Teaching English in Siem Reap

Siem Reap is Cambodia’s second city. It’s home to the world famous Angkor Wat temples that are truly stunning. It’s also home to about a quarter of a million people. Siem Reap is in stark contrast to the hubbub of Phnom Penh. It’s quiet, relaxed, clean and surrounded by natural and man-made beauty.

Siem Reap is a tourist town that relies heavily on tourism. As a result of this there is a high percentage of the population that can speak a very good level of English and a population that understands the importance of speaking English for tourism, business and general English. There are a number of English language schools in Siem Reap and most of them employ native English speakers.

If you don’t like the lifestyle of living in a big city like Phnom Penh, then the beautiful town of Siem Reap might be more up your street! Siem Reap offers a much more relaxed lifestyle and life here goes at a much slower pace than the nation’s capital.

Teaching English in Siem Reap

Old Market Area in Siem Reap

Finding a Teaching Job in Siem Reap

The same applies in Siem Reap as the rest of Cambodia. In my earlier post called Teaching English in Cambodia I stated that there are a number of methods you can employ to find work. Look in the local newspapers, contact a local HR company, email schools and check their websites directly and get a tuk-tuk or mototaxi to take you around and make contact with the schools in person.

I always use all of these methods and have had no problems finding a teaching position anywhere in Cambodia and that includes Siem Reap.

However, it might not be as easy as finding a job in Phnom Penh and in my experience it takes a little longer than it does in Phnom Penh. Siem Reap is much smaller and it’s also a very popular place for tourists, travellers, and other visitors. There are many volunteering opportunities in Siem Reap and quite a few people end up staying here for some length of time.

In short, there is usually more competition for teaching positions here than in Phnom Penh and it is a little harder for someone to get a job. I’m a qualified and experienced English teacher and it took me a little while to secure a job, so I’m guessing that unqualified and inexperienced teachers might have a few more problems getting work here in Siem Reap.

Minimum Requirements

Unlike Phnom Penh, every application I made here in Siem Reap asked to see copies of my certificates for my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as well as my TEFL certificate. I don’t have the originals with me because they are expensive to replace if they are lost or stolen, but I do have colour copies on my computer. They were fine with this. I’m guessing that because the competition is higher for jobs here in Siem Reap the schools are a bit more selective about who they hire.

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Expected Salary and Living Costs in Siem Reap

Teaching English in Siem Reap

Therefore, it’s a little harder to find a job teaching English in Siem Reap, but not very hard. If you’re unqualified and inexperienced, you’re much more likely to find a position teaching English in Phnom Penh.

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