Information about teaching English in Cambodia

Information about teaching English in Cambodia

Information about teaching English in Cambodia

Cambodia has had a troubled past, but is now working to firmly put those problems in the past. Many thousands of people visit Cambodia each year and there is a growing expat community with an increasing number of English teachers.

If you are considering working in Cambodia, whether as a teacher or otherwise, visas for people from English-speaking countries are not a problem. You will be given a visa on arrival and can choose between a tourist visa or a business visa. If you are considering working in Cambodia, then you should choose a business visa, but if you get a tourist visa, you can easily extend it or change it to a business visa when it expires. You just have to provide a passport photo, pay the appropriate fee (it’s around $280 at the time of writing) and you’ll be granted a visa.

There are many cities in Cambodia, but Phnom Penh (the country’s capital) is the largest city and home to the most schools. This is where most people will work. Other popular cities for English teachers include Siem Reap and Battambang, but the salary is often a bit lower in these cities.

Use the same methods you would use in your home country to find a job. The internet, local newspapers and job search websites are always a good idea. From personal experience and talking to other teachers working in Cambodia, you may have better luck printing your resume, putting on a smart shirt, and talking to different English schools in person.

Qualifications and experience are not necessarily important in Cambodia, and people with neither will find work. Those with the relevant qualifications (at least a BA, TEFL or CELTA) and experience will find work in no time. They will also be able to find higher-paying jobs with other benefits, such as paid vacations, while unskilled and inexperienced applicants may receive lower hourly wages and fewer benefits.

Most teachers will earn a minimum of $10 an hour, while some of the more qualified teachers will find jobs that pay up to or even more than $20 an hour. Most jobs will offer you enough hours to take home at least $1,000 a month, and most teachers split their time between 2 or more schools. This salary would be more than enough to cover your living expenses.

Living expenses can vary greatly depending on your lifestyle choices. You can find a room for rent for $50 a month or a small modern apartment for about $200 a month. You could eat for $2-5 a day or much more depending on where you go and where you eat!

In general, if you are an English teacher, you will have no problem finding a job. You will earn enough money to have a very good standard of living and you will find that English speaking teachers are in high demand.

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