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Language Corps

Street Address:
53 Whispering Way
Stow, MA 01775 USA
United States

TESOL Plus Certification Program in Cambodia

Phnom Penh,
Dates of Program
Flexible dates
Age Restrictions
18 Years+
Project Review

All Asia programs (Cambodia, China, Thailand, and Vietnam) feature the same TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certification course and training methodology.The TESOL Plus Program combines TESOL certification with a more comprehensive set of support services including accommodations and basic insurance.

Major Responsibilities
Cost/Program Fee
USD 2,295 for 4 Weeks
What program fee Includes

The Tesol Certification Program includes:

  • Four-week TESOL Certification Course
  • Khmer Language and Cultural training
  • Cell Phone for use during the training course ($75 fee for lost phone)
  • 24/7 emergency support from LanguageCorps staff during your training
  • Job placement assistance
  • 3 day excursion to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat
  • 3 day excursion to the beach resort town of Sihanoukville
  • Welcome and Graduation dinners
  • Airport pickup
  • Tour of Phnom Penh
  • Housing during training
  • Daily transport to school during training
  • 1-year enrollment in basic emergency travel insurance
  • Re-entry package upon your return
The following are not included:
  • Round-trip airfare to host country
  • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
  • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month\'s rent
  • Visa costs and fees
Skills/ Qualifications

Most people who are persistent and flexible are successful in finding teaching positions.


Arrangements for Room/Food

Housing :

  • During the four-week training program, housing will be provided to LanguageCorps TESOL Plus, Flagship, and Volunteer Program participants at the LanguageCorps villa (a six bedroom, six bath home about ten minutes from the training center), or a local hotel. All accommodations have air-conditioning and western style bathrooms .
  • Once your job assignment is secured, the Corps Advocate and hiring school will assist you in locating an apartment nearby the hiring school. Typically, apartments are small, but most are comfortable, stylish, and have air conditioning and Western appliances. Often, a one month security deposit and the first month's rent are required at the time of rental.
  • Housing is sometimes provided by the hiring school, though generally Teachers prefer to find their own housing. School accommodations are typically Cambodiani, and rarely meet the standard Westerners are used to.


  • Phnom Penh offers the discerning diner plenty of choice at a range of prices to suit any pocket. We recommend that you acquire a taste for the local cuisine, which is varied and can be very inexpensive. Be prepared for rice and seafood, especially shrimp, crab, and freshwater fish dishes.
  • Cambodian cuisine is related to both Thai and southern Chinese cuisines. Ubiquitous soups include somlar machou banle (sour fish soup), somlar chapek (pork soup with ginger) and num banh choc (a noodle and fish soup often served for breakfast). Rice is often served with sach mon chha khnhei (stir-fried chicken and ginger), choeeng chomni chrouc chean (pork spareribs), or the spicy an sam chruk (pork and soybeans marinated with ginger and chilies.
  • In Phnom Penh, the large number of Chinese immigrants means that excellent Cantonese, Hokkien, Teochou and Hailam restaurants abound. Thai, Vietnamese, and French outlets are also available.
  • Fresh vegetables and fruits - especially coconut, durian, mango, pineapple, rambutan, starfruit, and watermelon - are in abundant supply, as are vegetarian restaurants.
  • It's always best to drink bottled water and juices in Cambodia, while the beverage to indulge in is coffee.
Any Missing Important Information

What about work visas?

Visa requirements vary widely by location. In many countries, participants enter on a tourist visa and the hiring school will help sponsor a work visa after being hired. In Ecuador, we obtain a Cultural Exchange visa for our TESOL Plus participants, which is unique to that country. In Asian countries, work visas are commonly obtained. In Costa Rica, most schools do not want to go through the bureaucratic, lengthy process to obtain a work visa, so the common practice is for teachers to do a "border run", or leave the country for 72 hours every 90 days in order to stay there legally. Most people there look forward to their border runs as a travel opportunity!

Many schools in the Czech Republic and Russia will sponsor their teachers for a work visa. However, it is difficult for non EU citizens to obtain work visas elsewhere in Europe. Most schools do not want to go to the trouble to obtain them, as it is a lengthy process, and in fact, if a school sponsors you for a work visa, you would typically need to fly back to the U.S. and go to a consulate here to get the visa, and then return to Europe. Most people do not want to go through the hassle and expense of doing that. The common practice is for schools to hire non EU citizens for "cash-in-hand" positions, and most people just overstay their 90 day tourist visas. Many non EU citizens are in Europe teaching, and being a native English speaker along with a TESOL certificate (after you complete the four week course), makes you quite marketable. (top)

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