Teach English in CAMBODIA

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TEFL/TESOL accreditation

Internationally recognised

Cultural Orientation

Immersive experiences with your fellow teacher travelers

Job Placement Assistance

Earn $800 – $2800 USD* (3.2 – 11.4 million Riel) per month
* May fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility


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Why Teach English in Cambodia?

  • Cambodia offers incredible authenticity for those seeking meaningful travel. You can delve into the ancient world of temples, the tropical paradise on the coastline or the bustling, arty capital.
  • Get TEFL Accredited in Siem Reap, the fastest growing area in Cambodia. Siem Reap is a foodie haven, from local Khmer food to Western delights, you’ll find endless options. Angkor Wat is only five kilometres from Siem Reap.
  • Angkor Wat is the biggest religious complex in the world, the grounds of the temple ruins extend over an area of more than 500 acres – that’s about 50 times larger than the site of Machu Picchu!
  • Phnom Penh, the country’s capital, is where the majority of teaching jobs can be found. Here you’ll discover temples, markets, and buzzing back streets. This energetic city fuses Cambodian, Chinese, and French influences.
  • English Teachers in Cambodia earn generous salaries of $800 – $2800 USD* per month (3.2 – 11.4 million  Riel) and live comfortably because of the low cost of living. * USD amounts may fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility.
  • Our teach English in Cambodia program offers teaching travelers the opportunity to save money and then travel extensively around South East Asia.
  • Salaries are based largely on experience in the following way:
    • Non-native English speakers: $800$1000*
    • No teaching experience, no Degree: $1000$1200*
    • Any Degree, TEFL certification, teaching experience: $1200$1800*
    • Education Degree and teaching experience: $1800$2800*
    • * USD amounts may fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility.
  • Saving potential depends strongly on your lifestyle and placement location, but on average the living expenses generally range from $400 – $800 USD
  • With up to 21 days paid leave per year, teachers have the opportunity to balance their work lifestyle and have enough time (and money) to enjoy the opportunities to travel and relax in cultural paradise.
  • Our teach English in Cambodia Placements are for 1 year and can be renewed if you’d like to stay and continue to teach English in Cambodia for more than a year.
  • Cambodia is also home to several islands, perhaps not as well-known as neighbouring Thai islands, yet they have as much to offer – at a fraction of the price. And if it’s travel that excites you, Cambodia is centrally located to visit other countries in SE Asia.
  • No degree? No problem! You can teach english in Cambodia without a bachelor’s degree!

angkhor wat Angkor Wat is a national symbol and sacred site of Cambodian Buddhism, the complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[/caption]

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Pub Street is Siem Reap’s center for pubs, clubs, and bars.

Koh Rong Island, Cambodia

Visit the beautiful Koh Rong Island and other stunning islands with so much to offer.

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Get TEFL/TESOL certified in Siem Reap and meet other teacher travelers on the same journey as you.

Siem Reap

Phnom Penh, the country’s capital, is where the majority of teaching jobs can be found. Here you’ll discover temples, markets, and buzzing back streets. This energetic city fuses Cambodian, Chinese, and French influences.

tefl certification in cambodia

Siem Reap is a foodie haven, from local Khmer food to Western delights, you’ll find endless options

Giving Cambodian students the opportunity to learn English from a native speaker has a powerful impact on their future- meaning that your job as an English teacher is deeply rewarding and impactful.

Cambodia

Explore a country with rich culture and history, at great value, from transport to food, you can’t beat Cambodia for low-cost travel and living.

Full-service Placement Process

It can be scary and intimidating traveling to a foreign country and the complex documentation and requirements can be overwhelming and confusing.

We know. We’ve all taught abroad before.

That’s why we don’t just find you an overseas teaching placement, we support you throughout our entire teach abroad experience!

 

TravelBud Guides you through your Teach Abroad Adventure 

Here’s how we help

  • Everything explained clearly. We’ll walk you through each step and make sure you’re prepared.
  • We help you plan. From what to pack to what documents to gather when.
  • Internationally Accredited TEFL/TESOL Certification.

    Your TEFL certificate indicates that it includes observed practical lessons – this is the preferred requirement for schools worldwide, and they are now reluctant to accept online courses or the shorter 60-hr courses.

  • Cultural Orientation. Welcome meal on the first evening, floating village market excursion, temple visits, Khmer cooking class, cycle tour and the all important cultural awareness sessions!

  • Guidance and Support throughout. We’re on hand to guide you through each step and ease you into your new and exciting teaching and traveling experience. 
  • Job Placement Assistance. We assist you with placement in carefully selected and reputable schools in Cambodia.
  • 24/7 support. Once you arrive in Cambodia we’ve got your back in an emergency or to answer any questions.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

Do I Qualify To Teach English in Cambodia?

