Palawan Teaching

Make the most of your trip truly worthwhile and remarkable while helping the local children of Tigman Village, Aborlan, Palawan improve their English language skills at a local school and enjoy the quiet and peaceful life afar from the noise of the cities.

This program will provide you with an insight into the Philippine educational system and specifically that of Palawan. You will be teaching English to children within all age groups at an Elementary school in a fun and practical way and give something back to this beautiful island community!


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Program Description

Municipality of Aborlan is a first class municipality and situated on the central portion of the beautiful island of Palawan.The seat of the municipal government is located 70 km Southeast of Puerto Princesa City. Similarly, the municipality serves as the gateway to the southern municipalities. It is accessible from the major growth centers of the province through the Palawan South Road extending from Puerto Princesa City down to the municipality of Brooke’s Point and Bataraza via Aborlan.

Moreover, stretching to an area of 80, 733 hectares, the Municipality is divided into nine coastal Barangays and ten non-coastal Barangays. One of the nine coastal Barangay is called Tigman Village where the TGL center is situated. Similarly, most of the programs and placement are also located such as Elementary schools for Teaching Program. Other placements and programs also took place at nearby Barangays or areas.

As the island of Palawan hailed as one of the most visited islands in the world by both local and international tourists, communicating in English is a must as English serves as the language of our international communication in all areas such as politics, media, internet and tourism. Thus, having a good command of English helps us to have more opportunities in life, first of all, our career and it should be started at a young age to learn the language. Hence, the first step is teaching English to children within all age groups at an Elementary school in a fun and practical way and giving something back to this beautiful island community!

On the other hand, though English subjects have been taught in schools, we have noticed that the children within the community don’t have much chance to learn or practice the use of English. That’s where you can help! 

In addition, you may find yourself contributing to the elementary schools in and around the municipality of Aborlan. This means your potential pupils could range from grade 1 to grade 6 and are between the age of  6-12 and with an average of 20 – 50 children in a class.

Moreover, the teaching program is organized as an informal English class which allows you to arrange a variety of activities such as music, songs, playing games, arts, sports, conversation exercises and grammar exercises. You may also teach Mathematics and Science subjects.

Just get creative but always keep in mind that everything should be based on teaching practical English for everyday situations in a fun and engaging way!

Finally, an important component of this program is the cultural exchange that will occur. The pupils at the school are always very interested and keen to learn more about your family, country, culture and way of life. Therefore, we highly encourage you to bring a lot of pictures from home as they will be very much appreciated by the kids!

Your Roles – General Information

Don’t worry about not having special qualifications. The whole idea of this program is to provide any help possible, whether it is merely enabling children to hear English pronunciation by native English speakers or any additional help with other academic subjects. Please keep in mind that anything you can offer is very much appreciated and we are grateful for it. The main purpose is that aside from the additional learning and multi – cultural exchanges, you have touched the lives of the children that will surely leave a special space in their hearts.

On the other hand, the core focus of our Teaching program will depend upon the needs of the  Elementary schools at that particular point in time. Your main roles will be, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching English alongside the local teachers.
  • Prepares and organizes lessons and meaningful learning activities with the local program coordinator and local teachers.
  • Facilitate learning activities such as playing fun games, arts, songs, dances,grammar and conversational exercises, sports and other related activities.
  • Join other activities conducted at the school.
  • Prepare assessment exercises.
  • Checked assessment exercises.
  • Mark the monthly examinations or assessment.

Moreover, in order for you to prepare for the Teaching Program, the description and other information about the school that we work on are stated below.

Subjects: Prescribe subjects on the curriculum that includes Mathematics, Science, English, History and the like. Those subjects are taught using English, Filipino and Mother Tongue Language. Thus, you will only teach English, Mathematics and Sciences and help the pupils improve their English   Communication skills and other sets of skills.

        Other info: The school is very grateful to form a good working relationship with participants. They feel that participants are one of the best mediums to have a good foundation of English Communication skills as well as social interaction with foreigners. They are also grateful that the participants enjoy themselves and get to visit the Village and the community, the island’s attractions and historical places.

