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“I developed a strong interpersonal skill, as I constantly collaborate with other teachers, work with students and talk to parents.”

I’ve worked at Aii Language Center Chroy Chongva Campus since October 21, 2019. It’s a great honor to be a part of Aii for. I’ve got many experiences from positive people and role models around me. As a teacher aide, I realized that in order to work with a team, we need to be able to cooperate and understand others. Especially with our main teacher, we need to work like a family wherein we identify issues with students and come up with appropriate solutions together. It is crucial in caring for our students while they are staying inside the school and assist them in their learning. I enjoy working with different people. For me, communicating with the parents of the students is really important so we can tell them about students’ performance at school. When the students have issues with their learning, we may request parents to cooperate with us and fix it together. 

I developed a strong interpersonal skill, as I constantly collaborate with other teachers, work with students and talk to parents. I’m so grateful to the management team and all my co-workers in contributing to my development; to be more confident and professional in both my career and personal life. \

– Ratana Angkea Watey Bo, Aii Teacher Assistant

“They consider me not just an employee but a part of their family.”

Working at Aii is a worthwhile experience. I have been learning a lot through workshops and also from my head teacher and co-teachers. I felt the real compassion from this school. They consider me not just an employee but a part of their family. I have been blessed to be part of Aii.

– Charlene Balbin, ESL Teacher

“Aii has taught me to be professional, responsible and supportive…”

I’ve been teaching at Aii for almost 6 years. The first day I started teaching at Aii, I felt proud to be one of Aii family. All the teachers and staff are professional and friendly. We work and help each to achieve our goals. Aii has taught me to be professional, responsible, and supportive which are very beneficial for my teaching career and as a teacher. I am grateful to Aii for providing me the opportunity to work and create a supportive working environment for all teachers and staffs.

– Sethvisal Pidorith, ESL Teacher

“They are always happy to share valuable lessons, which to me, is an important mechanism that motivates me to be the best version of myself.”

I have been working at Aii Language Center since 2019. At first, I was just a part-time TSL teacher, but then I become a full-time teacher, which gave me more time and more opportunity to learn about other jobs that I have never done before. I always receive good advice from my seniors to reflect on myself and fulfill what I lack. They are always happy to share valuable lessons, which to me, is an important mechanism that motivates me to be the best version of myself. In my opinion, a good job will make us happy to come to work, but having a good manager makes us twice as happy. So if we have a mentor, who guides us, we can learn from our mistakes and correct them to become better.

-Vipha Phuon, TSL Teacher

“Thank you to Aii for giving me an opportunity to be who I am today.”

When I was in my Sophomore year at my University, I started my journey and took a challenge with my working life. I’ve been working at Aii since 2019 and it is my pride to be a CSL teacher. Aii is the institution where I wanted to work and build my career.  My head department, whom I really admire, is a helpful, respectful, knowledgeable, and energetic person. My CSL team is a group of open-minded and helpful people who always give me a hand whenever I need it. I work in a peaceful and supportive environment where we share our experiences together. We smile, respect, and love each other like a family. Choosing Aii is one of the best decisions in my life. Thank you to Aii for giving me an opportunity to be who I am today.

Chanpisey Bun, CSL Teacher

“Aii has taught me the real meaning of a true leader; someone who serves with humility and not someone that people serve.”

Why I Chose to Stay

August 21, 2018, January 5, 2020 and April 1, 2020 were the most memorable dates for me here in Cambodia. August 21, 2018 was my first day at Aii Language Center, Chak Angre Campus. Unlike the place where I grew up in,  I fell in love with the campus immediately because everyone was helpful, approachable and friendly. But, like in a relationship, not all days are happy and fun. January 5, 2020 was the day that I decided to leave but someone from the top management team came and saved me from losing myself. Never in my wildest dream that I would meet someone who’s in a management team to reach out to me. That was one of the reasons why I chose to stay and to accept her challenge for me to be a head teacher on April 1, 2020. I wanted to be like her.

One of the reasons why I also chose to stay at Aii Language Center is because they never limit someone’s growth. They are open to giving you a chance whether you are a fresh graduate, young professionals or old professionals. They look behind the cover of the book. They look for your own capability and your commitment. There is one thing Aii Language Center has taught me that I will carry on for a lifetime; understanding the real meaning of a true leader, “Someone who serves his people with humility and not someone that people serve.”

-Karen Edegan Pagulayan, MTT Head Teacher

“Aii has a structured system that supports teachers and helps them perform their task smoothly.”

Ten years ago, I started working with Aii Language Center as an ESL Teacher. At present, I am the Head of the Academic Secretary. Before coming to Aii, I taught English at other institutions. Aii is very different from other language schools. It has a structured system that supports teachers and helps them perform their task smoothly. On my first day, I did not feel alone as I got to meet the Campus Director, Deputy Campus Director and the Head Teachers who gave me guidance and regularly checked in with me if I am doing fine with my teaching. For me, teaching is one of the noblest professions. As a teacher, you are able to help other people, especially the young generation.

