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Teach English in Cambodia

Teach in Cambodia

Cambodia TEFL Program Summary

  • 4-week TEFL certification
  • Train in Thailand, guaranteed job in Cambodia!
  • Accommodation assistance
  • Tour of Koh Samui
  • Airport meeting, full orientation in Phnom Penh, city and sights tour, assistance with opening a bank account and setting up a local SIM card, assistance with finding accommodation in Cambodia.

48,000 Thai Baht

(see www.xe.com for the most up to date conversion into your currency)

When can I start my TEFL?

Start dates for this TEFL Program are generally every month and we recommend you apply early as courses fill up fast.

Teach English and live an adventure in Cambodia

Cambodia is an up and coming destination in south east Asia. TEFL teachers earn good salaries, living costs are low, and there is so much ancient culture to explore. Cambodia will amaze you each and every day you live there.

TEFL Courses to teach English in Cambodia


Phnom Penh is the beginning of your TEFL journey in Cambodia. Based in the south centre of Cambodia, it’s the largest and wealthiest city in the country. There’s so much to see and do; temples, museums, the Royal Palace and some of the most luxurious hotels you could see.

It’s cheaper to live in Cambodia than it’s neighbours, since it’s still a lesser known destination. This is also advantageous, since a lot of the attractions and landscape are unspoilt. In the capital, there is a tempting array of foods, traditional Khmer street food, or just around the corner haute cuisine. Even at the best of restaurants the bill may bring a smile to your face, eating out is so inexpensive.

There’s something to excite everyone – for the more adventurous the north east boasts stunning scenery, wildlife, trek routes and mountain biking experiences. You can explore the famous temple of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO heritage site that brings thousands of visitors to Asia each year. Famously, Tomb Raider was filmed at the temples and in Cambodia. Another side people often aren’t aware of, is handmade silverware, crafts and artwork all sold at local markets for a fraction of the price you’d find elsewhere.

Cambodia is truly a magical place to live, and as a TEFL teacher, you’ll be helping to shape the country’s future as a thriving Asian nation.

The cost of living in the island of Samui (Thailand) is extremely inexpensive. You can expect to spend around half your wages each month on all living costs; rent, food, bills, transport and so on. Leaving you with half your income each month to spend or save as you please.

A meal in a local restaurant is around $2.50 USD, a coffee on the go under $2, a beer in your local bar will set you back a whole dollar – $1 USD! You’ll be able to live comfortably, without having to go short or cut back on your leisure time.

The price and duration of the accommodation you choose starts from the day before the course until the day after the course. If you arrive earlier, we recommend staying in a hostel, or booking for an AirBnB, as the previous course won’t have checked out yet. We are always on hand to help and guide you through the process of finding accommodation.


Bay Beach Hotel is right on the beach and about a 300m walk to the training center. The rooms have king-size beds, air-con, free wifi, hot water showers, TV, fridges, safes and small balconies. You will have use of the hotel’s pool and gym, and the hotel has a beachfront restaurant. Please note that the rooms at the reduced rate are NOT the seafront bungalows or rooms, but those closer to the back in the garden. The rate is 15,000 / 20,000 Thai Baht for the 4-week period, dependent on high / low season. www.baybeachkohsamui.com

Choeng Mon Residence is about 200m from the beach and about 200m from the training center. This lovely family run hotel has the option (subject to availability) of twin rooms or queen beds. Rooms have air-con, free wifi, hot water showers, TV, fridges and kettles, and small balconies The rate is 12,000 Thai Baht for the 4-week period. http://www.choengmonresidence.com/rooms.htm

Sirin Samui Boutique Hostel Rates: A great new boutique backpacker hostel near the training center, across the road from the beach, with many facilities. There are multiple dorm options, and private rooms also! The rates start at 9,240 Thai Baht and the most expensive 11,480 Thai Baht. There’s an option for everyone! Free wi-fi, Free Flow Coffee/Tea, large swimming pool with sunbeds, Common room, shared kitchen, laundry and washing line. www.sirinsamui.com

HI Samui Hostel: only a few doors down from the training centre.
Female Dorm 6 persons / room (Private bed, bathroom & Toilet inside.
Two Mixed Dorm (4 persons per room) sharing bathroom & toilet)
Two Private Men Dorm (4 persons / room)
Facilities – Air Condition – Free Wifi in all areas – Hot Water – Relaxing Area – Curtain in all beds – 4 sharing bathrooms and 2 men’s sharing toilet s and 2 women’s sharing toilets. Free towel and body soap. Clean, cosy and comfortable and safe.
Rates: 250 baht per day and 7,500 baht per month per person (promotion price for TEFL trainees) https://www.facebook.com/HI-SAMUI-Hostel-Restaurant-590507654615917/


In rural areas, accommodation is usually provided by your employer, as a part of your package. In the instance it’s not or you’re based in the city, you can expect to pay around $250 – $300 USD per month. It’s common to share with other TEFL teachers, in larger apartments with your own large room and shared living areas.  There’s a growing expat community so you’ll be in good company.

  • Course format

You’ll study for 120 hours in 4 weeks, with 20 hours of practicals included! It’s a full time, Monday to Friday schedule. You’ll have evenings and weekends free for assignments, preparation, and bonding with your classmates.

  • Teaching practices

You’ll teach real students, and your practise hours will amount to a total of 20 hours during your 4-week course. The practical lessons will be held in the same location as your TEFL course, meaning you’ll be comfortable in the classrooms you’ll teach in.

  • Type of assessment

You will be constantly observed and assessed throughout the your theory and practical hours. There are essays, and a final essay and exam to complete.

  • Course location and center

The training center is right in the heart of Samui Thailand. There’s a wealth of local attractions and restaurants to enjoy in your downtime. Street vendors are on every corner, cooking plentiful, fresh, enticing food.

  • Requirements

To do the TEFL course need to be at least 20 years old (although each case is considered on a case by case basis). You can also be a non-native speaker of English as long as you have a level C1 or above, which will be tested during the interview. If you have a Bachelors degree (in any discipline) you are guaranteed a job. There are also opportunities to teach for non-degree holders.

  • Job market and employment possibility

Cambodia has a large job market for TEFL teachers. Since it’s an up and coming country, there’s a huge incentive for Cambodian people to learn English.

  • Visa Requirements

Visa information changes all the time. Most candidates enter on a pre-purchased tourist visa. Following the course and once you’ve secured your new job, you’ll be guided through the process of applying for a work permit. This is correct at the time of publication, for accurate up to date information, please email/contact us.

In Cambodia, there are jobs in private language centres, or in a primary/secondary school environment. There are opportunities to teach all ages, from kindergarten through to business English adult classes. You’ll have full support in securing the role that suits you best.

Most TEFL teachers have classes for 20-25 hours per week, and preparation time in between. The larger cities have lots more opportunities and better pay but there are jobs in more rural location too with benefits such as teachers accommodation.

Salaries are between $1000-$1600 USD per month, dependent on background and working hours. If you hold a bachelors degree (in any discipline) you can expect to earn at the higher end of that scale.


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