Please note that there are no classes during the school holidays and school breaks, however, the program still runs as we organized an English Summer Camp which takes place at the TGL center, Village Plaza, and at the Tribal Multi Purpose Hall. The recipients are also children from the village ages ranging from 6 to 12 years old and are the Tagbanwa Tribe children located at nearby Barangay. This means that the Teaching program runs and is available all year round.

Finally, during the teaching activities, always be on time and be mindful of class schedules and come to school prepared, be creative in preparing lessons in fun and engaging ways, smile and have lots of patience as you are working with children with various personalities and wear a dress that covers their shoulders and knees, and basically the more that is covered the better. Men must wear trousers, T-shirts and shoes and strictly follow the dress code policy. You are also expected to actively join other activities and of course to enjoy and make the most of your stay and make memorable learning experiences.

Aims & Objectives

  • Widen the Island children’s multi – cultural interactions.
  • Improve the children’s educational prospects particularly in improving English Communication skills;
  • Assist the local staff and teachers by providing an extra hand.
  • Develop your teamwork and creativity skills through practical work.
  • Reciprocal Learning Experiences.
  • Give you invaluable and practical experience in teaching.



  • Breakfast
  • Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice, handling of documents & Signing up of relevant documents.
  • Filipino Do’s and Don’ts, Dress Codes,  Filipino Culture Lessons and Basic Filipino Language Lessons.
  • Tour Around Town’s center and Local Area, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
  • Lunch
  • Project Meetings, Observation and Preparations with assigned Local Program Coordinators.
  • Welcome Dinner

Tuesday to Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Teaching Sessions and Activities.
  • Lunch
  • Teaching Sessions and Activities.
  • Preparations of Lessons/Topics/Activities for the next day.
  • Dinner

Note: Every Thursday, we have a Karaoke Night at the nearby Village Beach Bar starting from 7 o’clock until 10’ o’clock in the evening. This activity will give you and other participants a time for relaxation, socialization, a welcome party for new comers and at the same time a farewell party for the participants who will end their programs.

Note: Program will have a minimum of four (4) hours a day.

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances. ***

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                –

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

The following are further necessary in order for both the participants, local staff and everyones involved to have a meaningful, enjoyable and safe community program.

  • Older participants or over 65 years are required to have a medical clearance as proof of their physical fitness as they may perform various activities.
  • Participants below 18 years old need a signed parental consent as proof of involvement of their children for the program. If possible, accompaniment by an adult is highly advised.
  • Have a genuine interest and passion in teaching children.
  • High level of efficiency, accuracy and responsibility and can work under pressure and is a team player.
  • Excellent time management and self – organizing and a strong desire to take on new challenges and learn as much as possible.
  • Required a COVID – 19 Vaccination. You are also advised to bring with you a  COVID – 19 antigen rapid test as you need to take one test per week.
  • You are advised to purchase travel, medical and Covid – 19 insurance prior to your arrival.
  • Have completed or recommended the following vaccines: Polio, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria/Tetanus, Typhoid, Malaria, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis.

Additional Equipment

Teaching Materials:

  • No specific equipment required for this project. However, you are more welcome to bring with you some educational materials to be used for learning activities such as games cards, coloring books, pencils, ball, musical instruments, worksheet, books/comics,cultural items and many more meaningful learning resources.

Dress Code:

  • The Philippines is a Conservative Country, please wear modest clothing covering knees and shoulders. Loose and long clothing is both respectful and tends to keep you cooler in hot climates. Cover up as much as possible in the spirit of the local culture to avoid embarrassment.
  • Your clothes must not be too short, too tight, or too revealing. Kindly make sure your shoulders and legs are covered.
  • Dress professionally since you will be working in a professional environment while teaching the children.
  • It is completely fine to wear western clothes as long as they fit the local standards.
  • Be thoughtful of the graphics, symbols or text printed on your clothing and avoid wearing clothing styles that might be inappropriate particularly inside the school premises.


  • An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun and please carry with you preventive agents during outdoor activities, such as mosquito repellents for insect bites as Malaria is at high risks.
  • Moreover, bring Medicines with you especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis as well as other medicines for headaches and stomach aches.
  • Refillable water bottles and hydration packs to stay hydrated throughout the day particularly during class.