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Can I TRULY teach English in Cambodia without a degree?? What is the truth??

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  • Anthony
    19 August, 2016 at 9:10
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    I went from Thailand, to Myanmar, to Cambodia in my consideration of where I should go to teach English. Currently, I am seriously considering flying halfway around the world, changing my entire life and leaving behind everyone and everything that I know, to do just that. Is this a practical plan being that I have no degree? I do intend to acquire my tefl. Is this enough? Can I find a job BEFORE I leave the U.S., or will I have to go on a wing and a prayer and try to secure employment AFTER I have arrived? I MUST make this work somehow! I would be absolutely heart sick if I couldn’t make this happen! I have an ulterior motive as well. My primary reason for going to southeast Asia is that I have developed a very strong, nearly overwhelming desire to contribute to the fight against human trafficking there. I feel that I MUST do SOMETHING! What…I do not know, but something. I have decided that teaching English would be the best, quickest, easiest way to support and establish myself. Am I way off base? Can anyone give me some sound advice here? I am looking for an honest take here, but if I am honest, then I must say that I am hoping for someone to talk me IN to this, not OUT! Lol! Thank you so much for any advice that will help me to make an INFORMED decision.

    13 September, 2016 at 13:43
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    Hi Anthony,

    Before I begin, this is provided you have a TEFL qualification and a decent command of the English language. The good news is, yes, you really can get a TEFL job in Cambodia without a degree. The bad news is, for the most, it is A LOT easier to find a job once you’re in the country rather than online. This is because a lot of the jobs are rather informal, and internet is not widespread in Cambodia.

    20 October, 2016 at 10:20
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    I think it is really awesome that you want to fight human trafficking and you’re so fired up about it. As for uprooting yourself, it is a big change and the time to act in it is while emotions are high. However, have you considered the possibility of starting the fight from where you are? Raising money and awareness about the issue is actually much safer and efficient than flying to Cambodia and just going at teacher by day freedom fighter by night. Also, as a teacher of over 10 years I really feel if you want to educate people on this issue ,which seems very dear to you, then focus on it. There are too many English teachers who don’t really care about teaching English already. Unless you are dead set on tracking the bad guys and working closely beside charitable groups full time don’t come to be an educator. Fight your fight by raising awareness and gaining supporters to your cause. Also give generously to established groups who are professionals with experience.

    18 November, 2016 at 12:59
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    We’ll said! Well, I have actually explored many, many options to arrive at this decision. For the purposes of the action to which I am being called, it is necessary for me to travel to and live in Phnom Penh. As for the concern of whether or not my passion to teach would be sufficient… To put it simply, it is. I don’t see the teaching as auxiliary, or supplementary, but rather complimentary. Teachers are one of the “frontliners” in the detection of abuse and neglect. I will also offer my teaching skills on a voluntary basis. Learning English will give at risk children, as well as survivors of abuse, an even better chance of getting out and staying out of danger. Aside from all of that, I genuinely enjoy teaching young, eager minds. I do have that all important desire to see them succeed. I honestly crave that feeling that we get, knowing that we have played a role in their success. So, I feel like I have made the right decisions, for both myself and for the children who will be affected by my decisions. I VERY MUCH appreciate your concerns on that subject. I have read several rather disturbing posts that expressed a not so subtle disdain for the esl teaching process and the children who “benefit” from the “efforts” of these particular teachers.

    18 May, 2019 at 1:13
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    Hi Anthony.

    It isn’t mandatory to have a college degree in order to receive a work permit, but some schools may request that you have one. In most cases though a TEFL certificate (studied online or onsite) will do the job and you shouldn’t have any difficulties with locating teaching work.

    Best to look for work when you arrive as conditions will be better and you can go visit the schools and speak to other teachers to find out if it is a good option or not.

    Kudos to you for wanting to help underprivileged children.

    17 August, 2019 at 19:34
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    As others have said, it is true that you can teach in Cambodia without a degree. It will limit what schools will accept you, so keep that in mind.

    As to looking online or in country – with no degree, your odds will be best when you have arrived. You can also check out several of the job groups on Facebook, as I have seen many schools posting there.

    You may also want to consider looking in the smaller areas, outside of Phnom Penh.

    Unlike some areas of SEA, you may also be able to find a non-teaching job for the work permit, and tutor English on the side. Cambodia is still somewhat open, in that regard.

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