Otherwise known as the Golden Land, Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a country of diverse culture, spirituality and amazing cuisine.
Myanmar has an eventful history. Previously under an oppressive military rule from 1962, Myanmar was effectively closed to the outside world. Finally, in 2015, the National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, won the first democratic elections and since then Myanmar has slowly been integrating with the rest of the world. That is not to say that Myanmar has forever rid itself of political turmoil, but foreigners should feel relatively safe while here as long as you keep an eye on travel advisories.
In the meantime, there is no reason not to explore this fascinating country.
As a rural, traditional country which is, in many ways, still stuck in the past, Myanmar offers many opportunities to experience the natural beauty of the country. There are jungles, mountains and beaches to explore; you can trek through forests to villages, drift down the Irrawaddy River on a cruiser or enjoy an ice-cold falooda on the beach.
Besides natural beauty, there is plenty of art, architecture, archaeology to enjoy, as well as countless Buddhist sites, on busy streets or deserted mountain tops. A definite highlight and a must for every visitor to Myanmar is the Bagan plain, which boasts an incredible 3 000 temples.
There are many volunteering opportunities in Myanmar; these positions will give you a small stipend to live off. You could find a job in a private school and your salary will increase with your qualifications and teaching experience. Even with these positions the salary may not seem like much but the cost of living is extremely low.
You will need a Business visa which is valid for 10 weeks and then you will need to do a visa run to the nearest border to renew it.
|Degree Requirement||Typical Contract Length||Peak Hiring Seasons||Visa Info||Typical Students||Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency||Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency|
|BS/ BA degree required||1 month – 12 months||year-round||business visa||children||1 300 000 – 1 600 000 MMK (820 – 990 GBP)||2 000 000 – 3 500 000 MMK (1 200 – 1 500 GBP)|