Someone has said, “Find out what God is doing and join Him.” We are seeing God do some amazing things in Asia through volunteers serving as English teachers and ministry trainers. Whether you are a college grad looking for an opportunity to serve overseas, a family in the middle of a career change, or a recent retiree looking for a way to invest your life in Asian young adults, we invite you to join us.

Opportunities in Asia

SYME trains Asian young adults (ages 20-30) in discipleship, youth ministry and English. The students come for 4-8 months. In Korea and Taiwan the year is divided into four 8-week terms. In Japan it is divided into two 12-week and one 8-week terms. All the sessions at SYME are taught in English by short-term and long-term missionaries. Short-term missionaries, (also called EMTs – English Ministry Trainers), are normally college graduates or people with experience who are native English speakers and are able to teach a small group of 8-12 students. SYME is a ministry of Word of Life International (www.wol.org).

What will you do

Volunteer English teachers and ministry trainers…

  • teach English sessions using the SYME curriculum
  • lead small-group discipleship times with students
  • spend time getting to know students, eating meals together and sharing conversation
  • give advice to students on various matters of Christian living and how to know God better
  • raise personal support to fund your ministry

SYME provides ESL and cross-cultural training for volunteers.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

  • Janitorial and Light Building Maintenance
  • Cook and kitchen helper

How to Apply

Message us to tell us about yourself.


Upcoming Terms by Location

Korea Volunteer Travel Dates for 2018:
• Winter Term: Jan 4 – Mar 11
• Spring Term: Mar 15 – Jun 17
• Fall Term: Aug 30 – Dec 2

Taiwan Volunteer Travel Dates for 2018:
• Winter 1/23-3/25
• Spring 4/3-6/3
• Summer 6/26-8/26
• Fall 9/4-11/4