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GoEco

Assist in Teaching English to Children

Palawan, Philippines

Agency | GoEco

Join this program to make a difference while teaching English to children in an informal and creative way.

The Project

As the most sparsely populated region in the Philippines with an exquisite array of terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, Palawan is considered by many as the last frontier of the Philippines. 

The local community in Palawan is not always able to support their children with good/high-level education. The children within the community don’t have much chance to learn or practice the use of English.

The main aim of this program is to help children who don’t have opportunities to improve their English language skills. By working with  these children, you will aid their educational development and improve their options for future careers. Moreover, it is extremely fun for these children to practice and study the English language with interesting people from all over the world while learning about different cultures at the same time. 

The Location

Palawan is a province of the Philippines comprised of a main island and a number of smaller islands surrounding it. The main island of Palawan is long and narrow and dotted with fishing villages and is encompassed by the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea. It is surrounded by beautiful blue sea, which goes perfectly with the emerald green mountains which form the mainland.  As the most sparsely populated region in the Philippines with an exquisite array of terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, Palawan is considered by many as the last frontier of the Philippines.  

Volunteer Work

Volunteers will be working in either a primary school, secondary school or high school, in and around the municipality of Aborlan on Palawan island. The students range from grade 1 to grade 12 and are between the age of 7-18. They are taught English through creative games and also learn the necessary skills to become serious and successful students.

The teaching program is organized as an informal English class and volunteer tasks may include:

  • Creating lesson plans
  • Managing English conversation and grammar exercises
  • Teaching informal English classes 
  • Running sports activities
  • Running  activities using music, songs and games

The volunteer work should be creative, but the work should be based on teaching practical English for everyday situations in a fun and engaging way.

Dress Code

You should cover your shoulders and your legs until under your knees while working. You should wear normal shoes or sandals, no flip-flops are allowed inside the schools.

Typical day

You  will work at the school in the morning and in the evening will have designated time to plan and prepare for the following day. You will be expected to work five days a week for all of the projects listed above.

 You will have the weekends off, giving you plenty of time to go on excursions around the country or just relax.

Details on Arrival

Holidays: There are three main holiday vacations in the Philippines (please note that exact dates are subject to variation depending on the schedule of the local schools):

2017 Holidays:

Early April - the end of May

October 24 - November 6

December 19 - January 2

2018 Holidays:

April 2- June 2

October 22- November 5

December 17- Januay 3

Volunteering will still be available during these times, in the form of holiday camps/activities outside of the normal school system. 

Free-time activities

Travel Extras (Not Included):

You can extend your stay with one or more great program add-ons for an additional fee. Choose from one or more of the following and sign up upon registration.

Culture Week (highly recommended): Join an incredible week of Filipino cooking lessons, language classes, and tours to learn more about the people, culture, and customs of this magnificent country. Visit some of Palawan's highlights and get to know the other volunteers on your project.

Beach Week: Spend a week before or after your volunteer placement exploring the El Nido beaches of Northern Palawan. For an additional fee, you can head to this untouched paradise to relax, go kayaking, get a massage or discover the underwater world.  

Water Sports
Swimming
Hiking

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School or University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Good English
Motivation to work with children 
Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)
Malaria precautions
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at GoEco are happy to help you.

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Services by GoEco
  • Accommodations: Shared room in volunteer house
  • Food: Three meals a day (excluding lunch on the weekends)
  • Airport Transfers: Airport pickup upon arrival
  • Insurance: Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
  • Support: Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Airport Pickup at Puerto Princesa International Airport

Airport pickup upon arrival

Accommodation
You will be staying at the volunteer house, in single gender rooms with up to 8 other volunteers. The accommodations include cold water showers and Western style toilets .Free WiFi is available at the volunteer house. There are limited laundry facilities so expect to hand wash your clothes.


Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Three meals are provided every weekday and will consist mainly of local Filipino cuisine (lots of vegetables, meat, eggs, and rice). On the weekends, two meals per day will be provided (brunch, and dinner), consisting of the same local cuisines.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS) in Puerto Princesa. We assist you to find cheap flights to Philippines.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Philippines provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Philippines you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Philippines.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,270.00
5 weeks
$1,510.00
6 weeks
$1,750.00
7 weeks
$1,990.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$2,230.00
Average fees
$298.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Palawan/Philippines between 4 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Philippines.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
Asia South-Eastern Asia the Philippines Palawan, Puerto Princesa North Road
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