Teaching Internship in Cambodia

Are you a native or a fluent English speaker? Are you passionate about helping others? Do you want to share your passion and teach English? Yes! Then, look no further. This opportunity to participate in an internship program teaching in Cambodia might be just what you are looking for.

  • Intern in Cambodia teaching English from $200
  • Have fun and feel safe during your teaching internship in Cambodia
  • Participate in a recommended teaching English program
  • Visit Cambodia, get involved with local projects and teach English abroad.

There is a very high demand for English-speaking in Cambodians and in as a result a desperate need for interns to teach English in Cambodia. Many Cambodian citizens are living in poverty and cannot afford to send their children to expensive, private boarding schools where English is taught. On the other hand, state, community schools and orphanages receive very little government funding and English instruction is considered a luxury. The IFRE's teaching English internship program in Cambodia collaborates with local schools to offer the precious resource of English instruction education, (mostly in a conversational level and pronunciation,) to the locals students.

When you participate intern in an English teaching program in Cambodia, you are providing essential vital English education to poor children, ultimately increasing improving their chances to have for a brighter future. Depending on your personal skills and interest, you can teach English in an Cambodian orphanage, public school, university or within various local organizations which offer an English instruction program. Many schools, (especially in rural areas), feel honored to welcome a foreign teacher and do it with the warmest reception. Interns often feel so welcomed that they become a part of their host families and communities’ daily activities and rituals.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

No specific skills or qualifications are required to get involved in an English teaching program in Cambodia. However, some kind of teaching certification or education degree is appreciated. You must have a passion and genuine interest to help children and improve their education. If you are a non-native English speakers with a high masterful command of the English language, you may also be considered for this project.

The Intern's Responsibilities

As an intern participating in an English teaching project in Cambodia, you will focus on teaching conversational English for two to three hours a day in public or private schools, six days a week. Most students of the school are between the ages of 6 and 13. During each class, you will not alone and will be assisted by other English teachers working in the school. You will have free time to organize extra-curricular activities like games, drawing, singing, dancing and other creative education activities. The school may need that you provide support with educational tours, homework, monitoring academic progress and carrying out in administrative tasks.

During your English teaching program in Cambodia, you will work primarily as an English-teachers or /instructors in either public and/or private schools. Depending on the needs of the school, you may also be asked to assist with in other extracurricular activities such as sports, games, etc. Some of your duties will be:

  • Teaching English in public schools, orphanages or universities
  • Assisting with other creative, extracurricular activities like (organizing games, drawing, singing, dancing, etc.)
  • Taking the students on educational tours and /field trips (occasionally)
  • Helping the students with their homework, supporting their academic progress
  • Assisting in other school-related activities or programs

At a school, you will help with preparing and delivering classes. You may also help to prepare An intern may prep schedules, lessons plans and exams, as well as assisting with the normal daily life of students. Depending on your knowledge and skills, you The interns may also find teach themselves instructing courses in IT, hair-styling, music, theater or other languages.

Internship Program Dates:

Start Dates: our programs start every Monday, although we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.

IFRE is a 501(c) 3 organization; therefore your program fee will be tax deductible. IFRE is proud to offer an extensive assortment of internship programs in Cambodia at very reasonable prices and to rank among the “best priced and best value” internship abroad organizations in the USA, Europe, and New Zealand. Now, our programs are more affordable than ever. We are proud to focus on the humanitarian aspect of our business, not on the profit. We work very hard and smart to keep costs down especially for you, the intern. We value your time and efforts. We remain devoted to maintaining the high quality of the program and the safety of all interns involved. You can find below a brief summary of the program fee and services that IFRE offers.

RE fees are divided in two, an application fee of US $349 which covers advertising, staff, office expenses, etc. and a nominal weekly program fee which covers room/board, insurance, field support, etc. You can click on the following link for details on our fees:


Additional costs for interns:

International flights, visa application/extension, daily personal expenses on beverages/entertainment daily transportation, laundry, telephone, immunizations.

Board/Food/Daily Life

IFRE arranges board, meals and supervision for you during the entire duration your Cambodian teaching English experience. Depending on the location of the project, you will either stay in our guesthouse or with a host family. Placements are usually in Phnom Penh or in or around a provincial capital.

Our Phnom Penh internship house or guesthouse is located in the center of the city near the Olympic Stadium and the Orussey Market. The members of staff speak English and French and are very kind. There is a large roof terrace with hammocks, a TV and internet access. Nearby, there is a restaurant and plenty of facilities to help make your participation in the Cambodian teaching English program a memorable experience.

Our host families are very friendly and hospitable and love learning more about each intern’s country, culture and way of life. Whether you stay in our guesthouse or with a host family, IFRE will provide you with a simple clean environment in a bedroom occasionally shared with a one same gender intern, a shared bathroom with cold water as usually there is no hot water available and a fan to protect you from the heat.

IFRE also offers you three typical local meals every day, breakfast, lunch and dinner Usually, you will have breakfast in either a small restaurant, with the host families or at work. Some interns have lunch at the school. If you are a vegetarian, a vegan or have any other dietary eating requirements, we recommend that you stay in our guesthouse and not with a host family. For most Cambodia families meat and fish are the base of their daily meals.


What is an Intern’s day like as part of the Cambodia teaching English internship?

Your day as an intern teaching English in Cambodia will start at 7 am with breakfast. Then, from 8 am, you will teach English classes for three hours.

What school will I work at in the Cambodia internship teaching English?

You will provided detailed information regarding the school you will be working at in your placement.

It’s hard to tell right now. IFRE works with several schools. Each Cambodia teaching English internship is different. You will receive detailed information regarding your internship when you submit your application to participate in this program.

How old will my students be?

Your students may be from 6 to 14 years old at the primary and secondary schools, but you may have groups of adults too.

How many students are there at the school and how many students can I expect in each class?

Usually, during your teaching English internship in Cambodia you will be teaching classes to groups of 20 to 30 students. The number of students at the school will vary from school to school.

In my Cambodia teaching English internship will I be teaching each class alone? Will I have support during each class?

Most schools have a local English teacher who you will be working with, but depending on your skills and experience, you may be working independently.

Do teachers have a curriculum to follow?

Yes, all schools in Cambodia have a curriculum to follow, but you can add more to it if you want to.

How many hours per day will I have to teach English during my internship in Cambodia?

You will work for four to six hours per day.

What materials do I need to take with me to teach? Does the school provide interns with materials?

The good news is that each school provides teachers, educators, and interns with books and teaching material. The even better news, it’s that if you have books or other suitable material you want to bring and donate, that’s fine too.

Are the Cambodia teaching internship programs available throughout the year or does the program close?

No, the program is not available throughout the year. Schools are closed the first two weeks of April and the entire months of August and September.

Is there any other important information I must know about the teaching English in Cambodia internship?

Yes. People in Cambodia are conservative. As a teachers or assistant teacher, you will be expected to wear smart formal clothing.

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