ESL Teacher in Medical Settings

The charming culture of Laos is only surpassed by the gentle souls of the people who are hungry to learn and to serve their people through quality healthcare. Although the political and social situation prohibits proselytization, the desire of the people and government of this communist nation to engage with the global community has opened doors for skilled professionals from the outside to join them in building their nation.

For more than ten years, Christian medical professionals and English teachers have engaged the medical community in Laos by teaching in government hospitals and at the only allied health professions university in the country. Because of the strong foundation of trust we have with key officials and the record of our service, we have continuing opportunities to teach English to medical students and University staff. English is fast becoming a necessity for involvement in continuing education opportunities in the ASEAN region and will become a requirement for graduation from the medical school.

Each year more than 100 new medical students enter the university and choose English as their foreign language. Our team’s English teachers come alongside the university’s local English teachers to equip them in developing curriculum and their teaching program and to teach with them in large classrooms of 17 to 22-year-old medical students. Teachers have opportunities to assist university professors and other staff with English as well.

Teachers in this context are free and encouraged to engage socially outside of class, building foundations of trust and communication upon which the truth of the gospel of Jesus can be established. Goers in this position will be able to step into this exciting avenue for reaching the unreached through general and medical English education.


Flexibility, adaptability, teachability, and humility.

A team mentality, relationship orientation, and a noble-hearted calling to serve.

A genuine interest in teaching English as a second language.

Certificate for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) or equivalent certification. This can be obtained in a one-month course during the pre-field training period.

Significant cross-cultural and teaching experience will prove highly beneficial, although not required.

A degree in science, medical field or education, and/or experience in health care settings are desirable but not required.

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