If you’re looking for an adventure, have advanced English language skills and either already hold, or are willing to invest in quality TESOL/TEFL training, you’ll be pleased to know there is a multitude of paid teaching jobs in Cambodia for people just like you.
With an economy that is growing at a rate most developed countries can only dream about, coupled with 60% of the total population being under 30 years of age, there’s an insatiable thirst among Cambodian people to acquire English language skills. This directly translates into teaching jobs in Cambodia for folks who are up for the challenge.
Sure, you’ll be taking a risk loading-up your backpack and jumping on a plane because somebody wrote in a blog there’s an abundance of teaching jobs in Cambodia. It might be comforting to know that many people have gone down this path before you and have lived to talk about their adventure. These days Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, is full of foreigners pursuing teaching jobs and having walked in your shoes they’re more than happy to point you in the right direction.
Starting your search for teaching jobs in Cambodia while still in your home country can’t hurt, but the reality is that schools rarely engage foreign teachers ‘sight unseen’. Typically, employers (schools) want to see you ‘in the flesh’ and will ask you to do a ‘demo’ class before offering you a contract. This isn’t a reason to balk! With so many opportunities available, if one school doesn’t work out, there are plenty of others that will roll out the Red Carpet.
Most teaching jobs in Cambodia are filled via someone’s network. Talk to as many people as you can and knock on a few doors. With this kind of strategy, you’ll have more employment offers than you’ll know what to do with. Once you have an employment offer that you think will meet your needs, it would be wise to have a friend or perhaps even a family member in your home country read over the small print. Most contracts for teaching jobs in Cambodia are pretty straight-forward, but having another set of eyes read through the document offers additional surety. No doubt you’ll hone in on the provisions in the contract dealing with the pay rate and the number of hours you’ll be required to work each week, but there are other components that are equally important. Does the contract include an Exit Clause? Will the employer sponsor a Work Permit and related visa? What are the taxation arrangements? Is there anything in the contract related to disciplinary action in the event you do something that peeves the boss?
Typically, teaching jobs Cambodia allow folks with quality TESOL/TEFL training to earn around US $1300.00 (net) for working 80 to 100 hours per month. Obviously the salary depends on where the teacher works – rural, regional, metropolitan – the number of hours, the availability of free housing, free utilities and suchlike. Regardless, with the relatively low cost of living in Cambodia, foreign English language teachers can realistically save (after meeting all expenses) more than half of their salary each month, working sensible hours and without scrimping. These days, there are few people in western countries who can save this kind of money, working double the hours.
So, what’s the upshot here? There are plenty of teaching jobs in Cambodia for folks who possess decent English language skills, quality TESOL/TEFL certification and an adventurous spirit. When you find your ideal teaching job, make sure you conduct a thorough due diligence process so there are no surprises. Cambodia is a brilliant place to live and work as an English language teacher. Certainly, working as a teacher in Cambodia will allow you to earn a decent salary while leading an expat lifestyle. You’ll be living the dream.
About the writer: Peter Goudge has been living and working in Southeast Asia since 2006. He is the Managing Director (and owner) of Australian Vocational Skills & Education (AVSE-TESOL). AVSE-TESOL offers an Australian Government accredited TESOL/TEFL Training programme in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Phnom Penh.