"Although I have only been here for a month and half, I feel that this is a place worth staying. Living above the gorgeous school, looking at our beautiful playground, and looking at the mountains to the East, I feel lucky everyday to be where I am. More importantly I feel lucky to be with the people I am with. My fellow fifth grade teachers have been extremely supportive and collaborative during my time settling in here. There is a tremendous amount of support as each lead teacher also has an assistant teacher in their class as well! My assistant teacher helps support the learning of students while also helping me run my class efficiently. I can't imagine teaching without her! But the most influential part of my time at AIS has been the students. I can say with all honesty that I am more attached to my students this year after a month and half than I was by the end of my previous teaching year. The students are kind, hard working, and fun. I am truly grateful to be here and would recommend this school to just about anyone! As I was writing this testimonial during my planning time, another fifth grade teacher came into my room and handed me a homemade green tea latte! That is just one example of the kind of people that live and work at AIS!"
Tr. Brock, Grade 5, Home Country: USA 2016-present
"Making the decision to teach abroad at AIS is a decision I am very happy to have made! Since I have arrived in Mandalay, I have been blown away by the generosity, support, and kindness of the people here - not only at AIS, but also in the community. Mandalay is a large city, but it has quickly felt like home. The school environment is a great place to work at. People are quick to answer questions and help you in any way you need. The students are very polite, creative, and enthusiastic. There are wonderful places to visit in and around Mandalay - the culture in Myanmar is amazing! I have had so many wonderful experiences while living and working in Mandalay. It is definitely a place I am glad to have found."
Tr. Angela, Grade 4 Home Country: USA 2016-present
“Our students are very enthusiastic about learning! Our teachers and administration share that enthusiasm and generate an energy of positivity and growth. At AIS, I feel very supported and motivated to be my best self and to constantly reflect on how I can improve in my craft of teaching. The camaraderie of staff fosters professional collaboration and inspiration to make learning and our community fun and a great place to be!”
Tr. Katie K, Secondary Spanish & Learning Support Home Country: USA 2015-Present Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Recruit
“I have been at AIS for the past four years and during my time here, I have made countless wonderful memories. After teaching abroad for eight years, I have never encountered such a committed and concerned alumni. The students at AIS have an incredible passion for learning and academic success. It is a joy to see my students daily. I am very happy to call AIS and Mandalay my second home.”
Tr. Matt S, Grade 2 Home Country: USA 2013-Present Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Recruit
"I love teaching here at AIS. As a teacher here, I have freedom to be creative and expand on the curriculum in different and innovative ways. Unlike what you find in North America, AIS doesn't focus on teaching to the test. We use assessment to identify student needs, but don't let testing take over everything from curriculum formation to teacher evaluation. I began my time here as a fourth-grade teacher and was given the opportunity to move into another specialty area: science. We have a great lab (that is available to the whole school) that I use almost every week for teaching hands-on science! As someone who loves to travel, living in Myanmar has also been a great opportunity for me. If you come here you have a chance to intimately get to know a unique and growing culture. There are also ample vacations and opportunities to explore elsewhere!"
Tr. Molly, Grade 4 & Secondary Science Home Country: USA 2014-2016
“My experience with the entire staff at AIS has been incredible! Moving to another country and starting my first year of teaching all at once posed some unique challenges, but the staff at the school made this transition remarkably easier than expected. There is a strong support system at AIS, and I am grateful to be a part of this family!”
Tr. Amy, Grade 1 Home Country: USA 2015-Present UNI Recruit
“I'm thankful for the wonderful team of teachers whom I am working with now in my preschool class. They are nothing but helpful, supportive and friendly to me. They make work more fun and productive. They treat me as if I'm their local sister, make me try different food and tour me around Mandalay. The simple things that they do for me make me feel less homesick. My students here are just the same -- friendly, energetic and happy bunch of kids. They never fail to make me smile every day.”
Tr. Vanessa, Preschool Home Country: Philippines 2015-Present
“The past two and half years at AIS have been great. This opportunity has given me the chance to meet supportive and involved parents, engaged students, and interesting people in the community. The families at AIS have made me feel like I am welcome in Mandalay. They have invited me to celebrate holidays and cultural events in their homes and around the city. I feel like I have learned a great deal about Myanmar through AIS. It has been a wonderful experience.”
Tr. Lori, Grade 1 Home Country: USA 2013-Present Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Recruit
"I taught Math courses in the Philippines for more than a decade. It was really a challenge for me to come up with very good PowerPoint slides, and my "sketching" skills were also tested since I needed to draw good figures on the whiteboard. But because of the Smart Board I have in my classroom here in AIS, I can easily come up with engaging and interesting math activities. Every classroom in AIS has a Smart Board!"
Tr. Jonathan, Secondary Math Home Country: Philippines 2015-2016
"Upon arriving at AIS, I was quite anxious to begin because I was entering my first year of teaching. However, the support and encouragement I have received from both my team members, as well as the other grade level teachers, made me feel at home within the first week. The transition into the AIS family has been beyond positive, and I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of the school year has in store. I have settled into my classroom community and the Mandalay community with ease, and I couldn't think of a better place to spend my first year of teaching!"
