10 Things You Need to Know to Prepare for Your TEFL Course in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

International TEFL Academy is proud to offer a world-class 4-week Phnom Penh TEFL Course at our partner TEFL school’s headquarters located in the heart of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Employing a state-of-the-art curriculum and taught by expert university-level instructors, this course is designed to provide you with the skills & qualification you need to succeed in teaching English abroad. This course is fun and you will learn a ton, but it is also very demanding and requires that you be prepared to meet the full-time demands of a rigorous university-level course. To help you prepare for this course, we've compiled the most common and most important questions raised by our students in addition to advice & tips from actual graduates of the course. 

The Courage to Travel: My Journeys to Asia

By Melissa Landry

Not long ago, I was a girl from Southern Louisiana nearing the end of my college years. As I looked around, most of my friends and acquaintances were very excited about their careers, getting married, buying a house, and having children. Although all those things are admirable, I just could not make myself jump on that train. I was envious of the people whose only possessions in life fit in a little backpack and called the world their home.

The Difference Between Studying Abroad and Teaching Abroad

By: Kirsten Iverson

When I studied abroad, it felt like an extended vacation. Every day my friends and I would repeat the phrase this is not real life. Classes were challenging because they were in Spanish, but it was exciting learning and thinking in another language. We had tons of free time to explore the city, go to the beach and go out A LOT.

When I came home (from Spain), I couldn’t wait to go back, I knew I belonged in another place, a place where my blonde hair and blue eyes stuck out instead of blending in. I craved the excitement of ordering something in another language, of bargaining, trying new foods and waking up somewhere new every day.

Teaching English Abroad: A Second Chance After Not Studying Education in College

By: Kirsten Iverson

The Before

It all began about two years ago. Everyday on my way to work, I passed the International TEFL Academy office in Chicago and everyday I stared at it, hoping, wondering, wishing for a sign to quit my job and teach English abroad. I finally sent an email to a TEFL Advisor, started thinking about where I wanted to go and how I could save enough money, but never pulled the trigger.

Months and months later, I met Stefano. We are the same person, with the same sense of adventure and love for life. We had an amazing time in Chicago, exploring the city and trying everything, all new to him since he is from Italy. His visa was expiring in the U.S. and the clock started ticking. Were we going to stay together? What was going to happen when August rolled around? Was our relationship serious? It was. We decided we couldn't be apart. Where could we go? What would we do?

The World Is My Oyster… Teaching English in Chiang Mai, Thailand

By: Collen Kriel 

The main reason that my girlfriend and I decided to leave our corporate jobs and move across the world to Thailand was that we wanted to travel more. We have a real passion for travel and have an ever-growing Bucket list. However travelling from South Africa involves long and expensive flights to most destinations. We were tired of having to save for a year to afford an awesome overseas holiday.

We had always wanted to explore Asia more after a holiday to Thailand 2.5 years ago, so making the decision to move to an Asian country and complete our TEFL course through International TEFL Academy was an easy one.

Life Couldn’t Be Better. Or Could It? Deciding To Teach English Abroad

By: Cynthia Kuzela

Life was good.

My boyfriend and I both had great jobs that paid well. We were settled in our lifestyle, were renting a great place and the two dogs completed the picture.

  • We were able to travel overseas once a year and do some short locals trips.

  • Life was good.

  • Life was easy and safe.

Teaching English in Cambodia: The Old World Charm of Phnom Penh


Thinking of teaching English in Cambodia?

Combining old world charm, tropical flavor the vibrant spirit of a city on the move, Phnom Penh is the bustling capital of Cambodia, one of the fastest growing job markets for teaching English in Asia.  This historic city is located at the confluence of three major rivers in Cambodia: the great Tonle Sap, the Bassac and the country’s longest, the Mekong River, which flows from Tibet and meanders southwards through China, Burma, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, before finally emptying into the South China Sea.