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The Philippines is defined by its emerald rice fields.
The Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7 000 islands, sometimes called the ‘Pearl of the Orient’. To say this is a beach lover’s paradise would be a serious understatement. So if you are looking for a variety of beaches – big, small, deserted, busy – then look no further than the Philippines.
But of course beaches aren’t the only thing the Philippines has to offer. The capital city of Manila offers amazing shopping opportunities and Cebu has a number of UNESCO Heritage Sites. You can visit the 2000-year old rice terraces of Banuae or explore mountains and volcanoes. Adventure sports such as diving and kayaking are also on the itinerary. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a party, look no further than the island of Boracay.
Aside from its natural beauty, the Philippines has an interesting cultural history. Filipino culture is a combination of East meets West, with particular Malay, Spanish and North American influences. There are many festivals and cultural days which celebrate the Filipino cultural heritage and on these days you will be able to experience traditional singing and dancing.
A huge proportion of people from the Philippines have left the country to find work abroad, a total of 11%. So much so that the country is the biggest supplier of nurses on earth at a total of 25%. Flipinos are the second biggest Asian-American ethnic minority behind Chinese.
The population is renowned for being social people, they love to spend time with their family and friends. Like everywhere else they have fully embraced modern forms of communications so naturally, they send each other a whole lot of text messages. They estimate that the Filipinos send around 400 million text messages per day. Which come to an eye watering 142 billion texts every year.
In The Philippines, they take politeness very seriously. If you are a tourist visiting it is likely that you will be referred to as “sir” and “mam” regardless of what age you are.
A huge part of Filipino culture is karaoke. The bars themselves where karaoke take place are centre social hubs of many Filipino communities. As an activity it is popular in rural areas as it is in cities. So popular in fact that regardless of one's socio-economic situation, karaoke equipment is a crucial fixture in the home.
There are not as many teaching opportunities here as in other Asian or South-East Asian countries, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. While the level of English is quite high as a result of its colonisation by the United States in the early twentieth century, recent years have seen a decline in the general level of English. However, there are many well-qualified Filipino TEFL teachers which means the TEFL job market is competitive, but your native-speaker status will come in handy here.
You can expect to teach in government or private schools, universities or language centres – mostly in the big cities of Manila and Cebu. If you are that way inclined, there are usually various opportunities in the more rural areas.
|Degree Requirement||Typical Contract Length||Peak Hiring Seasons||Visa Info||Typical Students||Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency||Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency|
|Bachelor’s degree, preferably Master’s||Monthly, 12 months||Year-round, March||Alien Employment Permit, work permit||Students, professionals||PHP 11 000 – PHP 13 000 (£160 – £200)||PHP 30 000 – PHP 35 000 (£450 – £520)|