International Cooperative Education



Bhutan recently celebrated more than 100 years of peace, unity and tranquility. Come spend time in this fascinating mix of old and new, amid the gorgeous scenery of the mountains and valleys of the Himalayas.   More than 70 percent of Bhutan is forested, and trekking is encouraged.  No foreign language necessary. Education is a high-priority with the government, which is a parliamentary democracy where the people enjoy freedom of speech.

Cities are located at an elevation of about 7500 feet or 2500 m. No special equipment is needed at this altitude, but please before applying, spend some time at a high altitude to make sure you are not susceptible to altitude-related illness.

Food in Bhutan is spicy by American standards, and is generally vegetarian since most of the population is Buddhist.  They  welcome non-Buddhists, as long as you don't try to proselytize.  The entire country is non-smoking (indoors and outdoors), except for remote villages. 

    ●  Teach English, math or science at the primary and secondary school level, private and public. Unpaid internship.
    ●  Mechanical or aeronautical engineering internships at DrukAir, the only Bhutanese airline. Help pilots to understand the mechanics of the aircraft they will be flying.

Take a photo tour of Bhutan, read the Wikipedia article, the Wikipedia article on the culture of Bhutan, or visit the government's official tourist site, or a Bhutanese travel agency website.  There are many videos of Bhutan on YouTube, and you may want to start by watching this one.  Your local museum may be hosting the traveling show "The Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan" which will be at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum in spring 2009. 

During daylight hours in public, you will need to wear the local dress shown in the photos immediately below this photo. Staff members will help ICE participants purchase quality local clothing. Women will need a kera (floor-length skirt), upper jacket, and local shoes. Men will need to purchase a gho (robe) with a belt and local shoes with knee-high socks. At the end of the sleeves, men and women wear removable cuffs (lageys). Click on a photo to see it in more detail.

Teaching job

The principal of each school will assist with obtaining a visa, and will attempt to find a local host family where the students can get room and board. The principal can also assist students to locate independent housing if they prefer.

Schools are located in the two major cities. Thimphu has a population of about 90,000 and is the capital city. Paro has a population of about 10,000. Both are in the western part of the country.

Engineering job

(More information will be posted once it becomes available)


We hope you enjoy these photos of Bhutan.  Click on a photo to see it in more detail.