Teaching English In Cambodia
Among the many charities you can join is teaching English, and it is perhaps one of the most popular ones in the country with hundreds of people volunteering to help. Click here for TEFL Jobs Board
Working as a volunteer to teach English to Cambodians is a great way to help them in their quest to have a better education, learning a new language, and overall better opportunities in life.
Achieving a better education is amongst the United Nations sustainable development goals, which means you will be contributing not only to Cambodia but to one of the seventeen goals set by the UN.
What is teaching English in Cambodia like
Deciding to be a volunteer is already one of the best decisions you will ever make in your life, but deciding to volunteer as an English teacher in Cambodia will change your life forever.
As a volunteer, most of the charities you will work with won’t require much of you, since it is already enough that you are willing to help them out. However, when it comes to teaching English, there are some requirements you will have to pass, but we will get to that later on.
Volunteer teaching programs are usually longer than others since you will be required to teach English for a set amount of time. Be prepared to stay for a term or semester, in which you will be asked to develop courses and other programs.
Keep in mind, these kinds of teaching programs could lead to a full-time paid job. This, of course, will depend on your willingness to stay, and how well you do your job.
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How cool would it be to be met at the airport and be whisked through immigration? Or relax and enjoy First Class service instead of the manic conditions in some airports? YOU DESERVE IT. It is a lot cheaper than you might think.
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Things to consider before applying
We have no doubt you will love your experience teaching English in Cambodia; however, before you decide to apply for this job, take the following points into consideration:
Of course, in order to teach English, you have to know the language skills. You don’t have to be a native English speaker to volunteer; however, you do have to have a certain competency to be able to teach. Some charities will ask for someone with at least a B2 level, meaning someone who can communicate well without any kind of difficulty with another English native speaker.
However, other charities will require you to have a qualification that can prove your English language ability. If you have ever taken IELTS, CELTA or TOEFL tests, those will do just fine. Or, if you ever took (and finished) an English course that can prove your English ability, that will work as well.
As we previously stated, teaching English in Cambodia is a time-consuming volunteer job, and chances are you will have to stay either a term or a semester. If you are ready to commit for at least six months, you should definitely apply; it will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
Job requirements for teaching English in Cambodia
You have to realise that teaching English means teaching English to people of all ages. You might end up teaching English to children, to young adults, or even in temples, it will all depend on the volunteer program you choose, of course.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that previous teaching experience is incredibly valuable, although it isn’t essential. It is considered a plus if you have taught English before.
Last, but definitely not least, you will be required to teach different types of English. This means conversational, business and technical English will be some of the types you will have to teach if asked to.
Being selected for teaching English in Cambodia
Congratulations! You have decided to take on this amazing adventure and change the world for the better, now it is time to talk about what you will expect during the upcoming weeks of your volunteer job.
First of all, you should know things can vary depending on the charity you are working with. However, most of them will advise on accommodation and may offer meals whilst in school or temple.
To wrap things up, here is what you should keep in mind when volunteering for a teaching program:
- Certain levels of English are required (At least a B2 level).
- Be prepared to teach for a whole semester.
- Be prepared to teach people of all ages/backgrounds.
- The volunteer job could potentially end up in a job offering a salary.
Of course, you should also remember the basic requirements about volunteering abroad, such as getting international travel insurance that covers you comprehensively for your stay in the country, planning how you will be getting into the country (how many flights you’ll have to take and ticket prices), and last, but not least, accommodation.
Teaching English in Cambodia is a full-time volunteer job that will consume your time, but will change your life for the better. Not only you will be contributing to better the educational environment in a very special community in Cambodia, but you will be constantly learning new things and exploring a whole new country and surroundings.
If teaching English in Cambodia is not for you then visit our Cambodian charities page and choose something that you will enjoy.