Earn your TEFL certification and receive a guaranteed paid teaching placement at one of our trusted schools in Cambodia

Apply below to reserve your spot or chat to one of our experienced enrollment coordinators.


Despite years of oppressive rule and war, Cambodia is blessed with some of the most optimistic and friendly people South-east Asia has to offer. It is also home to one of the most rapidly growing English language education markets in Asia, which has followed the economic and developmental progress experienced over the past 20 years. This has led to Cambodia growing in popularity as a destination choice for ESL teachers.

Our TEFL Certification course is completed in the capital city of Phnom Penh where most teaching placements are available. While there’s a good chance you’ll be placed here, you’ll also have plenty of opportunity to explore this fascinating country in your spare time. Home to the extraordinar Angkor Wat in Siem Riep, some of the most exquisite coastal destinations in the south, and with far fewer tourists to the likes of Thailand, Cambodia is the perfect destination to call home for anyone looking for a culturally immersive and adventurous teach abroad experience.

Local Buddhist monks walking through the streets of Phnom Penh. While living in Cambodia as an English teacher you will have a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and learn more about the Buddhist religion, which is widely practiced across the country.

One of the fascinating sites you’ll witness when visiting the Angkor Wat archeological site in Siem Reap.

Cambodian children posing for the camera during a break from their studies. Cambodia has a significantly large youth population who are driven to growing their education and learning the English language. This is where you come in.


Teaching English in Cambodia is growing in popularity and for good reason too. It offers great salaries compared to the low cost of living and is one of few countries, allowing you plenty of opportunity to explore all corners of the country during your time out of the classroom.

Having taught abroad ourselves, we have carefully developed what we believe to be the best all inclusive experience to getting TEFL certified and having the most successful experience possible teaching in Cambodia.


Earn your TEFL Certification over 4 weeks with people from all over the world in the riverside capital city of Phnom Penh


Secure a guaranteed paid teaching placement before leaving home through our trusted school network in Cambodia – no need to worry about job hunting after you complete our TEFL course!


Our teaching placements are available year-round at international schools and private language centres with contract duration options of 6 or 12 months, and the option to extend for longer


A bachelors degree and prior teaching experience are not required but degree holders do tend to earn more than those without a degree


Earn $750 to $1800 per month (bachelors degree holders earn more)


Thorough pre-departure support and guidance from our team who have all taught abroad and know just what it takes to be prepared for teaching English abroad


24/7 support from our in-country team throughout your teaching placement in Cambodia with TravelBud


Airport pickup, arrival orientation, welcome dinner and walking tour of downtown Phnom Penh


Air-conditioned housing in a private room throughout your 4-week TEFL training course


With the extraordinary Angkor Wat temples of Siem Reap in the north, untouched coastal heavens in the south, and an exquisite countryside filled with rice paddies, rainforests, and the Mekong River, Cambodia is bursting with things to do, see, taste and explore during your time off. It also just so happens to be sandwiched in between Vietnam, Thailand, with Loas to the north, so venturing further afield couldn’t be easier.


One of South-east Asia’s most breathtaking archeological sites dating back all the way to the 14th century. Witnessing the sunrise over these magnificent temples is an absolute must and is a great way to escape the crowds at one of Cambodia’s most popular tourist attractions!


Khmer cooking classes

Learn to cook like a local with a cooking class like Nary’s Kitchen in Battambang. Cambodia has some incredible local Khmer cuisine, which is similar to Thai and Vietnamese food, and there’s no better way to immerse yourself in the local culture than through FOOD!


Kayak or go on a river cruise through the mighty Mekong River which twists and winds itself all the way from Loas, through Cambodia, and into Vietnam. It’s an incredible opportunity to see some of Cambodia’s most remote scenic regions.



Quench your thirst and immerse yourself in the tourist and local community in Siem Reap’s buzzing Pub Street. Cambodia has some delicious local beers to try!

