Published 25th January 2020
A few years ago not many people would’ve been able to identify Cambodia on a map let alone think about relocating there to live and work, but it has been one of the top up-and-coming destinations in the TEFL world over the last year or so. That might surprise you, but we’re here to tell you why it shouldn’t. Why should you teach English in Cambodia? Let us count the ways.
Cambodia is a hidden gem
It’s actually quite surprising that Cambodia is still as untouched as it is. Considering it’s on the very well-worn backpacker route around Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, you would expect a lot more tourist traps and backpackers than there are. It’s not totally deserted and it’s perfectly safe for tourists and travellers, but it doesn’t have the same creature comforts as, say, Thailand. At the same time, costs will still be low and you are guaranteed an authentic experience in the towns and villages still undiscovered by the crowds.
There are loads of holidays…
Cambodia has almost two dozen public holidays a year, which means that on top of the usual school holidays you’ll have tons of time off to relax or explore.
…and countless historical, cultural and natural attractions
If you’re easily bored then Cambodia is a good choice for you. With all the time off you get there is no excuse not to travel this beautiful country. Wander around Angkor Wat – the world’s largest religious monument – for days and soak up the history and the natural and spiritual beauty; relax on a beach in Sihanoukville or on Koh Rong; or brush up on your history at the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, but don’t forget your tissues.
TEFL Teachers are hot commodities
There is a huge need for English language teachers in Cambodia, with learners ranging in age from kindergarteners to adults. There are loads of private language schools in the bigger cities of Cambodia which offer English as a Foreign Language lessons. As a result of this demand, it’s not necessary to have a Bachelor’s degree to teach in Cambodia, though this may open up doors to higher pay.
You can make a difference
Besides teaching English as a Foreign Language just as you would in many other countries, in Cambodia there are numerous volunteer organisations which would welcome you with open arms. Because of its turbulent and violent history, and the fact that almost half of Cambodia’s population are under the age of 15, there are thousands of young children who are need of education and teachers who are in need of help and support. Teaching in Cambodia will give you immediate rewards in the gratefulness you will experience from your students and your school and you will go home every day happy in the knowledge that you are making a small difference in this world.
It will change you
What more could you want?