TESOL Course in Phnom Penh
What can be said about Phnom Penh that you don’t already know?
TEFL Course in Phnom Penh
An incredible destination for a TEFL course
Teach English in Cambodia
An incredible destination for a TEFL course

The most beautiful thing in Cambodia isn't the country - it's the Cambodian people.


The tourism industry is the country’s second-greatest source of convertible currency after the textile industry. Cambodia has beautiful regions. The most visited places are the Angkor Wat historical park in the Siem Reap province, the beaches in Sihanoukville, and the capital Phnom Penh. Phnom Penh is a rather small city compared to other capitals of neighboring Asian countries.

Yet, Phnom Penh is unique and charming in its own way. It lacks the modern-day skyscrapers you find in other metropolitan cities; however, the government is working with international companies to modernize and expand Phnom Penh. A visit to Phnom Penh shouldn’t be without seeing the following places:

1. Royal Palace
The ground consists of some very interesting architecture and of the unique, world-famed Silver Pagoda. The Silver Pagoda got its name from the 5,000 Silver tiles laid on the ground.

2. National Museum
Located near the Royal Palace, the National Museum is currently housing the most Khmer/Angkor artifacts starting from the Fun an period until now.

3. Psar Thmei
This dome-shaped local market sells everything from souvenirs to food, clothes and even electronics and jewelry. This is the perfect spot where you can get local handicraft at a bargain.

4. Wat Phnom
Located at the very centre of town, this little temple was originally built in 1373. It is said that the birth of Phnom Penh began here. According to legend, the first pagoda on this site was erected in 1373 to house four statues of Buddha deposited here by the waters of the Mekong River and discovered by Madame Daun Penh. The main entrance to Wat Phnom is via the grand eastern staircase, which is guarded by lions and mythical serpent balustrades.
Other sites include the River Front, 14th century temples, and a performance of the Royal Cambodian Ballet. The list of places worth a visit is long. Phnom Penh also features many restaurants in which the visitor can enjoy delicious, authentic Cambodian dishes, a pleasure for the tongue. Watch this beautiful video about Phnom Penh.We hope to see you soon.

Our tefl TEFL TESOL Phnom Penh institute

International TEFL Training Institute in Cambodia is located in Toul Kork, in the center of Phnom Penh, allowing course participants easy access to tourist attractions and the business district of the city. The school is approximately 5 km (8 miles) away from Phnom Penh International Airport. TEFL certification trainees study in a modern facility equipped with the latest technology.

Our 120-hour TEFL certification course consists of approximately 100 hours of theory input. It comprises everything a teacher needs to know in order to successfully instruct classes: methodology, classroom management, English grammar, phonology, etc.

The teaching practice takes place at the school. Generally, our trainees work with the same students from 8 to 10 hours each week, allowing them to work together for the purpose of improvement. Since teaching practice takes place in public places (hospital, police station, city hall, orphanage, immigration office, etc.) most of the time, their student-teaching experience directly benefits the community.

As with most countries, Cambodian culture is different from that of our trainees. Teachers are required to dress a certain way. How we used to dress during high school or at college is certainly not desired. Women must cover their shoulders. Low-cut necklines and very short skirts are not allowed. Midriffs must not be visible, even when you lift your arms. Open-toed shoes are acceptable. Men should wear long pants, a short- or long-sleeved shirt with a collar, and loafers or dress shoes. Jeans, sandals and tennis shoes are not acceptable when teaching in front of the public. Long hair should be neatly tied into a ponytail.

work in Phnom Penh as a tefl

There have been many questions in the past surrounding the mystique of Cambodia with one of them being: ‘What is it that makes Cambodia so special?’ Those who have had the chance to visit or perhaps even live there would be quick to answer – ‘The people and the spirit.’ Yes, indeed Cambodia is a special place and once you’ve been there one time, it will remain in your heart and memory forever. Of course there are perhaps hundreds more reasons to visit Cambodia. There are the stunning and awe-inspiring temples of Angkor. There’s the beautiful vast and surprisingly clean countryside. There are the sprawling picturesque beaches on Cambodia’s southern coast, Sihanookville and then of course there’s the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh’s nightlife. But despite everything that Cambodia has to offer, you’ll always be reminded how hospitable Cambodians are and if you’re in a smaller town or village even, you’ll surely become the local celebrity. People will call you ‘teacher’ wherever you go and you’ll likely be wined and dined and shown a good time. So bearing all of this in mind, how does one go about getting a teaching job in Southeast Asia’s hidden gem?

Believe it or not there are numerous foreign expats living in Cambodia and teaching English as a second language. There are your qualified ESL professionals who have all the right paperwork and then there are your backpackers who’ll volunteer a few of their weeks or months in local Cambodian orphanages in lieu of a bed to sleep in. There are many foreigners, who are serious about working in Cambodia; however, many have also discovered that working in Cambodia’s neighboring countries is still more rewarding. The average salary for foreign ESL teachers in Phnom Penh is approximately $10-14 USD per hour. Unfortunately, the pay doesn’t get any higher than this and ESL teachers in Siem Reap and Sihanoukville are said to earn even less.

