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Teaching Volunteer Project in the Philippines - Palawan

Teaching Volunteer Project in the Philippines - Palawan

Purpose
Improve access to quality education
Start dates
Programs start every Monday
Duration
Choose from 1-24 weeks
Volunteer hours
Up to 5 hours a day
Age
Volunteers aged 16+ and families
Accommodation
Dormitory-style volunteer house
Program fees
From CA$544 for 1 week
What's included
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This program is ideal for:

Volunteers who are fluent in English and interested in teaching and sharing their language skills with students. You’ll be working alongside the local team and teachers so no teaching experience is required.

Project details

Want to be a volunteer Teacher in the Philippines? International Volunteer HQ’s Teaching project enables volunteers to help in local schools. Volunteers will gain valuable teaching experience while giving lessons in English as well as other school subjects. Filipino children benefit greatly from communicating with fluent English speakers and having volunteers teaching in schools means students get regular exposure to English expertise that can rapidly accelerate their learning.

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

In the Philippines, schools struggle with large class sizes, poor infrastructure and a lack of affordability which can make it difficult for students from low-income communities to access. Volunteers can support local teachers by helping lighten their workload so they are better able to provide quality education to their students.

As a volunteer Teacher you’ll be leading the class under the supervision of the local teacher, with lessons that follow the government curriculum. It’s expected you’ll spend time each day preparing your lessons, and the local staff are available to help you with this. You may teach lessons in:

  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • Arts and crafts

During school holiday periods, you’ll help to conduct classes in the community, where you’ll be free to use your creativity in delivering lessons that are outside the usual curriculum.

School holiday dates:

  • 1st July 2024 to 16th September 2024

During holiday periods, the local team organize holiday classes which run at the same times and structure as normal classes. These holiday programs often have a bigger turnout than normal school lessons as children from further afield travel to participate in these lessons also as they are very well regarded by the locals. Volunteers can do different activities with the help of the coordinators and teach something different from the given school curriculum, for example, teach kids about sports, about your country, teach how to dance or sing, arts and crafts or painting.

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education

More than half of all children and teens do not meet minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics. Quality education provides an opportunity to learn and grow in a safe environment and is key to preventing poverty, securing long-term employment and improving quality of life.

Why do Teaching volunteering in Palawan with IVHQ?

When you volunteer as a teacher in the Philippines you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Improving educational outcomes for students
  • Helping students develop life skills in a safe place
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining teaching experience
  • Immersing yourself in Filipino culture
  • Exploring the beautiful island of Palawan

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program
  • Volunteers aged 16 or 17 on their program start date are required to provide IVHQ with parental consent in order to participate on the program, and may be asked to provide additional document to the local team.
  • All volunteers aged 13+ are required to provide a criminal background check to IVHQ prior to departure. Those aged 13-17, if unable to obtain a criminal background check, can provide two character reference letters instead
  • All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
  • To respect the local culture and customs in Philippines, volunteers should be aware that they’re unable to have anything obstructing their face while at their volunteer placement.
  • All volunteers must speak fluent English.
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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Rocio Romero
17 Jun 2024

I’ve never traveled / volunteered in my life before, but pushing myself out of my comfort zone and looking for a great volunteering website was the greatest thing I could’ve ever done for myself! I’ve gone all the way around the world for 2 months and as scary as it was starting my trip I wouldn’t have done anything different. The kids I have taught while being there were the sweetest kids I’ve ever met, the people I’ve met from all over the world have become very special people in my life and the coordinators within my local program were very supportive and feel like a second family for me. I honestly can’t wait to do this all over again, my experience volunteering around the world will forever be the greatest thing in my life!

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Jenalee Sehn
02 Apr 2024

What an amazing and enriching opportunity to have gotten to play a role in delivering education to such brilliant and beautiful children. I am also so thankful to have shared my experience with such an incredible group of staff and volunteers. Thank you to everyone who made my time in the Philippines so special. The memories I have made volunteering abroad will always be stored in the most precious part of my heart.

The meals were by far the best I have ever had in any volunteer accommodation I have ever stayed in. This is my 4th IVHQ Program and I have found them all to be impactful, fulfilling, safe and affordable.

In addition, the program guide was filled with valuable information that helped me prepare for this opportunity. Specifically, the information regarding the visa I found to be quite helpful.