You do not need any teaching experience or a bachelor’s degree to teach English in Cambodia, although there are higher earning potentials for those that do.

You do need:

    • A passport from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
    • Between the ages of 20 – 59 years old
    • No criminal record
    • To be in good health

How long is the teaching contract for?

  • Teaching contracts are 12 month contracts.
  • You also have the option to renew if you’re not ready to leave after your first contract (we won’t blame you!)

What if I don’t have a TEFL/TESOL certificate?

We highly recommend the140 hour in-class TESOL course.

* There is a TEFL extension program for those with an existing Online TEFL with a separate application process

Read about our TEFL/TESOL courses below to learn more.

If you’re unsure about any of your qualifications, chat to us!

We’ll answer all your questions and do our best to accommodate you.

In-class TEFL/TESOL Accreditation Course in Siem Reap

Many TEFL/TESOL courses are not accredited and do not provide adequate preparation for teaching, while others are accredited but aren’t tailored to the actual country you’ll be teaching in.

That’s why we require completing our 140-hour in-class TEFL/TESOL in Siem Reap. It will give you the best possible preparation, both for the classroom and for a successful immersion into day-to-day life and culture and ensures that your students get the best education.

Teach English in Cambodia TEFL course

Meet fellow teacher travelers and forge new friendships while participating in exciting cultural activities and excursions.

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TEFL/TESOL Accreditation offers both practical training and classroom sessions to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to teach English to non-native speakers.


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Our 140-hour Teach English in Cambodia TESOL course will ensure that teachers are properly prepared for teaching English prior to being placed.

 

We find that too many TEFL/TESOL courses are generalised to every country and do not account for the significant differences that exist in terms of the cultural and professional environments that come with teaching in different countries.

This is why we ensure that all TravelBud TEFL/TESOL courses are tailored specifically to the country our students and soon-to-be teachers will be teaching in.

The TEFL/TESOL Course is a 4 week course and takes place in Siem Reap, a resort town in northwestern Cambodia, the gateway to the ruins of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th–15th centuries.

The course is tailored specifically for those preparing to teach English in Cambodia offers both practical training and classroom sessions to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to teach English to non-native speakers.

The following areas/subjects are covered during your 4 weeks:

  • An introduction to South East Asian culture – to help your transition
    into the local classroom and community.
  • Teaching techniques – we provide you with models to teach beginners
    as well as advanced students, young learners and adults
  • Teaching the four skills of language: speaking, listening, reading and writing Planning a course for special purposes (such as for a business)
  • Grammar – brushing up yours as a teacher, and techniques to teach grammar
  • Phonics
  • Creating materials for lessons
  • Lesson planning
  • Suitable activities for the language classroom
  • Discipline in the classroom
  • Building rapport with your students, including warmers and coolers in the classroom.
  • Classroom management, covering all aspects Teaching one-to-one, as well as larger classes
  • Teaching vocabulary
  • Understanding problems for Asian learners (understanding the differences between their language and English) as well as for other key languages, such as Spanish and Russian.
  • Error correction techniques
  • Preparing your CV/resumé, and tips for the interview process
  • Teaching business English
  • Teaching practices and assignments: You will have the opportunity to conduct several full lessons (teacher practices). These are observed by a trainer, and detailed and constructive feedback is given to you after each lesson, to help you improve for your next lesson, and your career to follow. (You will get an opportunity to teach both young learners and adults). Our qualified trainers will assist you with the lesson planning process. Read our blog on making the most of your observed lesson
  • Materials project: Here you will present the materials used for lessons, to the class.
  • A journal entry assignment
  • Various lesson planning and group work assignments
  • Various tests and tasks over the 4-week course, covering grammar, punctuation and a few other aspects covered in class. We work with our teachers to adequately prepare them for these tests. All content of the tests is covered during the course.

Course Schedule

Arrival & Week 1

  • Welcome meal on the first evening of course
  • Monday to Thursday: In class, all theory and techniques.
  • Floating village tour
  • Friday – morning class, afternoon island tour
  • Saturday – Off
  • Sunday – Off

Week 2

  • Monday to Friday – combination of classroom sessions and pracs at local schools.
  • Cycle & Temple tour
  • Saturday – Off
  • Sunday – Off

Week 3

  • Monday to Friday – combination of classroom sessions / assignments and pracs at local schools.
  • Khmer cooking class
  • Saturday – Off
  • Sunday – Off

Week 4

  • Monday to Wednesday – combination of classroom sessions / assignments and pracs at local schools
  • Thursday morning – final classroom session
  • Thursday afternoon – GRADUATION
  • Final graduation meal
  • Friday – Off

There is no final examination that determines your pass grade. Your final course result is determined by the combined marks of the assignments above, as well as on your participation and teamwork in class, attendance and behaviour.