So, if teaching English in Cambodia isn’t really financially rewarding, why do teachers still flock to its sandy shores? One of the reasons why teaching in Cambodia is popular is because there are fewer restrictions on entry. Also, unlike other countries around the world, it’s possible to pick up an ESL job in Cambodia without having a university degree. And even though it may sound discriminatory, those who are good-looking have a better chance of getting hired as an ESL teacher in Cambodia with or without a degree because a lot of business in Cambodia is still based on a superficial form of image.

However, if you do wish to increase the odds of getting a better paying EFL job in Cambodia, it does pay to have a TEFL qualification and some previous EFL teaching experience.It’s true that Cambodia is a poor country. It’s also true that the majority of Cambodians can’t afford language lessons, however, knowing English is the future and many Cambodians save hard and put aside part of their hard-earned earnings until they can afford their English courses. There are a few schools that do not care about your qualifications, but the majority of Cambodian English language schools know what students sacrifice to learn English and see it as really unfair to give them mediocre students, therefore, if you do want to work at a reputable and reliable school that will pay you fairly and on time, you ought to have some sort of TEFL certification from an accredited institution.

If you don’t have the right experience or TEFL qualifications, you could always try your hand at volunteering for a few months to see if this is the right career path for you. There are a number of children’s and women’s organisations in Cambodia that are eager for more volunteer teachers. This is a good way of testing the waters to see if being an EFL teacher is really the right thing.

By nature, Cambodian children can be quite energetic and therefore the ESL classroom in a Cambodian school can be sometimes rather raucous and lively. You’ll need a lot of patience, but most children are excited to learn English and you’ll most likely develop good relationships with your students if you have them for long enough.

It’s also essential to remember when applying for an ESL job in Cambodia that the majority of teachers (ESL/EFL included) only ever get paid for the hours they teach in the classroom and not their preparation time. It’s also a good thing to remember that despite your salary being quite low, you’ll still be taxed on it at approximately 15%. In saying all of this, for the average foreigner in Cambodia things are still really cheap

Hiring for ESL and English teaching jobs in Cambodia takes place year around for teaching positions in public schools and private international schools. Many schools will conduct in-person interviews with expat teachers looking to teach in Cambodia.

Qualifications to teach in Cambodia
A Bachelor’s degree is required to teach abroad in Cambodia, as well, teachers must be native English speakers and hold a recognized teaching certificate such as a TEFL Certificate . iTTi Cambodia can equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to land a job teaching English in Cambodia. Additional teaching experience may be required depending on the specific school and job requirements.

Meet our iTTi TEFL Phnom Penh Instructor



Total tuition: US $1,100 (incl. VAT)

Deposit: $500, due at registration.

Balance payment: $600, due five business days before the first course date. Tuition includes course fee, certificate, moderation and assistance in securing a teaching position. Complimentary add-on: specialization in Teaching Business, TOEFL Preparation or Young Learners.
Teaching Practicum Dates

  • 4 January 2021 – 29 January 2021
  • 1 March 2021 – 26 March 2021
  • 3 May 2021 – 28 May 2021
  • 1 June 2021 – 25 June 2021
  • 6 July 2021 – 30 July 2021
  • 2 August 2021 – 27 August 2021
  • 7 September 2021- 1 October 2021
  • 4 October 2021 – 29 October 2021
  • 1 November 2021 – 26 November 2021


75% on-line/25% on-site training

Total tuition: US $1,600 (incl. VAT)

Deposit: $500, due at registration.

Balance payment:$1,100, due five business days before start of the teaching practice.

Tuition includes moderation, certificate and full career-support services (CV/resume setup, school information, interview guidance and departure support). Complimentary add-on: specialization in Teaching Business, TOEFL Preparation or Young Learners.

Teaching Practicum Dates

  • 4 January 2021 – 13 January 2021
  • 1 March 2021 – 10 March 2021
  • 3 May 2021 – 12 May 2021
  • 1 June 2021 – 10 June 2021
  • 6 July 2021 – 15 July 2021
  • 2 August 2021 – 11 August 2021
  • 7 September 2021 – 16 September 2021
  • 4 October 2021 – 14 October 2021
  • 1 November 2021 – 10 November 2021

Meet our iTTi TEFL Phnom Penh Instructor

Mr. HONG Seangbong has been working as Director of General English Program and Department Head of Social Study since 2006 up to date in Western International School. He has started his teaching career since 2003. He is teaching English, Geography and History Subject.

Hong Seangbong


How to apply for a TESOL course

Step 1

To begin the admission process for the iTTi Phnom Penh in Cambodia you must first choose your start date, complete the online application form, and pay a non-refundable deposit of USD $500.

Step 2

An iTTi Enrollment Counselor will then contact you with instructions on how to complete the required English proficiency assessment test. If you are not a native speaker. You must obtain a B2/C1 level. A certificate will be provided by the School of English

Step 3

Once you are notified of your acceptance into the iTTi in Phnom Penh, your remaining tuition balance is due 30 days prior to your course start date.

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