24/7 support

The 120-hour in-class TESOL gives you the best possible preparation and ensures your students get the best education. We also guarantee you a job placement so you can start earning straight away.

$1800

Guaranteed Job Placement, Orientation and Support

This is for applicants who already have a qualification to teach abroad and don’t need to complete TESOL. Chat to us about the many benefits of completing the in-class TESOL in Myanmar, we highly recommend this to give you and your students the best education.

Total

$1550

Enrollment Fee and Support

Required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team

$500

Guaranteed Job Placement and 24/7 Support

Guaranteed job placement in a background-checked and credible school. Payable 6 weeks prior to departure.

$1050

What is included in the TravelBud enrollment fee?

Pre-departure Support

As soon as you pay your deposit, your pre-departure support kicks off. From that moment on, TravelBud will be on call to answer all your questions and provide all the support and guidance you need.

  • Getting the necessary documentation prepared prior to departure
  • Assisting you with all planning, packing, visas, costs, budgets and booking flights
  • Answering your questions to help ease any anxieties you may have regarding your trip.

24/7 Dedicated Ongoing In-country Support

  • On-the-ground support and personal assistance throughout the duration of your teaching experience.
  • In the event of an emergency, we’ll be on hand 24/7
  • TravelBud’s support managers will also check in with you regularly for the duration of your teaching English in Myanmar experience.

Lifetime of job placement opportunities

  • Your once-off placement fee guarantees you a lifetime of job placement with TravelBud.
  • If you want to teach somewhere else after your time in Myanmar, we will organise job placement for you – as long as you qualify to teach in that country.

Teaching Resources and Support from local teachers

  • Access to online teaching resources such as printable lesson plans and worksheets which will make your job a whole lot easier!
  • There is always a supervisor that teachers can go to for help with their teaching tasks.

What is included in the TravelBud Program fee?

Once you’ve paid your enrollment fee, you’ll unlock all the benefits of your pre-departure support and placement process. The last thing you’ll need to pay is your final fee, this is the remainder of the cost for the program you’re signed up for. Here’s what’s included in that:

  • 3 Week in-class TESOL course with an experienced instructor, tailored to teaching in a Burmese classroom (if you qualified for the orientation & placement only option on this program, your final fee will have been adjusted to exclude this)
  • 1 Week cultural orientation packed with activities, classes and lessons to help you make the most of your time in the country
  • Airport pickup, sim card and more
  • Guaranteed Job Placement at a carefully vetted school where every effort is made to match your placement requirements
  • 24/7 in-country support for everything from basic advice to help resolving issues which might arise with your employer or landlord to crisis management in the case of emergencies
  • Access to our teacher network, our TEFL/TESOL education team and a wide array of online teaching resources to help you in your job in the classroom
  • Lifetime placement guarantee ensuring placement on any qualifying program where there is availability on our Asian network for FREE, once you’ve completed your first contract

What are the other costs involved prior to departing?

The above tables detail costs you’ll need to pay TravelBud in order to join the program.

You’ll also need to budget for various other expenses, not payable to TravelBud, which allow you to legally teach abroad plus the cost of travel to your destination and insurance for your trip.

Our support team will walk you through everything prior to you departing to ensure you have exactly what you need by when you need to have it. The following is what you’ll need to budget for:

TOTAL

$865 - $2345

Flights

Flight prices vary dependent on where you travel from and when you book. Prices can occasionally exceed this range. We recommend booking 2-3 months in advance or more for the best rates.

$500 - $800

Insurance

Travel insurance prices can vary dependent on things like provider, your age, country of origin and duration of your stay. This range is for TravelBud's recommended policies based on stays of 6 months or 1 year.

$350 - $1500

Documentation

This budget is assuming all of your current documentation is in English and that you hold a valid passport.

$15 - $45

Our support managers will assist you with booking flights, finding the best insurance for you and advising you on all the documents costs involved.

