Blog of the Week – SEN Conference Thimphu

BCF teacher Angela Sutton, who is teaching Special Education at Khaling LSS in Trashigang, travelled to Thimphu in July for the national Special Educational Needs Conference organized by the Ministry of Education and the Bhutan Foundation.

Photo Credit: Angela Sutton - SEN Conference
Photo Credit: Angela Sutton – SEN Conference
Photo Credit: Angela Sutton - BCF teachers Vicky, Ian, Angela and Kezia
Photo Credit: Angela Sutton – BCF teachers Vicky, Ian, Angela and Kezia

“The SEN Conference gives the opportunity for the schools serving students with special needs to network, discuss, collaborate and learn. This was a great opportunity for me to connect with others around the country implementing a special education program and for me to observe the information presented in order to follow up with training at Khaling.” – Angela Sutton

View Angela’s blog post to learn more! – SEN Conference – Thimphu

Application Deadline is only 4 Weeks Away!

Are you interested in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will…

  • Give you full-time paid international teaching experience?
  • Expand your career horizons as you teach a fully immersive national curriculum, taught in English?
  • Allow you to explore a new and unique culture, in one of the most remote and untouched nations in the world?
  • Make a true difference in the lives of rural Bhutanese students and the communities in which they live?
Then apply today to Teach in Bhutan!

Land of the Thunder Dragon: Teach in Bhutan

Did you know?

  • Television and Internet access were only introduced to Bhutan in 1999.
  • In 2004, Bhutan became the first country to outlaw tobacco.
  • Bhutan is the world’s only carbon sink – it absorbs more CO2 than it gives out.

Travel a world away. Make a world of difference. Teach in Bhutan.

Deadline to apply is July 31, 2014! Join us and our teachers from around the world and make a difference in the education sector in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. 

For more Information, Contact:
Jenna Reynolds
Program Manager, The Bhutan Canada Foundation

Seven Weeks Left to Apply to Teach in Bhutan!

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!

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Here are some of the most important qualities we look for in our candidates:

Resourcefulness: This is an important quality for teachers in that Bhutan is much different from your home-town. You must be able to cope with the day to day living in Bhutan as well as being resourceful in your new position!

Patience: Everything comes in baby steps; just remember that it will take time to become comfortable in your new surroundings.

Independence: Our teachers are very independent in their new living and teacher positions! You will have to develop lesson plans for your students so independence is key.

Adaptability: In Bhutan everything, whether it be the altitude, cold/heat extremes, limited food options, simple accommodation, power, internet and water outages, superstition, complacency, or six day work weeks, will be new and you will have to adapt to your surroundings.

A positive attitude: Living and teaching in Bhutan is an amazing and unique experience! If you keep a positive attitude you will be sure to succeed.

A sense of humour: Be able to laugh at yourself! This will be a learning process, not all lesson plans will go “according to plan”.

Flexibility: Be able to “go with the flow”. Day to day life and teaching in Bhutan is never the same each day. Along with adaptability you must be flexible with occurrences at school or at home.

Keep these qualities in mind when applying or even during your interviews to really wow us. If you have the required recommendations but show us that you have what it takes to teach in the beautiful Kingdom of Bhutan you will be sure to succeed in the recruitment process!

Apply to Teach In Bhutan today!

Teach in Bhutan – Webinar on May 29!

Join us in learning how you can be a part of the Bhutanese education system for the 2015 school year!

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The Bhutan Canada Foundation 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 is the perfect chance for you to learn about Bhutan’s education system, and to interact and become informed on all aspects of this tremendous opportunity! Information session will be held Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Eastern Time.

RSVP to teach@bhutancanada.org or register through this link  http://bit.ly/TeachBhutanMay29

We look forward to meeting with you! Apply today at Teach in Bhutan

ILCS Vacancy Announcement

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

The Institute of Language and Culture Studies (ILCS), a campus of the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB), is currently seeking a lecturer for its English Department. This opportunity is for a year-long contract beginning July 2014, with a possible option to renew.

Download full job description at ILCS Vacancy – April 2014.

Interested candidates – Please submit a cover letter and resume to Dawa Lhamo at dawalhamo.ilcs@rub.edu.bt

Sam Blyth and Nancy Strickland receive Bhutan National Order of Merit

National Order of Merit: His Majesty The King, yesterday, awarded the National Order of Merit, Gold, to Sam Blyth and Nancy Strickland, in recognition of their personal commitment to promote relations between Bhutan and Canada, and their contributions in the field of education for over 25 years.

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Sam Blyth is the Chair of the Bhutan Canada Foundation and the Honorary Consul of Bhutan in Toronto, Canada. Nancy Strickland is the Executive Director of the Bhutan Canada Foundation.

The award also honours the numerous hard working and dedicated teachers recruited through Bhutan Canada Foundation, many of whom continue to teach in schools in rural Bhutan, for their valuable contributions to the development of education in the country.

Over 50 teachers have been recruited to teach English, Math and Science in schools in rural Bhutan since the establishment of Bhutan Canada Foundation in February 2009.

Bhutan Canada Foundation carries on the long association between Bhutan and Canada in the education sector that started 50 years ago when Father Mackey came to Bhutan in 1963.

