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University student worker | Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  • Service term length or program: Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service: Asia
  • Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Ministry category: Education, Community development, Hospitality

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Live in a dorm for university students in Phnom Penh. Teach conversational English, serve as a Christian mentor, and discover ways of serving in this dynamic city.

Regional vision
To include a greater emphasis on disciple-making in the dorm ministry in Cambodia, expand impact among children at risk in Cambodia, and participate in business ventures in several locations. To see the churches in Cambodia and Thailand grow in mission, reaching out to their neighbors and beyond; to see vibrant indigenous churches rising and thriving to glorify God in unique ways throughout Southeast Asia. To invite workers to bring new vision to this region.


  • Invest time in learning Cambodian language and culture.

  • Grow in relationships with university students (potential avenues: English clubs, teaching piano/guitar, sports/art ministry).

  • Disciple/mentor/coach university students with the goal of empowering them to multiply disciples.

  • Be part of the EMM Cambodia team, giving and receiving encouragement and feedback.

All long-term and short-term missionaries engage in Launch, EMM’s discipleship training course, before and during their assignments. Phase one of Launch includes personal discipleship activities through online modules. For phase two of Launch, participants spend one to two weeks learning alongside their Launch cohort (a group of others preparing for service) before heading to their outreach locations. In phase three of Launch, workers continue to connect online with their Launch cohort for up to a year as they navigate ministry in their country of service. 

Cambodia has three seasons: hot, rainy, and cool. It can be a challenging place to live at times, with inadequate health care, high temperatures, poor infrastructure, and substandard quality in many areas. However, there is a lovely simplicity about daily life, and the Khmer people are often friendly and fun-loving. There is delicious food, beautiful countryside, and many ways to engage with the younger generation. Cambodia was greatly affected by the Khmer Rouge, and still experiences much injustice, corruption, and disunity. There has been extremely rapid social change in the past 20 years, with many village families having at least one family member working in the city or abroad. The religious landscape is mostly Buddhist, but animism is common in the villages. There is an atmosphere of openness to the gospel. 

Supervisors and colleagues
The university student worker will work with the EMM team and university staff. They will be supervised by team leader and Regional Representative Ryan Umble.

Skills and experience
Formal or informal leadership experience required (e.g. teaching Sunday school or camp counseling). Applicants must be willing to learn and grow. College degree a plus. Applicants must have the ability to lead or facilitate small-group Bible studies and discussions.