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Why Teach in Cambodia?

Cambodia is well known for its friendly residents. Cambodians are very proud of their identity and they welcome foreigners with a great warming attitude. Cambodia is not only a great exotic destination, but it is also a relaxing destination that offers you a life changing experience.

Cambodia is a touristic destination in East Asia, the second largest source of income is tourism. So has you can imagine, there are a lot of ESL jobs opportunities. In other words, it offers you the chance of working and relaxing at the same time.

Cambodian culture is rich in history, traditions and friendly attitude. You will have the opportunity of an amazing sightseeing experience through the whole country.

Do you want to know what is the best of Cambodia? Its visa process is simple, fast and affordable. Another big plus is depending on your job expectations, you can find a job without a Bachelor’s Degree or experience.

So, if you are looking for an exciting, extraordinary and life-changing experience, Cambodia is waiting for you! 

Private Language Centers vs. International Schools

Language Centers is Cambodia are school were the main focus is ESL. Their courses are based on the four language skills. However, some of them also have Science courses for children and General English Program for all ages. Take a look at some of the options for Language Centers here.

International Schools follow an American curriculum, or British or even French. It will depend on the foundation of the school. They are Chinese International School, French, American, Canadian, Australian and more. The students are mainly expat’s children. It gives kids the opportunity to continue with a familiar curriculum. Check out some of the options for International Schools here.

 

Private Language Centers

 

Perks

  • Tranining and on going coaching

  • Students from all ages

  • ESL curriculums

 

Pitfalls

  • Be able to coordinate with Khmer teaching assistants.

  • Some school use technology in and outside the classroom

 

 

International Schools

 

Perks

  • Working with familiar curriculum

  • Jobs opportunities in other fields of study

 

 

Pitfalls

  • Work with young children

  • Constant communication with the parents

  • Organize field trips, school events

Qualifications to Teach in Cambodia

Depending on your qualifications, you will be able to land into a job with good working conditions and a great salary. Bachelor’s Degrees are not mandatory but they are a BIG PLUS. TESOL/CELTA certification is strongly required but if you still haven’t got one, go to option number 3 in How to Land a Job section.

Language Centers

 

 

Native Speaker: Required

Bachelor’s Degree: Preferred

TEFL Certificate, CELTA Degree or Equivalent: Required

Teaching Experience: Required

Criminal Background Check: Required

Health Check: Preferred

 

International School

 

 

Native Speaker:  Required

Bachelor’s Degree: Preferred

TEFL Certificate, CELTA Degree or Equivalent: Required

Teaching Experience: Required

Criminal Background Check: Required

Health Check: Required

 
How to Find a Job in Cambodia

Finding a Job in Cambodia is a light process that you can either do prior arrival or once you land in Cambodia. On the Visa section you will find documents and the process for issuing a visa, you will realize is very simple and easy to do.  Here are just some options for you to take into account if you want to apply for a job in Cambodia.

  1. Apply Online

This option you can do it in your country or in Cambodia. You just need a computer, internet connection, a piece of paper and a pencil and let the adventure begin.

  1. Read the job post carefully, pay great attention to the requirements and the responsibilities they expect the teacher to do in the job.

  2. Verify the deadline for sending the application.

  3. Submit the necessary paper work and wait for the interview.

 

P.S If you are in Cambodia, let them know you are available for a Face-to-Face interview.

Where to Look

 

International School of Phnom Penh

Modern International School

NIRA International School

CIA International School

Canadian International School

ESL Job Feed

Go Overseas

Teach Away

Aii Language Center

Footprints International School

  1. Go to Cambodia and Search

If you happen to be already in Cambodia and just love the place and want to give a chance, finding a job is a quite easy process. You read about the school on the internet or there is no information about that school, no problem! Here is what you can do.

  1. Updated your CV and resume and make several copies.

  2. Choose your most comfortable but yet professional shoes and clothes.

  3. Make a list with the school you know and their addresses.

  4. Then all you have to do is go sightseeing while you find a job.

 

  1. TEFL Course and Placement Assistance

This option is available for those who haven’t got their TESOL/CELTA/TEFL certification. They an online option but if you want the Cambodian experience, they also offer in class courses. You will be trained to teach English to all level and ages. Instructors will guide you and orientate you to build your own method of teaching. They also share some tools for classroom management and especially in a Cambodian environment.

The TEFL in class course includes

  • 4 weeks in course at a center in Cambodia.

  • Training from beginner to advanced.

  • Full Cambodia immersion in and outside the TEFL course.

  • Accommodation arrangements. 

 
Visas for Teachers in Cambodia
 
What's Included in the Job

Private Language School

 

Average Monthly Income: $1.000- $1.200

Housing: Not Provided

Flights: Not Provided

Bonus Flights: Not Provided

Medical Insurance:  Not usually provided

End of the Year Pension or Bonus: Not Provided

Vacation Time: 

Contract Commitment: 1-year contract

Family Sponsored Visas: Not Provided.

