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Teaching English as a foreign language with a postgraduate certificate in Cambodia?

Post by TeacherBelgian » Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:16 am

Hello everyone,

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?

Kind regards,
Vincent.
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Re: Teaching English as a foreign language with a postgraduate certificate in Cambodia?

Post by TeachingForPeanuts » Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:28 am

Perhaps you know this, but in English we would usually say "Belgian Teacher."
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Re: Teaching English as a foreign language with a postgraduate certificate in Cambodia?

Post by TeacherBelgian » Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:31 pm

TeachingForPeanuts wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:28 am
Perhaps you know this, but in English we would usually say "Belgian Teacher."
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.
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Re: Teaching English as a foreign language with a postgraduate certificate in Cambodia?

Post by fazur » Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:15 pm

my partner has a degree and celta

you don't have a degree or celta

improvise
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Re: Teaching English as a foreign language with a postgraduate certificate in Cambodia?

Post by fazur » Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:17 pm

TeacherBelgian wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:16 am
Any thoughts about whether to go for Thailand or Cambodia in my case?

Kind regards,
Vincent.
let him who has ear here
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Re: Teaching English as a foreign language with a postgraduate certificate in Cambodia?

Post by TeacherBelgian » Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:31 pm

fazur wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:17 pm
TeacherBelgian wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:16 am
Any thoughts about whether to go for Thailand or Cambodia in my case?

Kind regards,
Vincent.
let him who has ear here
The saying goes : ''Let him who has ears hear".
Nice creative translation though :-)
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Re: Teaching English as a foreign language with a postgraduate certificate in Cambodia?

Post by samrong01 » Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:51 pm

Sorry that nobody has replied to your question.
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.
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Re: Teaching English as a foreign language with a postgraduate certificate in Cambodia?

Post by God'sGift » Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:05 pm

Being young will definitely help, though being a 'lover of foreign cuisine' won't.
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Re: Teaching English as a foreign language with a postgraduate certificate in Cambodia?

Post by Clemen » Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:14 pm

If the teaching situation is as it was before, you shouldn't have a problem.

Ya think we could refrain from "pile on the new guy"? He asked good questions.
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Re: Teaching English as a foreign language with a postgraduate certificate in Cambodia?

Post by fazur » Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:48 pm

TeacherBelgian wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:31 pm
fazur wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:17 pm
TeacherBelgian wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:16 am
Any thoughts about whether to go for Thailand or Cambodia in my case?

Kind regards,
Vincent.
let him who has ear here
The saying goes : ''Let him who has ears hear".
Nice creative translation though :-)
wooooooosh. joke about vincent and ear- singular. here-cambodia.
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