Pre-departure Preparation

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All accommodation costs must be borne by the participants themselves.


NGL applicants will receive confirmation at least one month before the programme commences. All selected applicants will be sent a letter addressed to the visa section of the Myanmar Embassy in their country of citizenship. This letter will enable them to apply for a work visa in Myanmar for the full duration of the NGL programme. All participants must cover their own visa costs.


NGL participants must take full responsibility for health cover and health insurance throughout the duration of the programme. In Myanmar, the NGL programme takes place in a malarial zone during the rainy season when the risk of infection is generally quite high. All participants must consult a doctor well prior to joining the NGL programme and must follow the medical advice they are given. In Yangon there is a good hospital that can be accessed on a self-paying basis.

Teaching Resources

During the first two weeks of the programme, in Hong Kong, NGL participants will work closely with teachers to develop learning materials to be delivered on-site. Once on-site, intern-teachers will remain in close contact online with programme leaders and their peers in other locations to share and develop new materials to respond to the needs of the students in Myanmar.

In-class teaching generally takes place for 4-5 hours per day from Monday to Friday. Class sizes tend to range from 10 to 40, and pupils are often aged about 12-20. Instruction is usually at the elementary or intermediate level. However, there is no typical NGL class, and participants may find that their experience diverges considerably from this description.

What to Bring for Teaching

All participants will find it an excellent idea to bring a laptop to NGL for use in class. Some classrooms have Internet connections, and even in those that do not a laptop is an invaluable resource.

It is also good to bring songs that can be played in class, preferably through a laptop and maybe a small pair of speakers. Singing songs is a standard classroom activity.

Many pupils will want to know about their teachers’ life back home. Photos of friends, family and the places where participants live and study can be a great teaching resource.