Phnom Penh is the sprawling mass of what is the capital city of Cambodia. In places it is poor, dirty, smelly, crowded and run down, but in others it is rich, clean, modern and spacious. This makes the city one of the most contrasted places I’ve ever visited. Most people don’t like Phnom Penh, but it takes a few days to find its hidden charm!
It’s crazy, the traffic is bad and yet you can find it tranquil all at the same time. So many people have this view of Phnom Penh that they don’t come here to work, they come to visit, never leave and need to work to pay the bills!
Regardless of the reasons why you are looking for a job in the capital city of Cambodia, in my experience I can tell you that it is easy to find work as an English teacher, whether you have a CELTA, TEFL or nothing at all, it won’t be long before you find work.
Phnom Penh is the biggest city in Cambodia and home to about 2-3 million people and hundreds of schools. All of these schools that have English courses need a foreign English teacher for a number of reasons. Cambodians believe that native English teachers are better at teaching English (this may or may not be true depending on the teacher!) and as a result they want to send their children to a school that has a foreign teacher.
Therefore, if the school has a foreign teacher then they can attract more students and make more money! For this reason, even the most unqualified and inexperienced teachers will have no problems securing a job.
How Do I Find A Job Teaching In Phnom Penh?
There are many ways to find a teaching position in Phnom Penh. You can try looking in the two English language newspapers, the Cambodia Daily or the Phnom Penh Post. Talk a look at the yellow pages website for Cambodia and search for schools and fire off an email with your CV to ones that interest you. Or that are a number of HR companies based in Phnom Penh also.
But by far the most successful method, which I did and some of my friends also did, is to put on your best clothes, get a few copies of your CV and get a tuk-tuk to take you around all the schools you can find. I found this last method to be the most successful one.
Just a quick note for your CV, most schools also prefer that you attach 2 passport sized photos with it. For what reason, I don’t know. Also make sure that you ask to speak to the director or principal of the school and give your CV directly to them.
One thing for certain is that you won’t have a problem finding work as an English teacher in Phnom Penh.
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Teaching English in Phnom Penh
I think I’ve covered most of the popular questions asked by people who want to teach English in Phnom Penh. If you have any more questions please leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer them for you.
Other Places in Cambodia
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