A grade of at least 70% is required in order to pass the course. More than 50% of this grade is made up of marks for teacher practices.

Trainees are awarded with either a ‘pass’, ‘merit’, ‘high merit’ or ‘distinction’. All graduates receive a report, and those who obtain a merit or higher, are also presented with a personalised letter of reference.

You’ll head off to your placement feeling as prepared and confident to step into the classroom as you possibly can. 

You’ll also meet fellow teachers from all corners of the world who will form a part of your community of companions throughout the cultural adventure of teaching and travelling.

Meet and greet with your fellow teacher travelers

Meet and greet with your fellow teacher travelers

pub street cambodia

Check out pub street in your evenings to experience vibrant restaurants, bars and clubs.

cambodia flag

Cambodia’s flag is the only one in the world to feature a building, Angkor Wat.

cycle tour in cambodia

Cycle tour with fellow teacher travellers.

temple tours

You will make life-long friends with people from all walks of life who are embarking on the same adventure as you.

cooking class in Cambodia

Khmer cooking class to impress your friends and family when you return home.

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Participating in authentic cooking lessons

 

Costs

What Will I Earn?

As an English teacher in Cambodia, you’ll earn within the range of $800 to $2800 * per month (3.2 – 11.4 million Riel) depending on your qualifications, experience and placement location. This will comfortably cover your living expenses and weekend adventures due to the low cost of living.

* USD amounts may fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility.

General Range:

  • Non-native English speakers: $800$1000*
  • No teaching experience, no Degree: $1000$1200*
  • Any Degree, TEFL certification, teaching experience: $1200$1800*
  • Education Degree and teaching experience: $1800$2800*
  • * USD amounts may fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility.

How much does it cost?

The following costs make up the program fee and are payable to TravelBud before you head over to Teach English in Cambodia.

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We offer three program options for intake dates:

OPTION 1

In-class TEFL/TESOL and Job Placement, Orientation and Support (Highly Recommended)

The in-class TESOL course is tailored specifically to teaching English in Cambodia and will give you valuable insight into Cambodian culture and the specifics of teaching in a Cambodian classroom.

Enrollment Fee and Support

Required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team, as well as secure your spot in a program that has limited availability per course.

$550

What's included?

In-class TESOL, job placement, orientation and 24/7 support

The 140-hour in-class TESOL gives you the best possible preparation and ensures your students get the best education. We also assist you with a job placement so you can start earning straight away.

$1600

What's included?

Total

For our first 30 teachers that enrol, we will apply a
Pioneer Discount of $200 USD (that's pretty much almost two months of rent in Siem Reap - or 110 beers!)

$2150


$1950


OPTION 2

Already have a TEFL/TESOL Certificate?

Take our TEFL/TESOL Extension Course

For teachers that already have extensive experience in the teaching field, as well as an existing online/in-class 120-hour TESOL/TEFL/CELTA, we offer the 2 week TEFL Extension course.

Ultimately this encompasses a 2 week practical learning course that attaches to your existing TEFL to qualify it to be an “in-class” certificate.

All those applying for the Extension Course will be required to follow and submit special documentation to be approved by the course director prior to acceptance onto the program. Your co-ordinator will guide you through this specialised application process.

Enrollment Fee and Support

Required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team

$550

What's included?

Job Placement and 24/7 Support

Job Placement assistance in a background-checked and credible school. Payable 10 weeks prior to departure.

$750

What's included?

Total

$1300


What is included in the TravelBud enrollment fee?

Pre-departure Support

As soon as you pay your initial enrollment fee, your pre-departure support kicks off. From that moment on, TravelBud will be on call to answer all your questions and provide all the support and guidance you need.

  • Getting the necessary documentation prepared prior to departure
  • Assisting you with all planning, packing, visas, costs, budgets and booking flights
  • Answering your questions to help ease any anxieties you may have regarding your trip.

24/7 Dedicated Ongoing In-country Support

  • On-the-ground support and personal assistance throughout the duration of your teaching experience.
  • In the event of an emergency, we’ll be on hand 24/7
  • TravelBud’s support managers will also check in with you regularly for the duration of your teaching English in Cambodian experience.

Teaching Resources and Support from local teachers

  • Access to teaching resources such as printable lesson plans and worksheets which will make your job a whole lot easier!
  • There is always a supervisor that teachers can go to for help with their teaching tasks.

What is included in the TravelBud Program fee?

Once you’ve paid your enrollment fee, you’ll unlock all the benefits of your pre-departure support and placement process.

The last thing you’ll need to pay is your final fee, this is the remainder of the cost for the program you’re signed up for.

