At a glance
- Support local teachers and work with disadvantaged children, helping them to learn through play.
- Organise fun educational activities for the children and give presentations on important topics like good hygiene.
- You’ll also take part light renovation work at the school to help to improve the learning environment in overcrowded schools.
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What will I do on this project?
On this project, you’ll take part in a wide range of activities that benefit the local children. These include:
- Assisting teachers in the classroom and supporting their work
- Taking part in community work and renovations, like beach clean-ups
- Experiencing the local culture with teenagers your age
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Assisting teachers in the classroom
You’ll be a source of extra support for local teachers, ensuring they can spend time giving students the attention that they need. Organising fun, creative activities is a great way to keep the children occupied while helping them learn through play. You’ll also focus on teaching life skills, giving presentations on topics such as climate change, tuberculosis prevention, and bullying.
Taking part in community work
On this project, you’ll work your fellow volunteers to improve the physical condition of the school. This will include clean-ups and light renovation work. In the towns where you’ll work, the beaches are often covered in litter and there is no proper waste management. You’ll take part in community-wide clean-ups to help address this problem.
Experiencing the local culture
Of course, it’s not all work and no play. You’ll work alongside volunteers from all around the world, making new friends and memories. We organise a range of activities during your leisure time so you can experience the local culture. These include a weekend trip to Sante Fe, and evening events such as game nights or dance classes. You will be supervised by local staff at all times during these trips and events.
Where in Philippines will I work?
Bogo may be a relatively small city, but it’s got everything you need to live comfortably, including shopping centres, ATMs, and restaurants. It’s also got a few impressive heritage sites that are definitely worth seeing while there. Your welcoming host family will be living in this city as well.
Home to Cebu’s longest coastline and clear, cobalt blue waters, it’s any ocean-lover’s destination. Immerse yourself in this little slice of paradise over weekends and when you're socialising with your group.
Cebu Island is known for its beautiful beaches, historical monuments, and exciting activities such as diving, trekking, and island hopping.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
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