In July 2011 I decided to move half way across the world and teach English in China. I researched various programs and finally settled on getting a TESOL certificate in Cambodia through LanguageCorps Asia. I chose their program based on several blogs I had found as well as a guarantee of a job in China. At the end of January 2012 I packed my bags and headed to Cambodia to start my year abroad.
1. The training is great. I had a blast in class and I felt so much more confident coming to China.
2. The accommodations were nice. This may seem silly to some but if I had been staying somewhere that disgusted me, I’m sure my month there would have been unpleasant. The hotel was very clean and the staff was great! I would stay there again if I went back to Cambodia.
My room in Cambodia
3. The trips!. Yes, I could have gone on these trips by myself..but they arranged everything. I never though I’d see Angkor Wat. They pack a lot into two weeks in Cambodia.
4. The student teaching I’ve never taught in front of a class before and I have a huge fear of public speaking. Teaching doesn’t sound like the ideal job for me but having the opportunity to practice everything before heading to my job really gave a huge boost to confidence.
5. The staff. The staff really made the experience for me. They were helpful and friendly. I was even able to get my wisdom teeth extracted in Cambodia because of them. The staff became my friends and I know if I ever visited Cambodia again they would make me feel welcome there.
6. Other LanguageCorps Trainees I met people that I will never forget. Every person in my group was essential to me having the time of my life in Cambodia.
1. The program is not tailored towards those going to teach in China. I know they are working on fixing this but at the moment, everything in the program is very catered towards Southeast Asia.
2. It is expensive. I do not regret the money I spent on the program. It made sense to me. They helped with my transition abroad, everything was taken care of for me in Cambodia, I had a great experience and I don’t think I would have ever spent a month in Cambodia for any other reason.
3. There are times when you feel a bit trapped by LanguageCorps. There are times when you feel like you just keep handing more money over to them. The hotel food is a bit pricey and the bar they bring you to is owned by the owner of LanguageCorps Asia.
For me the Pros outweighed the Cons by a lot
If I was asked if I would do it again, without a doubt I would say yes. I am extremely happy with what I received for what I paid.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
OVERALL GRADE: A-/B+