Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia. It is home to over 2 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 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 to this very day.
The climate in Phnom Penh is similar to what you will find in 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. No matter what’s on the agenda, most local people find the time – and a place – for a nap during the hotter part of day and 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 Phenh. Feedback from past TESOL/TEFL students suggest 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. 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 multitude of cafes and restaurants located in the Riverside precinct. The Phnom Penh Night Market receives an honorable mention.
The TESOL/TEFL programme at AVSE in Phnom Penh is delivered in collaboration with 5 of the best schools in Cambodia, Westline International School, Western International School, Worldwide International School and the New Gateway International School. The Cambodia Youth Institute, a leading Non-Government Organisation (NGO) is also a key partner.
Collectively our partner schools have more than 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.
AVSE-TESOL is based on Street 172 in central Phnom Penh. The famous Riverside area, well-known for its abundant night-life, is within a 5 minute walk. The neighborhood 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.
Phnom Penh and elsewhere in Cambodia can be a bit confronting at first – the noise, the traffic, problematic infrastructure and suchlike. Once you acclimatise, almost certainly you’ll 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.
Phnom Penh – Course dates
The table below provides dates for the TESOL/TEFL course in Phnom Penh, Cambodia through to early 2021, 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 the course date that is most suitable.
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|2019: 30 Nov - 25 Dec||Calculate your fee||Apply now|
|2019/20: 28 Dec - 15 Jan (19 days intensive course, offering a reduction of US $100.00 from the usual course fee)||Calculate your fee||Apply now|
|2020: 08 Feb - 04 Mar||Calculate your fee||Apply now|
|2020: 07 Mar - 01 Apr||Calculate your fee||Apply now|
|2020: 04 Apr - 29 Apr||Calculate your fee||Apply now|
|2020: 02 May - 27 May||Calculate your fee||Apply now|
|2020: 30 May - 24 Jun||Calculate your fee||Apply now|
|2020: 27 Jun - 22 Jul||Calculate your fee||Apply now|
|2020: 25 Jul - 19 Aug||Calculate your fee||Apply now|
|2020: 22 Aug - 16 Sep||Calculate your fee||Apply now|
|2020: 19 Sep - 14 Oct||Calculate your fee||Apply now|
|2020: 17 Oct - 11 Nov||Calculate your fee||Apply now|
|2020: 14 Nov - 09 Dec||Calculate your fee||Apply now|
|2020/21: 12 Dec - 06 Jan||Calculate your fee||Apply now|
Phnom Penh – Contact details
|Street address:||AVSE-TESOL (Cambodia)|
#48E1 Street 172, Sangkat Chey Chumnas
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
|Email address (primary):||email@example.com|
|Email address (secondary):||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Telephone number: (English):||+855 93 668 476 (international)|
093 668 476 (local)