Teaching English in Battambang

By | September 6, 2013

Battambang is the second largest city in Cambodia and located in the north west of Cambodia. It isn’t a popular destination for people that want to teach English in Cambodia, but nevertheless, some people do find themselves teaching English in Battambang.

Battambang is a sleepy and beautiful city with easy access to surrounding countries, towns and cities. It’s only 2 hours by bus to Siem Reap and 6 hours by bus to the nation’s capital, Phnom Penh. Moreover, the journey to the border with Thailand is only around 3 hours away.

In Battambang you can escape the crazy traffic of the capital city or the thousands of tourists that line the streets of Siem Reap. If you’re looking to live in a laid back town and soak up some of the culture then Battambang might just be the place for you.

Located along the Sangker River, the city is full of colonial architecture. The city is full of beautiful scenery where you can just sit down, relax and watch the world go by. Moreover, the city is full of culture. With the buy market in the centre of town, it’s easy to just take a stroll around the wide roads and take a look around. There are many places to visit including the bamboo train, Wat Ek Phnom, Wat Phnom Sampeau, Wat Ba Nan, Ba Set Temple. There is also a growing expat community and you’ll find some decent restaurants in the town including many French bakeries.

Types of Teaching Jobs Available in Battambang

Teach English in Battambang

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Cambodia is a poor country and therefore, you will find that there are many volunteer opportunities available in Battambang. Most of these volunteer positions will involve teaching English to young and underprivileged children. If, however, you are looking for paying work, there are also opportunities available for English teachers.

There are many private language schools in the city that teach students of many ages from Kindergarten to school leaving age. Moreover, the city is home to a number of different university, all of which offer various English courses. Do a quick search for schools and universities in Battambang using the Yellow Pages Cambodia website.


As is the same with most of Cambodia, native English speakers generally don’t have difficulty finding jobs in Cambodia. If you don’t have a degree, and a teaching certificate such as a CELTA, TEFL or TESOL, you will still probably be able to find some work.

If you apply at a university, however, you are going to need at least a Bachelor’s degree and a TEFL, TESOL or CELTA certificate and maybe even a master’s degree, especially if you’re teaching bachelor’s students. For private language schools, you will probably find a position with no qualifications or experience, but expect a lower salary.

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Expected Salary and Cost of Living

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The salary paid to foreign English teachers will vary from school to school. As a general rule of thumb, the salary is a bit lower than in Phnom Penh and probably closer to the salary that you would expect in Siem Reap. You could expect to earn between $4 and $9 working in a school. Smaller schools and teacher’s without experience and qualifications might be on the lower end of the scale. Universities in Cambodia and indeed Battambang, pay more, but you will be required to have the required qualifications in most cases.

The cost of living in Battambang can be quite expensive or cheap depending on your lifestyle. Local food is very cheap and you can buy a bowl of soup or some other local food in a small restaurant for just a dollar or two. If you’re looking to eat western food the price might rise to about $8-$12 per person for a reasonably priced restaurant. There aren’t many supermarkets in town and those that do stock western food tend to be quite expensive.

You can rent a small room or studio apartment in the city for around $75-$100 and a bigger apartments starting around $200 and up. Internet is available in the city and the cost of utilities might be around $30 or so a month for a small apartment with few luxuries. Transport is cheap with moto taxis and tuk-tuks everywhere and you can get to most places in town for just a dollar or so.

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How to Find a Job Teaching in Battambang

You will rarely see schools and universities advertise for positions online. Those schools and universities with websites might advertise vacant teaching positions on their own website, but rarely advertise on 3rd party websites. The best thing to do is to contact the schools in Siem Reap by email or phone and arrange a meeting. Schools in Cambodia often require a face to face interview in person and Battambang is no different. The chances are that you won’t have much competition and will probably find a job relatively easily. Alternatively, get a tuk-tuk or moto taxi, get a few CVs together and go and ask for jobs in person.

Teaching English in Battambang

As stated above, I have never worked or taught English in Battambang. The information contained in this site comes from speaking to teachers that have worked there and from information collated from various sources online. If you work or have worked there and you find this information to be incorrect or outdated, please share your stories with us using the comments section below and we’ll update the post accordingly.

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Other Places in Cambodia

Click the links to read more specific information about teaching in the areas listed below.

Teach English in Phnom PenhPhnom Penh Teach English in Siem ReapSiem Reap Teach English in SihanoukvilleSihanoukville

4 thoughts on “Teaching English in Battambang

  1. Ben

    Hey William!

    I have read many of your blog entries regarding teaching in the various Southeast Asian countries and I find your descriptions informative and useful. I am an American lawyer who just earned my 120-hour TEFL and I am looking to move to Phnom Penh. I have been to the city before and I have a network of friends there, so I am not worried about living or eating there.

    As you seem quite experienced in the field of EFL teaching, could you make any specific suggestions with what you would do if you were in my position and you wanted to teach English to students ranging from high school all the way up to adult students looking for specific-purpose English?

    Any advice would be enthusiastically welcome!

    Much obliged,

    1. William Lake

      I’m guessing you’re talking about English for law as that is what you have experience with? You’re more likely to find a job teaching children and teenagers. For older students, you will probably want to look at universities to teach as the students will be older. You might also find that universities might also need you to teach law, especially international law as this is sometime taught in English.

      Good luck!

  2. Bryan Anderson

    I was wondering whether most ESL teachers bother to apply for a “working visa” or do most just work under the table? How often are teachers usually paid? Thanks for the info.

    1. William Lake


      Teachers are usually paid weekly or monthly in cash. A lot of teachers don’t have a working visa nor a working permit, but the rules are becoming stricter each year.

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