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English teacher | Rural Cambodia

  • Service term length or program: Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service: Asia
  • Location: Rural Cambodia
  • Ministry category: Children at risk, Education

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Mentor children and youth while teaching basic English skills. ESL training or experience preferred.

Regional vision
We would like to expand our impact in the dorm ministry in Cambodia to include a greater emphasis on disciple-making. We believe that with new workers there will be new vision, and that someday, vibrant indigenous churches will rise, thrive, and glorify God in wonderful, unique ways. We also want to expand our impact among children at risk in Cambodia and through business ventures in several locations. Additionally, we envision the church in Cambodia and Thailand growing in their missional outreach and reaching out to their neighbors and beyond.

The English teacher will befriend and mentor children and youth through teaching basic English skills. This worker will also build relationships with villagers and look for additional ways to serve.

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 English teacher will work mostly with the village children, possibly other local workers, and the EMM team. This worker will receive supervision from EMM workers John and Debbie Coats and Regional Representative Ryan Umble.

Skills and experience
No college degree is required, but ESL training and/or experience is preferred. Formal or informal experience teaching children and youth, as in a Sunday School, camp, or youth group setting, is helpful. Applicants must be passionate to share Jesus with children. Self-motivation, confidence, and a willingness to embrace challenges are necessary, as is a willingness to listen to and learn from others.