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Teaching in Cambodia – No Degree

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Teaching in Cambodia - $2500 - No Degree

"In this video, I talk about how much money you can earn working teaching English in Cambodia. We look at working at a teacher without a college or university degree looking at how some people teach without a degree and what difference it makes. I also chat about some of the practical aspects of living in Cambodia such as air pollution, some of the incessant noise pollution issues that may upset you and also some of the clever traditional building design styles that are common in Cambodia.

I made this video way back in 2017. The situation about teaching in Cambodia is still almost the same even today. There are some subtle changes and I will discuss them below.

2019 update

Teaching in Cambodia

It is slightly more difficult to get a job teaching in Cambodia. The Cambodian government have tightened the labour laws for businesses employing foreigners. They have more rigorously applied the 10% rule that dictates that businesses can only employ one foreigner per ten Cambodia staff members. They do make exceptions for businesses such as language schools who need more foreign staff out of necessity. The schools are now more open to scrutiny by immigration and ministry for labour. This means that most professional schools will insist you have a work permit.

I have heard that it is becoming harder for people to get jobs without a degree. This is likely for two reasons. The first is that there are more and more people doing the travelling and teaching thing - and these people have degrees. There are a lot of people in their early twenties who have travelled during their gap year at university. These people likely had great fun in Asia and, dreading a nine-to-five job in the west, complete a TEFL course so they can defer the western working life and return to the freedom of gap year times. The second reason is that there are fewer jobs out there at the minute so the demand for teachers has fallen. This enables the school to pick and choose their staff more as there are more teachers than jobs. 

There has been a drop in the tourist market over the last couple of years. As Cambodia is now well on the tourist trail. The big players in the tourist journalism market have shifted their focus away from Angkor Wat to more undiscovered places such as Iceland and even the UK. The number of western tourists has dropped. Many of the tourist-based businesses have taken a direct hit. Parents work in the tourist related industries. The parents have less money to pay for the kids English schooling. The school enrollment numbers have dropped. This leads to lower demand for teachers and so the schools can pick and choose their staff. Teaching in Cambodia has become a little more competative these days.

Air Quality

The air quality has dropped due to an increase in exhaust emissions. As the tourist industry has financed the purchase of motor vehicles, the amount of traffic has increased dramatically in the towns over the last few years. This leads to congestion during the rush hours increasing air pollution from exhaust fumes and dust kicked up by the traffic.

Noise Pollution

Noise pollution has increased due to the popularity of the rechargeable Bluetooth, wifi, karaoke combined loudspeaker and PA. You can buy a portable PA speaker that lets you sit on any corner and sing along to your favourite songs at any time of day and night for as little as $60. The increase in traffic has also added to the noise levels.

Building Design

The building design has remained unchanged but it is more common to see steel scaffolding instead of the traditional bamboo poles in construction. Hard hats and hi-viz vests have also made an appearance in the last few years which is a good thing!

Check out the video and below it for more resources

Teaching in Cambodia Resources

Below are valuable resources that we have developed to help you on your journey.

How to get to your destination in Cambodia

International airports are in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. We have always found Skyscanner give us the best deals on flights. Once in the county, travel between places is best done by internal flight or by bus. You can also travel by private car/taxi. There is a new train service being developed and likely to be functioning by 2020. For shorter journeys around town, you can choose to hail a tuk-tuk (always agree on prices before starting the journey) or use an app such as Passapp or Grab

Where to Stay and long term accommodation

When you first get into town you will want to find a guesthouse or hotel for the first few weeks. We have a couple of favourites, one in Phnom Penh and one in Siem Reap. After that, you will want to find something more permanent. We recommend Siem Reap Property Services who will also be able to point you in the right direction for other areas of the country.


We thoroughly recommend you take our travel insurance whenever you travel. We recently had to put in a claim for over $5000 when we had to cancel our flights and other bookings and quickly fly back to the UK due to a family emergency. The claim went through very quickly and we managed to recover most of our expenses. Without travel insurance, we would have lost the lot!

For something longer than the first few weeks of travel, you may want to consider World Nomads for your insurance needs.

Further Information

You can find out more about our time and teaching in Cambodia on Tanya's travel blog at Can Travel, Will Travel.

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