Having a positive impact on children’s education is the best way to affect the future. If you’re looking for voluntary experience during your gap year, while visiting a beautiful location, read on! Participating on this project, you will work alongside the local people on the island of Palawan to improve the English skills of the children at the Kindergarten. As English is an essential skill for improved future prospects, the children benefit greatly from the input of native English speakers. Your work will focus on engaging with the children through the English language in a fun and memorable way. Through your interactions, you can inspire them and start them off on pathways to successful futures. By working closely with the local staff, you will gain invaluable knowledge and understanding of the Filipino culture, as well as having opportunities to create bonds and friendships. Children who attend the Kindergarten, which is in the Tigman area of Palawan, are between the ages of 3 and 5. While your main responsibilities will lie with facilitating excellent learning opportunities for the children, you will also learn about the day-to-day running of the centre, and assist with the general care-taking of the children. As a result, the activities you carry out during your working day will be varied and active, ranging from cutting nails, to organising classes and delivering lessons through games and activities. Intercultural exchanges are also very important for the children to gain a wider perspective of the world, and they make a very receptive audience. Participants are encouraged to bring photographs, artistic representations or relevant objects from home that would make it easier to share highlights about your culture.
Monday to Friday
Your day will begin with breakfast followed by a short journey to the Kindergarten. Activities at the Kindergarten will be varied and responsive to the needs of the children. During the morning session, you will deliver experiential learning activities which will encourage the children’s development of English language skills. How you deliver the lessons is up to you, but you will be encouraged to use games, songs, role play and other interactive methods. After lunch you will have time to prepare for the next day’s activities before enjoying a relaxing dinner and evening at the accommodation centre.