Unlocking Exciting Opportunities: TEFL Teaching for Namibian Passport Holders in Cambodia and Vietnam

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) has become a global phenomenon, offering adventurous individuals the opportunity to explore new cultures while making a positive impact on the lives of others. For Namibian passport holders, the traditional barriers to entry into the TEFL world are being dismantled, opening up exciting possibilities in Cambodia and Vietnam. In this article, we’ll explore what TEFL is, the typical destinations for TEFL teachers, and the challenges Namibians have historically faced due to their passports. We’ll then delve into three enticing options for Namibians, breaking down the details of programs available to them.

Understanding TEFL and Traditional Destinations

TEFL, or Teaching English as a Foreign Language, involves teaching English to non-native speakers in countries where English is not the primary language. Popular destinations for TEFL teachers include countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. While the demand for English teachers is high worldwide, Namibians often encounter challenges due to the limitations of their passport, restricting access to certain countries and opportunities.

Exciting Options for Namibians

Breaking down the barriers, Namibians can now explore three enticing options offered by myTEFL. These are fully supported, meaning you are always in the caring hands of our staff on the ground in Cambodia and Vietnam. We help with everything from setting up a bank account, getting your phone setup, renting a scooter, and/or anything else you need to have a comfortable transition and stay in your new home.

TEFL Internship in Cambodia

Program Details: This hybrid TEFL program combines a comprehensive online training course with a rewarding onsite teaching experience in Cambodia. Upon registration, you will start your 120 Hour Online TEFL in preparation for your 9 day Orientation & Training in Phnom Penh. After completing your TEFL training, you will be placed in a full-time TEFL position in the city.

Program Costs: The program fee is highly competitive, making it accessible for Namibian passport holders. A $450 deposit gets you started on your TEFL and application. The deposit is fully refunded if you do not get accepted. The final payment of $530 is due before you depart to Cambodia. Accomodations for the duration of the Orientation are included in the total price.

Salary: You will earn between $1300 and $1600 per month while teaching in Cambodia. The really low cost of living in Cambodia ensures that teachers can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle with a significant portion of their salary.

Short video outlining TEFL in Cambodia

TEFL Internship in Vietnam

Program Details: Similar to the Cambodia program, the TEFL internship in Vietnam includes a 120-hour online training course followed by 9 days of onsite additional hands-on Training and Orientation with other TEFLers from around the world.

Program Costs: The program total is $980, and is paid in two installments. You will earn the cost back within your first month of teaching, making it exceptional value. Airport pickup, and accomodations for the duration of the Orientation are included in the fees.

Salary: Vietnam is known for providing competitive salaries for TEFL teachers. Teachers can expect to earn between $1200 and $1800 per month. The salary not only covers living expenses, but also allows for great savings and exploration. This is a great guide on the cost of living in Vietnam: https://www.thebrokebackpacker.com/cost-of-living-in-vietnam/

Onsite TEFL Course in Cambodia

Program Details: This fully onsite TEFL course in Cambodia provides an immersive training experience. The course duration is 4 weeks, with attendees earning a 150 hour TEFL certificate upon completion. Cultural excursions and activities are interspersed throughout the course, making for an incredible experience. Upon successful course completion, you’ll be placed in a full time TEFL position in Cambodia.

Costs: At $1800, the program fees are higher compared to the internships. If you prefer the fully immersive experience, then it makes sense to choose the onsite TEFL course in Phnom Penh. The tuition also includes accomodations for the duration of the course.

Salary: Upon successful course graduation, you will be placed in a great TEFL position in a vetted, reputable employer in Cambodia with a salary range of $1300 to $1600 USD per month, which is more than enough to live a comfortable life, and have plenty extra for travel, savings, investing etc.

Benefits of TEFL in Cambodia

Due to it’s relatively newness to the TEFL scene, Cambodia stands out as a remarkable destination. The locals are extremely friendly and have a great sense of curiosity. Students hold traditional values in the classroom including respect for teachers, which makes for a rewarding and fulfilling professional life.

Low Cost of Living: Cambodia boasts a remarkably low cost of living, allowing TEFL teachers to stretch their earnings further and enjoy a comfortable lifestyle whether in Phnom Penh or elsewhere.

High Pay Comparatively: myTEFL in Cambodia works with vetted, legal, safe and reliable ESL employers who offer generous remuneration packages. In addition the schools provide a professional and well developed classroom/curriculum offering a great teaching environment.

Untapped EFL Market: Cambodia’s TEFL market is relatively new and untouched, providing teachers with the opportunity to make a meaningful impact and contribute to the development of English language education in the country.

Benefits of TEFL in Vietnam

Vietnam, with its stunning landscapes and rich cultural tapestry, offers a host of benefits for TEFL teachers participating in myTEFL’s program. Vietnam has experienced tremendous economic and social growth over the past decade, resulting in an exciting and dynamic environment.

Low Costs: Vietnam’s low cost of living ensures that TEFL teachers can enjoy a high quality of life while still saving a significant portion of their salary. Even the major cities like Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi are very affordable.

Generous Pay: TEFL teachers in Vietnam receive competitive salaries that put them in a high income earning bracket for the country.This allows them to not only cover living expenses but also indulge in the country’s diverse attractions. Most TEFL teachers in Vietnam have plenty of savings which they use for further travel, to pay off student loans, or for investment purposes.

International Community: Vietnam has become a popular destination for a variety of professionals worldwide, fostering a vibrant international community that provides support and enriching experiences. Due to this flourishing expat scene, all the comforts and luxuries of home are nearby and accessible.

Exciting TEFL Opportunities for Namibians

While Namibian passport holders have traditionally had difficulty securing TEFL positions abroad, they now have the chance to participate in these exciting opportunities to teach in Cambodia and Vietnam. myTEFL’s programs offer the chance to travel, earn a sustainable salary, and immerse oneself in the EFL world abroad, providing a transformative experience that goes beyond the traditional barriers. The financial accessibility of these programs, coupled with the support and placement opportunities offered by myTEFL, makes this an unparalleled opportunity for Namibians to embark on a fulfilling TEFL journey in Southeast Asia.

If you have further questions, or would like to schedule a call, please contact us on intern (at) mytefl.com.


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