Here’s what’s included in that:

  • Airport pickup to your accommodation.
  • Cultural Orientation. Welcome meal on the first evening, floating village market excursion, temple visits, Khmer cooking class, cycle tour and the all important cultural awareness sessions!

  • 4 Week in-class TESOL course with an experienced instructor that will see you graduate with a 140 hour, internationally accredited TESOL certificate
  • Your TEFL certificate indicates that it includes observed practical lessons – this is the preferred requirement for schools worldwide.

    Our practical training includes both youth and adult lessons, at various schools, businesses and NGOs around the town.

  • Job Placement Assistance at a carefully vetted school where every effort is made to match your placement requirements.Including:
    • Optimising your CV for the Cambodian market.
    • In-depth interview preparation
    • Mock interview demo and lesson plan assistance
    • Distribution of your CV to our network
    • Access to our Alumni-only job postings Facebook group. 
  • 24/7 in-country support from a dedicated in-country team
  • Access to our teacher network, our TEFL/TESOL education team and a wide array of teaching resources to help you in your job in the classroom
  • Lifetime placement assistance ensuring placement on any qualifying program in Indonesia or Cambodia where there is availability for FREE, once you’ve completed your first contract

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We understand it’s hard to take this all in.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

Budgets

What are the other costs involved prior to departing?

The above tables detail costs you’ll need to pay TravelBud in order to join the program.

You’ll also need to budget for various other expenses, not payable to TravelBud, which allow you to legally teach abroad plus the cost of travel to your destination and insurance for your trip.

Our support team will walk you through everything prior to you departing to ensure you have exactly what you need by when you need to have it. The following is what you’ll need to budget for:

Please Note:

Due to COVID-19 rules and regulations, budgets are subject to change. Our team will advise you on all the latest up to date information and pricing.

Cambodia is generally a cheap place to travel to, so you should be able to manage on a relatively low budget if necessary.

You will be spending at least 2 months in Bali before you receive your first paycheck from your school.

You will, therefore, need to budget enough money to see you through the first month during the TEFL course and your first month of teaching.

Of course, the amount of money you will need depends on your spending habits.

Please note the below outline is an estimation and may vary depending on different factors.

Our support managers will assist you with booking flights, finding the best insurance for you and advising you on all the documents costs involved.

What do I need to budget for?

Bear in mind that you will be spending at least 2 months in Cambodia before you receive your first paycheck.

You will therefore need to budget enough money to see you through the 1 month TEFL/TESOL course and your first month of teaching.

Of course, the amount of money you need depends on your spending habits and Cambodia is generally an affordable place to travel and live in.

As in most travel destinations, the more touristy activities, restaurants, and transport options will be a lot more expensive but we will guide you on how to live and budget like a local to get the most out of your paycheck.

Take a look through our budget guidelines to see what budget suits your spending habits.

Please note the below outline is an estimation and may vary depending on different factors

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Pre-departure Budget

Flights

Flight prices vary depending on where you travel from and when you book. Prices can occasionally exceed this range. TravelBud is partnered with Student Universe so you are more than welcome to click here to complete our form and receive a quotation for your consideration.

$250 - $850

Insurance

Travel insurance prices can vary depending on things like provider, age, country of origin and duration of your stay. This range is for TravelBud's recommended policies based on stays of 6 months or 1 year. Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for all TravelBud programs. TravelBud is partnered with World Nomads so you are more than welcome to click here to complete our form and receive a quotation for your consideration.

$250 - $1500

Documentation

This budget is assuming all of your current documentation is in English, you are in possession of your physical degree and that you hold a valid passport.

$20 - $70

Visa (First two months)

Visa fees are dependent on the Cambodian embassy you apply through. This is the general cost of a visa.

$55

TOTAL

$575 - $2525

In-Country Budget

Accommodation

The cost of your accommodation during the course will vary as it’s dependent on which option you choose.

$150 - $550

Other Expenses
(Food, laundry, transportation etc.)

Participants are able to spend much less than the amount stated here depending on your spending habits. The amount given is a safe approximation

$300 - $600

TOTAL

$300 - $1150

First Month Teaching & Visa Costs

Travel to Placement Location

You will need to travel to your teaching placement in Cambodia.

$15 - $93

Accommodation

When you arrive at your teaching placement, you will need to pay rent for the first month and typically two months’ rent as a deposit. The cost will also be dependent on the type of accommodation you choose.
Depending on your electricity usage you can expect to spend approximately $10 - $80 on utilities.

$100 - $900

Other Expenses
(Food, laundry, transportation etc.)

