Phnom Penh Bible School

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

In Cambodia, Christians comprise about two to three percent of the population. What is exciting about this small statistic is that most of them are first-generation Christians, who are making strong, personal choices to be markedly different in their primarily Buddhist nation. Phnom Penh Bible School (PPBS) is a four-year Bible college that strives to prepare God’s workers in Cambodia to fulfill the Great Commission as pastors, missionaries, and Christian leaders. The school seeks to provide the Cambodian Church with leaders of sound Christian character who have the ability to faithfully serve the Christian community, effectively teach the Bible, and boldly proclaim the Gospel through words and actions.

“[T]he things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2, NIV).

Partner ministry: 
Phnom Penh Bible School
Opportunity type: 
Volunteer opportunities: 

The English program at PPBS is dedicated to helping students improve their English skills. Being able to understand and speak English is beneficial for students who want to further their theological and biblical studies, since most theological resources are available in English. As a volunteer English teacher, you would assist in ESL training and serve for a minimum of five to ten months (one semester to one year of volunteering).

A volunteer teacher is also needed to teach English intensive classes for two to three weeks in summer 2017.


Volunteers will work with staff and a supervisor to rent an apartment, which could cost $200 to $400 per month.

Cost notes: 

The Volunteer Engagement team will help individuals determine the cost of their specific trip based on dates and activities. Individuals will need to raise support to cover costs.

Nearest airport: 

Phnom Penh International Airport

Packing suggestions: 

In July, the average high temperature is 98 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average low is 73. Although it is hot, modest clothing is extremely important when out in public, so please dress conservatively. 

Free day suggestions: 

There are several different sites to explore in Phnom Penh, including the royal palace, the riverside, and traditional Cambodian markets, as well as cafes and modern malls. If volunteers are interested, weekend trips can be arranged to Siem Reap to see the famous temples of Angkor Wat, or to the beach on the Gulf of Thailand.


Native English speakers are preferred, but English speakers who have excellent English and good pronunciation may apply. Volunteers will need to have taken either on-site teacher training, or online TESL/TESOL teacher training classes. Volunteers need to exhibit a solid Christian faith, agree with the PPBS Statement of Faith, and provide a pastoral letter of recommendation. A bachelor’s degree is preferred. Volunteers will need to raise financial support.


Contact information: 

For more information, contact the Volunteer Engagement Program staff.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the RCA's short-term mission opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.

The best way to reach our team is to email or call (616) 698-7071. One of the members of our team will be able to connect with you right away.

Stephanie Soderstrom

Coordinator for Short-Term Mission

Molly Towne

Short-Term Mission Placement Specialist

Erika Spykman

Administrative Assistant

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