I'm a 24 year old student from Belgium. For quite a few years I have been toying with the idea of teaching English as a foreign language overseas in Asia. Some countries that have crossed my mind were: Philippines, China, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia.
The problem with most countries is that there is a minimum requirement of holding a bachelor's degree.
I fully understand that they want to get the best English teachers they can possibly get, but it also scares a lot of qualified teachers away.
I love teaching. I'm a very good public speaker. I'm also a good listener.
I do hold an associate's degree in paralegal studies and I hold a postgraduate certificate in strategic management and leadership. I don't hold a bachelor's degree and therefor, in most cases, I'm not even being given a chance to obtain a working visa despite my postgraduate certificate being higher than a bachelor's degree.
Some governments are so strict with the requirements that they fail to look at the applicants case-by-case.
I am currently looking into teaching in Cambodia.
Phnom Phen drew my attention.
I do not currently hold a TEFL certificate but I'm definitely planning on obtaining one. I will likely complete the level 5 certificate since I find that one to be the most qualitative. I will likely take the minimum of 168 hours that falls under the possibilities for this certificate.
I speak Dutch, English and French fluently. I also speak a bit of German.
During high school I studied Ancient-Greek and Latin.
I have a love for foreign cultures and their languages and cuisine.
Is it possible for someone with my qualifications to achieve a position in Cambodia that is generally considered to be a successful position?
I want to be able to live a comfortable lifestyle while being there.
For salary, I don't have crazy things in mind. I think I would be quite happy with 1300$ USD a month.
Any thoughts about whether to go for Thailand or Cambodia in my case?
I know but on another forum I already used that name so I switched the word order so that I can more easily remind myself about what name I use on what site. Weird, I know but that's who I am lol.
you don't have a degree or celta
adapt or die
Obviously your timing is not good as borders and schools are closed.
I am not a teacher but I do know how things work here. I think you would not have too much problem in getting a job teaching English in Phnom Penh. You seem like an enthusiastic young fellow and enthusiasm always went a long way with me when I was hiring. There may well be a teacher shortage after the hysteria is over.
I would tend to recommend Cambodia in preference to Thailand. There are quite a few drawbacks to Thailand including visas, traffic, and pollution. Phnom Penh is not quite as bad for traffic although you could consider Siem Reap if you prefer a quieter place. Phnom Penh is the "big smoke" though and it would be easier to get a job there.
Good luck with your plans but for the time being stay put.
Oh and $1300 a month may be slightly optimistic but not totally out of the question.
Ya think we could refrain from "pile on the new guy"? He asked good questions.
wooooooosh. joke about vincent and ear- singular. here-cambodia.TeacherBelgian wrote: ↑Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:31 pmThe saying goes : ''Let him who has ears hear".
Nice creative translation though
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