- Rural Towns near Tacloban
- Duration of Program
- 2 Weeks to 6 Months
- Dates of Program
- Flexible Dates
- Age Restrictions
- 18 Years +
- Project Review
You will be of great use to Rural Schools if you decided to volunteer to Teach English in the Philippines. There is a strong national emphasis on the importance of being able to speak, read and write English as all good jobs require proficiency in English, learning English is incredibly important and getting off to a good start in elementary school is critical. Unfortunately, many rural elementary schools are overcrowded and lack sufficient textbooks and teaching material. Often, the only classroom equipment available is a blackboard. Children are often squeezed into small classrooms, and most schools do not have a library. The teachers at these rural schools by and large are capable and are incredibly dedicated. Like teachers elsewhere, they often have to use personal funds to purchase classroom supplies. However, teachers in the Philippines like those in most other developing countries are not well paid and can ill-afford to use their own funds. The low salaries and poor working conditions have led many experienced teachers to quit and work abroad, where salaries are much higher. Some of the teachers you will work with may not be fully proficient in English, even though they have good teaching skills; professional development opportunities are very limited for them. A native English speaking volunteer, who lacks teaching experience, could team up with that teacher to serve as a language tutor. Most subjects, including mathematics and science, are taught in English. Volunteers who can also teach those subjects are preferred. If you are a non-native English speaker but speak English well and are qualified to teach mathematics and science, we probably can find a position for you; please check with us.
- Major Responsibilities
Given the dire condition of our rural elementary schools, volunteers will be providing valuable support to overburdened teachers. With respect to the children, most of them have had very little contact with foreigners so they will be very interested in a new volunteer. Filipino students are eager learners and respectful towards their teachers, but like students elsewhere, they will lose interest unless they can be engaged and stimulated by the instructor. The students have grown up speaking Waray-Waray, the local dialect, and will have to contend with learning two other languages, English and Filipino, the national language, in school. That’s a lot to ask of young children, especially the students in our rural school who have little opportunity to speak Filipino or English outside of the classroom. The volunteer’s objective should not be to teach the intricacies of grammar; this is something the children can get from their textbook. The volunteer’s objective should be to motivate the children to learn English. As educators are aware, students can best be engaged when lessons are organized, relevant, challenging, interesting, and interactive, and also when the instructor is enthusiastic, empathic, and encouraging. Duties will depend on the volunteer’s experience and skill level as well as classroom needs, but may include developing lesson plans, conducting classes, and working with small groups of children. Non-professional volunteers may assume duties as teaching assistants, language models, and individual or small group tutors. It would be helpful if volunteers brought their own instructional aides, such as hand puppets (for interactional skits), flash cards, posters and other lightweight material that can fit in a suitcase.
- Cost/Program Fee
- USD 700 (2 Weeks) to USD 1820 (16 Weeks)
- What program fee Includes
- Airport Reception
- Accommodation with local host family
- 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner)
- 24 hour local staff supports
- Crash courses in the local dialect Waray Waray
- International or Domestic Airfares
What’s Not Included:
- Skills/ Qualifications
Teaching experience and TEFL certification are preferred but is not required. Native English speakers are preferred; however, non-native English speakers who speak English well and can teach mathematics and science in English are needed.
- Arrangements for Room/Food
Accommodation: Volunteers will be placed with ordinary Filipino families that we have carefully selected to host our international volunteers. Living arrangements will be simple. Volunteers will have their own room (or a shared room with another volunteer) but most houses only have one bathroom for the family.
Meals: 2 meals a day (breakfast & dinner) is included. Filipinos eat a lot of meat and fish in their diet. It may be more challenging for vegetarians to live in the Philippines but it’s easy to find fruits, vegetables, rice, and eggs. Our homestay families have extensive experience in accommodating volunteers with special dietary restrictions.
- Application Process
Interested volunteers can got to http://www.visayans.org/apply-now and apply for the available projects.
- Any Missing Important Information
Vaccinations: We advise that all our volunteers have a travel consultation a few months prior to traveling to the Philippines, to assess what vaccinations you are up to date with and which ones you will need for the Philippines. Malaria is not a concern in Leyte, but if you plan on traveling to other areas of the Philippines, you may want to bring some anti-malarial tablets for your travels. We recommend that our volunteers be up to date with Typhoid, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B.
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