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 people you’ll invest in. Begin the summer as a stranger, and end the summer as a lifelong friend.

Choose from 3 unique experiences

Engage — Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Mongolia, Vietnam, Oman, Lebanon, Tunisia, or Jordan

Engage Culture — Mainland China

Engage Intern — Mainland China + Hong Kong SAR

What is each location like?

The locations are very different. Each one offers something unique.

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.

Your team will live and teach in Hanoi, the capital city 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, lovable people anywhere.

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
Hong Kong is our fast-paced, bright lights, big city option because it is a huge, international metropolis. As you teach, your team will encounter the unmatched energy of 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.

Typical day of Engage Teach


Start each day with 3 hours of conversational English teaching to your own class of 20 teenagers. Engage is designed for all majors, so even if you have no experience in the classroom, we will prepare you! This classroom time is meant to be fun, dynamic, and interactive. No lectures. No tests.


Once teaching is over, you and your teammates will come together to conduct 3 hours of high-energy games and cultural presentations for all your students combined. These are outside the classroom activities and create opportunities for amazing conversations with your students. Afternoons are when student/teacher friendships are taken to the next level.


Evenings are spent primarily with your team. Not only will you need time to plan for the next day, but you’ll also enjoy a time of intentional community, fellowship, and reflection. Some evenings, your team will be invited by your students to hang out off campus. This means exploring the city, experiencing local markets, and investing time in the relationships you’re forming.

Typical day of Engage Culture


Each morning you’ll spend time growing as a team and as an individual. You’ll work through material that will help you learn more about the culture you are living in, as well as how to intentionally develop meaningful relationships with the people you’ll encounter.


Several afternoons a week you’ll meet with a language partner to start learning the local language. On the days when you are not learning language you will be out in the community connecting with locals, practicing your budding language skills and building relationships. You’ll also have the opportunity to observe ELIC teachers in action in the classroom and on their campuses.


In the evening, you’ll spend time with team, with new local friends, and with the long term ELIC teams in the city. Each evening offers the opportunity to go deeper in building friendships with your team and with others in the city.

Will I go alone?

No! You will serve on a team of 7 to 9 like-minded university students + 1 team leader. Your team will become your family — the bond you build with your team will last forever. Each summer, Engage sends over 150 university students to Asia.

We’re 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 for orientation, ELIC will be there for you and throughout each step of the way during this amazing experience.



Engage Spend your summer impacting lives through education and building relationships. Engage is designed to help you build friendships that lead to conversations about your Hope. Explore how you can experience a truly life-changing summer.