 

International School

 

Average Monthly Income: $1.500- $2.000

Housing: Not Provided, but assistant on finding.

Flights: Not provided

Bonus Flights: Not provided

Medical Insurance:  Provided

End of the Year Pension or Bonus: Not provided

Vacation Time: 

Contract Commitment: 1 or 2-year contract

Family Sponsored Visas: Not provided

Cost of Living in Cambodia
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Cost of living in Cambodia is relatively cheap. Salaries are not that high but once you take a look at the prices you will see it enough. Depending on your expectations and way of living, you will be able to live comfortable with the money you earn. Food is incredibly low cost and delicious. So far so good, right?

 

(Prices are in USD roughly according to numbeo.com and individual research– Updated November2017)

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Phnom Penh

 $ per month total

Utilities: $97.91

Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre: $423.33

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre: $253.85

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Siem Reap

$per month total

Utilities: $74.91

Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre: $370.00

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre: $170.99

 

Sihanoukville

$per month total

Utilities: $88.81

Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre: $262.50

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre: $151.67

  

Battambang

$ per month total

Utilities: $74.91

Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre: $140.00

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre: $87.50

 

Day to Day Expenses

 

Phnom Penh Prices

Taxi (1km): $1.00

Local Transport 1-way Ticket: $2.00

 

1 Dozen Eggs: $1.56

Chicken Breast (1kg): $4.23

Loaf of Fresh White Bread: $1.20

Domestic Beer (bottle): $0.84

 

Restaurant Meal (inexpensive restaurant): $2.88

McDonald’s Combo Meal: $4.50

 

Cinema- International Release (1 Ticket): $4.75

Gym Membership (monthly): $40.62 (although you can find cheap local gyms for much cheaper but with older equipment)

 
The Low Down on Cambodia
  1. The Low Down on Living in Cambodia

 

Language: Khmer

Currency:  Cambodian Riel (KHK rate here)  

Type of Government:  Parliamentary constitutional monarchy.

Crime: Moderate.

Safety Concerns: Avoid walking alone at night.

Public Transportation:  Taxi are highly demanded; they even have an app (similar to UBER)

Gay Friendly: Meh. Its not really an area given much attention either way.  

 
What's it like Living in...

Phnom Penh

 

It’s the capital of Cambodia. And it’s landmark is just breathtaking. You won’t get enough of this city. All the architecture is just a sample of the Cambodian culture. You will not only encounter with historical places but universities’ campus would also amaze you. In the most visited attractions you will find the Royal Palace which serves as the King residence and his family. National Museum of Arts that has a display of not only Cambodian Art but samples of all across Asia’s art history. If you want to walk and share with the residents go to Sisowath Quay, it is a boulevard located the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers. Here you will find shops, restaurants, nightclubs. It is the perfect mix of Cambodian culture and Western customs. Do not miss the opportunity of getting to know more about Buddhism and go Wat Ounalom. It is a Buddhist temple where they show visitor the philosophy of Buddhism and its history. You can also enjoy doing all of this and your daily routine places by taxi. PassApp Taxi is a app that you can easily have on your phone and is a similar system to Uber. The only difference here is that you will be on a Tuk Tuk, instead of a car.


 

 

Siem Reap

 

Did you notice that the Cambodian flag has a structure? Well it is called Angkor Wat is very important for Cambodians. It is also one of the largest religious monuments in the world.  There are bike tours around the compound which offers you a unique Angkor experience. It is one of the most touristic destinations that you must see. However, Siem Reap has more things to offer. You can go to the War Museum and the Cambodian Landmine Museum. And after a long day of visiting you can have an authentic Cambodian meal at the New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant.

 

Sihanoukville

After a long week of work. It is time to relax and Sihanoukville has plenty of options for you to choose. Its beaches are the perfect getaway. You can take your swimsuit, sunblock and a great book and just relax. But if you are feeling adventurous you can go Scuba diving, snorkeling, beach hopping or kayaking. Serendipity Beach is one of the most famous and attractive ones, and at night there is a firework display. And for getting around you can either rent a bike or a motorcycle. Just do not forget your sunblock.

Battambang

As the second’s largest city, Battambang is a unique Cambodian city to visit. Surprisingly, it is perfect for cycling. It doesn’t have the horrible traffic like in Phnom Penh, something to take advantage by sightseeing on your bicycle. Tonle Sap is considered one of the greatest river of the world. It goes across country and in this specific city you can enjoy a great kayak trip trough the Tonle Sap. Due to the lack of train system across Cambodia, Battambang residents have decided to do something about it. There is a bamboo train system that allows them to transport food. It is a worth living experience. Once you are done getting around, it’s time to eat. But what if you really like Khmer food but you still don’t know how to cook it, Battamabang is the ideal place for you to learn how. At the Local restaurant Smokin’ Pot, you will find cooking classes, but you will learn how to cook Cambodian traditional dishes.

 
What's to Love about Cambodia?
 
What's to Dislike about Cambodia?
  • Curroption & crime