Building & English in Philippines for Teenagers
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- Placement location: San Remigio and Bogo City, Cebu
- Types of placements: Schools and houses
- Accommodation: Host Families
- Age Requirements: 15-18 years old
- Arrival Airport: Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB)
- Local Languages: Cebuano, English
Volunteering on the Building & English Project in the Philippines is a great way to improve your English and impact the lives of those who were deeply affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated parts of Cebu in 2013. English is an official language in the Philippines, making it an ideal destination for you to learn and practice the language.
In the afternoons, you will help with the renovation and building of houses and schools, providing an improved living and learning environment for local communities. Your mornings will be filled with English classes, which you will attend for 3.5 hours in Bogo City, from Monday to Friday.
We work in partnership with three local organizations mainly around San Remigio, but also throughout Bogo City. Your group will work alongside a local builder, who will teach you the building and construction techniques you need to know. The techniques you learn are ideal for sites with limited facilities.
You can expect to get involved in various daily activities at the Building Project. These could include digging foundations, mixing and pouring cement, building a roof, or putting the finishing coat of paint on the completed building. You will also have the chance to spend time with local people and visit schools. At the schools, you and the other volunteers will help paint and clean the premises, and then read stories to the children and play educational games.
English classes are interactive and you will be given encouragement every step of the way. You can put your new knowledge into practice on a daily basis, in the community and with your host family. Whether you want to master the basics or improve on the English you already know, the teaching will be adjusted to your level.
During your time in the Philippines, you will stay with a local host family. They will welcome you into their home, where you will learn about Filipino culture first hand. On the weekend, you can visit stunning nearby islands such as Capitancillo Island, where snorkelling and swimming are popular activities or take a tour and go shopping in Cebu City. Our staff will also arrange cultural evenings in Bogo City.