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Teaching Abroad Siem Reap Cambodia

Updated: Oct 8, 2019

According to the United Nations UNICEF, children in Cambodia face constant barriers to attending school and gaining an education.
Poverty causes many families to require that their children either stay at home or go to work, some children have to care for sick, newborn or elderly family members and in most cases, children do not complete secondary school.

There are many challenges that children and families face in Cambodia that can remove a student from the classroom. Attending school in the region can be the first challenge, not only due to remote locations and lack of income but because #children may have to go to work so that they can provide for their family members in the village.

A significantly young labour force makes acquiring an education much more complicated for students in Cambodia. This industry includes garment and construction sectors which are responsible for driving economic growth in the region.

The tourism industry in Cambodia has seen a large increase in the arrival of tourists with numbers expected to rise in the coming years. Agricultural industries must stay profitable to reduce poverty levels in rural areas and since a large percentage of the population derive their income through seasonal farming its sustainability is crucial.

The increasing number of both tourists and expatriates arriving in #Cambodia has seen the service sector of the market increase rapidly and includes the expansion of transport and communication companies. The tourism industry is responsible for recent economic growth with job opportunities available in hospitality.

Education is vital to ensure that the foundations are set and that young people have a chance to participate in employment and higher studies such as University.

Teaching English in #Cambodia is something that I would highly recommend if you are passionate about education, community development and global change. Teaching English provides a wonderful opportunity to learn the local culture, encourage forward thinking in students, train Khmer teaching assistants and develop your own teaching skills.

Teaching vacancies range from Kindergarten to University and most International Schools use the British or American curriculum. It is not a requirement to have an Education Degree, though native English speakers are expected to have either some level of work experience in the field or have completed their training in TESOL or TEFL to teach English to speakers of other languages.

Volunteer opportunities are also available to foreigners who want to provide their teaching skills to not for profit organisations and children's care institutions.

I obtained my teaching job via an online application which I made directly to the school, followed by a Skype interview with the Head of Department at the school. A work contract was emailed out to me which explained the hours, salary, visa and insurance information. Once I arrived in Siem Reap I was responsible for arranging my visa on arrival, my transport and my accommodation.

My contract was to teach Kindergarten class in the morning and English class as a second language in the afternoon. The English language lessons followed a curriculum which was provided by the school and you could design your lesson plans around this program.

The teaching assistants are always willing to help you but you will need to be able to ensure you have strong time management and organisational skills. An average salary for this position was $800 US a month depending on your prior education and experience.

When you are teaching in Siem Reap you can enjoy living the simple life all while having a variety of options thanks to the tourism boom. Siem Reap is no longer a sleepy rural town but a hub of cafes, restaurants, bars and hotels!

You will find a great expat community here where you can spend the weekend in great company at local hostels, a yoga session or listening to living music. There is a fantastic work-life balance to be found in Cambodia and more than anything you should really enjoy working with the kids and the staff at the school.

Check out my article on Teaching in Thailand!

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