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Volunteer Teaching in Philippines
Volunteer Teaching in Philippines

Tacloban, Philippines

Volunteer Teaching in Philippines

Trip Highlights

  • Volunteer to teach students in the Philippines 
  • Placements are provided in local schools
  • Responsibilities include helping the in-house faculty in conducting lectures, designing curriculums, and creating a fun-filled environment for children
  • Also, Involve students in out–of–the–class activities to teach them the importance of physical activity
  • Explore the city on weekends and travel around
  • A great opportunity to live with volunteers from all over the world, engage with the local community and get an immersive volunteering travel experience 

Overview

Overview

Education is one of the most effective ways to support the underserved communities of Philippines which are poverty stricken. As a volunteer in the Teaching Program in Philippines, volunteers will get to assist local teachers in developing students’ reading, writing and speaking skills in English. Additional classes are also facilitated for Mathematics and Science. Placements are also offered in Special Education (SPED) schools to assist teachers in mentoring students with physical and mental challenges. Special schools that coach and mentors deaf, mute, and autistic children also need enthusiastic volunteers. A fulfilling and impactful way to help rural communities, volunteering for Filipinos will certainly be a learning experience for all.

 


Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the time of joining the project. You need to have an open mind and a flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference and have a passion for working with children. Participants must be fit and healthy at the time of joining the program. Participants should have no criminal convictions and should provide a clean criminal background check report. A parental consent form shall be required for Under 18 participants joining the program.


Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities

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;

  • Assist in conducting classes mainly in English and additionally Science and Math for others.
  • Native English speaking volunteers are needed to work alongside local teachers to teach English or other subjects.
  • Conduct classes by your own or help assisting teachers.
  • Working with small groups of children
  • Making the teacher student sessions more interactive, engaging and challenging.

Volunteer Work Schedule

Volunteer Work Schedule

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;

  • Saturday - Arrival
  • Sunday - Orientation. An orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, covering topic areas; such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behavior, food, another suggestion over things to do in the Philippines.
  • Monday to Friday - Volunteer Work
  • Breakfast - 6:00 am
  • Volunteer work - 08:00 am to 12:00 pm and 01:30 pm to 04:00 pm
  • Lunch - 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm (volunteers need to arrange lunch at own cost. They can choose to go home and cook for lunch or can buy a meal at any of the nearest food joints.)
  • Dinner - 06:00 pm onwards
  • Weekends - Free to explore the city

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.


Living

Living

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.

Airport Transfer

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. 

Accommodation

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.

Orientation

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.

Meals

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.  


Dates

Dates

2023

January

07

14

21

28

February

04

11

18

25

March

04

11

18

25

April

01

08

15

22

29

May

06

13

20

27

June

03

10

17

July
August
September

02

09

16

23

30

October

07

14

21

28

November

04

11

18

25

December

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Costs

Costs

2 Weeks $860
3 Weeks $980
4 Weeks $1110
5 Weeks $1220
6 Weeks $1340
7 Weeks $1460
8 Weeks $1580
Extra Week $150

Please Note: -An application fee of $229 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 5% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment)

What are you Paying for?

  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off
  • Welcome Orientation – Program Orientation
    City Tour & Placement Orientation
  • Accommodation in a Filipino Host Family
  • 2 Meals a Day
  • Detailed Pre Departure Info Pack
  • Project Placement
  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from in country staff
  • Travel and Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)
    • Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)

What's NOT included?

  • Visa
  • Vaccinations
  • Flights
  • Local Transportation
  • Personal Expenses

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