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Taylor Elder
23 Aug 2023

I gained a global network of lifelong friends! If someone was hesitant, I would say to just do it, people abroad are so nice and becoming friends with the locals was genuinely the best experience of my life.

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Jay Leshem
01 May 2023

My best moment from the volunteer experience was spending time with the volunteers, after school on the beach. The biggest impact my volunteering trip had was seeing the kids improvement, upon the fact examination day at the end. Just do it! You can’t regret it!

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Izzy Driscoll
14 Apr 2023

My highlight moment was how proud and pleased a student (in 6th grade) looked when I told her she would go far (she will). Too many to describe but all my interactions with the kids. When a student in Grade 3 got excited because he had learnt his times tables now and asked for more. When a student in Grade 3 actually looked comfortable and happy to see me and eager to learn something she could do rather than being shy and not talkative.

The biggest impact my volunteering trip had on me was learning patience and kindness with the kids. How the smallest things in life can make people so happy. How long a 7 year old child can make a jelly worm last in their mouth (far longer than I thought). It was super safe and well organised, and as the kids have permanent teachers who speak their own language it didn't feel exploitative or touristic in the same way as some other programs.

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Barb Leteta
03 Feb 2023

My best moments were helping the quiet girls at the back of the grade 5 class with their maths and surprisingly they were doing really well but rarely raised their hands. I found it so rewarding to give them positive support. No matter where we go and who we meet, all people really want is to have connection. I may have volunteered my time but I received so much more from building relationships with kiddos, staff, and other volunteers. They all have left an imprint on my heart and soul even though our paths only crossed for a short time. My advice is just go for it and you will enjoy it more than you think. IVHQ will provide you with safe and interesting projects where you will feel connected to the community.

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Location

Volunteer Abroad in the Philippines with IVHQ

Location

Set in the western Pacific ocean, the Philippines is a collection of incredible islands that are home to nearly 110 million people known for their friendly smiles. With a multicultural population and a newly industrialized economy, cities in the Philippines have been making great strides towards reducing poverty. However, in the country’s more remote areas low-income communities still struggle to access basic necessities like healthcare and education. Volunteers are valued in these areas for the help they provide to local schools, community services and initiatives that aim to improve the quality of life for those outside the main centers.

IVHQ’s Philippines program is set in the Arborlan District on Palawan - an island often considered one of the most beautiful in the world. With turquoise waters lapping at the edges of white sandy beaches, breathtaking scenery, UNESCO World Heritage sites and world-class diving spots, it’s a coastal paradise to rival any place you could dream of. Volunteers will stay near the remote Tigman Village on the east coast of Palawan.

Arrival and orientation

The program orientation is held every Monday and volunteers need to arrive in Palawan on the day before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at the Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS) between 10am and 5pm. Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee. We recommend that volunteers under the age of 18 travel internationally with a notarized letter from their parents to support their documentation.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Tigman Village. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation. If you are traveling in the Philippines prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Puerto Princesa on the day before your program orientation.

There are two options for orientation in the Philippines, a One-Day Orientation and an Introduction Week.

The One-Day Orientation: This begins on your selected start date and all volunteers will attend. It covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in the Philippines, including an introduction to the IVHQ Philippines program, the local team, general rules and a class on the local culture and language. In the afternoon, you’ll learn about the projects, take a walking tour of the local area and arrange your SIM card. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

Introduction Week: The Introduction Week begins on the first and third Monday of each month and your volunteer program will commence the following week or you can start the week before if this works better with your schedule. The Introduction Week is very popular among IVHQ volunteers. We recommend all volunteers take advantage of this week to gain a deeper understanding of the Filipino culture, a true appreciation of life in the Philippines and bond with fellow volunteers while also taking a cooking class, necklace or bracelet making, and touring local attractions. It’s also a great way to help settle the culture shock you can face when arriving in the Philippines. The Introduction Week has an additional cost of US$365 (approximately CA$523).

If you wish to participate in the Introduction Week, you can indicate your interest in this option on your application form when you apply for the program or you can let your Program Manager know once you’ve been accepted on the program.

