English is the country's second official language, and therefore it is not surprising that most Filipinos can understand, speak and write at least some English. But teachers in poorer schools are often not native English speakers, and so the presence of native or fluent volunteers is extremely valuable and exciting for the children and teachers alike.
Volunteers teach in elementary schools within rural villages where resources are low and the most help is required and appreciated. English is the primary language used in the Filipino business, government, and academic worlds, and so it is very important for Filipinos to learn English. The majority of the better jobs within the Philippines require excellent written and spoken English skills.
Keeping a good standard of English in the country is difficult, however, as many of the best English speaking teachers move abroad for higher paying jobs. Therefore the quality and lack of teachers who remain in the Philippines, especially in public schools, is of concern. Volunteers can organise and schedule their own classes to provide a positive English learning experience.
What to Expect?
Your role in the school involves teaching English using formal methods from textbooks, plus class conversation, group work, activities and games. You will also have a chance to get involved in other subject areas, such as music, arts or drama classes, or coaching/organising sports. Updating teaching resources, improving the English of the current teachers, and helping children with homework are some extra roles of volunteer English teachers.
- Program ID: # 1685
- duration: 2 Weeks to 1 Month1 to 3 MonthsMore than 3 Months
- location: Tacloban CityPhilippines11° 12' 21.6684" N, 124° 59' 56.4288" EPH
- Fitness level: Light Impact
- Closest Airport: Tacloban (TAC)
- Costs From: $1000 to $1500$1500 to $3000Over $3000
- Program Type: Teach Overseas
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