By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at TEFL Jobs World
The Philippines is a welcoming and friendly country often overlooked because of it’s location on the edge of south-east Asia. There aren’t as many TEFL jobs in the Philippines compared to other countries in Asia but if you look hard there is still plenty on offer.
The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands, all within the tropics. There are a number of active volcanoes, and the country is also prone to earthquakes. That doesn’t stop tourists who are drawn to the beautiful island beaches such as Boracay, as well as interesting landscapes such as the chocolate hills of Bohol and the rice terraces of Banaue.
Due to it’s history as a former colony of the USA the standard of English is high in comparison to the rest of Asia, but standards have dropped in recent years. Many Filipino nationals are well qualified as EFL teachers themselves which narrows down the choices for overseas teachers. Government and privately run schools rarely hire native speakers so options for overseas teachers are restricted. However international companies and schools in the big cities such as Manila and Cebu are often on the lookout for native speakers. Online schools are also growing in popularity and in need of native English teachers. Additionally there is the opportunity for teachers to do voluntary work in rural locations.
Salaries vary widely for teachers, with an average of about $600 a month (about double the local average salary). This is more than enough for a decent standard of living as the Philippines is a cheap place to live. Accommodation costs are around $100 a month for a decent sized apartment, and you can eat out in average restaurants for around $3-4 a meal. The cost of traveling around the country is also low. You can save money by going round on long distance buses and it’s possible to find budget accommodation for less than $10 a night.
Check out our TEFL jobs board for TEFL Jobs in the Philippines.