Teach in Bhutan


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Every year The Bhutan Canada Foundation recruits qualified teachers to teach in rural schools across Bhutan. Find out if you have what it takes to join this year's group.

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Teach in Bhutan

  1. 1. Teach in Bhutan “The Land of the Thunder Dragon”
  2. 2. Where is Bhutan?
  3. 3. The Bhutan Canada Foundation• Mission: The Bhutan Canada Foundation (BCF) works to further the development of Bhutan and its people through programs that impact its educational and social institutions. BCF achieves its goals through partnerships with the people of Bhutan, carrying on a long-standing tradition of Canadian and Bhutanese knowledge exchange, cooperation and goodwill.• The partnership between the Royal Government of Bhutan and The Bhutan Canada Foundation was launched May 4th 2009.• Since January 2010, BCF has sent thirty-six teachers from across Canada and the U.S. to teach in Bhutan.• The program has impacted twenty- five different communities and 4,500 students.
  4. 4. Teacher Recruitment• One year placements renewable up to five years.• Support offices in Toronto and Bhutan.• Orientation program upon arrival.• No other languages needed.• Logistics handled by the foundation.• Local salary included.• Accommodation arranged.
  5. 5. Who can apply?• Qualified teachers with either 1) three full-time years of relevant teaching experience; 2) a degree in Education; or, 3) teacher certification.• Ages 21 through 59.• Native English speakers from around the world including: Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.• Priority is given to primary educators, and English, math, and science specialists. Adaptable and enthusiastic adventurers who are looking to make a difference!
  6. 6. Timeline 2012 / 2013
  7. 7. School in Bhutan• School runs six days a week – Monday to Saturday (half day.)• School days consist of morning prayers, assembly, class (7-8 per day), and extracurricular activities.• In boarding schools, there is also study hall, school mealtime, and dorm/campus cleanup.
  8. 8. Living in Bhutan• Depending on the placement, accommodation will vary.• Remote locations may not have modern conveniences, such as electricity and running water.• Accommodations will include cooking and washroom facilities and will be adequate for living.• Internet is available in most locations.• Mobile phones are common.
  9. 9. Bhutanese Curriculum• National curriculum created with Canadian consultants.• Exam-focused with assessments in grades 8, 10 and 12.• Visit www.curriculum.bt for more info.
  10. 10. Support from BCF• BCF will secure visas in Bhutan and work permits for successful applicants.• The two week orientation in Thimphu, including hotels/meals, is taken care of by BCF.• Transportation from the airport to Thimphu as well as out to school postings is provided.• Accommodation will be secured for you prior to your arrival in Bhutan.
  11. 11. How to ApplyComplete our online application at www.teachinbhutan.org
  12. 12. Questions?We know you have some…
  13. 13. Where will I be teaching?There are a variety of placements available for teaching postings. These consist of urban and rural placements. Rural placements can be very remote, sometimes a one to two day walk to the main road, and may not have modern conveniences such as running water and electricity. These remote locations are very community-minded and are the most welcoming of areas. Rural Bhutan in Autumn
  14. 14. Assembly in courtyard School buildingGame of volleyball in courtyard View of school from staffroom in Mongar
  15. 15. What will my salary be?• Local Bhutanese salary at the end of each month of 20 000 Nu.• Covers payment for accommodations, food, and some travel.• Equivalent to approximately $450, though this can be stretched further in Bhutan.
  16. 16. Do I need any other languages?No!• English is the language of instruction in Bhutan beginning in grade 2.• The national language is called Dzongkha and is a part of the national curriculum. BCF teachers are not expected to teach Dzongkha (but it is helpful to pick up some common words and phrases).• There are many languages spoken in Bhutan including Nepali, Tibetan, and Hindi among others.
  17. 17. Is there access to medical care?• The Bhutan Canada Foundation faciliates the purchase of travel insurance for our teachers. This includes emergency evacuation insurance should you need to go to Bangkok or Delhi for more comprehensive medical care.• Medical care is free in Bhutan to all people including foreigners. BCF teachers will have access to hospitals and medical clinics in Bhutan.• There are not a lot of vaccinations needed for Bhutan – no placements in malarial areas.
  18. 18. What expenses do I pay for?• Airfare• Vaccinations• Travel Medical Insurance• Accommodation (comes out of monthly salary)• Start-up costs for when you arrive in Bhutan (furnishings, gas stove, etc.) – approximately $500
  19. 19. Fundraising ProgramFundraising Program Out of Pocket• Program Fee: $3,500 • Responsible for purchase of:• Includes: • Roundtrip airfare • Round-trip airfare • Cost of travel medical insurance (faciliated through BCF) • Travel medical insurance • Cost of Bhutan visa & work permit • Bhutan visa & work permit upon arrival• Fundraising Resouces & Support from BCF Toronto
  20. 20. Connect with us!info@bhutancanada.org1.416.572.3767www.teachinbhutan.orgwww.facebook.com/teachinbhutan
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