Southeast Asia is one of the real growth areas for TEFL right now and Cambodia has one of the fastest growing markets in the region. The main center for teaching jobs is Phnom Penh, although smaller cities such as Siem Reap, Battambang, and Sihanoukville all have potential. One of the big benefits of Cambodia is that a degree is not required to apply for a job or a work visa. Thanks to this, it is a great option for new teachers looking to gain some experience before heading off to more lucrative jobs farther down the line.
What can I expect to earn while teaching English in Cambodia?
Salaries in Cambodia typically come down to a combination of factors, such as your previous classroom experience, the type of employer, and where the job is located. Newly qualified TEFL teachers can expect a salary of around $1,000 to $1,200 per month, or $10 to $12 per hour. Added extras that are often included in contracts in some other countries such as airfares and housing are rarely offered by schools in Cambodia. The one possible exception to this would be jobs in international schools, although these positions are rare in this part of Asia.
What kind of employer will I work for while teaching English in Cambodia?
As the state-run school system is generally not open to most foreign teachers, many TEFL teachers working in Cambodia are employed by private schools that are mostly found in the major cities. These could be at primary, middle, or high school level, with average working hours of 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and then from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The other main option is a private language academy. These can be found all over the country, where they offer additional, after-school English lessons to children of all ages. Many also run general English lessons for adults who want to study in their own time. Classes in this environment generally operate in the evenings and at the weekend.
How do I find a TEFL job in Cambodia?
A small number of jobs in Cambodia are advertised online allowing you to secure a position before you leave home. However, for most teachers it will be necessary to travel to the country and interview for jobs in person. Although this means travelling overseas without knowing where you will be working, it gives you the chance to meet potential employers and to negotiate a reasonable salary before deciding whether the job is right for you. As the demand for teachers is high in most areas, it rarely takes long to find a position that fits the bill.
How does the cost of living affect TEFL teachers in Cambodia?
Another of the main attractions for teachers in Cambodia is the low cost of living. For example, a good quality apartment will only set you back around $200 to $300 per month, plus an additional $70 to cover utility bills. It is also very cheap to eat out at local restaurants. Despite earning relatively low salaries in comparison to some other countries in the region, teachers in Cambodia can generally live very comfortably in this colorful part of Southeast Asia.