Middle and high school teacher | Vietnam

  • Service term length or program: Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service: Asia
  • Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Ministry category: Education, Community development, Pioneer witness

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Teach "Essential Skills and Dispositions" courses at a private school to Vietnamese middle and high school students. Full-time schedule of 24 class periods per week (40 minutes per period). Language of instruction is English; Vietnamese interpretation provided. This assignment continues the training program established by Donna Keener in 2008–2009. Donna will provide orientation and introduction to the curriculum, and will coach as requested based on time availability.

Regional vision
We focus on making disciples who make disciples with the goal of forming vibrant and multiplying communities of worship and mission among the various people groups of Southeast Asia. We use business and teaching as an entry platform in some of the sensitive locations in our region.   


  • Plan and teach lessons in the classroom.
  • Explore other avenues of friendship and service during free time.

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. 

Vietnam operates under a communist government. By law, foreigners are not allowed to proselytize, but responding to questions and sharing faith is welcome. Respect for elders and teachers is very important. The religious landscape is mainly Buddhist and Catholic, but folk religions with elements of Confucianism and ancestor worship underpin the cultural environment. The school, situated in a new, well-developed city center, attracts students from middle- to upper-class Vietnamese families.

Supervisors and colleagues
The middle and high school teacher will work with the school administration, receiving supervision from the principal. Regular check-ins with EMM Regional Representative Ryan Umble are a possibility.

Skills and experience
Experience in lesson planning and classroom teaching is necessary. College degree in education preferred, but not required (a graduate degree is useful). The curriculum used in this position is available for viewing upon request.