Participants are able to spend much less than the amount stated here depending on your spending habits. The amount given is a safe approximation.
$300 - $600

Startup Items
(toiletries, towel, fan, phone

Almost all apartments are fully furnished and some offer services such as cleaning, 24-hour security, garbage collection, and WiFi. You may want to buy a few things such as towels, toiletries and other necessities.
$16 - $165

Optional Expenses

Nightlife, shopping, etc.
$0 - $95

Work Permit

Most schools will require you to sign a year-long contract. Nearly all schools will assist and pay for your visa extension and work permit. Should this not be included in your contract, this is what you can expect to pay.
$120 - $220

TOTAL

$551 - $2075

You will also need to take over enough spending money to cover living expenses during your first month of teaching.

Chat to us if you have questions about budget and spending.

Once you start earning a salary, your living costs will be comfortably covered, you’ll start to learn how to cut down on your monthly expenses (for example, eating out less and finding the most affordable grocery store in your placement town) and you will be able to enjoy your time teaching and traveling in Cambodia.

When can I start Teaching English in Cambodia?

Start Dates for our In-Class TEFL/TESOL Course in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Please note: If you are already TEFL certified and are enrolling for the TEFL extension program, start dates are two weeks later. See below for exact dates.

Intake DateCan I still apply?

2022

8 August 2022AT CAPACITY
5 September 2022Limited Spaces Available
3 October 2022Limited Spaces Available
31 October 2022Spaces Available
28 November 2022Spaces Available

2023

09 January 2023Spaces Available
06 February 2023Spaces Available
06 March 2023Spaces Available
17 April 2023Spaces Available
15 May 2023Spaces Available
12 June 2023Spaces Available
31 July 2023Spaces Available
28 August 2023Spaces Available
25 September 2023Spaces Available
30 October 2023Spaces Available
27 November 2023Spaces Available

Start Dates for TEFL Extension in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Intake DateCan I still apply?

2022

14 September 2022Limited Spaces Available
12 October 2022Spaces Available
09 November 2022Spaces Available
07 December 2022Spaces Available

2023

18 January 2023Spaces Available
15 February 2023Spaces Available
15 March 2023Spaces Available
26 April 2023Spaces Available
24 May 2023Spaces Available
21 June 2023Spaces Available
09 August 2023Spaces Available
06 September 2023Spaces Available
04 October 2023Spaces Available
08 November 2023Spaces Available
06 December 2023Spaces Available

How long is the teaching contract for?

  • Placements are for 1 year and can be renewed if you’d like to stay for more than a year.

Arrival & Orientation

Pre-departure Support

As you prepare for your trip, TravelBud’s support managers will guide you through:

  • Packing
  • Visas
  • Budget
  • Travel insurance
  • Pre-arrival program information
  • And any questions you might have to help ease any anxieties during the pre-departure process.

Arriving in Siem Reap, Cambodia

When you arrive in Siem Reap, you can count on:

  • Airport pick-up
  • Transport to your accommodation within walking distance to the training centre and vibrant city centre. 
  • You’ll then begin your orientation, kicking off with a welcome meal on the first evening to get to know your fellow teacher travelers.

Course Schedule

Arrival & Week 1

  • Welcome meal on the first evening of course
  • Monday to Thursday: In class, all theory and techniques.
  • Floating village tour
  • Friday – morning class, afternoon island tour
  • Saturday – Off
  • Sunday – Off

Week 2

  • Monday to Friday – combination of classroom sessions and pracs at local schools.
  • Cycle & Temple tour
  • Saturday – Off
  • Sunday – Off

Week 3

  • Monday to Friday – combination of classroom sessions / assignments and pracs at local schools.
  • Khmer cooking class
  • Saturday – Off
  • Sunday – Off

Week 4

  • Monday to Wednesday – combination of classroom sessions / assignments and pracs at local schools
  • Thursday morning – final classroom session
  • Thursday afternoon – GRADUATION
  • Final graduation meal
  • Friday – Off

You’ll also meet fellow teachers from all corners of the world who will form a part of your community of companions throughout the cultural adventure of teaching and travelling.

Teaching Environment

You’ll head off to your new job as soon as you’ve completed our 140-hour in-class TEFL/TESOL certification course.

We discuss your preferences and then carefully assist you with your teaching position at our reputable schools. We work with select schools which we have carefully vetted to ensure they meet our high standards. 

Where will I be teaching?

Placements are mostly in the bigger cities such as Pnehm Pen and Battambangand are in “International schools”. These are not “international schools” as you might know them, these schools are “international” because they follow Western semester starts and curriculums i.e British schools, Australian schools; American schools.

Your enrolment coordinator will explain the school environment in detail.

While we do our best to meet placement preferences, this cannot be guaranteed.

Keep in mind that placements depend on what jobs are available and the schools ultimately make the hiring decisions.

