So if you get sick and and can’t teach for a few weeks, you’ll be on the verge of selling your passport for noodle money.
Unlike the minimum wage earners in Western countries, you won’t even be paying into social security, or a pension plan, or any kind of retirement benefits.
Lina Goldberg published the excellent “Move to Cambodia: A Guide to Living and Working in the Kingdom of Wonder” in late 2012.
Earlier this year, Khmer440 contributor Gabi Yetter released her own very well-received manual, “The Definitive Guide to Southeast Asia: Cambodia.” Both of these books provide helpful information and optimistic encouragement to readers who are considering relocating to Cambodia.
Of course, your lack of retirement planning will be the least of your concerns when you’re lying on your deathbed in a dirty Cambodian hospital at age 57.Last year a “mystery illness” killed 60 children in Cambodia. Raising any child in Cambodia presents grave risks that you wouldn’t have in a Western country. Let’s assume that your children are lucky and that the Cambodian diseases, traffic accidents, and poor medical care don’t kill them. The educational system in Cambodia is absolutely dire, from the primary schools through the universities.If your daughter develops acute appendicitis in your home country, you can take her to the emergency room at a modern hospital. The only way to properly educate your child in Cambodia is to pay about ,000 per year to send her to a top international school.Even easily treatable illnesses can quickly become life-threatening if Cambodian doctors get involved.Sometimes expats in Cambodia succumb not to illness, but to traffic accidents or other hazards.