Republished from Kuensel Online, National Order of Merit.

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!

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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!

Rigsum Sherig Collection Visits Bhutan!

Our executive director and a Canadian teacher had the opportunity to meet with the Sherig Collection staff in Bhutan, where a book fair in Bajothang was recently held.

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The fair displayed the Rigsum Sherig Collection and attracted many educators from nine dzongkhags (Chhukha, Dagana, Gasa, Paro, Punakha, Thimphu, Trongsa, Tsirang, and Wangdue). We are pleased to spread the word on the contribution that this organisation has made, allowing for easier access to quality offline learning  resources in many schools throughout Bhutan.

“For teachers and students in such schools, the Sherig Collection was perceived as a life-changer.”

A huge amount of educators visited the Sherig Collection tent, where they were able to copy content for use as teaching materials within their respective schools.

Officers from the Ministry of Education in Bhutan also visited the Sherig Collection tent and now have access to the same collection and will further distribute the learning resources.

For more on this article from Thimphu Tech: http://www.thimphutech.com/2013/05/rigsum-sherigcollection-visits.html

Applications to teach in Bhutan are now open!

Apply today at  http://teachinbhutan.org/apply/

Vacancy Announcement: Royal Thimphu College


The Royal Thimphu College announces the requirement of faculty in various subjects for the Fall Semester starting 29th July 2013 as indicated below. We invite interested and highly motivated professionals (both Bhutanese and foreign nationals) to submit applications for  faculty positions in the following departments on full-time or part-time basis:

  • Demography
  • Commerce/business/management
  • Mathematics/statistics
  • Sociology
  • English
  • Political science
  • Economics
  • Environmental studies
  • Computer science
Interested applicants should submit their letter of interest, along with all the relevant documents mentioned below to:
The Director, Royal Thimphu College, Ngabiphu, Post Box 1122, Thimphu or Room # 56 at Chang Lam Plaza Building, Post Box 1122, Thimphu or Fax to # 351806 or 336051 or e-mail to hr@rtc.bt or academics@rtc.bt
The application should include the following:
  1. A covering letter clearly indicating why you wish to apply to RTC,
  2. A Curriculum Vita / Resume that contains contact details (such as address, e-mail, fax, phone/mobile numbers), education qualification, employment history, research and publication, and other relevant information,
  3. Photocopies of Class X, XII, undergraduate and postgraduate degree certificates and mark sheets,
  4. Copy of Identity card/citizenship card/ passport,
  5. Two reference letters including at least one from your former employer or academic mentor.  In case these are not available, the names and contact details of at least two referees who can be contacted should be provided,
  6. If currently employed, a No Objection Certificate from the employer (if selected without NoC, recruitment will be provisional till this document is received),
  7. Medical fitness certificate (to be submitted only if selected).
Terms and Conditions:
    1. The College has categorization of faculty (ranging from Associate Lecturer to Professor) depending on qualification and teaching experience.
    2. The salary package will range from Nu 25,000 to 51, 700 per month (lump sum), commensurate with qualification and experience.  The College will also provide a framework for faculty to carry out consulting work and conduct research.
    3. Limited numbers of houses are available on campus. Housing preference will be given to the expatriates.
    4. All other terms and conditions will all be as per the RTC Service Manual and the contract agreement that will be signed after the selection.
For more information, please CLICK HERE or call the Human Resource Manager at 351801(EXT 118).
Interested in teaching in Bhutan for 2014?
Application officially opens on May 1st!
Learn more at www.teachinbhutan.org

Royal Thimphu College Seeks IT Manager

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Royal Thimpu College is recruiting at IT Manager. The Terms of Reference are posted below. For more information, or to apply please contact the HR Manager, Leena Chetri at leena@rtc.bt.

 
Terms of Reference for the Information Technology Manager

The IT Manager has the overall responsibility of managing RTC’s technologies, providing hardware and software maintenance, training and consultation and recommendations about future planning and development of IT resources.
 
A general framework for the roles and responsibilities of an IT Manager has been outlined below:
 
  1. Manage information technology and computer systems.
  2. Develop and implement policies and procedures for electronic data processing and computer systems operations and development.
  3. Control the computer systems budgets and expenditures.
  4. Troubleshoot hardware, software and network operating system.
  5. Troubleshoot all technology issues.
  6. Research current and potential resources and services.
  7. Implement, administrate and maintain databases.
  8. Perform routine preventive maintenance on hardware and software.
  9. Assist staff in understanding and using technology; conduct regular staff technology presentations and trainings.
  10. Manage technology inventory to include procurement and disposal.
  11. Discuss with departments regarding system requirements, specifications, costs and timeliness.
  12. Serve as main point of contact on all IT-related matters.
  13. Manage the development of team by ensuring, when possible, that project tasks are in line with each Innovator’s career interests.
  14. Train team members through both formal and informal training programs.
  15. Effectively utilize each team member to his/her fullest potential.
  16. Motivate team to work together in the most efficient manner.
Accountability
The IT Manager will be accountable to the Director or to any other person as may be communicated from time to time.