A Guide to Teaching English in Cambodia

Cambodia is a very up and coming TEFL destination and one of the best places to teach in Asia. It is best to get here before the crowds arrive. Every year, hundreds of international teachers work in public and private schools in Cambodia.

People, particularly those who live in the more remote areas of the country, have never heard English spoken and have great difficulty reading it. Acquiring proficiency in English is a great way in which Cambodian youth and adults can pass exams, graduate from school, go on to secure employment in areas like tourism, and actively participate in Cambodia's developing modern society.

Cambodia is now a lot of peoples first choice when it comes to seeking esl employment overseas, people come here from all over the world and work as teachers in places like Phnom Pehn, Siem Riep and Sihanoukville. View our guide to teaching English in Cambodia and apply today.


Top Reasons to Teach in Cambodia

If you are thinking about teaching English abroad there are so many great reasons to choose this country include:

  • Expect some of the most warm and welcoming people in Asia
  • The food is delicious, we recommend you try the Khmer curry
  • This country is a lot more authentic than other touristy destinations in the region
  • There are lots of international teachers and expats living here making the cultural adjustment easier
  • You will also get to visit stunning temples and ancient ruins


Where to Seek Employment

  • Private Schools & Educational institutions
  • Language Schools and Businesses
  • Giving Freelance & Private lessons


How Easy is it to Get a TEFL Job in Cambodia

Don’t worry if you dont't find a job online in advance as it is fairly easy to get a job once you have arrived. Most language schools don’t hire international teachers over the internet as usually they will want to meet and interview you in person. It is a lot easier to get the addresses of schools and visit them direct.


Best Places to Teach in Cambodia


Teach English in Siem Riep

Our top recommendation for somewhere to study or teach in Siem Riep. This is a really up and coming TEFL destination and you can find lots of language schools and things to do here, this city is very safe and local people are very used to seeing tourists. You must visit the spectacular Angor Wat temples in your spare time - this is one of the most amazing places you can visit in the world.


Teach English in Phnom Penh

Cambodia's capital city - Phnom Penh is a bustling hive of activity with shops, cafes, bars and nightlife. If city life appeals for you then you will really enjoy being in Phnom Penh. There are also lots of relaxing spots and temples in the city where you can escape the noise.


Teach English in Sihanoukville

A smaller more off the beaten track location, Sihanoukville is a situation on the South coast and the beaches are spectacular. This is a very relaxing place to both live and work, the beaches and islands off the coast are spectacular and less busy than those in Thailand.


Best Time to Get a Job

All year round, there is no best time to apply.


Salary for Teaching English in Cambodia

Approx Monthly Salary - GBP£400 - £800 (USD$800 - $1,200). You will usually be paid in Cambodia Reil.


Cost of Living

We estimate the approx cost of living per month in Cambodia is around GBP£150 - £300 (USD$300 - $500)


Working Week

Usually you will work Monday to Friday around 8:00am to 3:00pm but you might want to give private lessons to gain more money. Wages here are not as high as other countries in Asia but the experience can be magical and teaching is not all about the money.


Help / Advice

If you would like to teach in Cambodia and have any questions or need any help arranging a job please get in touch.


Cambodia TEFL Reviews

If you have ever taught in Cambodia and would like to share your experience, review a company/agency or give any recommendations to future teachers please contact us.

"My students were so friendly, they didn't speak very good English but were so keen to learn every day. Be prepared for basic classroom materials and take as many things from home as you can e.g. paper, pens etc. I feel I gained the respect and gratitude of all the local teachers and I really was able to help for the 2 months I was in Cambodia. I couldn't recommend this experience highly enough."  - C Adams, USA 

"The children were so upbeat and their positive attitude really helps you enjoy the experience. Some days were tough and challenging but you also get a lot of free time during the week to see more of your surroundings. I didn't really know what to expect when I applied but I really enjoyed my time in Cambodia - it is such a beautiful country. Be sure to head to the beaches and also see Angor Wat.' - K Wilson, UK


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