HIKE the cardamom mountains

Get your hike on in South-east Asia’s largest rainforest. Venture deep into the jungle on one of several hiking routes available and make a weekend of it by staying at the Tented Camp based in the heart of the jungle.



Thought Cambodia was all jungle, temples and rivers? Well think again. Cambodia boats an exquisite southern coastline which includes some untapped islands, deserted beaches, and the popular Sihanoukville.



How long in advance should I apply?

We accept a maximum of 12 applicants on each of our intakes to ensure the best possible learning experience. For this reason they tend to fill up quickly so it’s always best to apply at least 3-4 months in advance of your ideal start date.

How long can I teach for?

You can opt to teach for 6 months or 12 months or even renew your contract to teach for longer. Most of our teachers stay for at least a year and often end up staying longer than they initially planned.

When do schools hire?

Placements are available throughout the year through our school network in Cambodia with peak hiring time being in August and September.

Where will I stay?

You’ll receive you own private air-conditioned room in the Guest House all of our TEFL students stay in during the first 4 weeks of the program, which is a mere 5-minute stroll from our TEFL training centre. After the course you will receive assistance in finding suitable accommodation near your placement. 

Where in Cambodia will I be based?

You’ll be based in capital city of Phnom Penh for the duration of your TEFL training (the first 4 weeks of the program). As the majority of English teaching positions are available in Phnom Penh, there’s a good chance you will be based here for your placement too. That being said though, we do have schools in our network in other parts of the country so there’s a small chance you might end up being placed outside of Phnom Penh.

How much will I earn teaching English in Cambodia?

While Cambodia is one of the only countries you can teach legally in without a degree, bachelor degree holders do typically earn more. If you do not have a degree, you can expect to earn between $750 and $1200 per month. If you do have a degree, you can expect to earn between $1250 and $1800 per month.

How much can I save teaching English in Cambodia?

This depends largely on where you are based, what your spending habits are, and how much you earn but with the low cost of living in Cambodia, your salary goes further than you’d expect! Our teachers report saving on average $250 to $500 per month. This can amount to a total $1500 to $3000 savings after 6 months, which you can use to travel this fascinating country or use to put towards personal saving goals or loan repayments.

What documents do I need to organize before I leave my home country?

You’ll need obtain a Criminal Background Check and bring your original degree certificate (if you have one) with you to Cambodia. You will enter on what’s called an “ordinary” or E-class visa, which is issued on arrival in Cambodia, and is later changed to a different visa once you are working at your school. Our team will walk you through all of this in more detail to ensure you have a smooth-sailing experience preparing for the program and arriving in Cambodia.

Why Teach Abroad with TravelBud

Internationally Accredited TEFL Certification Course

Our 150-hour TEFL certification course is internationally accredited and has been carefully tailored to the unique classroom environment you need to prepared for in Cambodia. You’ll also receive 20 hours of practical teaching practice and observation in a real-life Cambodian classroom, ensuring you’re fully prepared to succeed at your placement after the course.

We've taught abroad ourselves

Foundered by experienced ESL teachers, we know just how important it is to embark on a teaching adventure overseas with guidance and support of a team who have walked the walk before you. Every member of the TravelBud team has first-hand experience of the programs we offer.


Guaranteed Teaching Placement

We provide a guaranteed paid teaching placement once accepted onto the program through our trusted network of schools in Costa Rica. This way you’ll be jetting off to Costa Rica with no worry about finding a job after our TEFL course. Our placements are available year-round at public schools and private language schools.


24/7 support

You’ll be fully supported from the moment you enroll from our dedicated pre-departure support team to ensure you’re fully prepared for the experience that awaits you. Our in-country team will be there for you from the moment you touch down in Cambodia and throughout your TEFL training course and teaching placement – be it any advice or guidance you need, or anything more serious, we’ll be on hand!

Apply below to reserve your spot or chat to one of our experienced volunteer coordinators.

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