Establishing a Home Away From Home While Teaching English in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

By Kate John

Moving to Cambodia was an experience I always thought I was ready for. Countless days of research, reading every blog and book on Cambodia I could find, mix that with online shopping for apartments; I was ready to live abroad. Needless to say, I wasn’t as prepared as I thought I was. It took awhile for me to feel like Cambodia was really a home away from home. Here are a few things that made my adjustment go smoothly.

Cambodia Rising

By: Katherine John

Cambodia really is the Kingdom of Wonder. It is difficult to imagine life in another country from within the sphere of America. I wasn’t sure what it would be like, because I had no frame of reference before arriving. I had no idea there was so much mobility in Cambodia, so much opportunity for teachers. I love teaching, and I really work hard to be a good teacher for all my students. That said, I am transitioning out of the classroom, not teaching English anymore.

But I Don't Speak Khmer... Teaching English in Cambodia

By Kate John

A big part of life is communication. It can be intimidating to move somewhere you don’t speak the language. In Cambodia they speak a language called Khmer (pronounced kuh-my). I hardly speak any of it, and yet here I am in Cambodia. I definitely understand the language barrier dissuading someone from moving abroad. It makes small tasks much larger due to challenges that you normally just don’t have to navigate.

Classrooms Around the World: Phnom Penh, Cambodia


By Kate John

Classrooms around the world are both the same and greatly different. Kids are kids everywhere. They’re always the same in many ways, especially if you stick with a similar age group. That said, culture definitely comes into play in the classroom. Here’s a little bit about what it’s like in my classroom here, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

5 Expert Tips to Prepare Yourself for Living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

By Kate John

Ready, set, go! You’re off to Phnom Penh, the capital city of the Kingdom of Wonder, but are you ready? Likely you remembered all the important things like underwear, a toothbrush, and your passport, but stuff isn’t everything. Here are five ways you can prepare to live in Phnom Penh other than just packing a suitcase.

Weekend Travel Adventures While Teaching English in Cambodia

By Kate John

Phnom Penh is a great city to live in, but it does have some drawbacks. It is really lacking in green space and natural areas. So every once and a while it is really nice to escape the concrete jungle and get away. When that time comes, one of Josh and my favorite weekend vacations spots is Kampot. It’s a smaller city south of the Capitol, known for its laid back atmosphere, pepper plantations, and access to a national park. 

Why I Decided to Teach English in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

By Kate John

I get asked fairly often how and why I decided to teach in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, instead of the long list of more developed countries. The answer is both incredibly simple, and also very involved. Simply put, Cambodia is amazing. It has so much to offer, and it’s really a lovely place once you begin to understand the culture. However, that decision did not come easily, I am notoriously indecisive.