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.
There are currently more than 500 international schools in South East Asia and the demand from the local population for the English-medium education that they provide is increasing rapidly. The teaching staff is usually comprised of a mixture of local and expatriate teachers. You will have the opportunity to build relationships and share your faith with colleagues at work and friends that you make in the area where you live.
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 and there is a big demand for university/college education.
- an initial period of language study and cultural adaptation in-country, followed by work as a teacher
- building relationships with colleagues and friends
- meeting for fellowship and working together with other like-minded people
- During your time of language study, start applying for a teaching position in an International School. Schools include primary/elementary and secondary (Middle/Junior High and High School). Subjects include English, Spanish, Chinese, Math, Science, Grammar, History, Physical Education (PE), etc. Administrators and counselors may also be in demand.
A degree / diploma / certificate in education (or equivalent)
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
*Australian citizens and/or residents only