We will always do our best to accommodate your preferences though and you will receive our full 24/7 ongoing support throughout your placement.

Can I be placed with my friend or partner?

Yes, we can place you in the same town as your friend or partner. You might be teaching in the same school or in nearby schools, depending on the availability of jobs.

What are the working hours?

  • You will generally teach for 25 hours per week, that’s about 5 hours a day. You’ll get 15 hours a week for administrative tasks such as lesson planning.
  • Typical working hours are from 8am – 11am and 2pm – 4pm, depending on the school you work for.
  • You’ll get 21 days (4 weeks) paid leave per year, all public holidays and weekends off!

What if I am unhappy with my job? Can I be placed somewhere else?

If you are unhappy and there are clear reasons why the job is not working out for you, TravelBud will offer you placement assistance for a different job within our vetted school network.

That being said, we have strong relationships with our partner schools and our applicants are generally very happy with their placements.

We are also available 24/7 to fully support you and will check in with you throughout your teaching adventure.

What is the dress code for teaching English in Cambodia?

The dress code for English teachers is smart-casual. You are expected to look professional at all times when you are in the classroom bearing in mind that some schools may expect smarter clothing than others, so come prepared.

Here are some pointers:

  • Skirt to the knee (Pencil or A-line, not too flowing) or smart trousers. Blouse that is not revealing. No sheer. No cleavage. Shoulders covered.
  • Tattoos covered. Extra piercings removed.
  • Collared shirts. Smart trousers. Closed Shoes (slip-ons are fine). Wear a tie to an interview if possible!
  • Clean shaven or neat beard. Neat hair. Neat nails.
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Classrooms are well equipped with learning materials.

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Cambodian children are eager learners and enjoy the interactive nature of class lessons.


Teachers in Cambodian classroom

Teachers engage with their students.


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Young learners are highly motivated to learn English because of the employment opportunities it can unlock for them.

Living Environment

Your first night in Siem Reap, Cambodia

You’ll be picked up from the airport and taken to your accommodation.

Accommodation during the TEFL/TESOL Course

You have 4 options to choose from each with various price points and luxury levels.

You will need to book your accommodation separately.

Villa D Boutique Hotel: From $150 p.m

This is a super affordable option. The property has a pool, bar & onsite restaurant. All rooms have A/C, TV and a small fridge. The room rate includes once a week cleaning and FREE WiFi. It’s about a 10-15 min tuk-tuk ride so add $4 per day for transport to and from the training center. 

Note: The rate excludes electricity (approx $30).

Solitair Damnak Villa: $235 p.m for small room and $285 for bigger room with bathtub.

This is the preferred option. The property has an undercover pool, onsite restaurant, as well as cooking facilities for guests. All rooms have A/C, TV and a small fridge. The room rate includes once a week cleaning and FREE WiFi. Transport to and from the training center is included.

Note: The rate excludes electricity (approx $50).

The Khmer House – Secret Oasis: $450 p.m

The luxury option! The property has a 40m pool, tropical garden and onsite restaurant. All rooms have A/C, TV and a small fridge. The room rate includes once a week cleaning and FREE WiFi. It’s about a 10-15 min tuk-tuk ride so add $4 per day for transport to and from the training center. 

Accommodation during your teaching placement

You will be given guidance on finding accommodation in accessible areas.

There are many real estate properties for rent that are available for all types of spaces and budget. From the single unit apartments to villas, there is always one that will fit your needs.

Popular expat areas in Phnom Penh are BKK1, BKK2 and BKK3, Russian Market, Tonle Bassac, 7 Makara, and Daun Penh.

Almost all apartments are fully furnished and some offer services such as cleaning, 24-hour security, garbage collection, and WiFi.

  • Shared accommodation: $100 – $200
  • Studio apartment: $150 – $350
  • 1 bedroom apartment: $250 – $800
  • 2+ bedroom apartment: $300 – $900

Please keep in mind that most apartment buildings will require you to pay 1-2 months’ deposit.

You will be provided with further resources, links and information for finding your accommodation.

We’re here to walk you through the whole process!

The TravelBud Difference

It can be scary and intimidating traveling to a foreign country and the complex documentation and requirements can be overwhelming and confusing.

We know. We’ve all taught abroad before.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

Pre-departure support

Our support managers will assist with all planning, packing, visas, costs, documentation, booking flights and answering any questions you might have.

24/7 In-country support

Our in-country partners will be available for the duration of your time in Cambodia. If you need any assistance or advice, or in the event of an emergency, we’ll be on hand!

Accredited in-class TEFL/TESOL in Siem Reap. Internationally recognised.

Job Placement Assistance

Lifetime job placement assistance with your once-off program fee

If you’d like to move to another program after teaching in Cambodia, we will offer placement assistance for any of our programs in Cambodia AND Cambodia at no additional cost.