Tr. Catherine, Grade 2 Home Country: USA
"It has been a couple of months since I arrived in Mandalay. Time is flying here. Before I came to Mandalay, I was a little anxious about teaching at AIS and Mandalay itself. Now, I am so excited and grateful for being here and for teaching our students. I have found that AIS students are the most hard-working, collaborating and enthusiastic students I have ever taught. It is a pleasure working with them. I even give up some personal time to work with them on Saturdays! :) AIS is an amazing school with an attractive school environment and extraordinary people. I wish time would slow down here." Tr. Erik, Physical Education, Home Country: Slovakia 2016-present
"I grew up in Myanmar, went to college in the US, and recently returned to Mandalay. I was a little surprised the first time I walked into AIS and saw the students communicating with each other in English, which was totally different from my childhood. We are lucky to have supportive teachers, parents, and leadership in this community, and I am very grateful that I am a part of the AIS family."
May Yee Sein, Family Outreach Coordinator Home Country: Myanmar 2016-present
“The administrators and faculty of AIS went above and beyond my expectations in preparing me for my arrival in Mandalay. The help, advice, support and answers that I received made the transition to life in Myanmar smooth and painless. I was pleasantly surprised by how empathetic and understanding the administrative staff was in providing one-on-one feedback and information on every topic from visas to vaccinations.” Tr. Elise, Grade 5 Home Country: Canada 2015-2016
“From the day I arrived I have felt sincerely supported by everyone here: by the office staff, the housing staff, the administrators, and especially my fellow teachers! They are an amazing group of dedicated educators who will share with and support you in every way.”
Tr. Lesa, K-12 Art Home Country: USA 2015-2016
"I'm a first-year teacher, and AIS has been a great experience! As soon as my wife and I landed we were welcomed to the city of Mandalay and AIS with open arms. The staff here has been more than helpful and accommodating. We have had such a great time exploring the city and meeting new people around Mandalay. The city is so much fun to explore and the work environment at AIS is professional, challenging, and fun!"
Tr. CJ, Grade 5 Home Country: Canada 2015-2016
“I have a shy student in my class who is new to AIS this year and new to English. One day my class needed a break. I wanted the break to be something silly with movement, but also a tiny bit educational. I settled on whole class Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, despite the lackluster reception it initially received in my 4th grade class in the US. Imagine my surprise when the entire class, including my shy new student, were enthralled! Everyone participated, and we even came up with a new (to me) slow motion version. It was a win-win-win: my students had a short break, my new student learned a few new English vocabulary words, and everybody had fun!” Tr. Emily, Grade 4 Home Country: USA 2015-Present UNI Recruit
“It is a very exhilarating time at AIS and I love that I am part of it. The students are excited about the future and we are providing them educational opportunities that weren't available to residents of Mandalay in the past. I can't wait to see our first graduating class in 2017 and am eager to see where the students will go to university. I also really love living in Mandalay and experiencing firsthand the changes that are happening here every day!”
Tr. Suzanne, School Counselor Home Country: USA 2015-2016 UNI Recruit
"It has been exciting for me to be part of a new, growing, and improving school community. Here at AIS, I have been fortunate to have many opportunities to contribute to the school and community that I likely would not have had at a more established school. I've enjoyed all of these opportunities and challenges in the last three years of living, working, and learning at AIS."
Tr. Matt, Secondary History & English Home Country: USA 2014-Present
"AIS is very concerned with the success of every single student and is willing to implement innovative programs to affect student outcomes in a positive way. AIS is a real home for learning."
Tr. Rodante, Secondary Math Home Country: Philippines 2015-2016
"The Academic Year 2015-2016 is my first teaching year at AIS and I was warmly welcomed by the administrators, foreign colleagues and local staff. Everyone shows full support to the new faculty members and I always feel encouraged every day I am working with my students."
Tr. Ralph, Physical Education Home Country: Philippines 2015-Present
“Since I last traveled Asia, Myanmar has been on my bucket list. I never thought, however, that one day I would call this country home. Today, I am so happy that I do. It was a huge step out of my comfort zone, but since the moment I was waiting in the Bangkok airport and met a handful of returning teachers, I have felt comfortable and at home. The staff are helpful in so many different ways, from taking you to the doctor, helping you buy a motorbike, showing you how to use the copier or giving you helpful advice in the 'first year of teaching stress'. I am very happy I chose to come to AIS.”
Tr. Natasha, Grade 1 Home Country: Canada 2015-Present TORF Recruit
"I chose to come to Myanmar and Ayeyarwaddy International School because it presented a unique opportunity to be a part of a building process. This meant that I was able to play an active role in defining the school culture at AIS instead of merely supporting the status quo elsewhere. Both Myanmar and AIS are in the midst of a tremendous growth cycle these days, and I feel fortunate to have the chance to participate in this process intimately."
Tr. Justin, Grade 5 & Secondary Assistant Principal Home Country: Canada 2014-Present