|Teach English in a Burmese
Refugee Camp in Thailand!
Position: English Teacher
No. of positions available: 2
Length of contract: 11 months
School: English Immersion Program (EIP)
Location: Umphium Mai Refugee Camp, Tak Province, Thailand (4 days
Mae Sot, Tak Province, Thailand (1 day a week)
• Teach intermediate-advanced English to 20 adult Burmese
refugees 18-24 hours per week.
• Actively involve students in the learning process
• Update and improve the curriculum provided
• Attend monthly education meetings with Karen refugee camp
• Give final exams and write report cards each trimester
• Live in the student dorm (inside the refugee camp) 3 nights
• Help manage after school activities at school such as activity
nights, cleaning duty, coking duty etc.
• Help recruit a new English Teacher for the following school
We are looking for 2 native English speakers who:
• Have a university degree and at least 1 year teaching experience
• Have good essay writing skills
• Are culturally sensitive and discrete
• Are motivated, flexible and have international experience
Stipend and Benefits:
• 8,000 bhat per month (about $200 US)
• Free accommodation in Mae Sot (w/air con.) and bicycle
• Free visa renewals and weekly transportation to and from
the refugee camp.
• Breakfast and dinner provided at school.
• Valuable on-site international development experience
• Gain experience living and working with refugee communities
• Opportunity to learn Burmese and Karen culture and language
Here are the answers to a few questions that might come up about
1. What are the living conditions like?
When living in camp 3 nights a week teachers sleep in the student
dorms, each with have a showering room and toilet. The bathrooms
have clean, Thai-style toilets. There is a male and a female dorm,
both are cozy bamboo houses which usually have electricity from
6 PM to 9 PM each night. Teachers have their own room inside the
dorm with bedding and mosquito nets. Outside of the time we use
car batteries to power to run movies, music and lights. We have
a water storage tank so, we rarely run out of water. Students make
every effort to make the teachers as comfortable as possible. The
students cook breakfast and dinner for the whole school which usually
includes a vegetable curry and rice. The classroom and dorm are
also cleaned by the students who rotate through a cleaning schedule.
Shops and restaurants and available in camp to buy whatever basic
necessities you need. There's a long market street near school with
shoe and clothing shops, kitchenware and hardware shops, tea shops
etc. The refugee camp is located on a mountainside, so walking to
and from the market, though a short distance is not leisurely. It
takes about 5-10 minutes but it is mostly uphill. Thanks to the
mountainous location, however, there are very few mosquitoes and
other pesky bugs. There are dirt roads through the camp, but not
all the way to the school. You will be dropped off about a 5 minute
walk from the school.
Myself and Patrick, the other EIP teacher haven't found the living
conditions to be a problem this year. Sometimes things aren't perfect.
Our car batteries might run out so we have to watch a DVD the following
night instead of right away, but we've seen these as small inconveniences.
In Mae Sot, living conditions are very good. There are Thai, Western
and Burmese restaurants. In the EIP Mae Sot office, where the teachers
will live, we have air conditioning, fans, a fridge and a hot shower.
We have 2 computers with internet access. The healthcare is good
in Mae Sot and you can buy almost anything you would like including
some Western products like peanut butter and M and M's. There's
a decent se
2. Is it safe in Mae Sot and in the refugee camp?
There have been no major security problems along the Thai Burma
border for many years. There is an occasional bomb set off on Burmese
side of the border, but they are small and I've never heard of them
harming anyone. There is very little malaria in Umphium and Mae
Sot. People who have malaria here, got it from working for long
periods of time in the deep jungle. It is not necessary to take
anti-malarial drugs while working in Mae Sot or the refugee camp.
3. Can you live off your 200$/month stipend?
Both myself and Patrick have been able to live comfortably on 200$
a month. We have free accommodation, and meals at school. In Mae
Sot accommodation is free as well as bicycles. We go out to eat
almost every meal because food is very inexpensive. We spend our
money on food, traveling around Thailand, calling our families long
distance, going out with friends, renting movies, buying clothes.
We haven't budgeted carefully our stipend has covered all our costs.
4. Are there any difficulties with visas?
EIP is supported by two legal education NGO's working on the Thai
Burma border. One of the NGO's will take care of your visa. EIP
teachers will recieve a Non-Immigrant Visa which will allow them
to work legally in Thailand, in Mae Sot and in the refugee camp.
We have had noproblems with visas this year.
If you are interested in teaching at EIP please send a cover letter
and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org