Under Cambodia’s Spell

When I first moved to Cambodia all of the expats that I met talked fondly of Phnom Penh and Cambodia–so fondly in fact, that I was mistrusting. I remember thinking things like, “Wow, when was the last time you were in a developed country?” or “Really, I think you’re completely nuts, but sure I’ll go…

Teaching in a Country Damaged by Genocide: My Life in Cambodia

Cambodia, like anything beautifully complex, is only understood from personal experience. Life in Phnom Penh, or the Pearl of Asia, which is the capital of Cambodia, or The Kingdom of Wonder, is surreal and even at six months in, I still find myself exhausted from cultural immersion. Before going into the dos and don’ts of…

The Fu*k Cambodia Days Are Rough

When you decide to move somewhere new, there will be days that are harder than others. Getting acclimated takes a while and despite feeling like this new foreign land is your home there will be days when you are OVER IT. What is it? It is everything that makes a place a place- people, traffic,…

10 Things I have Learned while Teaching English in Cambodia

I have been living in Cambodia since September. For the first month I was participating in the Language Corps TESOL certification program located in the Stung Mean Chuy district of Phnom Penh. I started teaching in November and since have taught at 2 different schools. In order to make this list more comprehensive, I asked…