A good starting point? (Coming to Cambodia to teach English)

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Re: A good starting point?

Postby juansweetpotato » Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:49 pm

PSD-Kiwi wrote:To the OP, it's been said time and time again...do not come here without a safety net. You'd be surprised how quickly that $2000 you've saved up will disappear if you can't land a job in thr first couple of months, and then what will you do!

My advice, stay home and save up a minimum 6 months worth of living expenses and enough for a flight home before coming to Cambodia.
It's too late, he said he already left.

OP search for Western school in Phnom Penh, also Westline and BELTEI. They all pay around 10-12 per hour. I worked at Western once, and although they advertise for native speakers, there were quite a lot of non native speakers teaching there. What PSD said above is very true.

Western School
HR Department
010 797 625
[email protected]
http://www.western.edu.kh
Building No. 145, St. 608 Corner St. 313, Boeung Kok II, Toul Kork, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

You'll find a lot of schools around that area above.



Loads and loads of guest houses with fan rooms, around the 6 - 8 $ per night. So, around $250 p m. Once you get settled in you can find rooms for $50 pm that you will need to furnish, but have a toilet and kitchen area inside, or apartments from $150 up. Your biggest cost will be food I expect. Go to Lucky Lucky on Monivong Boulevard and rent a Honda Wave for a month. It will save you a fortune in motodop and Tuk Tuk fees while looking for work. Think they are around 60 - 80 $ pm. Just search the names on the inet. All famous places here.
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Re: A good starting point? (Coming to Cambodia to teach English)

Postby Richka189 » Wed Dec 28, 2016 12:15 am

Thank's guys!

I do have second thoughts about the whole thing, but it's too late isn't it.

Didn't expect to get this many replies. Well, I have lived abroad before. Haven't spent a whole lot of money then and I won't break the bank now, I hope.

I haven't left yet... I have 2 solid months to prepare... sort of.
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Re: A good starting point? (Coming to Cambodia to teach English)

Postby 2000rielpineapples » Wed Dec 28, 2016 12:38 am

Richka189 wrote:Thank's guys!

I do have second thoughts about the whole thing, but it's too late isn't it.

Didn't expect to get this many replies. Well, I have lived abroad before. Haven't spent a whole lot of money then and I won't break the bank now, I hope.

I haven't left yet... I have 2 solid months to prepare... sort of.
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Re: A good starting point? (Coming to Cambodia to teach English)

Postby OKW » Wed Dec 28, 2016 12:48 am

you do that, go ahead and call him.
2000rielpineapples wrote:
Richka189 wrote:Thank's guys!

I do have second thoughts about the whole thing, but it's too late isn't it.

Didn't expect to get this many replies. Well, I have lived abroad before. Haven't spent a whole lot of money then and I won't break the bank now, I hope.

I haven't left yet... I have 2 solid months to prepare... sort of.
i call troll.
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Re: A good starting point?

Postby Cam Nivag » Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:06 am

juansweetpotato wrote:

Once you get settled in you can find rooms for $50 pm that you will need to furnish, but have a toilet and kitchen area inside, or apartments from $150 up.
I don't think there are $50 per month rooms with kitchens in Phnom Penh. I know a poor Khmer woman who did find a $50 per month room in the Psar Dam Kor area but it had no kitchen, the toilet wasn't totally separate from the room, it was infested with ants, the water often wouldn't work in the mornings, and her room was broken into within a few days of moving in. She then tried to find another suitable place for $50, $60, $70 per month but couldn't find one and chose a $90 per month room over near Aeon Mall.
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Re: A good starting point?

Postby juansweetpotato » Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:24 am

Cam Nivag wrote:
juansweetpotato wrote:

Once you get settled in you can find rooms for $50 pm that you will need to furnish, but have a toilet and kitchen area inside, or apartments from $150 up.
I don't think there are $50 per month rooms with kitchens in Phnom Penh. I know a poor Khmer woman who did find a $50 per month room in the Psar Dam Kor area but it had no kitchen, the toilet wasn't totally separate from the room, it was infested with ants, the water often wouldn't work in the mornings, and her room was broken into within a few days of moving in. She then tried to find another suitable place for $50, $60, $70 per month but couldn't find one and chose a $90 per month room over near Aeon Mall.
You should stick to posting what you know about - your mom's basement. Plenty of $50 rooms around within 10 - 15 mins of the city center.
A lot of them are brand new nowadays too. The place I had in Russeo Keo had 2 metal security gates, secure place to lock your moto and night security on the main roads. My neighbors were young (18-20's) Khmer students learning at places like Western etc, and young, presumably, married couples.
The building also had slightly smaller rooms for $40. All brand new, with toilet and kitchen area supplied with a stainless table for the cooker etc.
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Re: A good starting point? (Coming to Cambodia to teach English)

Postby phuketrichard » Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:33 am

i would love to see a pic of a $50 room

GF had a $60 room 7 years ago behind Kandal market
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Re: A good starting point? (Coming to Cambodia to teach English)

Postby John Bingham » Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:06 am

There are $50 rooms - it's just that no foreigner in their right mind would want to stay in one. They don't have kitchens either, unless you count a camping stove in the corner and a faucet in the 1m square bathroom as a kitchen.
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Re: A good starting point? (Coming to Cambodia to teach English)

Postby OKW » Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:21 am

A friend is paying 60 bucks a month, furnished, ac and tv on the ground floor in Siem Reap. Also gated and locked at night, and security in the street. Elec and water go extra at 85 bucks a month. I rented a brand new and slightly more classy one for 130 p/m before elec and water last year in Siem Reap. Very secure. SHV might be different, I have only visited a few times. GH/ Hotel was real cheap 50 meters from the beach. Very clean, beautiful view and spacious for $7 a night. I was very surprised. It had a good restaurant too.
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Re: A good starting point? (Coming to Cambodia to teach English)

Postby Cam Nivag » Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:43 am

Siem Reap and Sihanoukville are very different from Phnom Penh in terms of rental prices.
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