You will also need to take over enough spending money to cover living expenses during your Myanmar TESOL course and first month of teaching english in Myanmar.

What do I need to budget for?

Bear in mind that you will receive your first paycheck at the end of your first teaching month. You will therefore need to budget enough money to see you through the 1 month TESOL course and your first month of teaching.

Of course, the amount of money you need depends on your spending habits and Myanmar is generally a cheap place to travel to, so you should be able to manage on a relatively low budget if necessary.

Take a look through our budget guidelines to see what budget suits your spending habits:

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Budget for 1 month TESOL course in Yangon, Myanmar

TOTAL

$650 - $900

Accommodation

It can be difficult to find short term accommodation on your own in Yangon and most places ask that you pay a year’s rent up front. Our in-country partners have their residence, which you can book for 250 USD for your first month in Yangon.

$250

Accommodation Deposit

For our in-country partner residence, you will need to put down a deposit, which will be returned to you at the end of the course minus utilities (water and electricity).

$250 (refundable)

Day-to-day expenses

Food, transport, laundry, etc. These costs can vary depending on how tight your budget is. Eating local food and using shared public transport can dramatically reduce your spending

$140 - $200

Optional expenses (nightlife, entertainment, shopping, weekend excursions)

Depending on your needs and interests, these costs can vary. Chat to us for specific advice.

$0 - $100

Budget for first month of teaching

TOTAL

$355 - $570

Transportation to your placement

If you are placed outside Yangon, you’ll have to catch an overnight bus to your placement. Our in-country partners will help you book the bus ticket. Some schools will reimburse you for this fee, so we recommend you keep all receipts.

$15 - $20

Accommodation

The cost of accommodation will vary depending on where you will be teaching. Our partners will help you find accommodation.

$200 - $350

Daily expenses


Food, transport, laundry, etc. These costs can vary depending on how tight your budget is. Eating local food and using shared public transport can dramatically reduce your spending.

$140 - $200

Chat to us if you have questions about budget and spending. We realise that moving abroad to teach English in Myanmar is expensive at first, but remember that with TravelBud your teaching job is guaranteed.

Once you start earning a salary, your living costs will be comfortably covered and you will be able to enjoy your time in Teaching and Traveling in Myanmar.

TravelBud Staff

We understand it’s hard to take this all in.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

When can I start Teaching English in Myanmar?

Myanmar In-Class TESOL Dates – Highly Recommended

Start DateApplication Date
25 March 201925 January 2019
29 July 20193 June 2019
30 September 20195 August 2019

Thailand TESOL Dates

These courses are tailored to teaching and living in Thailand. We therefore recommend you choose our Myanmar course listed above. In the event that you cannot make the Myanmar course dates, you may complete your TESOL in Thailand before flying to Myanmar to start your job placement.

Start Date:
25 February 2019
01 April 2019
29 April 2019
27 May 2019
24 June 2019
22 July 2019
19 August 2019
30 September 2019
28 October 2019
25 November 2019
30 December 2019

How long is the teaching contract for?

  • Placements are for 1 semester (6 months)

Arrival & Orientation

Pre-departure Support

As you prepare for your trip, TravelBud’s support managers will guide you through:

  • Packing
  • Visas
  • Budget
  • Travel insurance
  • And any questions you might have to help ease any anxieties during the pre-departure process.

Arriving in Myanmar

When you arrive in Yangon, you can count on:

  • Airport pickup.
  • Arranged accommodation.
  • Cultural Orientation.

Week 1 (Cultural Orientation)

  • Learn about Myanmar’s culture, history, politics, language, religion and more
  • Meet and get to know your fellow teachers
  • Participate in cultural excursions including:
  • Guided tour of the Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Walking tour of downtown
  • Circle Train
  • Lethwei class (Burmese Boxing)
  • Intro to Buddhism and meditation
  • Please note: excursions are subject to change based on your program and weather

Weeks 2 – 4 (TESOL Training)

Find out detailed information including a weekly breakdown of the syllabus at our TESOL training page.