Cultural immersion course

Prepares you for your teaching experience in Cambodia and introduces you to Cambodian history, language, politics and culture.

Accommodation, transport and spending money budgets

We invest a lot of time into providing accurate expectations of what to budget for your first few months in Costa Rica. Chat to our enrollment coordinators for more specific details about budgeting

Knowledge and advice

Our enrollment coordinators have all taught abroad and have first-hand insights on our teach abroad destinations and programs.

Flight and Visa assistance

Travel insurance assistance

We'll assist you with the additional purchase of your travel insurance via our insurance partners.

Teaching resources

You’ll have access to a database of lesson plans, worksheets, flashcards and printable materials for your classroom.

Safety

Moving to another country to live and work is a big step and we realise that safety can be a concern.

What do TravelBud staff and teachers say about safety?

Safety in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh is not unlike any other city. As long as you are aware of your surroundings and act accordingly you won’t have any problems.

Walking at night is quite safe, never show you have money on you apart from maybe 5 dollars, keep any other money in your wallet or bag just be aware and practice normal caution and common sense, as you would (hopefully!) do back home.

Any crime is generally petty, seldom violent

How are the authorities?

The police are generally very helpful towards foreigners. Drug-related offences are taken very seriously.

FAQ

How much does it pay to teach English in Cambodia?

Depends on school type, qualifications, experience and location.

Here is a general range:

  • Non-native: $800 – $1000 USD*
  • No experience, no degree: $1000 – $1200 USD*
  • Any degree, TEFL, experience: $1200 – $1800 USD*
  • Education Degree and experience: $1800 – $2800 USD*

* USD amounts may fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility.

Living expenses are not too high so you can live comfortably on your salary, especially if you adopt a local style of living which we always recommend.

Is English spoken in Cambodia?

Basic English is quite widely spoken, but not everyone you meet will speak English. But with the help of English language education provided by you and other teachers, the English literacy rate is consistently improving.

Do you need a degree to teach English in Cambodia?

No. Cambodia is one of the only countries in Asia where you can legally teach without a Bachelor’s Degree. A degree is not required for the documents submission to obtain the work permit. 

How much money can you make teaching English?

You’ll earn around $800-$2800 USD* (3.2 – 11.4 million Riel) per month.

* USD amounts may fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility.

How many days off do I get? When are the school holidays?

You’ll get at least 21 official national holidays (if they fall on work days) and weekends off!

You can generally request vacation leave as well, depending on your contract.

Your contract usually includes paid holidays.

Can participants choose part or full time?

Our Placements are for 1 year and can be renewed if you’d like to stay and continue to teach for longer.

You need to commit to at least 12 months.  Although the position is full time, you’ll only be teaching an average of 4-5 hours per day and typically in the mornings or evenings, which allows you to live a fairly flexible lifestyle compared to more rigorous work hours required by schools in other countries.

What is the main religion in Cambodia?

Theravada Buddhism is the official religion in Cambodia, which is practiced by 95 percent of the population, just like that of Thailand, Burma and Sri Lanka.

However, Christianity and Cham Muslim are being active and popular among a large number of population as well in the capital and provinces, showing a sign of growth.

Daoism and Confucianism are also commonly practiced among the Chinese people.

 

Are teachers in high demand in Cambodia? Why?

Yes, teachers are in high demand. English language education unlocks a lot of growth opportunities for the country’s economy as a whole. Young learners are highly motivated to learn English because of the employment opportunities it can unlock for them. 

Do schools in Cambodia accept Online TEFL/TESOL certificates?

Yes they do, provided your online TEFL/TESOL certificate meets the standards of our partner schools.

Read more about our online TEFL/TESOL course option.

How long does it take to get TEFL/TESOL Certified?

It takes approximately 4 weeks to complete our TEFL/TESOL course. This includes our one-week cultural immersion course part, 16 hours of observed practical teaching in a local school.

What are the benefits of completing the 140-hour In-class TEFL/TESOL Course?

TravelBud’s in-class TEFL certification course in Cambodia is customized to ensure that our TEFL graduates are as prepared as possible for both the classroom environment they will be teaching in as well as the cultural environment they will be living in.

Through multiple in-depth lessons led by experts in the field on Cambodia culture, history, and politics, there is no other TEFL/TESOL course geared to helping you immerse responsibly in culture and society better than TravelBud’s TEFL certification.

You will also receive the benefit of practical in-person training which includes real-life teaching practice in a local Cambodian school, after which you will receive invaluable feedback from your instructor before heading off to your placement. Please note: Due to COVID-19, this practical may be subject to change.

