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BEWARE ILBC MANDALAY!!!! Stay away!
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plumpy nut



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once you get used to it Vientienne is rather nice. It's a lazy town with Tuk Tuks that charge crazy prices (I usually ignore them and walk away), although having the best beer is not the only good thing about the place. The restaurants there are the best I have ever seen in the region and cheap too.
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laos is boring...but great for cycling! Sabai Dee Lao! Very Happy
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bluetortilla



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes indeed why stay in boring Laos when you can stay in the cryptic and spine-tingling Mandalay ILBC house!
Ah, to think of wasting all that time on lonely nights on the banks of the swooshing eternal Mekong when I could be marauding with the other rioters on the gritty streets of Mandalay. For a danger-loving guy like me the choice should be obvious!

--Lao Ding
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess speaking Lao at ILBC' Big Brothers House in Mandalay might become handy...to alleviate the boredom!!! Laughing
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Prof.Gringo



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

EFL Educator wrote:
I guess speaking Lao at ILBC' Big Brothers House in Mandalay might become handy...to alleviate the boredom!!! Laughing


Or you can try counting flowers on the wall, playing solitaire to dawn with a pack of fifty-one Laughing

Welcome to the Big Brother House!

Twisted Evil
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heard Big Brother is now speaking Lao....must be a very, very, and VERY BORING place! Laughing Laughing
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bentanddisfunctional



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enjoying Mandalay?????
I'm glad I'm out of Myanmar- it is at boiling point again.
It's just a made up country with shocking sectarian and religious divides.

The Bamar kids are indocrinated into a racial/religious hatred-sad.....

and all the ILBC stories are true..you'lll find out

enjoy
Bent

YANGON, Myanmar — Authorities in Myanmar's second-largest city of Mandalay have lifted a curfew imposed after attacks on minority Muslims left two people dead and injured 14 others.

The rioting in early July was triggered by rumors that two Muslim men had raped a Buddhist woman. Mobs torched homes and shops, prompting authorities on July 3 to impose an overnight curfew in seven townships. The Home Ministry later said a man had falsely accused the two men of raping a woman due to a grudge against them.

An order carried in state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper on Tuesday said calm had been largely restored, allowing for its lifting.

Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation, has been grappling since 2012 with sectarian violence that has left up to 300 people, most of them Muslims attacked by Buddhist extremists in the western Rakhine state.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2014/08/12/3614302/myanmar-lifts-curfew-in-violence.html#storylink=c
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Myanmar is now a fine example of what happens when people abuse their own new found freedom...and violence takes over the mindset. On the other hand, BIG BROTHER is still watching over you TEFLers at his Mandalay Estate...and your every move ...but is now speaking Urdu not LAO!!! Shocked
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conwaypk



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wellp, won't be choosing the Mandalay job then...Glad I checked out this thread. Doctors are everywhere... Shocked

Kinda makes one grateful for their Chinese job now. But not grateful enough to stay put. haha
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any updates on ILBC in Myanmar? Anyone?

Sabai dee Lao!

Very Happy Very Happy
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Mandaloopy



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sat in ILBC Mandalay right now so perhaps I can help with an updated 'review' of the school. I've been here a year and happily signed another contract.

Let's start with some positives

1: The Students: My students have been the best part of the whole living in Myanmar experience. They're attentive, keen, cheeky, chatty and up for any new learning experience. On the whole they are very well behaved and present few challenges when it comes to classroom management. It should be noted that lots of them have to attend Chinese school and other tuition that can leave them exhausted- outdoor games and lessons go down very well as rote learning is still very common here. The level of English is excellent- most students speak Chinese,too. Smart bunch of first graders

2: Admin: Admin have always been on hand to help me with any concerns about school or day to day life. A smile and good manners go along way here. The people who have had issues here tended to be rude and oblivious to the fact that Myanmar is still very much a developing country. This isn't America or England, so don't expect it to be!

3: Freedom in the classroom: There are very few materials and no text books for expat staff to follow for some grade levels. This gives you a lot of scope and freedom about what sort of lessons you are going to give. Honestly, the first year has been pretty exhausting but rewarding. It's made me a more creative and flexible teacher.

4: Pay: I can categorically state that ILBC does NOT retain 25% of the salary- the actual amount is 10%. Still not nice, but it is very clear in the contract who agree to sign. A certified teacher will make around $2300 a month while one with a TEFL and unrelated degree will make around $2100. There is ample opportunity to save as the cost of living is rather low. Accommodation is paid for. Apartments are spartan but furnished with the basics

A few negatives


1.Understand that Mandalay is still relatively isolated for the rest of the world; the internet is temperamental and the electric can go out for hours at a time

2. There are lots of mosquitos

3. Sending money home is hard due to sanctions against banks here due to cronyism and suspected money laundering. It's best done in Bangkok.

4. Healthcare is poor- for basic illnesses it should be fine but for anything serious you'll need to go to Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong.
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getbehindthemule



Joined: 15 Oct 2015
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mandaloopy wrote:
I'm sat in ILBC Mandalay right now so perhaps I can help with an updated 'review' of the school. I've been here a year and happily signed another contract.

Let's start with some positives

1: The Students: My students have been the best part of the whole living in Myanmar experience. They're attentive, keen, cheeky, chatty and up for any new learning experience. On the whole they are very well behaved and present few challenges when it comes to classroom management. It should be noted that lots of them have to attend Chinese school and other tuition that can leave them exhausted- outdoor games and lessons go down very well as rote learning is still very common here. The level of English is excellent- most students speak Chinese,too. Smart bunch of first graders

2: Admin: Admin have always been on hand to help me with any concerns about school or day to day life. A smile and good manners go along way here. The people who have had issues here tended to be rude and oblivious to the fact that Myanmar is still very much a developing country. This isn't America or England, so don't expect it to be!

3: Freedom in the classroom: There are very few materials and no text books for expat staff to follow for some grade levels. This gives you a lot of scope and freedom about what sort of lessons you are going to give. Honestly, the first year has been pretty exhausting but rewarding. It's made me a more creative and flexible teacher.

4: Pay: I can categorically state that ILBC does NOT retain 25% of the salary- the actual amount is 10%. Still not nice, but it is very clear in the contract who agree to sign. A certified teacher will make around $2300 a month while one with a TEFL and unrelated degree will make around $2100. There is ample opportunity to save as the cost of living is rather low. Accommodation is paid for. Apartments are spartan but furnished with the basics

A few negatives


1.Understand that Mandalay is still relatively isolated for the rest of the world; the internet is temperamental and the electric can go out for hours at a time

2. There are lots of mosquitos

3. Sending money home is hard due to sanctions against banks here due to cronyism and suspected money laundering. It's best done in Bangkok.

4. Healthcare is poor- for basic illnesses it should be fine but for anything serious you'll need to go to Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong.



Nice post. Thanks for the info, especially the negatives (good info to know). Been in China a few years now but I'm very interested in Myanmar.
You must like it if you're staying for another year, good luck to you!
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