Mission Staff –– East Asia



Diving into culture, living in community, working directly with students — this is an incredible opportunity to serve in Eastern Asia. In this closed country, we partner with an educational foundation that provides staff who teach conversational English in universities. We are currently engaged at five universities, with teams of three to four people at each. Students are quite open and innocent, eager to have relationships with our staff and anxious to talk about what makes life work. Staff are in the classroom between 12-18 hours a week and engaging with students in a variety of ways outside of class.

This is truly every Young Life leader’s dream — living and working right on campus with kids! You will quickly fall in love with the students and the culture. A two-year commitment is strongly preferred. Our staff are in country for 10 months and then return to the United States for two months in the summer before returning for the next academic year.


We are glad to hire people with a background or degree in education, but this is not necessary. Only 25% of our staff have prior experience in teaching. We provide training and a TESOL certification, making this a great opportunity for anyone with a desire to invest in students half-way around the world. Applicants who have been out of college for at least two years are preferred, but we do have openings for recent graduates as well. A bachelor’s degree is required.


Staff receive free on-campus housing in nice apartments, a full-time professor’s salary from the university and a travel allowance to encourage you to see the country. Our staff need to raise approximately $16,000 (or less, if you don’t need health insurance) annually to cover travel, summer training, staff conference, health insurance, visas, etc.


​Timing: Our hiring process begins in August and runs through the early spring, and we hope to have our staff identified and hired before April. We will fly chosen candidates to a Young Life camp in the east for summer training in mid-August, and we usually deploy the last week of August. Summer break usually begins the first week of July.​

How To Apply:

​For more information, please contact info@eastasia.younglife.org.​​