Teacher Training (Certificate Program)
Pre-training preparation (language study, subject knowledge enhancement)
Visiting scholars program (for teaching and research)

Teacher Training (Certificate Program)

There are over 100 rural villages in Siem Reap province, and most do not have a local school. While several international NGO’s are working to build schools for these communities, there are currently no qualified teachers to provide instruction.  Additionally, village young people who strive to become teachers cannot afford the tuition and have no transportation to attend the provincial teacher training programs.

Teach Cambodia has developed a special outreach program to meet the needs of these rural villages.  We offer a full-time, mentored, teacher preparation program including courses in curriculum, pedagogy, child development, foundations, content area curriculum, and related interdisciplinary studies (such as linguistics, sociology, and anthropology of education). Courses are taught by  the resident teacher educator and international visiting scholars.   

As a part of their training, teacher education students will participate in field training experience alongside of master teachers, at the Boeng Village Lab School (currently under construction). They will develop a personal set of teaching resources during their studies, that they will take with them to their new positions as full-time teachers upon graduation.

MoEYS Certification

Training will culminate in the qualification for a certificate of teaching competence, administered by the Ministry of Youth, Education and Sports (MoEYS).  We hope to eventually offer two levels of training, as outlined by MoEYS:  (1) a two-year practitioner program and (2) a four-year pedagogue program. In the future, the institute will be able to provide housing for teacher candidates from distant communities.

International Visiting Scholars Program

Visiting scholars from US, Singapore, and other world class venues come to Cambodia to teach courses for teacher preparation in curriculum, pedagogy, child development, foundations, content area curriculum, and related interdisciplinary studies (such as linguistics, sociology, and anthropology of education). Through this collaboration, professors and doctoral students are able to travel to Cambodia to teach courses and conduct much-needed research in education.  They will have the opportunity to collaborate with other scholars in education and related disciplines from around the world.  Scholars will be able to conduct research on schooling in Cambodia related to their areas of interest and expertise, and also to highlight the needs and accomplishments of Cambodian School System.  While in Cambodia, scholars will be housed at the Institute, and they will have access to the institute’s extensive multidisciplinary library collection.

Foundation Program (Preparation for Teacher Training)

Cambodia is a country in extreme poverty.  Thus, many children are taken out of school to work at an early age. Over 70% of Siem Reap's population has not completed a primary education. Drop-out and repeat rates at all levels are high. Only 18% of appropriately-aged students are enrolled in lower secondary school and only 8% are enrolled in upper secondary school. 

In the villages we visited, we met many bright, highly motivated young people who wanted to become teachers, but who lacked the basic academic preparation to enter a teacher training program. 

Teach Cambodia offers a series of courses to assist  potential teacher candidates in gaining basic academic competence necessary to become a successful teacher.  These include Khmer language study (Khmer grammar, reading and writing), mathematics, and foreign language study.

Other activities of the Teacher Training and Scholar Research Center are:

Teacher resource center (borrowing library)
Scholars library
NGO Volunteer orientation (for English-speaking volunteers coming to teach in Cambodia NGO schools and orphanages)

Teacher Training Center - Future Classrooms

Balcony view of Siem Reap

Crocodile Farm right next door!


Teach Cambodia, Inc.

2130 Fillmore Street, #229

San Francisco, CA  94115

415-871-0962 USA


Yuriko C. Wellington, Ph.D.

Executive Director


Yuri Wellington, Executive Director

(with Khmer daughter Sophanna)


Cambodia International Pedagogical Institute

Teacher Training and Research Center

Thea Chamrat Road

Wat Bo Village

Sala Kamraeuk Commune

Siem Reap

Kingdom of Cambodia


Boeng Village Labratory School

Boeng Village

Chreav Commune

Siem Reap, 

Kingdom of Cambodia

Mr. Houth Viseth

Managing Director, Cambodia