GETTING TO BHUTAN
Teachers are responsible for paying for airfare, travel medical insurance, Bhutan visa(s) and work permit, and startup costs. Financial aid bursaries to help with the cost of airfare are available, please note in your application if you would like to apply for a bursary.
Teachers may opt into the Fundraising Program in which they raise a $3,850 program fee to cover all of these costs. Alternatively, teachers may choose to cover their expenses Out-of-Pocket and arrange their own airfare (with assistance from BCF) but must purchase travel medical insurance through BCF.
The table below outlines anticipated expenditures associated with travelling to and setting up a home in Bhutan:
|Type of Expense||Estimated Cost||Included in Program Fee|
|Two 1-way international airfare tickets, including Druk Air||$2,500 to $3,000||Yes|
|Travel Medical Insurance, including emergency evacuation||$700 to $1,000||Yes|
|Bhutan Visa and Bhutan Work Permit||$70||Yes|
|Start-Up Costs (including but not limited to: cooking utensils, bedding, room heater, water filter etc)||$500 to $1,000||No|
|Immunizations (optional)||$100 to $1,000||No|
|Police Background Check||$0 to $50||No|
OPTIONS FOR COVERING COSTS
Option 1: Teacher Fundraising Program
Teachers may opt into the Teacher Fundraising Program in which they may fundraise the cost of their trip. Teachers who opt into the fundraising program must raise a $3,850 program fee, which covers round–trip airfare and comprehensive travel medical insurance (all booked and organized by BCF) and all necessary Bhutan work permits and visas. The $3,850 program fee does not include start-up costs, accommodation, living expenses, or immunizations prior to departure.Teachers who opt into the fundraising program will receive a support package and assistance from the Toronto office to aid in fundraising. Most donations made to Canadian and American BCF teachers who are participating in the fundraising program are TAX DEDUCTIBLE and will be receipted by the Foundation – some exceptions apply.
Option 2: Self Funding
Teachers may choose to cover expenses Out-of-Pocket. Teachers who choose to self-fund will arrange their own airfare (with assistance from BCF) and must purchase travel medical insurance through BCF’s group insurance provider. Teachers who arrange their own travel to Bhutan must plan to arrive prior to orientation on the date set by the Foundation.
EXPENSES IN THE FIELD
As employees of the Royal Government of Bhutan BCF teachers will be paid a local Bhutanese salary of 25,000 Nu at the end of each month. The salary is more than enough to cover the cost of living in Bhutan. Cost of living expenses will include paying for accommodation (approximately 4,000 Nu in urban areas and less in rural areas), food, and some travel. The salary is equivalent to approximately CDN $450.
Below is a list of anticipated monthly expenses while in the field. Please note, these costs vary widely depending on the community in which teachers are based and personal preferences and consumption habits.
|Type of Expense||Estimated Cost|
|Accommodation||Nu 2,000 – 5,000|
|Food||Nu 2,000 – 4,000|
|Utilities||Up to Nu 500|
|Internet & Mobile Phone||Nu 1,500|
TEACHERS WITH STUDENT LOANS
Teachers with outstanding student loans may qualify to have their loans deferred while working as a teacher in Bhutan. However, this is something that must be researched on an individual basis as each lender’s policies are different. BCF will happily provide proof of employment as a teacher in Bhutan to assist with this matter.