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FAQs

What is the Bhutan Canada Foundation?

The Bhutan Canada Foundation (BCF) is a registered Canadian charity that works to further the development of Bhutan and its people through programs that impact its educational and social institutions. BCF achieves its goals through partnerships with the people of Bhutan, carrying on a long-standing tradition of Canadian and Bhutanese knowledge exchange, cooperation and goodwill.

Learn more about The Bhutan Canada Foundation by clicking here.

Why is the Bhutan Canada Foundation recruiting teachers to teach in Bhutan?

The Teach in Bhutan program is a main focus for the Foundation. Currently, the Kingdom of Bhutan faces a shortage of nearly 1,000 teachers, primarily in the country’s remote rural regions. At the request of the Ministry of Education in Bhutan, BCF works to address this shortage by sending teachers to areas most affected.

Since January 2010, BCF has sent a total of 69 teachers to 39 different communities across Bhutan. Our teachers have directly impacted the lives of over 10,800 Bhutanese students.

Where is Bhutan?

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a small landlocked country in South Asia. Bhutan is at the eastern end of the Himalayas and is bordered to the east, south and west by India and China (Tibet) in the north.

A map of Bhutan that also shows the communities where our teachers work can be accessed here.

Do I need to be able to speak any other languages to teach in Bhutan?

No. English is the language of instruction in Bhutan beginning in kindergarten and all subjects except for local language lessons are conducted in English.

What is the weather like in Bhutan?

Located in the eastern part of the Himalayas, Bhutan experiences four distinct climatic seasons – winter, spring, summer and fall. The central districts of Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang, Mongar, Trashigang and Lhuntse enjoy a semi tropical climate with very cool winters, and warm summers. Thimphu, Paro, Trongsa and Bumthang have pleasant summers, and cold or freezing winters. In most areas the winter months of November through February are generally dry with daytime temperatures sometimes falling below zero degrees celsius. The southern part of Bhutan is tropical and, in general, the east of Bhutan is warmer than the west. Most areas experience monsoon rains from June to August.

How high is the elevation in Bhutan?

Elevation ranges from 97 meters in the south to 7, 570 meters at Gangkar Phinsum, Bhutan’s highest peak. Most teacher placements are in the 1000 – 2000 meter range. For some people, it can take a few days or weeks to adjust to the difference in altitude.

What is Gross National Happiness?

The term Gross National Happiness (GNH) was coined by Bhutan’s fourth king, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, who opened up the country to modernization. GNH was developed in an attempt to define an indicator that can measure quality of life and social progress in more holistic terms than GDP. Click here to learn more about GNH.

How is GNH incorporated into schools?

GNH is incorporated into every class in Bhutanese schools from English to math. BCF teachers will receive training and information on how to incorporate GNH into their lessons during orientation in Thimphu. To learn more about GNH in the classroom please visit the Educating for GNH website.

Where can I learn more about Bhutan?

You can learn more about Bhutan by visiting the Bhutan Canada Foundation website at www.bhutancanada.org which provides additional information on the country and links to online resources and helpful books and publications.

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