Cambodia is one of the most exciting and diverse countries to teach English as a foreign language. With a population of just under 17 million, Cambodia has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and boasts rich biodiversity, rainforests, sprawling metropolises and incredible history.
As a TEFL destination, its potential is huge. The demand for English learning really is enormous, with the language being taught from early schooling through to university, where bilingualism is massively encouraged. The salaries for English teachers are more than ample, especially contrasted against a comparatively low cost of living, and the learning culture is truly excellent.
Teachers in Cambodia are cherished by students and employers alike. Employers often offer incentives, including accommodation, help with visa issues and d holidays, meaning you can explore UNESCO Heritage Sites including Angkor and the Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk.
Naturally, TEFL teachers are looking for opportunities to head to Cambodia and teach. This is where our Cambodia Teaching Placement comes in.
Cambodia Teaching Placement
Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, what can TEFL teachers earn on our Cambodian Teaching Placement?
If you hold a degree, the base salary is £780/$1,000 per month, rising to £1,400/$1,800. Candidates without degrees can earn a base salary of £545/$700 per month, which can go up to £930/$1,200. Set against the cost of living in Cambodia, these are salaries that should see any intrepid TEFL adventurer living comfortably.
It’s not just wages, though. There are added benefits: all successful applicants will be entitled to at least 18 days of paid vacation. There’s also orientation, TEFL training prior to departure (our 120-hour Premier TEFL course is included in the programme fee), and cultural excursions, which include cooking classes and Muy Thai.
Where will I teach?
Teachers will be placed across Cambodia, in a range of exciting locations. Most – as in, 75% – of the programme placements are in urban areas like Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. 15% of placements will be in large towns, and another 10% are in medium-sized towns.
Around 60% of the placements are in private schools, with 40% taking place in language centres.
So, what do you need to take part in our Cambodia Teaching Placement?
- Firstly, you’ll need a passport from any of United States, UK, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Canada or Ireland – though participants from other countries can apply. Non-native speakers can apply, though they are screened on a strict case-by-case basis, due to Cambodian regulations.
- Participants also need to be between the ages of 21 and 40.
- Fluency in English.
- Physical and mental well-being are also important, and will be screened prior to arriving in Cambodia.
- Participants must be able to pay for programme fees (£995), and associated costs
- Full CV and high-quality photo
- Clean criminal record (provided by national authority)
- For South African and non-native English speakers a 30-second introduction video is required to check for accent, pronunciation and general fluency.
There are myriad reasons why a TEFL adventure to Cambodia is a fantastic opportunity. For one thing, teaching placements and internships are excellent on a CV. The application process is demanding, and it’s a company that expects a lot from its teachers, with 22 to 30 hours a week spent directly teaching school pupils.
If you’re new to the field, or you’ve not previously been able to develop a career teaching in Asia specifically, a placement with a reputable provider is a fantastic opportunity. You won’t be plucked from obscurity and dropped in a school; the orientation process is rigorous, and with a TEFL qualification in hand, you’ll be given all the preparation you need to get started. In terms of cultural understanding, teaching processes, how best to use your class time and tips for integrating into Cambodian life, you will not be left in the dark.
Training placements provide great infrastructure and facilities. If you’re ever in any doubt or have any sort of issue while teaching in Cambodia, an organisation can – in some cases – relocate you, or at least provide moral and practical support while you’re navigating the programme. This is an advantage of any good teaching programme; if there are issues, you’re not out there alone.
Now’s the time!
Cambodia is a fascinating and culturally invigorating place to live and work. As Daniel Gillard told us on an episode of ‘I Taught English Abroad’, the demand for English teachers – across institutions and levels of education – is massive. In terms of career progression, it’s hard to beat Cambodia, especially for those with academic ambitions.
Culturally, Cambodian art and music may not have the global appeal of K-pop, for example, but there is a thriving alternative music scene, with a particular emphasis on psychedelic rock. In terms of things to see and do, you won’t be left short of things to see in Cambodia. The cities, like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, can be endlessly explored before you even start thinking about the expansive, beautiful countryside.
Teachers we’ve spoken to absolutely love Cambodia. The career potential and the standard of living make it a place to stay well after a teaching programme is done. Making that all-important first step, though, is made far easier through a teaching programme, and you’ll have the security and expertise of a teaching company to fall back on before exploring the terrain for yourself.
Interested in learning more and signing up? Check out our Cambodia Teaching Placement now!