Tips For Getting A Job Teaching English In Cambodia:


  • Education: 
    BA/BS is not required but preferred to teach and impart knowledge of English in Cambodia
  • TEFL Certification: 
    TEFL/ TESOL Certification is required. The certification options include taking any of our online TESOL programs. A minimum of 150 Hrs TESOL Foundation Certification is required. Preference given if an Advance or a Diploma is there
  • Peak Hiring Months: 
    All Year-round
  • Types of Jobs: 
    Corporate training, Private language schools, teaching children
  • Citizenship Requirements: 
    Both Natives and fluent English speakers can apply for jobs
  • Typical Hiring Process: 
    Most schools in Cambodia recruit and interview through Skype or telephonic interview. Local walk-ins also take place
  • Average teaching hours per week: 
    20-30 hours of classroom training and extra preparation time
  • Types of Students/Audience: 
    Private Students, School students, business professionals
  • Cost of Living per month: 
    $500 – 1000 USD
  • Visas: 
    Obtain work or business visa upon arrival
  • Potential to save: 
    Save upto 200 USD- 500 USD
  • Average Monthly Pay: 
    1000 USD – 3000 USD
  • Start –up cost: 
    700 USD – 1500 USD
  • Accommodation Benefits: 
    Not provided typically
  • Fight Reimbursements: 
  • Vacation: 
    In some cases – mostly teachers are paid on hourly basis

Teaching English In Cambodia

Cambodia may not be as large as some of its other Asian counterparts but that has not stopped it from being among the fastest growing of the region’s job markets for teaching English abroad. This is also one of those countries where prerequisites such as being a native English speaker or having a four-year degree do not apply in order to get hired though possessing these characteristics could prove beneficial for the potential employees. A TEFL certification is mandatory for those keen on working in Cambodia.

The Cambodians are remarkably optimistic with an unbreakable spirit. Following many years of hardship in the country, a return to peaceful times has resulted in greater influx of tourists over the past decade. The southern coast of the country is dotted with beautiful islands worth exploring and the pristine environment makes for a gorgeous backdrop ideal for outdoor exploration. Cambodia is replete with shining crater lakes, impressive waterfalls, rice paddles, and fertile plains. A day trip to the ancient temple city of Angkor Wat is something you cannot miss. This place stands out as one of the most spectacular monuments in the world. There are endless Buddhist museums and pagodas all over the country that are worth visiting as well.

A hunger for education among the young population and a recent economic growth has turned Cambodia into a burgeoning South East Asian market for talented English teachers. For those interested in landing a teaching position in the country, jobs can be found all round the year to meet the considerably high demand. Positions in private language schools are the most common, catering primarily to the adult population. Interviews are typically conducted in-person while some may be done over the phone or via email well in advance. Housing expenses and airfares need to be borne by the candidates. Instructors usually end up sharing an apartment with their teaching counterparts.

Modest salaries are offered compared to Asian standards, but a comfortable lifestyle is still possible thanks to the low cost of living. 20 to 25 hours of work every week is the norm which leaves plenty of time for traveling and exploration. A bachelor’s degree is not required for teaching English in Cambodia but necessitates a TEFL certification. Phnom Penh is the major job center for foreign English teachers.