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      Win $4,000 USD for the summer of 2017!  We are having a Forum Contest at InternationalEducators.com. The economy is struggling in most parts of the world. People have lost retirement investment and their portfolios are down.  Many have said they are unable enjoy their summer this year as it is cost prohibitive. We are here are help with our Give-A-Way. The prize: A round-trip ticket from your city to any destination of your choice (up to 1500 USD). Plus, we will get you an American Express Travelers Check or a prepaid ATM for 2500 USD. You can use that $2500 for hotels, meals or barhopping from one place to the next. It is up to you what you do with the prize money. So, the prize is an airline ticket up to 1500 (we book for you) and 2500 to spend! So, a total of up to 4,000 USD! It is a chance to have a free trip during your summer of 2017! All teachers deserve a wonderful summer and we want to help one person have an extra special summer! The way to enter: 1. Join InternationalEducators.com 2. For every 100 posts you have on the site, you get one entry into the contest (up to 5 entries).  For each review you post, you get one entry into the contest (up to 3 reviews). 3. Contest beings today and goes through May 30, 2017. 4. If you have over 100 posts on May 30, 2017, you will get one entry for each 100 posts. For example, if you have 400 posts on May 30, 2017, that is four tickets you get for the Lucky Draw.  If you have 400 posts plus 2 reviews, that is six tickets for the Lucky Draw. 5. To qualify, the posts must be reasonable quality. One or two word posts will not count. While this post is in the main forum, there are other forums here as well and all qualify. In the first week in June 2017, we will have a drawing and the person whose name comes out of the hat will be the winner. This drawing will be held in Bangkok in front of any local teachers who wish to participate. We hope that you sign in and spend some time in the forums and if you have a review to submit of a school you have worked at, there is no better time than the present. Again, thank you for your support and we hope you have a wonderful school year! Be sure your first post is in the Introduction Forum so that you can then post without Moderation! The staff at InternationalEducators.com
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International School of Myanmar - Review from February 2017

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Let me say first and foremost that the one thing they don’t tell you when you sign on to this school is how sick you will be during your time here.  I can safely say that almost every colleague (myself included) came down with severe stomach pain and other illnesses and missed 3 to 4 times more school than usual. Some of my colleagues got Dengue fever and even suffered from dehydration.

The main reasons for this is that Yangon is not very sanitary overall and you will come into contact with germs and bacteria that you could never imagine in a first world or developing country.

Currently the salaries for overseas hires vary from 2 to 3 thousand dollars a month and the apartment is provided and fully paid for. I took modest vacations around SE Asia and had no problem saving. Travel in Myanmar is very overpriced however and it is not cost effective as packages are often prices in multiples of 1000.

Students here are super good and motivated.  Technology is almost non existent. Students don’t all have laptops so be prepared to lug around tons of worksheets and paper.

Most teachers stay 2 or 3 years and go. I would advise most teachers to not come here simply because of the health issues. There is only 1 modern clinic in Yangon and if you need real help then the only choice is to fly to Bangkok. I did know a teacher who was seriously ill and she had to navigate airports during the extremely painful illness just so she could get to a modern hospital.

Yangon is starting to get more malls/restaurants etc. But you still have to ride in dirty old cabs that may or may not have working air con. Plus all the locals spit their red tobacco juice on the sidewalks and you will constantly step in/ smell that. The city is also a humidity trap. I have been all around the equator in my life but this is the hottest I have ever encountered. Most teachers stay in their apartments while running the a/c. Don’t count on spending much time outdoors.

Last year the board at this school made the outgoing director leave the school in February. Apparently they paid him out on his contract they just didn’t want him coming around the building anymore. With that came a mass exodus of staff and a bunch of broken contracts.

That mess may or may not clean up. But if you are OK with the sanitary conditions of Yangon and want to teach for a few years as if it were the 1970’s then this school will do fine. I will say it again. Some of the best students you will ever encounter.

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