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TEFL Jobs in Cambodia
Due to Cambodia’s booming tourism industry and general economic growth, demand for English teachers has increased significantly recently. Most of the available TEFL jobs in Cambodia used to be on a volunteer basis, but this is not so much the case now. Especially in the capital, Phnom Penh, and in other towns such as Siem Reap, Battambang, Sihanoukville, and Kompong Cham, TEFL jobs are relatively easy to get. In some cases just being a native speaker and professionally dressed is enough, but having a B.A. and a TEFL certificate will increase your prospects.
How to Find a TEFL Job and What to Expect
Most schools pay in the area of $9-10 US per hour, though some employers have been known to go as high as $15. Given the low cost of living in Cambodia, this is enough to live quite comfortably and possibly even save a bit. It’s best to look for work in Cambodia when you are actually in the country.
Few schools advertise online, so you’re best bet is to hire yourself a motorbike taxi driver and show up at schools with your current resume and your best professional clothes on and ask to speak to the director. If the school doesn’t need anyone at the time, you’ve at least sown a seed, and it can be worthwhile to check back in two or three weeks again.
Circumstances can change quickly at language schools. They may have just signed a new contract where they need a few more teachers quickly. Another great way to find job openings is to get connected with the expat teaching community in the area where you’d like to teach. English teachers often hang out together, and they’ll often be among the first to know of a job that has just come available.
Teachers seem to invariably say that teaching English in Cambodia is a real joy, because the students are motivated and like to have a good time.