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Teaching in Cambodia at SISC
Cambodia is growing at an incredible place and has more and more parents who want the best of both worlds by sending their children to a bilingual school with both Khmer and an international curricula:
At SISC we offer only full day programs with the international curriculum being delivered in the morning and the Khmer curriculum in the afternoon. The majority of students choose the bilingual program, but if a student does not wish to take part in the Khmer program they join the Afternoon International Program.
Our student population is predominantly Khmer but has a growing number of students from Korea, Russia and China. As such, no matter what Grade or Subject you teach, you will always need to consider the needs of students whose first language is not English.
Our school is an inclusive school and we strongly believe that all types of students deserve access to mainstream education. We carefully consider applicants with additional needs and are improving our internal capacity to provide support.
The SISC teaching staff are a truly international group of people! We have staff from North America, UK, Ukraine, Sri Lanka and more. No matter what the background, all our teachers embrace working collaboratively to provide first rate teaching and learning.
Living in Phnom Penh
Living in Phnom Penh has its own unique challenges but is suitable for most people given the quick development of the city.
There are a huge variety of places to eat from local restaurants where a meal can cost about 1USD, to international restaurants that typically are priced around 8USD for a meal and then you can go all the way to the top and dine in a 5 star hotel for as much money as you would like to spend! Meal delivery is well established and can be done using apps on your phone, though rain or rush hour can significantly extend delivery times.
Phnom Penh is not a very green city, nor is it easy to walk around. Pavements are not well kept and so most people get around on motorcycles, tuk tuks or taxis. Apps similar to Uber exist for this with the most popular being Passapp and Grab. Just like any city, availability depends on demand so during rush hour you may need to wait.
We strongly recommend that staff do not ride motorcycles or scooters! The local population make riding through the chaos look easy but they have had a life-time to learn the skills needed. If staff do ride a motorcycle or scooter we remind them that there are laws and they must be obeyed regardless of what they may observe. If there is bad weather, it is far better to spend a couple of dollars on a tuk tuk!
There are plenty of opportunities for a rich and varied life outside of school. From sports clubs and cooking lessons to weekend hikes and calligraphy lessons. Most advertising is through social media and once you are here things spread by word of mouth very quickly.
Phnom Penh is a very safe city and serious crime is rare. As long as you take the same precautions that you would take in any city, it is unlikely that you will have a negative experience in the city. Most crime is petty and opportunistic; keep an eye on your belongings and especially so in touristy areas.
Access to all types of medicine is very easy but do your research if you have a specific need. There are international medical centers here and SISC also provides for emergency medical evacuation as part of the benefits package.
To buy groceries you could go to a market, a Khmer supermarket or an international supermarket. The prices vary greatly depending on where you shop and what you want to buy. Any imported brands will likely more expensive than you would find in your home country.