Teach in Bhutan
Education is a primary focus for The Bhutan Canada Foundation. As one of the youngest democracies in the world, Bhutan requires an educated population who can meaningfully participate in both national and local affairs. To this end education is crucial; according to a 2004 Poverty Analysis Report, attaining a mid-secondary level of education is enough to raise a person out of poverty.
Through the Teach in Bhutan program, BCF works to achieve goals set by the Royal Government of Bhutan and the Ministry of Education in Bhutan by sending highly-qualified foreign teachers to teach in public schools across the country. BCF teachers have a tremendous impact on their students; critical thinking skills blossom, cultural awareness evolves significantly, and completion rates improve. BCF teachers also work with their Bhutanese colleagues to help improve professional competence, create inclusive and special education, and facilitate ongoing knowledge exchange.
Since January 2010, BCF has sent a total of 82 teachers to 53 different communities across Bhutan. These teachers have had a direct impact on the lives of over 11,000 Bhutanese students.
“It was possibly the most satisfying teaching experience in my whole career. I was able to use my skills and experience, and could see the positive results of my work…I feel that I came away from Bhutan a much richer person. The students, my colleagues, and my neighbours taught me a great deal about Bhutanese culture. More importantly, immersion in that culture also taught me a lot about myself.” – Ann Berman, BCF Teacher in Mongar (2010)
In order to qualify to participate in the Teach in Bhutan program individuals need to meet the following criteria:
1. Be a qualified teachers with three full-time years of relevant classroom teaching experience and possess either:
a. a Degree in Education, or
b. Teacher certification (provincial, state, or equivalent)
2. One’s first language (mother tongue) must be English
Priority is given to primary educators, and English, math, and science specialists.
Teachers are selected through a competitive application process that includes a written application, a two-stage interview, and presentation of qualifications to the Ministry of Education in Bhutan and the Royal Civil Service. At this time, under the terms of the Bhutan Canada Foundation’s memorandum of understanding with the Bhutanese Ministry of Education, we are unable to accept applications from Indian nationals. Opportunities may be viewed directly on the Kingdom of Bhutan’s Ministry of Education’s website (www.education.gov.bt/).
Anyone interested in applying to teach in Bhutan should visit our program website at www.teachinbhutan.org or call our Toronto office at (647) 233-6607.
Resources for educators
Articles & Papers on Education in Bhutan
- Education at the Root of Bhutan’s Growth Plans
- Teaching in the Land of Happiness: The Canada – Bhutan Connection
- Educating for Gross National Happiness
Education Institutions in Bhutan