Teacher Blog of the Week: Beautiful Birds of Bhutan

Photo Credit: Vicky and Ian

Bhutan, with its widely varying geography and climates, is home to a unique variety of flora and fauna. In particular, there is a large range of spectacular birds.


BCF teachers Vicky and Ian just happen to be very lucky when it comes to spotting birds in Bhutan. In fact they have a “singing tree” right outside their window where various magnificent birds like to spend their time!

“Directly outside our bedroom window is a barren tree branch that affords birds a clear view over the steep cliff face and the river below and it is therefore a favourite resting place for a wide variety of species. We have taken to calling it the singing tree. We are fortunate to wake up to birdsong most mornings.”

Read more about Vicky and Ian’s bird spotting, and check out all of their amazing bird pictures here! 

5 Weeks Left to Apply to Teach in Bhutan!

Are you interested in teaching in Bhutan? Want to work in an education system that is in the midst of an exciting and innovative transformation? Then don’t put off your application any longer! Recruitment for the Teach in Bhutan program ends in only 5 weeks!

Here’s a reminder of the specifics:

Details:

  • No other language is necessary.  English is the language of instruction in Bhutan.

  • Teachers are placed in public schools across the country, primarily in rural locations.

  • Successful teachers may renew their contract up to five years.

  • Teachers are paid a local salary (approximately $450/month) which covers living expenses.

  • Local accommodation will be arranged prior to arrival in Bhutan.

  • All teachers will attend a two-week orientation in Bhutan prior to beginning their assignment.

  • Teachers have the full support of the BCF offices in Toronto and Thimphu (field office).

  • Successful applicants may apply for student loan deferral or reduced payment programs (at the discretion of individual loan providers).

  • Teachers are expected to cover the cost of their flight to Bhutan, however may opt into the Teacher Fundraising Program to cover this cost.

  • Teachers DO NOT pay the $250/day tourist fee.  

Who we’re looking for:
  • Qualified teachers with either 1) three full-time years of relevant teaching experience; 2) a degree in Education; or, 3) teacher certification.

  • Native English speakers from 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!

Join the class of 2013! Visit www.teachinbhutan.org to apply

5 Weeks Left to Apply to Teach in Bhutan!

The Bhutan Canada Foundation is recruiting qualified teachers to fulfill minimum one-year contracts offered by the Ministry of Education in Bhutan. Contracts begin January 2013.
This is a unique opportunity for qualified teachers to work in the Himalayan country of Bhutan; a country ruled by happiness, where culture and tradition are closely guarded, Buddhist values prevail and the majestic peaks of the Himalayas are part of every landscape.
Teachers will be welcomed to public school faculties in small towns and villages in rural Bhutan, where they will carry a full teaching schedule.
This is a chance to work in an education system that is in the midst of an exciting and innovative transformation, as the Ministry of Education works to transition to a more interactive, thoughtful, and participatory system of education.
Details:
  • No other language is necessary.  English is the language of instruction in Bhutan.
  • Teachers are placed in public schools across the country, primarily in rural locations.
  • Successful teachers may renew their contract up to five years.
  • Teachers are paid a local salary (approximately $450/month) which covers living expenses.
  • Local accommodation will be arranged prior to arrival in Bhutan.
  • All teachers will attend a two-week orientation in Bhutan prior to beginning their assignment.
  • Teachers have the full support of the BCF offices in Toronto and Thimphu (field office).
  • Successful applicants may apply for student loan deferral or reduced payment programs (at the discretion of individual loan providers).
  • Teachers are expected to cover the cost of their flight to Bhutan, however may opt into the Teacher Fundraising Program to cover this cost.
  • Teachers DO NOT pay the $250/day tourist fee.  
Who we’re looking for:
  • Qualified teachers with either 1) three full-time years of relevant teaching experience; 2) a degree in Education; or, 3) teacher certification.
  • Native English speakers from 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!
 
To apply:Please fill out our online application form: www.teachinbhutan.org. Application Deadline:July 31, 2012

Bhutan Photo of the Week: Prayer Wheels

Photo Credit: Jeff Bellinger
Prayer wheels, like prayer flags, are seen all across Bhutan. Made of a spindle, covered in metal, wood, leather, and sometimes even coarse cotton, prayer wheels have Buddhist mantras, prayers, and symbols written or drawn on them. It is believed that spinning the wheel has a similar effect as reciting prayers or mantras orally. It is very important to spin the wheels clockwise, as it is the direction that the script is written on them. 

Do you have a photo that you would like to share on our blog? Send your best snaps and photo credit information to info@bhutancanada.org. 

Applications to teach in Bhutan in 2013 are now open!
Apply online at www.teachinbhutan.org

Teacher Blog of the Week: I Just Can’t Get My Feet to go to Gedu!!!

“I’ve been here nearly 6 months now and I still haven’t used my feet to get to Gedu – a mere 12km away down the gravelly road – so I decided to do it last Sunday! I woke early – 7ish, did some washing up from the night before, which naturally led on to a complete clean of the kitchen before a hearty breakfast of porridge and a cup of tea….

