The Project

St John’s Catholic School in the Diocese of Pathein, Myanmar, requires an English teacher to teach English as a second language, as well as provide mentoring to local English teachers. St John’s provides education to approximately 300 students from different ethnic and religious backgrounds (80% Buddhist, 20% Christian and Muslim). The school currently includes Years 5 – 8, and in 2018 is intending to include Year 9, with a view to Year 10 in 2019.

Note: The monthly living allowance enables you to live a modest local lifestyle. Based on the cost of living in a particular country, it covers food, your daily commute, communication and other local costs. It is not set to enable you to meet financial commitments at home, such as a mortgage or a personal loan.  It will not cover the costs of eating out and other entertainment. Read more about what is covered in our FAQ. All applicants will be required to complete a Working with Children and Police Check.

The Location

Pathein, formerly called Bassein, is the largest city and the capital of the Ayeyarwady Region, Myanmar, 120 km west of Yangon. The city is a rice milling and export centre with a population of approximately 380,985. Pathein lies at the heart of an area that produces the finest rice in Myanmar, including pawsanmwe t’ămìn (fragrant rice). It’s a thriving, busy city, particularly along the riverfront; Pathein is Myanmar’s most important delta port outside Yangon.

The school year commences in June 2018 and runs until February 2019. From March through to the end of May are school holidays and the wet season.

The Challenge

Myanmar’s education system has suffered significantly from decades of political unrest and military dictatorship. Myanmar is one of the poorest nations in Asia; ranking 149th among 186 nations rated in the 2013 Human Development Report of the United Nations Development Programme.

The new civilian government is aiming to promote change in the education system, but in rural areas the educational situation is striving to ensure students do not drop out of school or fail their final exams, as has previously been the case. Teachers have educated, trained and empowered both parents and students alike independent of religion and race, but have expressed a strong need to develop and extend their English speaking, writing and reading skills to provide further opportunities for staff and students.

Alongside this, young people are increasingly leaving rural areas to find employment in urban areas. Keeping young people engaged and involved in their communities through education that prepares them for employment or further education is crucial.

About You

St John’s has requested an English Teacher to take on a 1-2 year placement in Pathein. The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience in teaching English as a Second Language and curriculum development;
  • Willingness to work alongside local teachers to exchange knowledge and skills;
  • Ability to work within a school that has very limited resources;
  • Ability to live simply and respectfully of the various backgrounds of students and teachers;
  • Willingness to develop an understanding of another culture and learn the local language;
  • Flexibility and adaptability.

How You Will Help

Your work as an English Teacher will help teachers and students at St John’s Catholic School to develop their English language skills. This will increase locals’ access to employment and further educational opportunities, helping them to break out of the cycle of poverty. Teachers will have an increased capacity to teach English effectively, strengthening the quality of education local students receive.


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