Teaching English in Cambodia

Cambodia Overview

After a troubled recent history, the country of Cambodia is undergoing something of a renaissance and this is mirrored by slight improvements in the growing standards of the TEFL industry. However, Phnom Penh remains one of the easiest places in the world to find casual work as an English language tutor. Pay is not particularly high but because of low living costs an average teacher’s salary goes a long way.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres and kindergartens 800 – 1,500 (DOS) Various but often including weekend work 2-3 weeks plus national holidays
International schools 1,500 upwards 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 8-10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs

Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

Typical requirements

TEFL certificate, local interview preferred.

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1. Unless you are applying to work at one of the International Schools then it is recommended that you simply arrive in Cambodia armed with your CV and photocopies of relevant academic certificates.

2. Hotels are cheap enough to make it sensible to see apartments in person rather than arranging accommodation in advance of your arrival.

3. Ask around on the forums on Khmer 440 for up-to-date information on accommodation and expatriate goings-on.

Red tape

It is normal to arrive on a tourist visa and then obtain your work visa once in Cambodia. This is a very simple process compared to most neighbouring countries.

Cost of living

The cost of accommodation in Cambodia is very low with reasonable apartments going for as little as $200 (USD) per month. Food and basic necessities are also cheap. Bear in mind that medical facilities are not exactly first-class so arrange health insurance in advance or take enough money to facilitate a trip to Thailand in an emergency.

Tax and salary information

Income tax should be paid by your employer.


Lots of jobs available – temporary, permanent, full-time and part-time Difficult to find a job unless you are already in Cambodia
Low cost of living Not a huge amount of career progression opportunities
Work visas are easily obtained and extended Corruption is still commonplace throughout Cambodian society and despite improvements it remains one of the least safe countries in Southeast Asia

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