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English Ministry Intern
SYME trip in: South Korea
Dates: 08/30/2018 - 06/13/2019
Summary: You will be serving and leading volunteers and students. This includes but is not limited to discipling: From Tuesday thru Friday you would help disciple a small group of about 10 students. You would check their Quiet Time diaries, facilitate a sharing time, eat meals with them and encourage them in their Christian faith and their English language learning. You would also be involved with a journaling ministry with several students, giving advice on everything from how to improve their English to how to know God better. Teaching: Every day you would teach classes in simple English conversation, possibly reading, writing or pronunciation and facilitate an English Bible study class. The lesson plans for each of the 2-3 classes you would teach have already been prepared for you. The students are required to speak only in English.
Strategy: SYME (School of Youth Ministries in English) trains Asian young adults (ages 20-30) in discipleship, youth ministry and English. During the course of each 8 week term, we have the privilege of seeing these young people grow in their knowledge and relationship with the Lord. Many come to know Him as their personal Savior. Typically, after a student finishes the full 8 month program, they choose to go to Word of Life Bible Institute either on Jeju Island in South Korea or elsewhere. These are the future leaders of the church in Korea and volunteer teachers have the privilege of impacting their lives!
Travel: You would fly to Incheon Airport, The cost of a plane ticket is between $1,000 and $1,500 depending on where you are flying from. The trip is approximately 20-24 hours. Layovers may extend this time. On top of the main flight to and from your home country, if you do not get a one year visa, this trip will need to include some extra "visa trips" to another local country during our breaks. The price of these quick trips could range from $250-$500. We can help you arrange the visa trips as the time for you to arrive draws closer. Email us at email@example.com with your travel itinerary and we will work with you to provide the necessary transportation to our campus.
Housing: Unmarried short-term missionaries are usually provided with a guest room in our facility. The students do not typically stay during weekends. Married short-term missionaries can stay a guest room, which is an apartment with a bedroom, a small living area and a bathroom. A kitchen is also available for all the teachers. Housing is usually on the SYME campus.
Transportation: Transportation is readily available via subway, bus, taxi. Volunteers with driving experience and an international drivers license may be able to use some of our vehicles. Some of the full time missionaries have vehicles and have been more than generous with offering to take you with them when they go to the grocery store. You can get to a grocery store, restaurants, convenience store and many other places by walking also.
Food: Korean food is both spicy and non spicy. The dining room is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Tuesday breakfast through Friday lunch. Beginning on Friday evening until Monday evening, meals are on your own. There are many choices of food available, but most of them are not your normal American food. This gives you a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the tastes of Korean culture. Mrs. Han the school cook is an excellent cook and provides delicious meals. She has often prepared a dish for the teachers if the other food is too spicy. You can buy a meal in a restaurant for around $5.00. There is also a nearby 5 day market that sells fresh fruits and vegetables as well as a variety of other foods. Several western-style restaurants are also close by.
Visa: If you are coming for a single term, a valid passport (that does not expire within the next six months) is sufficient. Teachers from the USA wishing to stay longer either need to leave the country before 90 days or apply for a longer stay. Teachers from Canada may stay up to 6 months before needing to leave or apply for a longer stay. This is done through Word of Life Korea.
What to Bring: Please bring your Bible. We teach from the NIV as it is easier for students to understand and is available in the Korean/English translation. Small gifts for the students are received with great appreciation. They like Small book markers, small cards for writing notes (this is deeply appreciated), and American candy. They also enjoy playing games and are willing to learn. Uno, Dutch Blitz, Speedo are just a few of the games that they enjoy playing when they have free time. Also, if you want to go shopping, please bring what money you feel you need for souvenirs. There are several places reachable by subway that you can enjoy tourist type shopping. Most places accept credit cards also. If you have a laptop and wish to bring it, you may. WIFI is available in SYME. There is a computer available in SYME for checking emails, typing letters etc. Don't forget to bring a camera, calendar, and adapters/converters as 220v is used in South Korea.
Dress Code: During classes, we ask that you wear business casual. Some female teachers prefer to wear skirts or dresses. However, this is not required. Also, Bring comfortable walking shoes, whatever is best for your feet – not good dress shoes for everyday wear. Bring comfortable slip-on slippers to wear inside your apartment. Shoes are normally left in a designated area at the door in apartments, restaurants, etc. Shoes are worn at our school and church. Bring clothing appropriate to Virginia weather and seasons. You may want to bring one nice outfit in case you are invited to attend a special occasion.
Qualifications: All the classes 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 5-12 students.
Financial Information: Trip cost covers: school meals and money to cover weekend meals, lodging, background check and travel insurance plus $275/month stipend for travel and amenities. This does not include airfare which is normally $1,000-1,500 round trip. Also, the stipend and money to cover weekend meals is optional. The breakdown will be given in detail at a later time. The above amounts are only an estimate.
Contact Information: Jacob Morse firstname.lastname@example.org 5186564081 jacobmorse.wol.org www.facebook.com/symekorea http://wolsyme.com/
Other Information: There are several good churches available and the staff will be happy to assist you in deciding which one you would like to attend. Many people come thinking that they will have a tremendous impact on the students. You do. However, the students have a tremendous impact on you also. It has been said that you can’t out-give a Korean. Their lives are so touched by simple kindnesses and they are willing to share whatever they have. Its the culture. They want to know they are loved. This simple act of showing Christ's love to them has brought many to know Jesus Christ as their personal savior. Zig Ziglar said “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” The time that you invest into the lives of these young men and women may not be seen while you are here, but many students have professed that SYME changed their lives. Be a part of what God is doing. Come join us.