Introducing our new segment – Update from an Alumnus! Since 2009, The Bhutan Canada Foundation (BCF) has been working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in Bhutan to recruit highly qualified native-English speaking teachers to work in public schools across the country, where they help to address a teacher shortage of nearly 1,000. BCF teachers have an incredible impact in the classroom where they encourage English language literacy and comprehension and bring problem solving, critical thinking, and innovation to the forefront of educational practice.
BCF Class 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013!
Over the years, our BCF family has grown substantially from six teachers in 2010 to 20 now currently in the field. And that means our alumni network of teachers is expanding and BCFers are now teaching all around the world, sharing the experiences and knowledge they learned in Bhutan to new students and colleagues.
Our alumni have moved on to new and exciting adventures – from teaching positions in places as varied as China to northern Alberta, to travelling the world, becoming involved with international non-profit organisations, or going back to school to further their own education. We’re thrilled when we receive updates on what our teachers are now doing and we’re happy to be able to share some of their experiences post-Bhutan here!
BCF alumnus Dave Green, spent a year in Bhutan teaching physics to grade 9 and 10 students at Pakshikha Middle Secondary School in Chukha in 2012. He was an integral part of the community and while teaching a full schedule in Bhutan, Dave also busied himself with a successful music club! Upon leaving Bhutan, Dave spent five months travelling in Asia. Amongst other adventures, he partook in a week-long writers retreat to finish his novel (nearly done!) and reconnecting with his family. Currently Dave has landed a job teaching Physics at one of Scotland’s top private schools and he’s looking forward to inculcate some Bhutanese-style values with his students! Below, he was happy to share some reflections of his time spent in Bhutan.
Dave Green: School Picnic Time – The Holy Lake
Now that I’m finally moving on to something concrete and ‘jobby’, thoughts are more than ever turning towards my time in Bhutan to try to figure out what it all meant to me and how I feel about not being there anymore. I have to say that my memories are pretty much all good ones. There were frustrations, but that was inevitable, and they only served to bring me on as a person. Most of the time it feels a bit like a dream and I have to focus on it hard to bring it back and make it real.
Dave Green: The best place for a home to be
Without a doubt the best year of my life, with wonderful friendships, brilliant experiences and such warmth and generosity everywhere. I almost stayed, as you know, but it didn’t pan out. I hope that in the future my relationship with the country and the people I met there will renew and develop – I hope to return.
So, I’d like to thank you [BCF] for giving me the opportunity to be there. When I look back on it, the gift I was able to give my mother stands out. She had a fabulous time, took to the Bhutanese way of life like a duck to water and made me feel a bit silly for having any issues whatsoever with ‘culture shock’. I think she made more of an impact than I did – they all loved her! (Dave and his mum’s adventures can be found at October – a Bonkers Month… and Video Diary – Mum’s First Day in Bhutan)
Thanks for sharing Dave and we are excited to hear how your experience is at your new school. Good luck with everything and keep in touch!
To read more about Dave’s experience in Bhutan and beyond check out his blog -> The Bhutanical Adventures of Dave Green.