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Family Immigration Program

Myanmar – 2019

Myanmar is a fantastic country for South Africans who wish to take their whole family abroad!  Being placed mostly in Yangon city you will have access to beautiful parks, a community that is respectful and always willing to help.  AND MOST IMPORTANTLY: SAFE AND A FEELING OF WELCOMENESS TOWARDS US.

 

Many have tried the Canada or Australia route but it can take very long or is by far to expensive.  Myanmar can be a quick and simple process for a lot less.  We understand that many families would like to leave RSA and other options make it difficult.  We have gone to a lot of trouble to make this as easy as possible for families.  With TWA families have 24/7 support.

 

In Myanmar we can assist the whole family, no degrees or experience required, work is guaranteed and a yearly work permits issued and renewed.

Myanmar also has a huge skill shortage in certain trade industries, so even though applicants will start out with teaching, a variety of opportunities will present themselves for jobs in various other industries.  Management positions, Engineering positions, leadership and even sales an marketing.  These international companies pay USD to fill these shortages.

Choosing to teach English in Myanmar offers teachers a unique opportunity to immerse themselves and experience a new culture. Myanmar has only recently opened its doors to the outside world so visitors will find a rich history and vibrant landscapes that have remained untouched by the West until now.

Myanmar is growing and expanding in many new ways, and teachers will be the ones to help it move forward.

 

If you are looking for a safe option for your family, with friendly people all around you and a good Cambridge education for your children then Myanmar will be just right for you!

While in Yangon you will most probably be living in a 2 or 3 bedroom condo with a balcony, however Yangon provides amazing and SAFE parks for the whole family.

What does the program offer?

 

Teaching English at Schools in Myanmar

 

Full Immigration – 1-year contracts renewable – 1-year work permits!

Salary

The equivalent of USD 800-1,200 per month (R11 200 to R16 800) – Living costs low so enough extra savings or spending money each month! Average living costs in Myanmar per month is $450-550 ( R6000 to R7000pm) includes rent, electricity, entertainment, food, travel, clothes etc.  If a family will be more however you will have at least 2 salaries.  See budgets below for families.

Accommodation

We will assist in finding accommodation but teachers typically pay their own rent. Rent is generally between USD 200 and 350 per month, exclusive of electricity and water. Accommodation is fairly basic. In some instances, Internet is provided in accommodation costs, in other instances it must be purchased separately. See pictures below. Families will pay around $450 to $750+  for a nice 2 or 3 bedroom furnished apartment.

Visa

Business Visa Sponsorship.

BUDGETING AND WHAT IT WILL COST YOU

Suggested Spending money for 2 months / until you earn your 1st salary. 1st month during your course in Thailand and the second month while teaching in Myanmar.

EXAMPLE OF PRODUCTS KYATS US DOLLAR
Deodorant/Antiperspirant K2000 2.30 USD
Soap K1000 1.10 USD
Shampoo K2500 3 USD
Indulgence
Coca-Cola K1000 1.10 USD
Local Beer K1500-2000 1.70-2.30 USD
Cigarettes K600-K800te .70-.95 USD
Bar of Chocolate K1000-1500 1.10-1.70 USD
Potato Chips K300 .35 USD
Red-bull K800 .95 USD

1. APPLICATION PROCESS

Step 1: Applicants will submit their resume, photos, and contact details to us for approval. Pay the R500 application fee each (children included) which is refunded if an applicant is not approved. Once approved the applicant will decide on a month to join the program. Approval takes 2-3 days.

Step 2: Once the applicant is approved and has chosen their preferred month of travel, the participant pays a deposit of R8950 to secure their space on the course. And R7850 per child.

Step 3: The applicant will then be assisted to book their flights, once done visa docs will be sent over for a visa on arrival in Thailand. The applicant will also receive an email which contains the final debriefing on what to do on arrival and more

Step 4: Our Partner team members will then complete their profile, working with the applicant to make a video and resume in the preferred format of Myanmar, and then market the applicant to our school network in Myanmar.

Step 5: Once the participant arrives to take their orientation and TESOL course in Thailand for 4 weeks, the Myanmar visa will be done.  Childcare during the course will be provided by South African caregivers.

Step 6: The applicant arrives in Yangon/Bangkok/Ho Chi Minh City/Hanoi and is picked up at the airport by a representative

2. PLACEMENTS

Placements are mainly situated in Yangon, a bustling and steadily growing city. However, we also place many teachers outside of Yangon in small, medium, and large-sized towns and cities. Placements are in language schools and private schools.

Teachers teach for anywhere from 15 to 25 hours per week and have two days per week off but the days may not be consecutive and those teachers working at language schools should be prepared to teach on Saturday and Sunday as those are the busiest days of the week for language schools.

3. VISAS, VISA PROCESS & VISA TRIPS

Foreigners who work in Myanmar must hold a Business Visa, which allows them to stay in the country for 1 year at a time renewable Then, they need to leave the country and fly to Thailand to renew their visa and re-enter Myanmar. Full Assistance provided

We will arrange the necessary documents for you to apply for a business visa before you come over to Myanmar or, depending on which country you are traveling from, you will be given the guidance for the visa on arrival.

4. COUNTRY/CULTURE OVERVIEW

Our comprehensive 5-day cultural immersion course is held in Yangon and designed to help orientate partic­ipants to their new surroundings and give them an in-depth understanding of the history, culture, and peo­ple of Myanmar. The orientation includes in-class learning about geography, politics, culture, and language. In conjunction with classroom learning, participants will also take part in excursions to significant sites around Yangon. The excursions include:

  • Guided tour of the Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Walking tour of downtown
  • Circle Train
  • Lethwei class (Burmese Boxing)
  • Intro to Buddhism and meditation
  • Excursions are subject to change based on your program and weather

The accommodation during the orientation and course is located at our office and residence. Please note

that rooms may have to be shared depending on availability (with someone of the same gender of course).

