At a glance
- Volunteer with children in the Philippines and help them improve their English. You'll work in a primary and high school and support local teachers. This will be a great opportunity to gain practical classroom experience and help you build your CV.
- Schools in Philippines are overcrowded so you'll be a welcome presence in the classroom. In addition, speaking English is an important skill that can help improve students’ future job prospects.
- You can also teach French, special educational needs, drama, participate in a literacy programme, and work with adults.
- You'll live in Bogo City with a local host family. There is plenty to see and explore and this will be a good opportunity to discover a different culture.
16 or over
What will I do at my volunteer Teaching Placement in the Philippines?
At your volunteer Teaching Placement in the Philippines, you’ll work with disadvantaged students at primary schools and high schools, and support local teachers. You will:
- Help children to improve their English language skills
- Provide extra support for teachers and students
- Encourage learning through creativity
- Assist with extracurricular activities
Your work with focus on the following areas:
Help children to improve their English language skills
The best time to learn another language is when you’re young. In the Philippines, you’ll work with young students to improve their English skills. Your focus is on reading, writing, and speaking. Your efforts will help develop their self-confidence, so that they feel comfortable expressing themselves in English. You may find yourself helping young children master the basics, or working with older students to improve their pronunciation.
In 2017, the government implemented a new education system, K-12. Instead of going to school for 10 years, Filipino students now get 13 years of education. There is a focus on multilingual learning. English is introduced as a subject from Grade 1, and used as a medium of instruction from Grade 4 onwards. In high school, it is the main language used to teach.
In addition, the Philippines has a huge tourist industry. This means that being comfortable speaking English is a vital skill. As a volunteer teaching English in the Philippines, you have an important role to play.
Provide extra support for teachers and students
Many of the schools in the Philippines are overcrowded, with a ratio of around 60 students to one teacher. This means that students don’t always receive the attention that they need to thrive in the classroom.
You will provide an extra pair of helping hands for the local teachers. You’ll assist with tasks around the classroom, and work with small groups of students who need extra help. By splitting the classroom into smaller groups, students will receive the guidance that they need.
Encourage learning through creativity
Innovating teaching methods can compensate for a lack of educational resources at disadvantaged schools. This can be done through art, games, drama, puzzles, or other fun activities. We encourage you to use your imagination!
Creative and original classes help to motivate students, keeping them interested and invested in what they are learning. These methods also encourage class participation and help children to focus.
Assist with extracurricular activities
As part of your teaching role, you will help out with extracurricular activities which are organised by the school. The specific type of activity will vary according to the school and time of year. It may involve anything from sport to drama. You’ll usually have one or two activities to assist with each month, which take place for 3 - 4 hours during the day.
Where in the Philippines will I work?
You will be based in Bogo City, which is situated in the northeastern part of Cebu Island. We have partnered with local government schools. You can choose to work in primary or high schools, depending on which age group you prefer. Many of these schools are located in more rural parts of Bogo City, which have less modern facilities.
Bogo City is small, but has most of the modern amenities that you’ll need, such as ATMs, grocery stores, and restaurants. There are also some interesting local landmarks to check out. In your leisure time, it is worth venturing further afield in Cebu. Spend time basking on white sand beaches, explore the marine life on an exciting scuba dive, or visit one of the bustling local markets.
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
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands, so naturally there are some beautiful beaches where you can relax during your free time. However, there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy during your trip.
With white-sand beaches come all the exciting activities associated with living close to the sea. You can go snorkelling through the pristine waters, play volleyball, or relax on the sand as the sun sets.
In Cebu City itself, you can explore the traditional Carbon Market. For an insight into the country’s history, you can visit Fort San Pedro and Magellan's Cross. Here, you’ll learn more about the Spanish conquest.
The Spanish influence is also felt in the regular fiestas and street parades held in the Philippines. If you volunteer around the end of January, you’ll even get to experience the Sinulog Festival, a nine day Mardi Gras-style party.
With so many volunteers joining us throughout the year, there will likely be other volunteers in the Philippines during your trip. You can connect with them and explore as a group or travel independently if you prefer.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. 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.
Meet the team in the Philippines
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