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English Teaching Volunteering Projects in the Philippines

Project Overview
  • Placement locations:Bogo City, Cebu
  • Types of schools:Primary and secondary
  • Age of students:6 - 17
  • Class sizes: 40 - 70
  • Role:Teacher or teaching assistant (English)
  • Extra-curricular roles:Art, Music, Sports
  • Accommodation:Host families
  • Price:From Loading...
  • What’s included?Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
  • What’s not included?Flights, visa costs, spending money
  • Length of placement:From 1 week
  • Start dates:Flexible

No Prior Teaching Experience Required

Volunteer teaching in the Philippines is an ideal way to gain some practical teaching work experience. You don’t need to have any formal teaching qualifications or TEFL training, nor do you require previous teaching experience. Whether you want to volunteer during your gap year, career break or as an extended holiday, you will have a role to play.

The Education System in the Philippines

A volunteer smiles with her students in a school in the Philippines,  Asia.

The educational system in the Philippines was loosely based on the American schooling system, reflecting the large influence that the US has played in the country. However, in 2011 the education department started to implement the new K-12 educational system which includes making education compulsory up to the age of 18. This should be fully implemented by 2017. As in many Asian countries, there is huge enthusiasm to learn English and English is taught in both primary and secondary schools.

In the primary schools, English is introduced as a subject in first grade (children aged 6 – 7), and in many schools from then on, most lessons are taught in English. Tourism is one of the largest employment areas on Cebu Island and the surrounding islands, and speaking good English is the key to getting a well-paid job in this area.

Teaching Placements in the Philippines

Projects Abroad volunteers work in preschools, primary and secondary schools in Bogo City, Cebu. If you have a preference to work with a specific age group, please let us know when you apply. The children are aged from about 6 to 17 years old. Your exact role in the classroom will depend on your level of experience and confidence. You may be assisting the local teacher, working with small groups on conversational English, or you could be asked to take the whole lesson.

Volunteers and local staff playfully interact with their students in a school in the Philippines, Asia.

As a Teaching volunteer, the impact you have on the lives of the children you work with will be long-lasting. You will also be part of a much wider volunteer network, which is making a really positive on-going contribution to the communities in which we work.

The ability to speak English will help the children to improve their futures. You will help the younger children grasp the basics whilst helping the older students to improve their skills and confidence speaking the language.

Use your talents and skills to make learning fun. Engage the children through interactive games and songs and get involved with teaching other subjects, such as sports and music. Please let us know if you are interested in any particular subject areas when you apply.

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Philippines Teaching Management Plan.

This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

Philippines Teaching Management Plan

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