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    Back to teach in Myanmar again

    I'm back to Myanmar in a few weeks,teaching KS2 (UK curriculum) to a year 3 class (7/8 years old) at one of the international schools.

    If you read another thread, you'll see that I did a stint in Luang Prabang as the interim headmaster of the new international school. I can't say that this job was a success - I was 'blocked' at every turn by the autocratic director. (I'm sure she has a profitable business, but some of her policies stink...)

    I came back to Phuket a couple of months ago and started to build another mini-hotel, (a B&B actually). That project is going OK, and I don't really need to hang around whilst the garden is planted, fish-ponds built.

    It would be logical for me to get a teaching job in Phuket, close to my home. But the traffic is now so bad in Phuket (I live in the north of the island, far from the major schools), and teachers' pay is so appalling in Thailand that I crossed Phuket off my list and jumped at the chance to teach again in Yangon.

    Despite some infrastructure and sanitation problems, Yangon is an interesting place to live and work, especially at this moment in it's history. I enjoyed my previous job in Yangon and I'm really looking forward to doing my best in this new job.

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    Good luck and keep us upto date of the good and bad!

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    Onya Simon,

    At least you are leading a productive life and doing something worth while with your time.

    Just don't get married again.

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    Looking forward to another picture thread of shitty apartments with death trap wiring.

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    Simon you are a successful English teacher,inspire your students with a passion for the subject.
    Thank you for teaching Me not to build hotels for the love of your life. Is there a lesson in that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil View Post
    Looking forward to another picture thread of shitty apartments with death trap wiring.
    ....and those glorious tales of ex-wives and whatnot.
    Simon always comes through in casual form.

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    ..... and behave yourself.

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    Good luck. Don't forget to send us all updates and pics.

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    Hmmm, I thought you hated it last time...?

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    Hmmm, I thought you hated it last time...?
    What I was frustrated about last time was my inability to get the government to issue me with a ham licence. The job and location was fine, (although my rented room was rather dire...)

    Several months after I left Myanmar last time, the government started to issue ham radio licences, but in any case, I am not taking my radio gear this time. I'm going to try to get fit/healthy in my spare time (jogging round Inya Lake etc), rather than crouching over a ham rig...

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    What is the problem to do it without ham license ?

    And you finally managed to find the money to build a new resort ?

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    What is the problem to do it without ham license ?
    Because I prefer not to see the inside of a Myanmar jail

    And you finally managed to find the money to build a new resort ?
    Yes, after returning from my last job in Myanmar, I divorced my devious Thai wife, and was then able to sell my half of our hotel business. I used those meagre funds to start the build of a new bed & breakfast (Phuket Airport B&B). It's not open yet, but building work is going fine and I'm in no hurry to open, so long as I have a salary coming in.

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    keep up the good work Simon, can't wait for the next episode

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    Dont get married again- good advice I think.

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    What are the pay and teaching conditions like, Simon?

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    What are the pay and teaching conditions like, Simon?
    Before replying to that question, I should maybe explain why I don't work as a teacher in Thailand, considering that I've lived in Phuket for 12 years, have family, business and son.

    - I'm too old (54) for many jobs. Employers seek a female, under 25 years age, M.Ed and 15 years+ teaching experience
    - I have post-grad qualifications, but not the right qualifications for international schools (no M.Ed, No QTS etc)
    - Unless it's an international school, the pay is appalling
    - Tax rate on salary is too high
    - Class sizes can be large
    - Teaching licence, Thai culture course, moving goalposts etc etc.

    For Myanmar, typical conditions for working in an international school (which in most cases actually means a bilingual school/EP programme):

    - No age discrimination (teaching up to 70 years is fine)
    - High respect for teachers from students, parents, colleagues
    - Typically 90,000 baht salary
    - Low 5% tax rate (or 0% in some cases)
    - Medical insurance and visa runs every 90 days paid
    - Easy to find weekend/OT teaching work
    - No Myanmar culture course, teaching licence etc
    - Small class sizes (16), with motivated students

    Of course, a number of these schools are probably run just for profit, as in Thailand and other countries. But so far, I have found teaching in Myanmar to be a very enjoyable experience, with both financial and social rewards.

    Simon

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    Simon, I totally forgot that you are no more 43 ! 555+

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    simon sent you an email you PM box is full here

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    [quote=Simon43;2653391]
    - Typically 90,000 baht salary
    Per month or per year?
    Looks very high for a month in a 3rd world country, and too low for a year...

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    High? That is only around 1800 quid pm.

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    Good luck with the new job, and now we have a man in Rangoon- do keep us up to speed with the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsquirrel
    High? That is only around 1800 quid pm.
    For Myanmar, it is fcking huge, I would think...90,000 baht per month I find hard to believe...

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    Good luck! I see they are always hiring in Myanmar. A place I really want to visit one day along with Laos!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissTraveller
    A place I really want to visit one day
    Yes, you are quite the armchair traveller, aint you ?

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    For Myanmar, it is fcking huge, I would think...90,000 baht per month I find hard to believe...
    It's a so-called international school, so that salary level is quite normal.

    Last year when I worked in Myanmar I was taking home more than 100,000 baht/month because I was also doing evening/weekend classes.


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