Life in Bhutan

Have you ever wondered what the day to day life is like in Bhutan? One of our current teachers Josh Cook writes a great blog post on his walk to the bakery. Through this post he is able to paint a picture of life in Bhutan. A must read for anyone interested in our Teach In Bhutan Program or our Summer Reading Program. Let Josh’s writing take you to the hills of the Bhutanese countryside.

Check out the post here: http://jcook-onthemove.blogspot.ca/2016/03/a-walk-to-bakery.html

Remember: Applications for our Teach In Bhutan Program are due MARCH 31 2017. Learn more and apply here

Reasons to Teach in Bhutan!

Looking for another reason to Teach in Bhutan? We are loving this article by Intrepid Travel about reasons why Bhutan might be the most liveable country in the world! If you are interested in experiencing Bhutan, apply to Teach in Bhutan by March 31st!

Colourful festival in Bhutan

What is your favourite part of living in Bhutan? Let us know below!

Meet the Class of 2016!

Teach In Bhutan’s Class of 2016 arrived in Bhutan in January, and they are just settling into their new homes and classrooms. We would love to tell you about how wonderful they are, but we are going to let them introduce themselves!

Front Row (left to right): Sonam Choki (Ministry of Education), Valerie Ball, Meena Subba (Bhutan Canada), Laura Jenkins, Madame Secretary Aum Sangay Zam (Ministry of Education), Nancy Strickland (Bhutan Canada)
Back Row: (Left to Right): Sean Cafferty, James Dove, Tim McFarland, Josh Cook

James Dover

Teacher James Dover

My name is James and I am a 25 years old. I am tall and skinny with brown hair and brown eyes. I live in Vancouver, Canada and teach grade 5 and 6 French. I enjoy traveling to new places and exploring the outdoors. My favorite outdoor activities are hiking, biking and swimming in the ocean. When I’m not outside I like listening to music and watching movies with my friends. I am a linguist who speaks French, German and some basic Spanish. I am excited to learn about the Bhutanese culture and I hope to learn some words in Sharchop.

Laura Jenkins

Teacher - Laura

Born and raised in the southeastern United States, I am anything but a typical Georgia Peach. I consider my greatest accomplishment to be my two children, who have grown into fine young adults. I was a classroom teacher for 11 years, a school counselor for 7 years, an assistant principal for 1, and a principal for 9 years. Now, after a lifetime of service to the public school system in the state of Georgia, I am ready for the next phase of service. I have always loved to travel, and have always wanted to teach overseas after retiring from the school system. I am so excited and so very passionate about helping children on their life’s journey.

Joshua Cook

Teacher - Josh Cook

I grew up in Colorado, U.S.A. I am a teacher who is passionate about developing culturally responsive and progressive pedagogy that serves all students. I am also an avid rock climber that loves spending time in the mountains. I have an M.A. in English Education, and has taught in Peru, Japan, and most recently in my home city of Denver. I am very excited to continue my international adventures in Bhutan, a country I have dreamed of living in for many years now.

We hope to share with you more stories from the class of 2016! Stay tuned!

Apply to Teach in Bhutan now!

BCF is looking for qualified teachers to teach in Bhutan starting in January 2017.

The Bhutan Canada Foundation works in partnership with the Ministry of Education in Bhutan to send highly qualified English-speaking teachers to teach in public schools across the country. BCF teachers support the further improvement of the Bhutanese6jOTHwOyWd-Vdp4YVCZ3uEY2PWhw7soO5TsW9ketyg4 education system by modelling innovative teaching techniques, providing professional development to colleagues and encouraging the development of spoken and written English.

Since January 2010, BCF has sent a total of 89 teachers to 39 different communities across Bhutan. These teachers have had a direct impact on the lives of over 20,800 Bhutanese students.

In order to qualify to participate in the Teach in Bhutan program you need to be a native English speaker (one’s first language – “mother tongue” – must be English).  In addition, individuals need to:

  1. possess a degree in either Education or in the subject you wish to teach (eg., English, Maths)
  2.  have at least three years of relevant classroom experience.

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2016.  Apply today at http://www.teachinbhutan.org/apply-2/

Bhutan Reading Program

We are currently recruiting for our Spring Bhutan Reading Program and the application deadline is January 31st 2016!

This is a unique experience for Teachers to spend their time in a meaningful way. This program allows Canadian teachers to travel to Bhutan for 4-weeks and act as reading mentors/teachers to children in Bhutan. The dates for the 2016 Spring Reading Program is April 7 – May 7 2016

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In order to qualify to participate in the Bhutan Reading Program individuals need to meet the following criteria:

  • Experienced and qualified Canadian Teachers (with a B.Ed and/or teaching license and five years of experience).
  • Teaching subjects should be at the elementary level or English at any level; additional qualifications in reading, literacy, English
    specialization, and ESL are highly sought.
  • English-speaking Canadians who hold a valid Canadian passport.
  • Spouses/family are not permitted to accompany Reading Program teachers unless both are teachers who fit the above criteria and participate in the Program.
  • Teachers must complete a BCF medical evaluation form with their general physician and be in excellent health.

For more information look at our check out our website

Questions about any aspect of the program, or about Bhutan, can also be addressed to Andrea Geddes Poole, the Executive Director in BCF’s Toronto office, 647-233-6607.

Women’s Trip

Looking for an exciting adventure? In March 2016, BCF will be taking a group of intrepid women travellers to Bhutan, and it will be a trip not to be missed.

Paro Tshechu

This ten-day trip will include hiking, white water rafting, private receptions, and unique access to historic sights. You will also have the special opportunity to meet with a current BCF teacher in their school, meet their students and see and hear about BCF’s work in Bhutan.

A highlight of the trip will include attending the  Paro Tshechu, an annual religious dance festival held to commemorate the life of Guru Padmasambhava. This festival is characterized by masked dancers in striking costumes, pictured below. This festival is an important religious and social gathering for the Bhutanese people, many of whom turn out in their finest clothes and jewellery.

downloadFurther, our hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan’s most revered temple will be a day unlike any other. The temple is perched on a rocky cliff above the Paro Valley.
The program fee per person is $5,900 and included in this cost is return airfare into and out of Paro International Airport, all meals and accommodations, visa and government tariff costs, as well as our private driver and professional guide.

Filled with amazing views, wonderful food, and unique experiences, BCF is certain that this trip will create memories to last a lifetime. We will be arranging a group airfare fate from Toronto to Vancouver to Bangkok, and there will be an optional 2-night stay in Bangkok to allow participants to “get over” their jet lag. With an exclusive group of only 15 women, this trip is filling up fast, and we encourage you to reserve your spot soon.

Click here for a detailed itinerary. To reserve your spot, please contact Andrea Geddes Poole at andrea@bhutancanada.org or call (647) 233 – 6607.