Reading Program

Reading Program

The Reading Program is an opportunity to help build the capacity of Bhutanese students and teachers while experiencing life in a mystical Himalayan country that few people get to visit. During a 4-week classroom placement you will help elementary school children to improve their English reading skills. You will also mentor Bhutanese teachers, providing them with the chance to learn from your experience and skill base. You will be able to have a positive impact on both children and teachers, while enjoying a unique experience!

In order to qualify applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • B.Ed or equivalent education in teaching
  • Three years of classroom teaching experience
  • Fluent English speaker
  • Be in excellent health

Program Fees

March and May 2020

All fees are in US dollars

  • International flight (to gateway city to Bhutan) – Booked by teacher
  • Round-trip flight to Paro – $450 – 1,000 (Departing from Kathmandu, Delhi or Bangkok)
  • Accommodations – $1,100
  • In country support (transportation and staff support) – $200
  • Administration fee – $150
  • Donation to BCF – $350*

Estimated total in US dollars $2,250 – $2,800** 

August, September, and October 2020

All fees are in US dollars

Due to price increases in country, fees will increase for programs starting August 2020. 

  • International flight (to gateway city to Bhutan) – Booked by teacher
  • Round-trip flight to Paro – $450 – 1,000 (Departing from Kathmandu, Delhi or Bangkok)
  • Accommodations – $1,100
  • In country support (transportation and staff support) – $300
  • Administration fee – $200
  • Donation to BCF – $350*

Estimated total in US dollars $2,400 – $2,950** 

*All donations are tax deductible for residents in Canada. **Estimated total does not include international flight. Other costs not included: medical insurance, meals, gifts for school. Note, spouses and family are not permitted to accompany teacher unless both participate in the program.

This might look expensive! But it’s actually a much better deal than travelling to Bhutan as a tourist. After flight costs, the Reading Program’s in-country and administration/donation costs are US$1,800 for 30 days, or US$60 per day***. In contrast, travelling in Bhutan as a tourist requires paying a mandatory tourism tariff of US$200-250 per day (including meals). And best of all, you’ll experience everyday life in Bhutan in a way a tourist never will, while also having the opportunity to see Tiger’s Nest, the country’s famous tourist attraction. If you want to hear more, contact us for details.

***Calculation based on March and May 2020 program fees.

Apply Now

Applications are open! Program dates include:

  • February 28 – March 28, 2020
  • May 1 – May 30, 2020
  • July 30 – August 28, 2020
  • September 4 – October 3, 2020
  • October 2 – October 31, 2020

Questions about this program can be addressed to Jasmeen Chandi, Program Manager at  jasmeen@bhutancanada.org or 647-233-6607.