Volunteer Teaching in the Philippines
- Placement locations: Bogo City, Cebu
- Types of schools: Elementary and High School
- Age of students: 6 - 17
- Class sizes: 40 - 70
- Role: Teacher or teaching assistant (English)
- Requirements: None
- Extra-curricular roles: Art, Music, Sports
- Accommodation: Host families
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Volunteering on a Teaching project in the Philippines with Projects Abroad is an ideal way to gain practical work experience while giving back. You do not need to have any formal teaching qualifications or TEFL training or other previous teaching experience. Whether you want to volunteer during a gap year, career break, or a volunteer vacation, you will have an important role to play.
The educational system in the Philippines was loosely based on the American system, reflecting the large influence that the US has had on the country. However, in 2011 the education department started to implement the new K-12 educational system that includes making education compulsory up to the age of 18. This should be fully implemented by 2017.
In the elementary schools English is introduced as a subject beginning in 1st grade (children aged 6 – 7). In many schools most lessons are taught in English from then on. Tourism is one of the largest areas of employment on Cebu Island and the surrounding islands. Speaking English well is essential to getting a well-paid job in tourism and many other industries and there is huge enthusiasm to learn the language. As a volunteer you can assist with English education in local schools, as well as helping to teach other subjects.
Volunteering as a Teacher in the Philippines
Projects Abroad volunteers work in preschools and elementary and high schools in Bogo City, Cebu. If you have a preference to work with one age group, please let us know when you apply. The children are aged from about 6 – 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 asked to take the whole lesson yourself if you are willing.
Local staff will be eager to have you be involved in teaching other subjects and organizing extra-curricular activities. Depending on your skills and interests, you could teach subjects such as math, science, art, drama, music, physical education, and more. If you are fluent in Japanese, we have a placement where you can teach the language full-time.
Did you know? The Philippines has an Alternative Learning Systems (ALS) program that provides classes & resources for students whose school was interrupted due to financial or location restraints, as well as those who left school to work.
As a Teaching volunteer you will help improve the level of English education available to local students. You will help the younger children grasp the basics while helping the older students to improve their skills and their confidence speaking the language.
Whatever talents or skills you have, teaching in the Philippines will give you the opportunity to put them to good use. You can be creative with your teaching to make learning fun. Engaging the children through the use of games and songs will help to make them excited to learn. There may also be opportunities to get involved in teaching other subjects, like music or sports. Please let us know if you are interested in any particular areas.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Philippines Teaching Management Plan.
Volunteering at a Teaching Placement in the Philippines with Projects Abroad
The ability to speak English will help the children to improve their future opportunities. The impact you have on the lives of the children you work with will be obvious and long-lasting. You will also be part of a much wider Projects Abroad volunteer network that is making a positive, on-going contribution to the communities in which we work.
You can join the Teaching Project in the Philippines for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.
The teaching curriculum for the class included English, math, science and sports. Unfortunately the class was only able to learn the most basic of those subjects. Multiplication time-tables, geography and storytelling happened later during the day with the materials I brought from home. It seemed to be successful as the children were hooked to what I taught them and I was glad to see the results. Read more...