Youth Community Support Program
Home Stay Placement | English Teaching, Primary School Teaching
All year round. Programs start weekly on Monday’s
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- Arrival airport transfer
- 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
- Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
- Daily ground transportation (to/from project)
- Training & supervision as required
- Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
- 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
- Touring & excursions as per itinerary
- Certificate of Completion
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- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Airfares & visa fees
- Additional tours, souvenirs, spending money
- Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)
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.
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.
- Project Tasks – Volunteers assisting with running the English classes at rural primary schools or informal schools for street children and unemployed adults
- Who Can Participate – Teaching experience or a TEFL certificate is appreciated, but not mandatory
At the core of your experience is the friendly and warm accommodating local homestays who have been accepting volunteers for over a decade. Life inside a homestay is not only safe and cost effective, but is also a great way to contribute to the local economy and to experience the true nature and culture of the Philippines. All homestays have electricity and running water.
You will have a private room by yourself or shared with a fellow volunteer. Mosquito net, electric fan, bed linens and door lock are also provided. The bathroom will be shared with the family and will be basic with cold, bucket baths (hot running showers are uncommon in Philippines) as it’s so tropical and warm! All homestays are English speaking. The homestays have been thoroughly evaluated before being accepted into the program and have been in operation for several years. You will be able to experience the Filipino culture and participate in the daily life of a local.
A dedicated community center is open to all participants and serves as a home base for volunteers from all over the world as well as local residents in need of care and support. Here you will have access to a wide range of local knowledge and social opportunities. The center offers empowerment programs and social welfare services as well as being a hang out spot.
Breakfast and Dinner is provided but volunteers will need to buy their own lunch which costs approx 50-80 pesos. Access to filtered 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 advance notice so we can place you accordingly.
An organised excursion is included in the volunteer program costs. Places that may be visited include the Santo Niño Shrine and Heritage Center, the palatial residence and guest house of Imelda Marcos and MacArthur Park in Palo. Other weekend excursions may include visiting local cultural parades and fiestas, a trip to a rural village, a visit to a nearby beach resort and visits to other scenic areas in the region.
It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.