A Deeper Look
Engage is about change: a change in continents, scenery, sounds and tastes. But more importantly, it’s about a change in worldview. You’ll be amazed at the change that takes place in your heart as well as in the lives of the 20 Asian teenagers you’ll invest in. Begin the summer as their foreign teacher, and after they get a glimpse into your life, you’ll end the summer as their lifelong friend. Past Engage teachers have said their time with ELIC was the moment that changed their worldview forever.
you have 4 unique options to chose from
- Engage Mainland China (4 weeks): 1 week of orientation in HK + 3 weeks teaching in Mainland China.
- Engage Vietnam (4 weeks): 1 week of orientation in HK + 3 weeks teaching in Vietnam
- Engage Mongolia (5 weeks): 5 weeks in Mongolia.
- Engage Hong Kong SAR (5 weeks): 4 weeks in HK + 1 week on a vision tour to Laos, Cambodia, Mainland China or Vietnam – countries where ELIC has a long-term presence.
what is each location like?
The 4 locations are very different. Each one offers something unique and distinct.
Mainland China — Your team will teach in one of the many large cities of this constantly growing country. You’ll fall in love with a beautiful, kind and caring people living at the crossroads of old and new Asia. You’ll experience a bustling, modern superpower with rich and fascinating ancient traditions.
Vietnam — Your team will live and teach in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Southeast Asia is one of the most vibrant regions on the planet and Hanoi sits right in the heart of it all. Hanoi is home to some of the most endearing, loveable people anywhere.
Mongolia — A rural setting awaits teachers going to this pristine location set two hours outside the capital, Ulaanbaatar. Engage Mongolia is the perfect fit for the adventurous type. It’s insanely beautiful, with rolling landscapes and roaring rivers.
Hong Kong SAR — A huge, international metropolis, Hong Kong is our fast-paced, bright lights big city option. As you teach, your team will encounter the unmatched energy of Southeast Asia’s most captivating, cultural melting pot. Teams will spend their last week enjoying an unforgettable vision tour to Laos, Cambodia, Mainland China or Vietnam.
who is ELIC?
English Language Institute/China has been sending Christians to Asia for over 30 years to teach conversational English and build lasting friendships. We are in Asia by invitation of the governments we serve and have been blessed by strong relationships with these governments. In addition to Engage, ELIC has a variety of long-term service options including the amazing 11-month Teaching Fellowship Program for recent college graduates.
who should apply?
- Committed Christians
- College students with at least one semester of college experience.
- People with native-like English fluency
- People committed to serving on a team
how to apply?
It’s easy. Do one of the following.
typical day of engage.*
Interactive, classroom-style conversational English teaching. 3 hours.
High-energy games, sports and activities. 2 hours.
North American cultural presentations. 2 hours.
Team time, lesson planning and preparation for the next day’s activities. 2 hours.
*School officials are very proud to have you on their campus and may treat you like a celebrity. You will find your typical schedule will be altered frequently as the officials surprise you with field trips, banquets, and random unplanned events on and off campus.
**Most evenings, you will have time to hang out with your students in a more informal setting. Sometimes that means going to the local market with a group, other times that means playing basketball on campus, but whatever that means for you and your teammates, these times are used to further develop those precious relationships.
will I go alone?
No! You will be among the 125 vibrant university students from across North America brought together for this amazing experience. The bond you will build with your team members will endure far beyond the end of your summer together. Although each person comes from a different background and brings different gifts, the central purpose of your trip is the same: teach with excellence and build dynamic relationships with your students.
here to help you!
ELIC staff will assist you every step of the way before, during and even after your journey to Asia. Upon arrival in Hong Kong SAR or Mongolia for orientation, ELIC will be there for you. And they will be with you each step of the way during this amazing experience.