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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.
The thanaka tree plays a part in Myanmar culture. The bark from the tree is ground down and water is added to create a paste. This paste is used as make up by both men and women. If this make up is applied you are considered more beautiful. Thanaka has been used by women for over 20 centuries. It's seen a wonderful alternative to sunscreen and likely to be an original protector from the sun.
If you a travelling to Myanmar dates worth noting are the 13th April to the 16th April. That's when the Maha Thingyan Water Festival is on. It's one of the most widely celebrated across Myanmar, thousands flood to the streets (no pun intended) to have huge water fights to celebrate the Burmese New Year.
In the central plains of Myanmar you will find the temples of modern day Bagan. During the 12th and 13th century's the Myanmar Kingdom flourished and their wealth build incredible monuments for the time. With over 2000 religious monuments to visit in a small circumference area and what is know as the catalyst for Theravada Buddhism. It's one of the must visit locations in Myanmar if travelling the country.
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)|