Volunteer schedule example

Weekdays: After the initial orientation week, you will work for approximately 3 to 6 hours per day, depending on the project and your placement. A typical schedule is as follows:

8:00 AM Breakfast with fellow volunteers.
9:00 - 11:30 AM Volunteers work at their placements.
11:30 AM Volunteers break for lunch. If volunteers are unable to return to the volunteer accommodation, they will be given a packed lunch.
1:30 - 2:00 PM Work at the placement resumes (except Childcare volunteers, who use their afternoons to prepare for the following day)
3:30 - 4:00 PM Work ends and volunteers have free time to explore the local area.
5:00 - 6:00 PM Dinner with fellow volunteers.

Weekends: Volunteers have weekends free to relax and explore Palawan and the Philippines. In Tigman Village, the closest place to your accommodation, you can visit the colorful daily local markets and shop for fresh tropical fruits and vegetables, clothes and street food. You’ll also be able to step out the door of the volunteer accommodation and onto the beach for a swim.

As well as this, there’s a stunning number of things to do further afield in Palawan. This incredible island is known for its natural beauty, exotic and endangered wildlife and having a wide range of interesting things to see and explore. You could find yourself battling frothy rapids while white-water rafting, island-hopping to visit the picturesque spots at El Nido where major Hollywood movies were filmed, wandering the length of one of the world’s longest beaches, cruising down an underground river or relaxing poolside with a cool drink in hand.

Accommodation and WiFi

You’ll stay in dormitory-style accommodation in Tigman Village. Volunteers should expect to share a room with up to seven other volunteers of the same gender. The accommodation has air-conditioning in the bedrooms. Bedding is provided and includes a bottom sheet, thin blanket and a pillow.

There is a shared bathroom with western toilets and showers with cold running water (nice and refreshing in the hot weather!) A fridge is available to store your personal food items and there is an area for hand-washing laundry.

Couples, families or individuals who want more privacy have an option to upgrade to private room accommodation. Private rooms are subject to availability and therefore you must arrange this well in advance of your program.

There is WiFi available at the volunteer house for volunteers to use during their time on the program. However it is important to note that power outages are common so this can’t be relied upon. We therefore recommend bringing an unlocked mobile phone and purchasing a local SIM card with data when you arrive in the Philippines.

Meals

Volunteers are served breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays with just two meals provided on weekends. Breakfast consists of bread and spreads with tea or coffee, while lunch and dinner are local Filipino cuisine. Rice is a staple in the Philippines and most meals will include a portion of rice, accompanied by two or more dishes which will be a combination of vegetables, meat or seafood cooked in local spices and sauces.

Pricing

  • USD

Spots are limited. For a Registration Fee of just US$329 (approximately CA$471) you secure your spot and unlock all our preparation and training tools.

You don't need to worry about paying your Program Fee until you get closer to your start date.

Duration
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
  • USD
1 week $380 Equivalent to $54/day
2 weeks $532 Equivalent to $38/day
3 weeks $724 Equivalent to $34/day
4 weeks $896 Equivalent to $32/day
5 weeks $1,068 Equivalent to $31/day
6 weeks $1,240 Equivalent to $30/day
8 weeks $1,584 Equivalent to $28/day
10 weeks $1,928 Equivalent to $28/day
12 weeks $2,272 Equivalent to $27/day
16 weeks $2,960 Equivalent to $26/day
20 weeks $3,648 Equivalent to $26/day
24 weeks $4,336 Equivalent to $26/day
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately CA$471) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Philippines generally find US$100 per week to be sufficient for expenses.
  • Meals
  • Airport pick-up
  • Transport to and from volunteer project
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • Return to the airport when your program finishes
  • Flights
  • Visa (if required), travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
  • Personal spending money for snacks, laundry, public transportation, drinks and leisure activities during your free time.

Free-time experiences & tours in Palawan

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Palawan! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ Palawan program.

Philippines Introduction Week
Philippines Introduction Week

Introduction Week for the Philippines

CA$523

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Safety and support

Safety and support with IVHQ

Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
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Essential country information

Essential country information

Capital Manila
Population 108 million
Languages Filipino, English
Currency Philippine Peso (PHP)
Time zone UTC+08:00

Weather and climate: The Philippines has a hot and humid climate all year round, with average temperatures between 25°C and 28°C (77°F to 83°F). The hottest months are April through to May, where the average temperature sits above 30°C (86°F). The dry season runs from January through to June. The wet season runs from July through to December.

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