Country info and advice - Cambodia
The following comments are from teachers who have taught, or are currently teaching, in Cambodia. If you are a teacher and have some advice to share, please add it here.
It's fairly easy to find
English teaching work as long as you're a native speaker and dress
professionally. If you have experience, a degree, or an English teaching
certificate, you'll probably receive multiple job offers. Teaching jobs usually
pay around $9-10 an hour with the best school paying $15. The cost of living is
quite low, so you'll be able to live comfortably on this amount - in any event
you'll be way richer than almost any local. Visas are a non-issue: you simply
pay for a one-year visa at a travel agency, no questions asked.
Phnom Phenh is where the vast majority of teachers are. It's a beautiful town, with a great riverside location, lots of old French architecture, and great restaurants. It does have a dark underbelly to it; street crime, drugs, prostitution, and gangs are fairly common. This might increase its appeal to some, while scare others away.
I teach in Cambodia and have
done for 3 years. What Dan said is fairly spot on about Phnom Penh. I now work
in Siem Reap, a much smaller city a bit further north.
The rates of salary are a bit cheaper here, but the cost of living is so low. I actually earn $15 here, but I'm a qualified, experienced teacher. It's a bit more difficult to secure a job here and all the schools I applied to wanted copies of my certificate. Something that nobody asked for in Phnom Penh. But I was earning more that $15 in Phnom Penh, but most teachers will earn around $10-12.
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