Teaching Environment

Your teaching job is guaranteed with TravelBud. We discuss your preferences and then carefully select and guarantee your teaching position around Myanmar. You’ll head off to your new job as soon as you’ve completed the 120-hour in-class TESOL.

Where will I be teaching?

We can place teachers in:

  • Yangon, a bustling and steadily growing city
  • Outside of Yangon, in small, medium, and large sized towns and cities.

You can teach in:

  • Language Schools
  • Private Schools
A teacher in her classroom in Myanmar.

A teacher in her classroom in Myanmar.

Keep in mind that placements do depend on what jobs are available.

We will always to our best to accommodate your preferences.

Do schools provide lunches?

Most schools don’t provide lunch, but you’ll be able to find many cheap options in the area.

Can I be placed with my friend or partner?

Yes, we can place you in the same town as your friend or partner. You might be teaching in the same school or in nearby schools, depending on the availability of jobs.

What are the working hours?

  • You will generally teach for 25 to 35 hours per week.
  • You will have two days per week off, however these days may not always be consecutive.
  • If you work in a language school, you should be prepared to teach on Saturdays and Sundays, as these are the busiest days of the week for language schools.

What type of school will I teach in?

Schools typically do not provide teaching resources or course books. They often want teachers to form their own materials and activities. However, most schools will have a printer and library that you can use to help create lesson plans.

If you have any supplies of your own (worksheets, flashcards, games, etc.) we encourage you to bring them over!

These will enrich your students’ experience, though you shouldn’t worry if you don’t. There are a few shops in Yangon that have English educational postcards, flashcards, and more.

What if I am unhappy with my job? Can I be placed somewhere else?

If you are unhappy and there are clear reasons why the job is not working out for you, TravelBud will place you in a different job.

We have strong relationships with our partner schools and our applicants are generally very happy with their placements.

We are also available 24/7 to chat about how things are going and will check in with you throughout your adventure.

What is the dress code for teaching?

The dress code is professional dress, unless otherwise negotiated with the school.

A teachers shows her class a flashcard in her classroom. Myanmar students are keen learners.

A teachers shows her class a flashcard in her classroom. Myanmar students are keen learners.

Living Environment

How does accommodation work?

Our in-country partners will provide assistance with finding suitable accommodation once you have been placed, but you will have to cover all costs related to rent, utilities, etc.

In-class TESOL Course Accommodation

During the TESOL course you’ll have a private or shared room with an open communal area that is shared with other teachers.

A room in the communal house during your In-Class TESOL. Clean and tidy.

A room in the communal house during your In-Class TESOL. Clean and tidy.

Your Teacher Placement Accommodation – What accommodation can I expect to have?

Once you’ve completed your orientation and TESOL, your accommodation will vary from place to place, but it is typically somewhat basic.

Some accommodations may have a kitchen area, air conditioning, and even a laundry machine for washing.

Usually, internet is not included in rent prices. However, it is very cheap to purchase a subscription or data for your phone. Alternatively, you can head over to a local internet cafe in major cities.

Mobile services are usually very fast, with most networks running on 5G speeds. Otherwise, connectivity is somewhat slow, especially in smaller villages, where internet access is still limited.

An example of accommodation in Yangon. Simple and clean. Single room options are available at an additional expense.

An example of accommodation in Yangon. Simple and clean. Single room options are available at an additional expense.

Kitchen and bathroom facilities are basic with everything you need.

Kitchen and bathroom facilities are basic with everything you need.

How much will rent cost?

Rent will vary depending on where you are living, but it is generally between $200 USD to $350 USD per month, not including electricity and water.

Will I be living with someone?

If you are placed with a friend or partner, you will be able to live together. Otherwise, you might be living alone or sharing with another ESL teacher.

Let us know what your needs are in terms of accommodation and we’ll assist with finding the best living environment for you.

We’re available to talk you through the whole process!

Why Teach English in Myanmar with TravelBud?

