Attend our Teacher Panel in Toronto!

Interested in Teaching in Bhutan?

Have all your questions answered by our Alumni Teachers!

Thursday July 18th – 6:30pm – 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Photo Credit: David Green
Photo Credit: David Green

Letter from a Student on Teacher’s Day: “You are a candle who burn itself and give out light to other. And you are a master key to open the door to success. A true teacher is the greatest blessing in ones life. Teacher you desolve all the problems and turn the world into the heaven to live.”The Bhutanical Adventures of Dave Green

Join us Thursday, July 18th, 2013 at 6:30 PM EST at the Centre for Social Innovation, Annex, 720 Bathurst Street (Meeting Room 1), for an engaging and interactive alumni teacher panel!

  • What is it really like teaching in Bhutan?
  • How is the food? Can I survive eating chillies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
  • How is Gross National Happiness incorporated in the curriculum?
  • What do you miss most from Bhutan, now that you’re back home?
  • What is the craziest/most memorable event that happened to you in Bhutan?

Prospective teachers – you ask the questions to our panel of experienced BCF teaching alumni, who taught in Bhutan across multiple grades and levels, throughout the country. This is the perfect time to get an in-depth and personal account of what teaching and living in Bhutan is truly like.

This night is not to be missed!

 RSVP by Monday, July 15th to jenna@bhutancanada.org

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TODAY: www.TeachInBhutan.org/Apply

 We look forward to seeing you there!

Photo of the Week: Super Moon!

There have been some stunning photos taken by our BCF teachers in Bhutan recently as it becomes warmer and summer arrives and our teachers are venturing across the country.

Johnston, Colin - Super Moon & Prayer Flags

Johnston, Colin - Super Moon

Above, we have some gorgeous shots of the moon rising high above Mongar, courtesy of BCF teacher Colin Johnston who teaches at Yadhi HSS, taken from his blog: Bhutan through a lens.

Do you have photos of Bhutan that you would like to be showcased on our blog? Send your snaps with photo credit information to info@bhutancanada.org!

Bhutan Symposium at Columbia University

A two-day Bhutan Symposium was held on June 11 and 12, organised by the Earth Institute at Columbia University. The symposium showcased various talks pertaining to Environmental Change and Sustainable Development in Bhutan as well as Climate and Glacier Change. Much anticipated research and findings from collaborative work in Bhutan were also presented by faculty members.

Photo Credit: Bhutan Foundation
Photo Credit: Bhutan Foundation

“Taming the Dragon: Encouraging Public Discourse”  presented by Bhutan Foundation Executive Director, Tshewang Wangchuk, focused on a “recent initiative by the Bhutan Ecological Society (BES) to start a stakeholder consultation process to look into long-term planning needs for the Punakha-Wangdue Valley.”  Karuna Foundation is supporting this initiative through grants. Learn more about the recent Bhutan Symposium and the work of the Bhutan Foundation here!

APPLY TO TEACH IN BHUTAN! ~ 5 WeekS Left!

If you have not submitted your application to Teach in Bhutan, fear not, applications are still open until July 31st, 2013!

 

Make a World of Difference

 

The Bhutan Canada Foundation is dedicated to furthering the development of Bhutan and its people through programs that impact its educational and social institutions.

We are currently recruiting qualified teachers to fulfill minimum one-year contracts offered by the Ministry of Education in Bhutan. We’re looking for primary educators, and junior/secondary English, math, science, and special education specialists. Contracts begin January 2014!

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

Photo Credit: Tim Grossman
Photo Credit: Tim Grossman’s Blog
  • Two-week orientation in the capital city, Thimphu
  • Support from both Toronto office and field office
  • Mid-year retreat
  • Paid position, with an English curriculum
  • Fascinating and unique culture that is extremely welcoming to foreigners
  • Accommodation, visas, work permit, flights are all secured with BCF’s staff
  • Fundraising assistance and optional fundraising program to cover associated costs
  • Strong alumni network and prep-assistance with other teachers
  • Daily tariff is waived for all teachers
  • National curriculum, created in conjunction with Canadian consultants
  • Entire curriculum is online for access prior to arrival
  • Concept of Gross National Happiness is infused into the curriculum

 

LEARN MORE AND APPLY ONLINE NOW!

Questions? Contact us at teach@bhutancanada.org or join us at our Information Webinar, next Thursday, June 27th at 10:00 AM EST!

Spotlight on the District Series – Bumthang Dzongkhag

This week, we bring you…Bumthang Dzongkhag, known as Bhutan’s spiritual heartland!

Photo Credit: Sabrina Soares
Photo Credit: Sabrina Soares

This dzongkhag stretches across four valleys – the Chokhor, Tang, Ura, and Chhume. The Chokhor valley is the biggest with several dzongs and the most important temples; it is simply known as Bumthang Valley. Kurje Lhakkhang, Jambay Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang are just a few of the temples and monasteries in this dzongkhag..