After teaching for more than ten years, I decided to apply as the Head of Secretary. I also love this job because I can help university students who are also studying at Aii and need jobs by introducing them to the Aii Internship Program. Moreover, I also have the opportunity to help new employees, mostly fresh graduates, who are struggling at their first job by providing them counseling, guidance and advice.

-Channirath Heng, AiiMTT Head of Secretary

“… it is a stepping stone to build up my confidence and communication skills. “

I started working with Aii Language Center in March 2020 as a Marketing intern. On my first day, I got a warm welcome from everyone and got an introduction of my role from my supervisor. Due to the coronavirus and the lack of staff, I switched to another department and work with ICES Cambodia Office, which offers a cultural exchange program service.  Now I am working with an expat who is a senior international relations officer.  Under her supervision, I learned a lot about problem-solving skills.

I have such an amazing time working with her because she is very open-minded and we can share and express our ideas freely. Moreover, my English has also improved through having communication with her every day. Part of my job is dealing with students’ parents which is quite challenging for me.  However, it is a stepping stone to build up my confidence and communication skills.

I would like to thank Aii Language Center that gave me this great opportunity to be trained and improve myself.

– Kimlang Em, Intern

“I soon discovered that beyond the four walls of Aii is a heart that is always ready to take someone in.”

Day 1 and still and counting…

Two weeks after arriving in Cambodia, I found myself employed as an ESL Teacher at Aii Language Center. Flustered and unfamiliar with Khmer streets, I remembered the flurry of my first day when I got lost on my way to work. When I finally arrived at the campus, the shrill of the first bell rang and the Campus Director was waiting in the office. I tried mustering a calm facade while beads of perspiration betrayed my anxiety of coming in late on the first day. To my relief, the campus director was gracious and understanding when I tried to explain the series of unfortunate events on that day.

My first day rolled into months and the few faces of my students I met grew to a hundred and more. I found myself looking back after almost two years in Aii. A lot of things have happened. From my first potluck day to the first Christmas school party, I realized that Aii has grown on me. I began to look forward to checking the attendance of my students whose names have twisted my tongue to knots. I started talking about my students incessantly. How excited they were making a parrot out of recycled plastic. How thrilled they were when they first cooked pasta at home with the recipe I gave them. How their parents raved about the cards they made in school for Valentine’s day. These little triumphs I have as a teacher, were all but a small part in the most fulfilling days I have at Aii.

As an expat who tries to find a home away from home, Aii has become one. To my delight many of my fellow Filipino teachers have made Aii their home too for many long years. I soon discovered that beyond the four walls of Aii is a heart that is always ready to take someone in. Well, everyone.

– Hannah, Aii Teacher

“Since the first day I started working here at Aii Language Center, I know this is the right place for me because Aii is a place where I am given an opportunity to explore myself and work with a dynamic team from diverse backgrounds.”

After graduating from the University, I got a mixed feeling of excitement and frustration. I am very excited as I have just passed another step of my life but suddenly I felt nervous too when I started thinking about my future, job and financial stability.

As a fresh graduate, I felt a bit nervous to apply to a big company because I might be considered inexperienced. However, my ambition and passion for education keep reminding me to follow what I love, so I decided to apply at Aii Language Center. To my surprise, I was selected to work at a place where I always admire and dream to contribute my skill, which is Aii Language Center.

Since the first day I started working here at Aii Language Center, I know this is the right place for me because Aii is a place where I am given an opportunity to explore myself and work with a dynamic team from diverse backgrounds. Everyone supports one another like a close-knit family. The most special thing about working here is the value in my work because I am one of the driving forces that shape thousands of Cambodian students.

There was a time that I was going to give up applying for the position that I am working today. But I kept telling myself every day that one day there will be a place where they recognize my qualification. So here I am today working at Aii Language Center.

I got so many NO as a response, but I kept believing in myself that one day I will get a YES, and I was right!

– Sreymao Saing, Aii Content Writer

“Aii is one of the most influential institutes in Cambodia and I’m proud to be part of it.”

Working at Aii since 2016 was a great experience for me. Aii is like a home to me. From 2010 to 2012, I was a part-time student in the GEP program. I met great teachers and gained a lot of knowledge from them. In 2016, I came back to Aii as a Teacher Assistant. During that time, I still studied at a university without much experience about working or teaching students. However, I was given an opportunity to become one of the teachers at Aii. In 2018, I applied for the main teacher position as I have graduated. Aii is one of the most influential institutes in Cambodia and I’m proud to be part of it.

– Sreyna Eang, ESL Teacher

“I feel that I am working with professionals that I can learn from and that they push me to take on new and challenging opportunities.”

I’ve worked in a number of schools over the years, doing a variety of things, and finally, I’ve found that working at Aii is the place for me. I feel that I am working with professionals that I can learn from and that they push me to take on new and challenging opportunities. It is the most meaningful workplace I have ever worked in. People are intelligent, fun and responsible. Everyone is supportive and willing to provide their help and experience to accomplish my goals. Every team member has a smile on their face. This is a great place to work. I am treated with respect, given daily encouragement, and support since the first day until now.

-Vicheka Ly, ESL Teacher