We recruit experienced and enthusiastic teachers who seek an opportunity to work with children in residential care, living in rural Cambodia.
Our school is an English-language immersion school operated by New Hope for Cambodian Children (a Cambodian NGO) as part of their mission to provide quality education for the HIV+ children in their care. We are located 33 KM from the capital Phnom Penh, in a rural village surrounded by rice fields.
*NOTE: All our positions for the 2019 – 2020 academic year are currently filled.
· Class sizes average 12 to 20 students
· 20 student contact hours per week
· Teachers design lessons based on Cambodian Government statements
· Teachers are required from the 21st October 2019 to 5th August 2020
· Compensation includes US$200 per month plus private onsite accommodation, all meals and the cost of a year business visa
· Native English language speakers
· Degree in Education or TESOL qualifications
· One year of classroom based teaching experience, including behavior management
· Recent police clearance
· Experience working or travelling for extended periods in a foreign country
· Ability to live communally in a rural setting
If you’re interested in teaching at NHCC or would like more information, please email your CV and a cover letter to the Principal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Surrounded by rice fields, cows strolling past your classroom window, geckos scuttling up the walls, and a hundred little voices shouting “teacha!” as you walk across the playground. These are just some of the many wonders of teaching and living at NHCC.
Your day will be a challenge of course, the heat will beat down, you will have to practice your patience as you learn to go with the flow as is typical in Khmer culture but all of this will be forgotten and forgiven when you see the smiles beaming on your students’ faces and experience hug number 22 of the day.
It truly is a unique experience where your class will become your kids, colleagues will become close friends and your little house will become home.
I started teaching at NHCC in October 2014 and to say it was different from my ‘corporate’ company secretary job in London would be a massive understatement!
It was a learning curve for me as a fledgling teacher realizing what works in a classroom and what doesn’t. I had the ability to be very creative with lessons and class time. There were and are many challenges to teaching at NHCC, living and working on site, living in rural Cambodia, although for me the lovely walks through the rice fields was a wonderful way to unwind and relax, the array of ‘friendly’ house guests, frogs, spiders, cockroaches and numerous mosquitoes to name but a few!
Would I do it again? Absolutely, and I did, returning to complete a second year. Teaching at NHCC is not an easy ride but it is a rich, rewarding, challenging, at times frustrating, and also a lot of fun!
If you care about making a difference in the lives of some amazing kids, they’ll become part of your life forever. If you want to meet some of the finest people you’ve ever known, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re willing to step outside your comfort zone, this place can feel like another home.
What I’ve put into NHCC has come back many times over. It has been a challenging and life-changing experience for me.
I do end of the year interviews with each of my students for Grade 5. It’s a chance to show them their work and talk about how far they’ve come since beginning the class. During the interview for Sakpeth this year – a student that never seemed to be too engaged, kept his distance from me, and sometimes fell asleep during math or social studies – he began to cry as I reviewed his portfolio and mentioned how his reading, spelling, and math had improved. I was taken aback and asked him what was wrong. He looked at me and said, ‘I don’t want to leave your class. I learned a lot.’
I was reminded, in that moment, that every student learns differently, responds differently, and expresses herself or himself differently. NHCC International School gives you those kind of moments on a daily basis – especially because we’re all living in the Village together. We get to be teacher, mentor, neighbor, and, eventually, friend. I assured Sakpeth he’d continue to do great work in Grade 6 and then I told him I’d be there to help him if he needed it. How lucky was I to be taught by this young man for a year.