Not only will you gain a strong foundation in Cambodian culture but you will make life-long friends with people from all walks of life who are embarking on the same adventure as you.

I have already completed a TEFL/TESOL course elsewhere. Do I still need to complete TravelBud’s course?

This may be possible for degree holders. With many courses out there not being accredited and providing the necessary training, our placement team will first need to review your certificate before accepting you for our Extension only option.

Can you guarantee me a job once the TEFL/TESOL Course course has ended?

Granted we have confirmed that you are eligible to teach English and after reviewing your application, meet the other minimal requirements, and you pass the in-class TEFL/TESOL course, we cannot 100% guarantee you a job placement.

We can however say that we’ve helped 99%. of applicants to find jobs via our Placement Assistance services with one of our vetted school partners at the end of our TEFL course.

Do schools pay you a fee/portion of my salary?

No, TravelBud and our partners DO NOT receive a portion of the teacher’s monthly salary.

Can my friend or partner come with me?

Yes!

We provide friends and couples with placements in the same areas and sometimes even at the same schools. 

What are traveling costs?

It is possible to travel affordably, but it depends how you want to do it. Budget travelling, using public transport, will take longer but save you money. Taxis will be more expensive.

Because it is a popular tourist destination with a large expat community, travel costs are rising, but if you budget effectively, you can still travel around at relatively low cost. Our in-country and pre-departure support teams will give you the best advice possible to help you budget carefully.

How safe is it?

It is relatively safe with petty theft being reported at times. Like anywhere else it is recommended that you remain alert of your belongings. 

What about Medical services and insurance?

Medical services are efficient. If you need medical attention, you can go to either a public or private medical facility.

What does the average meal cost?

TBC. Depending on your preference and budget, you can eat quite cheaply.

Where am I going to stay and how much will the accommodation cost me?

Our 24/7 in-country support team will share all your accommodation options and will be on hand to assist you with finding the best accommodation for you.

Is airport pick-up provided?

Yes, airport pick-up is provided. We’ll take you straight to your accommodation. 

What are the age groups you will be teaching?

Most of our placements are at language centers teaching children and young adults.

After the contract can you still travel in the country or do you need to leave immediately?

You can stay as long as you like as you maintain a legal Visa status. You might need to leave the country soon after your contract ends and come back in on a tourist visa if you’d like to travel.

What is the possibility of acquiring a second job to make more money?

It is possible, although this depends on your job placement. If you are motivated to pick up extra work, this can probably be arranged through your language center.

What are the authorities like?

The authorities are genuinely helpful and professional. They should be treated with respect as in your own home country.

What is phone and Internet connectivity like?

WiFi is very good, so you will be able to use your devices as in your home country.

What if you are unhappy in a job? Can you get a new one?

Yes, but we don’t often find this to be a problem. If the teacher really dislikes their job and they have a good reason, we can assist them to an alternative placement within our vetted school network. This however can take time.

What is the dress code for teaching English?

Smart-casual. Typically collar shirts for men and semi-conservative dress for women. As a teacher, you need to appear professional at all times. For women, skirts and dresses are most commonly worn. 

Must the teachers have CV’s or Resumes?

Yes, it is vital for the job placement assistance process to submit an updated version of your resume or CV during TravelBud’s pre-enrollment application process.

Our placement team will work with you to format your CV/resume according to what the schools are looking for to increase your chances of obtaining a sought after placement.

Packing essentials? Sleeping bag, towels?

All our participants are provided with a detailed packing list before departure. You can get all the essentials in the country, but it is not necessarily cheaper than back home, so it’s best to bring all your basics which we will guide you through.

Any serious laws that are very strict?

Drug possession and trafficking are taken very seriously.

What is the general level of English proficiency and behaviour of students? 

This will vary. Literacy levels are high, so you can expect students with a good basic English proficiency but everyone is different so not everyone will be a quick learner.

Do your colleagues speak English?

You will be teaching with other first language English speakers at the language centers, most of which will come from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Will you work with any special needs children?

No.

What are the chances of teaching English in neighbouring countries?

TravelBud offers teaching programs in Bali.

And with our free Lifetime Placement Assistance Guarantee, you can opt to teach in Bali through TravelBud absolutely free of charge, once you’ve successfully completed your contract and provided you meet the requirements of the program.

Are all paperwork and books supplied by the school?

Yes, most of the time. You will also have access to a database of lesson plans, printable graphics, class warmers and flashcards.

What happens if you lose your job? Can you get a new one?

If you are fired, TravelBud and our partners will no longer help with job placement. It’s important that you meet the performance requirements and contractual obligations of your school employer.

Can you drink tap water?

Yes you can, although it is not recommended. You will be advised about this during your first week on the program and the locals are always a great source of information.

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