The predominant religions in South East Asia are Islam, Buddhism and folk religions. In Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia, Muslims are in the majority, whereas the populations of countries such as Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand are mainly Buddhist. Although some people groups have significant numbers of believers, many remain unreached.
Local students are open to connecting with foreign students. You will therefore have the opportunity to build relationships and share your faith with your fellow students and other friends that you make on campus and in the area where you live. These young people will become the movers and shapers of society.
The weather is tropical and the people are very hospitable. The region is developing fast and becoming more urbanised. However, much of the traditional culture still remains. Many young people go to the cities to study where they live in student dorms/halls of residence or share an apartment. Afterwards they often stay to find work rather than returning to their home towns/villages.
- an initial period of language study and cultural adaptation in country, followed by postgraduate studies
- building relationships with fellow students
- meeting for fellowship and working together with other like-minded people
A Bachelor’s degree somewhat related to the desired field of postgraduate studies
Able to maintain good spiritual health in the face of both practical and spiritual challenges
Having a learning and flexible attitude and willing to respect local expectations, such as interactions with people of the opposite sex
Willing to work together with people of different nationalities with mutual accountability
Candidates should be committed to doing both postgraduate studies and ministry. The initial period of language study and cultural adaptation is expected to last 6-12 months.
*Australian citizens and/or residents only