5. LIFE IN MYANMAR

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a country in Southeast Asia that is bordered by India, Bangladesh, China, Laos, and Thailand, creating a unique blend of cultures and religions found nowhere else in Southeast Asia.

The Myanmar population is estimated at around 53 million people. Within the past two years, tourism has increased exponentially. It is fast becoming a hotspot for adventure travelers. In late 2015, Myanmar held its first democratic election in nearly 40 years and the country now enjoys the status of being the only de­mocracy in mainland Southeast Asia.

The main language spoken in Myanmar’s large cities is Burmese. However, there are many ethnic groups in different regions of the country that speak their own languages.

Myanmar still lacks technological development; it is not surprising to see people traveling by horse and buggy as well as by bicycle in the rural or small-town environs and trishaws (tricycle modified to carry pas­sengers) in the larger towns and cities. ATMs are only available in the major cities in Myanmar, making the country particularly attractive if you are looking for an escape from modern technology.

Internet access is constantly improving, especially in Yangon, the Internet is fast and accommodations for families come with aircon.

6. ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

Myanmar people understand English is very important to their future and seek ways to learn English inside and outside of the school system, raising the demand for English teachers. Many turn to English language institutes and private tutoring classes because the methods of teaching in public schools do not focus on proficiency in speech and conversation.

English communication skills are also crucial for young professionals entering the job market. The level of English proficiency in Myanmar is higher in urban areas than it is in rural areas, but the desire to learn English is equally high across the country.

7. HISTORY

The former name of Myanmar was the Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma. The capital of Myanmar was changed from Yangon, the largest city, to Naypyidaw in 2005. Myanmar gained its independence in 1948. From 1962 to 2011 the country was ruled by a military regime.

Since the election in 2015, a civilian government has been installed, although the military still has a large influence. Since 2011, Myanmar has been making major efforts to improve ties with the West, and because of this, and the country’s immense beauty, Myanmar’s tourism sector has experienced a major boon. There are higher numbers of Westerners visiting the country than ever before and this has dramatically increased the demand for English language education.

8. CLIMATE

The country is located in the monsoon region of Asia, where the coastal regions receive over 196.9 inches (5,000 mm) of rain annually. The southwest monsoon season starts between mid-May and mid-June and lasts through October.

The rainy season peaks from July through September. Northern regions of the country are the coolest with average temperatures of 70 °F (21 °C) and the costal and delta regions average at around a maximum of 90 °F (32 °C). During the month of March, temperatures generally reach their peak. Temperatures in Yangon can reach 104 °F (40 °C), while other areas can reach even higher temperatures.

9. RELIGIONS & CULTURE

The dominant religion of Myanmar is Theravada Buddhism followed by Hinduism and Islam, with a vast number of religions that vary greatly from tribe to tribe. The Shwedagon Pagoda, which is located in Yan-gon, is considered the holiest Buddhist pagoda in the country. It is also known as the “Golden Temple,” because the spire is made of gold and the temple is embedded with gold, rubies and other precious gems.

10. GENERAL

The people of Myanmar are hard-working but live a relaxed lifestyle. Whether on the streets of the cities or on the dirt roads in the rural farmlands, markets are flooded with vendors selling and trading their goods. This is also the main source of income for the lower classes.

For leisure time, the Myanmar people like to relax and converse in local teashops, as tea is a major com­modity. They also play traditional games, like takraw, where a small reed-woven ball is passed to each other using only their feet. Volleyball and football are also very popular sports.

Because there are many bordering countries, regional foods vary depending on location. A large influence of curry dishes in restaurants dominates the West while in the East, traditional Chinese and Thai food are the predominant food. Mohinga, a fish soup, is the country’s customary breakfast.

Many of the women wear thanaka, which is an off-white paint that is spread on their cheeks and down the bridges of their nose. It’s used cosmetically as well as a sunscreen. A longyi, which is worn by both men and women, is a traditional long-cloth skirt that varies in color and pattern.

11. MONEY

You can exchange money at the airport or any official, licensed currency exchange outlet in Myanmar. We strongly recommend that you use only licensed exchanges.

You may want to bring cash in USD 100 bills and exchange these for local Myanmar Kyat (approximately 1:1335 at time of writing). Dollar bills should be in pristine condition: unfolded, clean, and not torn. You can also bring your bank debit or credit card, but we cannot guarantee if all or any of these will work. Most mainstream cards are accepted but you may need to phone or visit your bank in your home country to “un­lock” your card for use in Myanmar.

On arrival in Myanmar be prepared to spend money and remember you won’t receive your first paycheck until the end of your first working month. You will find that day-to-day living can be cheap and inexpensive if you are happy to live without western luxuries.

12. EDUCATION SYSTEM

Many young Myanmar people need English for educational progression, for work, and for communication. Entrance to courses (from medicine to engineering) in Myanmar and abroad can hinge on English language skills. In any job where employees communicate with foreign staff, English is key. As such, your role is to:

  • Improve their understanding and use of English in the “Four Skills” – reading and listening (recep­tive skills) and writing and speaking (productive skills).
  • Expose them to Western styles and standards of education (games, interactive learning, peer sup­port, critical thinking, self-reflection etc.).
  • Prepare them to interact with and understand the culture of foreigners (both your own culture and other cultures).

There are four types of English language classes for adults: general English classes of maybe 10 to 30 students; private tuition classes of 1 to 10 students; specialized classes for Business English, Hospitality English, Tour Guide English; and English specifically for the IELTS exam, TOEFL exam, SAT tests, and similar. Children and teenager’s classes use only general English.

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