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 significant change, from a rural backwater with a war-torn past, to an economic powerhouse in Southeast Asia. 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 three to four years, many of whom are pursuing English teaching jobs in Phnom Penh and the surrounding districts. 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 like 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.
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-TESOL alumni: The Duplex Café and Night Club, the Mad Monkey, Pontoon Night Club, the Score Bar (great pool tables), Oscar’s On the Corner, Larry’s Bar and Grill (try the pork tenderloins with mustard sauce) or simply taking a leisurely walk around the Riverside precinct. The Phnom Penh Night Market receives an honourable mention.
English teaching jobs in Phnom Penh and elsewhere in Cambodia require quality TESOL/TEFL certification and this is precisely what you’ll receive at AVSE-TESOL. Our TESOL programme is delivered in collaboration with three 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 or outlying districts.
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 Australia and tripling the number in the United Kingdom and the United States. 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 pretty much the entirety of Cambodia can be confronting at first – the noise, the traffic, problematic infrastructure, vermin, food choices 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-TESOL. One thing is for sure, with TESOL/TEFL certification from AVSE-TESOL 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 AVSE’s 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 apply at least three months before the date of the most suitable course.
|Course dates||Status||Calculate your fee, Apply or both|
|2021: 27 Feb – 24 Mar||Closed|
|2021: 27 Mar – 21 Apr||Closed|
|2021: 24 Apr – 19 May||Closed|
|2021: 22 May – 16 Jun||Closed|
|2021: 19 Jun – 14 Jul||Closed|
|2021: 17 Jul – 11 Aug||Available||Calculate your fee, Apply or both|
|2021: 14 Aug – 08 Sep||Available||Calculate your fee, Apply or both|
|2021: 11 Sep – 06 Oct||Available||Calculate your fee, Apply or both|
|2021: 09 Oct – 03 Nov||Available||Calculate your fee, Apply or both|
|2021: 06 Nov – 01 Dec||Available||Calculate your fee, Apply or both|
|2021: 04 Dec – 29 Dec||Available||Calculate your fee, Apply or both|
|2022: 01 Jan – 26 Jan||Available||Calculate your fee, Apply or both|
|2022: 19 Feb – 16 Mar||Available||Calculate your fee, Apply or both|
|2022: 19 Mar – 13 April||Available||Calculate your fee, Apply or both|
|2022: 16 Apr – 11 May||Available||Calculate your fee, Apply or both|
|2022: 14 May – 8 Jun||Available||Calculate your fee, Apply or both|
|2022: 11 Jun – 6 July||Available||Calculate your fee, Apply or both|
|2022: 9 Jul – 3 Aug||Available||Calculate your fee, Apply or both|
|2022: 6 Aug – 31 Aug||Available||Calculate your fee, Apply or both|
|2022: 3 Sep – 28 Sep||Available||Calculate your fee, Apply or both|
|2022: 1 Oct – 26 Oct||Available||Calculate your fee, Apply or both|
|2022: 29 Oct – 23 Nov||Available||Calculate your fee, Apply or both|
|2022: 26 Nov – 21 Dec||Available||Calculate your fee, Apply or both|
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