…Around lunchtime a couple of boys came in asking for the chess-board, which I gave to them to use outside, but they were back in moments, the elder of the two complaining about the other fellow’s complete lack of understanding. They lingered for a while looking at stuff, and then they started to tidy! Out came the brush. The rug was lifted. The clothes that were strewn on my bed were folded……In no time at all… we were done. It hadn’t escaped my notice that I hadn’t yet left for Gedu and it was getting close 1pm”….

Photo Credit: Dave Green.

Read on to see if Dave actually makes it to Gedu!

Applications to teach in Bhutan in 2013 are now open!
Apply online at www.teachinbhutan.org

Hon. Minister for Education to Present at Summer Symposium

Photo Credit: Ministry of Education, Bhutan

We are thrilled to announce that the Honourable Thakur S. Powdyel, Minister for Education, Bhutan will present the opening keynote address at the upcoming Educating for Sustainable Happiness symposium in Ashburnham, MA this summer.

The Honourable Minister is an international visionary in the area of educating for Gross National Happiness. He is known for his inspirational approach to cultivating an holistic education system in Bhutan that values students and encourages a connection to the natural environment and to each other.

We are honoured to welcome the Minister to the symposium’s already illustrious group of keynote speakers and presenters!

Do you want to hear what the minister has to say? There’s still time to register for the Educating for Sustainable Happiness symposium.

The details:

Educating for Sustainable Happiness Symposium
Presented by The Bhutan Canada Foundation and Cushing Academy
A symposium on exploring values, crossing cultures, using technology and forging global partnerships in support of a 21st century education.

With a special focus on the Kingdom of Bhutan  
August 9 – 12, 2012
Ashburnham, MA
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 
Honourable Thakur S. Powdyel, Minister for Education, Bhutan
Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Patrick Basset, President, National Association of Independent Schools
Ron Canuel, CEO, Canadian Education Association
James Tracy, Headmaster, Cushing Academy
Tony Wagner, Innovation Education Fellow, Harvard University

More information at www.educatingforhappiness.org  

Do Hazelnuts Equal Happiness in Bhutan?

Photo Credit: Blue Moon Fund

As Bhutan grows, it is trying to find ways to develop economically, but through the lens of Gross National Happiness.


One American entrepreneur has been assisting Bhutan with this task – by growing and exporting hazelnuts in Eastern Bhutan. Using idle and unfit farmland, his team teaches Bhutanese farmers in isolated villages how to properly grow and care for the trees. 

The project is having great success so far, in fact “the government says it will eventually employ about 15% of the impoverished population. This would benefit about 10,000 households, mainly in the eastern part of this country, and together they should be able to produce something like 3% of the world’s hazelnut demand.”

The initiative has also brought some added benefits. The hazelnut trees grow quite well on steep mountains and ridges, and as a result their roots can help prevent deadly landslides. 

To learn more about Bhutanese hazelnuts, read the whole story here

Bhutan Photo of the Week: Gom Kora

Gom Kora, a picturesque temple, in eastern Bhutan is a spot where it is said that Guru Rinpoche meditated and left a body impression in the rock. “Go around Gomphu Kora today for tomorrow may be too late”. It is renowned for a three-day festival as well as its  many relics and history.

Photo Credit: Ann Berman.

If you have any pictures you would like to share with us, please send the photos with your information to info@bhutancanada.org.

Applications to teach in Bhutan in 2013 are now open!
Apply online at www.teachinbhutan.org

Teacher Blog of the Week: Teacher’s Day!

BCF teacher Sarah got to celebrate a special holiday recently – Teacher’s Day! Just like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, in Bhutan they celebrate Teacher’s Day.

Photo Credit: Sarah

Instead of classes, the students put on a nice presentation for us. We were all given some flowers…and it was a day full of cultural dances and speeches by the students” 


It was a great opportunity for Sarah to sit down with her students and get to know them better, plus it’s always nice to be appreciated for your hard work! We certainly appreciate all of our BCF teachers and their hard work and dedication – happy Teacher’s Day to you all!


To read more about Sarah’s Teacher’s Day check out her blog here

Attend our Teacher Panel Discussion Online!

Great news! Not in Toronto? You can now attend our upcoming Teacher Panel Discussion online!

 
Interested in joining in on the fun? Email jenna@bhutancanada.org to RSVP for online access to the panel discussion
 
For all those interested in attending in person – there are still a few spots left! Details are below. RSVP to Jenna at the above email address if you are interested in joining us on the 19th!
 
Join us on Tuesday June 19that 6:00pm (EST) at The Centre for Social Innovation, Spadina (215 Spadina Ave Toronto, ON M5T 2C7) in the Alterna Savings Meeting Room OR online via Netviewer for an informational Teacher Panel. Have all your questions and concerns answered by those who know best, former BCF teachers who have lived and taught in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. 

 
We look forward to seeing you there!