If you crave adventure and a lifestyle that’s out of the ordinary, Phnom Penh, Cambodia is the perfect location to launch your ‘teach English abroad’ journey. The transformation of Cambodia over the past three decades from a country characterised by occupation and trouble, to a Southeast Asian powerhouse, is phenomenal. There’s an insatiable demand for English language skills in Cambodia - and a chronic shortage of TEFL qualified people to teach English. What does this mean for people just like you? Simple! It means opportunities galore.
Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia and the nation’s international gateway. With a population of around 2.5 million people and a relatively confined central business district, it has a noticeably slower pace of life than you’ll find in the capital cities of neighbouring countries like Vietnam and Thailand.
From 1863 through to 1949, Cambodia was a French Protectorate. The French influence on Cambodia, especially on Phnom Penh, remains noticeable today. In Phnom Penh there are stunning old colonial buildings dotted around the central business district and elsewhere across the country. Many of these old French buildings are in a state of decay, but there’s a good number that have been restored to their former glory. The Central Post Office in Phnom Penh is brilliant example of French colonial architecture that has been given a new lease on life.
There’s plenty to see and do in Phnom Penh and with cheap TUK TUKs on every street corner (about US$1 per kilometre) getting around is a breeze. As confronting as it is, no visit to Phnom Penh would be complete without taking in what the infamous Khmer Rouge left behind in the late 1970s. If you’re keen to travel a bit further, Angkor Wat, Kep and Koh Rong Island are all highly recommended.
The Riverside precinct in Phnom Penh is the epicentre of nightlife and entertainment. You’ll find small, family-owned restaurants, street food vendors, western fast-food outlets, more bars than you’ll have time to visit, wall-to-wall coffee shops, pop-up shops of all sorts and street markets. Taking a walk along the Tonle Sap Boardwalk in Phnom Penh, which abuts the Riverside entertainment area, is a popular activity for both local people and expats – and it’s free!
For those folks who find they’re missing some of the comforts of home, there are western style malls within a kilometre or two of the central business district in Phnom Penh. Pretty much everything you’d find in a large mall in your home country, you’ll find in a mall in Phnom Penh – movie cinemas, bowling alleys, video games, popular brands, supermarkets and the like.
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Our TEFL training facilities in Phnom Penh are located within easy walking distance of the downtown area. The TEFL school has three campuses and 1300+ students - young learners through to adults - in Phnom Penh. Over the years, they have employed a sizable number of their TESOL graduates.
The opportunity to complete your TEFL training in an actual school environment from day one is a distinguishing factor between what is offered in Phnom Penh and what’s available elsewhere. You’ll be surrounded by Cambodian students of all ages, local teachers and experienced foreign, EFL teachers, all going about their business. It gives you a crystal-clear picture of what life will be like once you starting working a professional EFL teacher.
Your TEFL trainer in Phnom Penh is a seasoned, professional educator who holds specialist, vocational training qualifications. He’s ably supported by a Location Manager, who speaks fluent Khmer and English. Among other responsibilities, our Location Manager in Phnom Penh is directly involved with job support immediately after you’ve completed the course requirements.
The accredited course in Phnom Penh is operated by an independent organisation that issues its own certificate on completion of the course.
Accommodation costs in Phnom Penh start at US$8 to US$9 per night in a four to eight-bed shared room. Alternatively we suggest a nearby hotel located within easy walking distance of restaurants, pubs, pharmacies, banks, laundry services, the Central Market, medical facilities – and most importantly, the TEFL training centre where your course will take place.
Each TEFL trainee is allocated their own room with an ensuite bathroom at the Best Central Point Hotel. The fixtures and fittings in each room are what you’d expect to find in a basic hotel in a developing country – a double bed, desk, chair, small fridge, television, air conditioner, place to hang your clothes and the like.
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The total price is divided into: deposit and balance.
The deposit may be paid via a) credit card b) Paypal c) wire transfer d) Western Union.
The balance of the course fee must be paid by cash, PayPal or bank transfer directly to the training center on the first day of the course.
The accommodation fees are not part of the course price and you are free to choose whichever accommodation option you prefer.
If you choose to use our accommodation, it should be paid for either by cash, PayPal or bank transfer directly to the school at the start of the course.