Phnom Penh...

If you want to be involved in Cambodia’s economic miracle, now is the perfect time to look for English teaching jobs in Phnom Penh. Not sure what to expect? Read on…

Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia and home to over 1.5 million people. Like the rest of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is going through a period of major change, from a rural backwater with a war-torn past, to a Southeast Asian economic powerhouse. From the 1860s through to the 1950s (other than a short period of Japanese occupation) Phnom Penh (and greater Cambodia) was part of the French Indochina colony. It’s hard to miss Phnom Penh’s colonial past with government buildings, transport hubs, shops and old French villas from the era dominating much of the streetscape even now. It’s also hard to miss the increase in the number of foreigners over the past couple of years, many of whom are pursuing English teaching jobs in Phnom Penh and surrounding areas. While the size of the expat community in Cambodia is growing, it remains miniscule compared to neighbouring Vietnam and Thailand.

The climate in Phnom Penh is similar to Ho Chi Minh City, hot and humid with two distinct seasons. The daily downpour during the wet season in Phnom Penh often results in flooding making it difficult to get from point A to point B, at least for an hour or so. As quick as the rain comes during the wet season it disappears and everyday life gets back to normal. Most local folks find the time and a place for a nap during the hottest part of the day. Almost certainly you will find yourself doing the same, unless you’re one of those AVSE TESOL graduates who take on English teaching jobs in Phnom Penh at a Private School. Educational institutions in Phnom Penh that are privately owned, tend to run classes during office-type hours, Monday to Friday with no time put aside for snoozing.

In addition to the infamous sites from the tragic Khmer Rouge period, there is a lot to see and do in Phnom Penh. Feedback from past TESOL/TEFL students suggests the following places are well-worth checking out: the Royal Palace, the boardwalk along the Tonle Sap River, the National Museum, the Silver Pagoda and the Central Market. The ‘Old Chinese House’ located on Sisowath Quay and the Post Office built by the French in the 1800s near Street 104, are also well-worth visiting.

Venues in Phnom Penh for night-time entertainment are plentiful. The following places come recommended by AVSE alumni:  the Duplex Café and Night Club, the Mad Monkey, Pontoon Night Club, the Score Bar (great pool tables), Oscar’s On the Corner or any of the many cafes and restaurants located in the Riverside precinct. The Phnom Penh Night Market receives an honourable mention.

The TESOL/TEFL programme at AVSE in Cambodia is structured in a manner that puts our trainees in a strong position to secure the best English teaching jobs in Phnom Penh. Our programme is delivered in collaboration with 3 of the most respected schools in Cambodia, the Westline International School, the Western International School and the Worldwide International School. The Cambodia Youth Institute, a leading Non-Government Organisation (NGO), is also a key partner. Collectively our partner schools have more than 30,000 students from young learners through to adults across 43 campuses the length and breadth of Cambodia. By any measure, the combined weight of our partner schools in Cambodia is substantial. Our trainees are direct beneficiaries through an array of observation and ‘real-life’ teaching practice opportunities in a fully-functioning school environment from day one of the TESOL/TEFL programme. This level of immersion in live classes will drive your success when you start applying for English teaching jobs in Phnom Penh.

AVSE-TESOL is based in Street 172 in central Phnom Penh. The famous Riverside area, well-known for its abundant night-life, is a 5-minute walk. The neighbourhood surrounding our training base is ‘classic Cambodia’ with residential dwellings dispersed among businesses of all shapes and sizes. Street food, decent restaurants, bars, coffee shops, laundry services and entertainment venues are all within walking distance. There are even western-style shopping malls close by for those who are missing some of the comforts of home. While everything you could possibly need is within walking distance of the AVSE training centre and the TESOL accommodation in Phnom Penh, TUK TUKs and motorbike taxis can be found on every street corner if you wish to venture outside the local area.

It’s noteworthy that Cambodia has more Public Holidays than any other country on earth. The last count was 28 days per year, more than doubling the number of Public Holidays that are available in most other countries. Quite a few of Cambodia’s Public Holidays last for more than one day, which can impact on your preparation work for English teaching jobs in Phnom Penh or getting a start in a new job because schools are closed. It’s wise to familiarise yourself with the Public Holiday schedule in Cambodia while planning your trip.

There is no doubt that Phnom Penh and elsewhere in Cambodia can be confronting at first – the noise, the traffic, problematic infrastructure and suchlike. After you acclimatise, you’ll almost certainly share the opinion of many others who walked in your shoes – it’s a brilliant place to do the TESOL/TEFL training programme with AVSE.  One thing is for sure, with TESOL/TEFL certification from AVSE under your belt, you’ll well and truly be in a strong position for the best English teaching jobs in Phnom Penh.

Phnom Penh – Course dates

The table below provides dates for the TESOL/TEFL course in Phnom Penh, Cambodia through to early 2022, a link to calculate the tuition fee based on your personal circumstances and a link to submit an application. You are encouraged to submit an application at least 3 months prior to the course date that is most suitable.

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2021: 27 Feb – 24 MarCalculate your fee, Apply or both
2021: 27 Mar – 21 AprCalculate your fee, Apply or both
2021: 24 Apr – 19 MayCalculate your fee, Apply or both
2021: 22 May – 16 JunCalculate your fee, Apply or both
2021: 19 Jun – 14 JulCalculate your fee, Apply or both
2021: 17 Jul – 11 AugCalculate your fee, Apply or both
2021: 14 Aug – 08 SepCalculate your fee, Apply or both
2021: 11 Sep – 06 OctCalculate your fee, Apply or both
2021: 09 Oct – 03 NovCalculate your fee, Apply or both
2021: 06 Nov – 01 DecCalculate your fee, Apply or both
2021: 04 Dec – 29 DecCalculate your fee, Apply or both
2022: 01 Jan – 26 JanCalculate your fee, Apply or both

Phnom Penh – Contact details

Street address:AVSE-TESOL (Cambodia)
#48E1 Street 172, Sangkat Chey Chumnas
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Email address (primary)
Email address (secondary)
Telephone number: (English):+855 15 844 155 (international)
015 844 155 (local)

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