How do I get a job teaching English in Cambodia?

To secure a job teaching English in Cambodia, a country increasingly popular among TESOL educators due to its vibrant culture and spectacular scenery, there are several steps you should follow:

  • Obtain TESOL Certification: Having a TESOL certification is essential for most teaching positions in Cambodia.
  • Demonstrate English Proficiency: Native or near-native English proficiency is typically expected.
  • Research and Apply for Positions: Look for job openings in schools and language centers, particularly in cities like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Online job boards and teaching forums are good resources.
  • Prepare for Interviews: Be ready for in-person or online interviews, and have your CV, certification, and other relevant documents at hand.
  • Understand Local Requirements: Familiarize yourself with Cambodia's specific visa and work permit requirements for foreign teachers.

The growing demand for ESL teachers in Cambodia, driven by its young population and reliance on international tourism and trade, along with a low cost of living, makes it an attractive destination for educators.

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What are the requirements for teaching English in Cambodia?

What TESOL course is best for teaching English in Cambodia?

What are the visa requirements for teaching English in Cambodia?

What is the best way to apply for English teaching jobs in Cambodia?

What are the requirements for teaching English in Cambodia?

The requirements for teaching English in Cambodia are comparatively less stringent than in many other countries in the region. Key requirements include:

  • TESOL Certification: An internationally recognized TESOL certificate, typically of at least 120 hours, is crucial for most teaching positions.
  • Financial Stability: It is advisable to have sufficient funds to support yourself until you receive your first month's salary.
  • Educational Background: While a degree is not mandatory for all positions, some schools and language institutes may prefer or require it.
  • Language Proficiency: Many schools prefer native English speakers from countries like the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or South Africa, but there are also opportunities for non-native English speakers.

Also read: Can I teach ESL without a bachelor's degree?

What TESOL course is best for teaching English in Cambodia?

Most employers will be happy to accept a TESOL certification as long as it is over 120 hours and issued by a reputable company. An online course such as ITTTs 120-hour TESOL certificate will provide all the theoretical training you require and you can even add some additional practical training that can be completed in the location of your choice. The addition of practical teaching practice can be a real bonus as it prepares you for the realities of setting foot in a real classroom for the very first time.

Also read: How should I approach my first day in an ESL classroom?

Many trainees decide that an in-class TESOL course is the best approach as it fully prepares you both theoretically and practically, while the whole course is taught in-person by highly qualified and experienced teachers. The good news is that ITTT has an in-class TESOL training center located in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. If you choose this option you will benefit from around four weeks of acclimatizing to the local environment before starting work in your first teaching job. The local knowledge of our training staff will also be a major help in finding a suitable job in the location of your choice.

Check out our in-class TESOL training center in Phnom Penh

What are the visa requirements for teaching English in Cambodia?

For foreign teachers planning to work legally in Cambodia, the primary visa requirement is obtaining a Business Visa (Type E). Key points to note about this visa include:

  • Duration: The Business Visa allows you to work in Cambodia for up to one year.
  • Application Process: You can apply for the visa either before your departure via a Cambodian Embassy or Consulate in your home country, or upon arrival at the airport in Cambodia.
  • Initial Cost: The visa initially costs $35 for a one-month period.
  • Extension Options: After arrival, you can extend the visa for six months or one year, with extension fees ranging from $100 to $300.

What is the best way to apply for English teaching jobs in Cambodia?

The most effective strategy for applying for English teaching jobs in Cambodia involves a combination of online research and in-person interviews. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Research and Initial Contact: Before arriving in Cambodia, research various schools and institutions in your preferred area. Reach out to these employers via email to express your interest and inquire about potential job openings.
  • In-Person Interviews: Upon arrival in Cambodia, plan to visit local schools in person. Many employers prefer conducting face-to-face interviews, which also gives you the opportunity to assess if the school is the right fit for you.
  • Financial Planning: It is important to have sufficient funds to support yourself during the job search. We recommend having at least $1,000 to $1,500 to cover initial expenses like accommodation, meals, and transportation until your first payday.
  • Prepare Your Documents: Ensure you have all necessary documents, including your resume, TESOL certificate, and any other relevant qualifications.

By following these steps, you can efficiently navigate the job market in Cambodia, from initial contact to securing a position that suits your preferences and qualifications.

Also read: What are the start-up costs for teaching English abroad?