Education is one of the most proven ways of breaking the poverty cycle in developing countries such as Philippines and for this reason we emphasize on the importance of education program for the volunteers. As a volunteer in the teaching program in Philippines you can also get involved with education to help enhance and develop students’ skills, particularly in reading, writing and speaking in English, as well as Mathematics and Science. Volunteers looking for teaching volunteer opportunities abroad can join this program to get amazing international work experience. Having a teaching volunteer is an advantage for an understaffed school. Also in this manner, grade school pupils are provided the chance to improve their English language skill. We also have placements in Special Education (SPED) schools to assist teacher in mentoring physically and mentally challenged elementary pupils. Specifically, the school mentors deaf, mute, and autistic children. This is a great opportunity for participants with the skills to mentor the children. Participants joining the Teaching Project are placed in rural towns near Tacloban city. The minimum project duration requirement for the program is 2 weeks.
In the Philippines, English is taught from grade one and most classes are conducted in English. Since students are also required to also learn Filipino, the national language, learning English is an arduous task for them. Most rural classes are overcrowded and lack sufficient textbooks and teaching material. The poverty rate is especially high in rural areas of Leyte, resulting in a number of parents not sending their children to school for financial reasons. Many of the children who attend school do not have adequate school supplies. But the children are eager students who especially welcome the opportunity to be taught by a foreign teacher.
Given the poor condition of the rural elementary schools, volunteers will be providing valuable and important support to teachers. Volunteer duties in the program depend on the participants experience and skill level. Some of the activities volunteers are supposed to perform under this program includes;
Volunteers joining teaching volunteer program in the Philippines will be accommodated with a host family in Tacloban city. The accommodation facility is in close distance vicinity to the program placement. A typical volunteer schedule under this program is as follows;
The same volunteer work schedule continues from the second week onwards
Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating on.
Volunteering Solutions helps you to focus on your volunteer work, while we take care of your airport transfer, accommodation, meals and weekend trips. So come with an open and relaxed mind and leave refreshed.
Volunteers are picked up from and dropped off at, Tacloban Airport by a local representative staff member. Volunteers need to arrive one day prior to the program start date.
Volunteers will live with homestay families residing in the Tacloban area. The homestays have been thoroughly evaluated before they were accepted into our homestay program. are experienced in accommodating international volunteers. Prior to your arrival, you will receive a profile outlining the specifics of your homestay family.
Your homestay will welcome you into their home and treat you as a member of the family. By living with them, you will be able to experience Filipino culture and participate in their daily activities. You will eat the same food they are eating, though your homestay family knows what foreigners like to eat. If you have special dietary requirements, it is best to inform us beforehand so we can meet your needs. You will be served only two meals per day, breakfast and dinner. Your homestay will also provide you with filtered drinking water, as it is best not to drink tap water. All the homestays have electricity and running water. You will have a private room by yourself or shared with a fellow volunteer. You also are provided a mosquito net and electric fan. The bathroom or toilet, commonly called “comfort room or CR” will be shared will all the family members.
Bathroom accommodation is basic and the volunteer will take cold, bucket baths because hot running showers are uncommon in Filipino homes – don't worry too much about this as cold bucket baths are often refreshing after being in the tropical heat all day. Finally, volunteers will also have to get used to the sound of roosters crowing even before the break of dawn.
All volunteers are provided with an orientation about the local Filipino culture, local dialect, safety guidelines, the project and volunteers role and responsibilities by the local staff. Volunteers are also given a local Tacloban city tour and of all the important tourist sights in the city.
During your time as a volunteer, you will be provided with two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) by your homestay. Aside from this, access to safe drinking water will also be provided by your homestay. All meals will be served with rice and typically include fish, chicken or pork. Homestays can cater for special dietary restrictions, however, we require that you include this in the application form.
During your Free Time
The local coordinating team in the Philippines arranges for the volunteers to go on two excursions. On one of the trips, volunteers visit the local areas of interest such as San Juanico Bridge, the Santo Nino Shrine and the MacArthur Landing Memorial Park. Volunteers will get an opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the tropical island of Leyte.
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