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Travel & Teach - Bangladesh



Overview


If you like a TEFL challenge then teaching English in Bangladesh could be for you.

As with India, there is no integrated TEFL industry in Bangladesh. Indeed, while English is in demand, few people can afford to pay for English instruction, so it is difficult for private sector schools to flourish. 

That said, there are still opportunities for EFL teachers, particularly if you are prepared to fund yourself and work on a tourist visa (at least initially). While EFL teachers cannot work in the state sector, there are opportunities to find private work in English-medium schools. Qualified teachers often end up involved in teacher training. If you do choose Bangladesh as your EFL destination, be prepared for large student numbers, perhaps accompanied by less than adequate resources. A rich cultural history and warm welcome could more than make up for this.
 

TEFL tips for teaching English in Bangladesh:

* Take a short, accredited Global English 70 hour TESOL course >> 
* Consider teaching through a volunteer org: World Service Enquiry
* Take out 'realia' (real items) to use in class like photos, maps, etc.

Useful Contacts

British Council http://www.britishcouncil.org/

British Council in Bangladesh: http://www.britishcouncil.org/bangladesh.htm    

Bangladeshi Embassy UK: http://bangladesh.embassyhomepage.com/

Bangladeshi Embassy USA: http://www.bangladoot.org/

Bangladeshi National Tourist Office: http://www.parjatan.org/

Useful: http://www.eslbase.com/advice/bangladesh.asp

Schools: http://www.eslbase.com/schools/bangladesh

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Comments

Dina Robinson

It might not sound real, but I have heard of people that find Dhaka so unfamiliar and strange on their first arrival that the thought of flying back out crosses their minds.

However as time goes by, you realize Dhaka is an interesting city and has the common characteristics of the big cities of the developing world. In fact many traditional things are fast changing and giving way to modern styles. any visitor would be struck by the noisy streets, large numbers of people (it’s very over populated), colorful female outfits, the smell of different spices, and the big interest of “Bengalis”. On the dark side, Dhaka has its misery and poverty too.

Regarding teaching here – you can be quite well paid if you work for an international organization or an international schools.

As for the traditional Bangladeshi students, well, there are various kinds. Some are extremely respectful of age, experience and authority, which teachers certainly represent here. Indeed, tradition and culture also makes Bangladeshis reluctant to challenge authority and this tends to make them shy of openly giving their opinion, asking questions and speaking in general. But with the right approach and techniques, these tendencies can be broken down.

Overall, Bangladeshis are open-minded, respectful, friendly and helpful people, ready to engage with the world. If you have any experience of working in Bangladesh and would like to share it with us, please add a message to our blog on this page.

Rafi

I found the 'overview' section is misleading as there is not a single positive image about the country, which is literary impossible. You have talked about traffic; well that's a very common problem in any other metropolitan city of the world. So I am not going to argue about this kind of common phenomena.

But about the “teaching environment” I can say that Bangladesh is far better than any other developing countries; even in many cases you will get international standard here. Furthermore, it’s a pleasure to let you know that many students from different parts of the world like Middle East, Latin America or Africa frequently come here to take certificate courses or degree programs as the education quality is good and the cost is also reasonable. However, from my teaching experience, I found the local students are much better than the international ones; in terms of English language skills. The grammar-translation method has been applied here for few decades, but in recent years the national curriculum is based on CLT method which has made the students fluent in communication. Apart from the city life, if you want to teach in rural areas, you might not find the metropolitan flavor, but the natural beauty will certainly strike you. And about the education management, there is no compromise! Each school or college is provided with multimedia projectors, internet and other modern facilities. You also don't have to worry about the journey as transport; both AC/Non Ac bus services are always available and roads are also congestion free! In fact, Bangladesh is such a country where you can get anything if you can afford them.

About the life-style surely Bangladeshis are changing tremendously keeping pace with globalization, but they have also kept their tradition intact in terms of respecting superiors, guardians and teachers. This kind of psychology of the students helps to make the classroom effective. You will be treated with proper respect and admiration. In fact, students here consider teachers as the second parents.
You will get attractive remuneration here as an international teacher, some institution might also provide transport facilities. But just to keep in your consideration that education has not been commercialized here yet, so if you have a money-making mentality, it might not be a suitable place for you.

Add your own comments on your experience in Bangladesh



Travel and Teach


As there are few private institutions and advertising is costly, we rarely see jobs appear in the UK press or indeed on the Internet. In common with many poorer countries, the best way to secure a position is to arrive in the country and keep your ear to the ground for opportunities. Although working on a 3-month tourist visa is illegal, it is sometimes considered the only way to get started in Bangladesh, because of the length of time it takes to process work visas.

The British Council has an office in Dhaka and recruits its teachers from London. They also employ teachers on an hourly basis as demand dictates. As with India, it is possible that you will find some willing pupils who you can exchange lessons with in return for food and accommodation. The cost of living is very cheap and there are also inexpensive housing opportunities. If you do wish to obtain a position before you travel, the best hope is to contact a voluntary organisation and you can obtain a full list from World Service Enquiry, which publishes a detailed list of positions each year.

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