“…It is one thing to see Bhutan in pictures or read about it; however, it is a whole other thing to experience it in person – to look like an ant against the sides of majestic mountains, to feel the vibrations of Buddhist chants run through your body, to taste the air of incense in monasteries…Thus, I’m so happy to experience what I will be talking about for years to come.” – Sabrina Soares, Chumey MSS

The place to visit in Bumthang dzongkhag is Jakar which is also the main town and major trading centre of the region. The town was originally constructed as a monastery in 1549 and is currently used as the administrative centre of the region. Bumthang is also home to several important festivals like the Jampey Lhakhang Drup occurring in October and, just one week later, Bumthang Tsechu which features mask dancing.

Bumthang is also known for a unique textile which is created there: yathra. Yathra is hand-spun, hand-woven strips of wool. The geometric designed strips are used as blankets or bed covers when joined together.

Photo Credit: John Berthold
Photo Credit: John Berthold

Our alumni teachers who taught in this dzongkhag include Sabrina Soares and Martin Thorn. Currently, Andrea Chisholm resides there with her family, teaching at Chumey MSS and Wanglidcholing LSS. To learn more about their experiences check out Sabrina Soares’ blog, Martin Thorn’s blog and Andrea Chisholm’s blog!

Interested in teaching in Bhutan?  Make sure to also check out  TeachInBhutan to apply today!

Upcoming Event: Teach in Bhutan Info Session!

Have you always had an interest in living and teaching in Bhutan – a country with an enriching culture, welcoming people, a transformative education system, and Gross National Happiness? Join us in learning how you can be a part of the Bhutanese education system for the 2014 school year!

students june 16

Next Thursday June 27th 2013, at 10:00 AM EST, BCF will be hosting an online webinar where we will answer all your questions. From the application process, to curriculum, accommodations and finances, this informational session will allow participants to interact and become informed on all aspects of this tremendous opportunity! (Need to find out the time difference in your timezone? Please follow this link)

This is the perfect chance for you to learn more about Bhutan’s education system, the application process, and the living and teaching culture of Bhutan.

Please RSVP by June 24th, 2013 to jenna@bhutancanada.org. We look forward to meeting with you!
Reminder: Applications to join the Class of 2014 are ongoing until July 31st!

Blog of the Week: Summer Days in Bhutan

School is out and summer is here for Bhutanese students!

Summer Rose
Andrea’s Blog: Summer Rose

Our current teacher in the field, Andrea Chisholm takes us through her summer days with her family, and the magnificent views of the Bhutanese country side. Andrea talks about her family summer holidays, summer days and summer venues in Bhutan. But her summer is not all work free – she talks of her summer work schedule. To read more on Andrea’s summer adventure, visit her blog From Down Under to the Top of the World !

Want to experience Bhutan for yourself?  Applications to teach in Bhutan in 2014 are now open.  Apply today!

The World’s Toughest Mountain Bike Race

Photo credit: Bike Magazine

Every first Saturday of September, when the climate is at its optimal condition, Bhutan’s Tour of the Dragon commences. It is known to be not only Bhutan’s, but also the world’s most challenging mountain bike race – think Le Tour De France or Death Ride of America, but through raw and mountainous terrains. The race is unique as it passes four mountains, three of which are situated at over 10,000 feet. It is a span of 167 miles/268 km starting in central Bhutan and ending in western Bhutan. The route has twists and turns at high elevations. Due to these aspects,  it has come to be known as the Death Race.

Aside from its challenge appeal, through its course, there are breathtaking views of temples and fortresses, all across Bhutan.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Registrations for the 2013 Tour of the Dragon are now open. Find our more on the Tour of the Dragon website !

 

 

Photo of the Week: Bhutan Elections

This week’s photo of the week shows just how committed the people of Bhutan are to casting their vote! Braving the monsoon rains, this group of men waited in line at a polling station in Paro on May 31st.

Bhutan Election
Photo Credit: China Post

It is now nearly a month until Bhutan reveals which party will form the new government. Currently, the best candidates are being selected. Collectively, the people of Bhutan will give their final vote on July 13th, 2013 and the results will be announced July 14th, 2013.

To keep posted on the events leading to election day, visit http://www.thebhutanese.bt/

We’d love to see your photos of Bhutan! Send your best snaps and photo credit information to info@bhutancanada.org

Blog of the Week: A Thursday Circus Extravaganza!!

“The sun burst through the ocean of clouds bringing extraordinary light to the area. When the clouds part an observer at Tsenkharla can observe hundreds of miles of scenery.”

dragons tail
Dragon Tail: Tim Grossman’s Blog

Would you like to know about how the locals and the BCF teachers spend their afternoons and evenings in the wonderful nature of Bhutan? Tim Grossman, a current teacher in the field, gives an excellent description of the sounds, views and the people of Bhutan.

Read more on Tim Grossman’s Bhutan afternoons here!

Interested in teaching in Bhutan? Make sure to also check out  www.TeachInBhutan.org/Apply to apply today!