It can be scary and intimidating traveling to a foreign country and the complex documentation and requirements can be overwhelming and confusing.

We know. We’ve all taught abroad before.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

Pre-departure support

Our support managers will assist with all planning, packing, visas, costs, documentation, booking flights and answering any questions you might have.

24/7 In-country support

Our in-country partners will be available for the duration of your time in Myanmar. If you need any assistance or advice, or in the event of an emergency, we’ll be on hand!

Accredited in-class TESOL in Myanmar

Job Placement Guaranteed

Lifetime job placement with your once-off program fee

If you’d like to move to another program after teaching in Myanmar, we will facilitate this at no cost.

Cultural orientation course

Prepares you for your teaching experience in Myanmar and introduces you to Myanmar history, language, politics and culture.

Accommodation, transport and spending money

Chat to our enrollment coordinators for more specific details about budgeting.

Knowledge and advice

Our enrollment coordinators have all taught abroad and have first-hand insights on our teach abroad destinations and programs.

Airport pickup in Yangon

Within four days of the program start date.

Flights

Flight and visa assistance

Travel insurance

We'll assist you with the additional purchase of your travel insurance via our insurance partners.

Teaching resources

You’ll have access to a database of lesson plans, worksheets, flashcards and printable materials for your classroom.

Safety

Moving to another country to live and work is a big step and we realise that safety can be a concern.

Yangon and Bagan are incredibly safe, with foreigners reporting there is very little crime. There are some areas in Myanmar that are not safe due to continued border problems or occasional political unrest. These areas have restrictions and Westerners are not permitted to travel there. We do not place teachers anywhere near these areas.

Safety Tips

  • Be cautious with eating food that has not been cooked as fresh fruit and vegetables can be washed in tap water which might make you sick.
  • Don’t drink tap water.
  • Be alert and keep your valuables in a safe place, especially in a particularly touristy area.

Teach English in Myanmar FAQ

How much does it pay to teach English in Myanmar?

Teachers typically earn $700 – $1200 USD per month.

Are teachers in high demand in Myanmar? Why?

Yes because they are very behind in their English in Myanmar. Foreigners can’t work in public schools but there are plenty of language centers and international schools that need teachers.

Do schools in Myanmar accept Online TEFL/TESOL certificates?

Yes they do. We recommend the CultureRoute Online TEFL/TESOL Course if you’re looking for an internationally accredited, interactive and highly rated online TEFL/TESOL course.

How long does it take to get a TEFL/TESOL in Myanmar?

You have 2 options for Myanmar in terms of a teaching certificate. You can do an online TEFL/TESOL course that has to be accredited and at least 120 hours in duration. For an in-class TEFL/TESOL, you can view our Myanmar TEFL course.

What are the expected tax deductions from your paycheck? Does is differ from school to school?

Depending on the school. Some schools will take out 2% from the monthly salary and some won’t.

Do schools pay you a fee/portion of my salary? If so, Why?

No, TravelBud and our partners DO NOT receive a portion of the teacher’s monthly salary

What is the big difference between language schools, private schools, government schools and varsity?

We do not work with government schools. Private international schools we only deal with a few of them as a number of them only employ teachers with a degree and years of experience, Language centers are everywhere and are very busy on weekends and during the summer.

Do you need a degree to teach English in Myanmar?

If you don’t have a bachelor’s degree there is still a good chance you could get placed in Myanmar, a country which has only recently opened its doors to foreigners. They’re looking to improve the English skills of locals to help in their burgeoning tourism business and to provide further opportunities in business and study.

Can my friend or partner come with me?

Yes! We provide friends and couples with placements in the same towns and sometimes at the same schools.

I have already completed a TESOL/TEFL course elsewhere. Do I still need to complete TravelBud’s course in Myanmar?

This is possible for degree holders. With many courses out there not being accredited and providing the necessary training, our placement team will first need to review your certificate before accepting you for placement only.

 

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