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Prof.Gringo



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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bentanddisfunctional wrote:
Myanmar health check requirements are quite thorough and stringent.

You need to be screened for syphilis and HIV. Your blood pressure will be taken, and an EKG performed. You will also have an ultrasound scan of your torso, a chest X-ray, blood taken and standard measurements of height and weight. You teeth and eyesight will also be checked.
In addition you will be tested for opiates,marijuana metabolites and amphetamines.

You may do this in your home country however this document will need to be notarised or alternatively at one of the approved medical facilities in Yangon or Mandalay- cost approximately US $280 and is valid for 1 year.
Employers don't normally reimburse you for that.

Good luck


Were you expected to get this med check upon arrival or after the first month's salary?
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Prof.Gringo



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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bentanddisfunctional wrote:
Myanmar health check requirements are quite thorough and stringent.

You need to be screened for syphilis and HIV. Your blood pressure will be taken, and an EKG performed. You will also have an ultrasound scan of your torso, a chest X-ray, blood taken and standard measurements of height and weight. You teeth and eyesight will also be checked.
In addition you will be tested for opiates,marijuana metabolites and amphetamines.

You may do this in your home country however this document will need to be notarised or alternatively at one of the approved medical facilities in Yangon or Mandalay- cost approximately US $280 and is valid for 1 year.
Employers don't normally reimburse you for that.

Good luck


Were you expected to get this med check upon arrival or after the first month's salary?
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bluetortilla



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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 3:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prof.Gringo wrote:
bentanddisfunctional wrote:
Myanmar health check requirements are quite thorough and stringent.

You need to be screened for syphilis and HIV. Your blood pressure will be taken, and an EKG performed. You will also have an ultrasound scan of your torso, a chest X-ray, blood taken and standard measurements of height and weight. You teeth and eyesight will also be checked.
In addition you will be tested for opiates,marijuana metabolites and amphetamines.

You may do this in your home country however this document will need to be notarised or alternatively at one of the approved medical facilities in Yangon or Mandalay- cost approximately US $280 and is valid for 1 year.
Employers don't normally reimburse you for that.

Good luck


Were you expected to get this med check upon arrival or after the first month's salary?


See Saya's answer on this: it is not required by the Myanmar gov. though individual institutions may have their own rules. Something tells me that an institution that requires all this is a real red flag for work conditions. I would think, offhand, these are Int. schools who go by their affiliate rules or who answer to demands from the parents of obviously upper class families. Either way doesn't sound good to me.

My own personal opinion is that unless you are being screened for an aggressive, highly infectious disease that there has been a recent outbreak of, medical tests are irrational and discriminatory. I am working in China at the moment, but I personally tend to boycott countries that continue this degrading practice.

Not sure about Indonesia and Malaysia, but neither Thailand, Japan, Laos, Cambodia, or Myanmar require a med check now. The future could change things, but it doesn't seem like that either Thailand or Japan will impose these requirements any time soon.
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bluetortilla



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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 4:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know if this is useful information or not, but:

-most of the schools I see online are in Yangon
-most of the those sites are hosted by big multi-national TEFL names
-most of the full time jobs fall under the 'international school' category and many require you to teach subjects besides TEFL
-the interview process 'sounds' strict
-the benefits, including housing, are generous

I have a friend working at such a school right now in Yangon. She loves Myanmar, likes the work, but says she's definitely overworked and too tired to do much most weeks except teach, veg out, sleep, and teach again. That's a real life testimony, but I don't know if it's typical.

I would imagine that teaching full time in international schools must be a similar experience anywhere. Not saying that's bad, not at all. But probably not for me.

I'm going to Mandalay with a light suit and tie, a smile, and a very positive attitude this September and see what comes up. I would love to tutor IELTS/TOEFL or teach general English conversation, for under 20 classes a week, preferably 15, if that's possible. If not I'll move on.

In a word, not much on the net. For Mandalay, very very little.
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bluetortilla



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have another question about Myanmar as I WAS planning on just going to Mandalay to see what pans out, but having read other posts am having serious second thoughts.
I don't care about blackouts, no water for a day, pot holes...etc., rabid dogs are scary, but I'm getting the impression that you're pretty much at the mercy of your employer when you take a teaching job and not only will you not have much maneuvering space, you'll have no recourse to getting ripped off. Is that pretty much accurate- on the bad side of things?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bluetortilla wrote:
I'm going to Mandalay with a light suit and tie, a smile, and a very positive attitude this September and see what comes up.


That sounds exciting. Definitely off the beaten path. Please keep us posted on how it goes.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

esl_prof wrote:
bluetortilla wrote:
I'm going to Mandalay with a light suit and tie, a smile, and a very positive attitude this September and see what comes up.


That sounds exciting. Definitely off the beaten path. Please keep us posted on how it goes.


Mandalay became Vientiane!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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